Figurines in the shape of animals
have been made for centuries as art objects. These figurines have typically
been made of clay, stone or wood.
Animal figurines have also been designed
which have live herbs that simulate the fur or hair of the particular animal.
Exemplary of such is those sold by Joseph Enterprises, Inc. of San Francisco,
Calif. under the trademark Chia Pet. These figurines have hollow, clay
bodies in the general form of the animal represented. A large torso portion
of the clay body has many small grooves in which moistened chia seeds (Salvia
Columbariae) are positioned. The moistened chia seeds produce a thick,
gel-like paste which binds the seeds to the clay surface.*
Pet® is the registered trademark belonging to Joseph Enterprises, Inc.,
the manufacturers and originators of the Chia Pet. The name was first used
on September 8, 1977. The Chia Pet is not a patented invention. Other companies
can freely make and sell novelty items similar to the Chia Pet, but the
name of Chia Pet® belongs to Joseph Enterprises, Inc.
The first Chia Pet® was the ram,
marketed and distributed in 1982.
Who needs a dog or cat when you can
own a Chia Pet®? Available in popular Bunny, Frog, Hippo, Kitten, Pig,
Puppy, Turtle, as well as the new Chia Head®.
Joseph Enterprises, Inc. also holds
the patent for the Smart Clapper® whose slogan is "Clap On! Clap Off!"
US Pat #5493618: Method and apparatus for activating switches in response
to different acoustic signals, invented by Carlile R. Stevens of Horseshoe
Bay, TX and Dale Reamer of Lafayette, CA.
Joseph Enterprises, Inc
The official home of Chia Pet ®
The wackiest zoo in the world.
Made Crop Circles on My Chia Pet
Live chia cam.
This site is the first treatment
on the inner teachings and principals of the long lost six position form
of the Tai Chia Pet. Lost for decades, these teachings became the source
of inspiration to Western Chia Masters at Joseph Enterprises.
Pets Threaten New Mexico
Chia Pet dumping has started an
environmental disaster with grave consequences.
*References - US05549500 (background
of invention) which is a patented Chia growing sponge.
Pet® image used courtesy Joseph Enterprises, Inc.
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