Ralph Thomas Dolphin Ford

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If there is one thing I know more than car sales, it’s dolphin care.  Do you know what sells cars?  Dolphins!  Know what dolphins love?  Being trapped in an above ground swimming pool in the desert… in a parking lot.  Obviously that isn’t true at all, you caught me.  What dolphins love more than above ground swimming pools in desert parking lots when its 120 degrees out half the year… is selling cars.  Seriously.  Don’t believe me?  Go ahead and google it, I’ll wait right here.  There really was a car dealership called ‘Ralph Thomas Dolphin Ford’.   Those words together just sing, don’t theyIf there is one thing I know more than car sales, it’s dolphin care.  Do you know what sells cars?  Dolphins!  Know what dolphins love?  Being trapped in an above ground swimming pool in the desert… in a parking lot.  Obviously that isn’t true at all, you caught me.  What dolphins love more than above ground swimming pools in desert parking lots when its 120 degrees out half the year… is selling cars.  Seriously.  Don’t believe me?  Go ahead and google it, I’ll wait right here.  There really was a car dealership called ‘Ralph Thomas Dolphin Ford’.   Those words together just sing, don’t they?

Don’t know how or why I thought of this, but it was a real thing.  It was a car dealership in Phx, AZ that had a fucking dolphin in their parking lot.  It seems beyond odd, and bordering on cartoon villain evil.  Sadly, it is long since gone.  I would KILL for photos of this whole operation, but this was early or mid 80s.  There just weren’t laws about this stuff.  Though I am glad we are more considerate of animals than we used to be… I am also glad I lived in the era when it wasn’t.  When I was a kid, I saw Wringling Brothers circus, with elephants and tigers and all of that.  It was AWESOME.  I get that it was likely cruel… but to 8 year old me it was AWESOME.  I have been to Sea World when I was young and watched the whales and dolphins do tricks.   Same sentiment as above.  I guess it was cruel behind the scenes, but watching that stuff was awesome!  Here in Colorado, we are rather late to the party of stopping animal cruelty.  I believe we were the last state to make animal cruelty a felony.  Here is a microfiche look at the newspaper when they started.

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Don’t know how or why I thought of this, but it was a real thing.  It was a car dealership in Phx, AZ that had a fucking dolphin in their parking lot.  It seems beyond odd, and bordering on cartoon villain evil.  Sadly, it is long since gone.  I would KILL for photos of this whole operation, but this was early or mid 80s.  There just weren’t laws about this stuff.  Though I am glad we are more considerate of animals than we used to be… I am also glad I lived in the era when it wasn’t.  When I was a kid, I saw Wringling Brothers circus, with elephants and tigers and all of that.  It was AWESOME.  I get that it was likely cruel… but to 8 year old me it was AWESOME.  I have been to Sea World when I was young and watched the whales and dolphins do tricks.   Same sentiment as above.  I guess it was cruel behind the scenes, but watching that stuff was awesome!  Here in Colorado, we are rather late to the party of stopping animal cruelty.  I believe we were the last state to make animal cruelty a felony.

475141ca632792b1f398d145a787bd8d

If there is one thing I know more than car sales, it’s dolphin care.  Do you know what sells cars?  Dolphins!  Know what dolphins love?  Being trapped in an above ground swimming pool in the desert… in a parking lot.  Obviously that isn’t true at all, you caught me.  What dolphins love more than above ground swimming pools in desert parking lots when its 120 degrees out half the year… is selling cars.  Seriously.  Don’t believe me?  Go ahead and google it, I’ll wait right here.  There really was a car dealership called ‘Ralph Thomas Dolphin Ford’.   Those words together just sing, don’t they?

Don’t know how or why I thought of this, but it was a real thing.  It was a car dealership in Phx, AZ that had a fucking dolphin in their parking lot.  It seems beyond odd, and bordering on cartoon villain evil.  Sadly, it is long since gone.  I would KILL for photos of this whole operation, but this was early or mid 80s.  There just weren’t laws about this stuff.  Though I am glad we are more considerate of animals than we used to be… I am also glad I lived in the era when it wasn’t.  When I was a kid, I saw Wringling Brothers circus, with elephants and tigers and all of that.  It was AWESOME.  I get that it was likely cruel… but to 8 year old me it was AWESOME.  I have been to Sea World when I was young and watched the whales and dolphins do tricks.   Same sentiment as above.  I guess it was cruel behind the scenes, but watching that stuff was awesome!  Here in Colorado, we are rather late to the party of stopping animal cruelty.  I believe we were the last state to make animal cruelty a felony.

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4 thoughts on “Ralph Thomas Dolphin Ford

  1. I use to work there,as a technician.The 3 dolphins were in an ungrounded pool 18 feet deep & 40 feet in diameter with 6 smaller pools around that pool for sea lions & harbor seals.They were only there in the winter months & only from 1982 to 1984 when Ralph Thomas sold the dealership.

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