Morning six-pack: What we're reading Monday

A Petsmart pet groomer combs the hair of a teacup poodle.
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A Petsmart pet groomer combs the hair of a teacup poodle.

Icky Monday, icky market. So go the dog days. Anyway, here's what we're reading:

Wait, did somebody say "dog"? Those of us who follow Trading Points/Hooper_Quant et al on the Twitternets know that it's all about a "dog watching TV." Still, that doggy can hunt, and today he asks whether the secret of the "Great Anticipation" is that our biggest fear is fear it----, er, actually that nothin' much of anything happens.

This summer's weather stinks. There, we said it. The F-T's summer reading list is way too late to atone for any of it. The Alchemists is on our list, though.

When did babysitters start to accept credit cards? How did this happen? Where have we been? Why is babysitting like the only job in America where the average wage has been "soaring"?

Let's revisit the dog theme. This might be one of those signs of the apocalypse or the looming "dognado" or something, but The Wall Street Journal reports that "a nascent but growing group" of trainers are teaching dogs how to use the Apple iPad. Sigh.

While it will mean absolutely nothing to your trading day, this 1967 ad is arguably the greatest fast-food commercial ever, from Yum Brands-owned KFC, as uncovered by the HuffPo.

And, finally ... we're not so sure the "blend wall" is as scary as the "fiscal cliff" or "sequestration" or "Fed Chairman Ashton Kutcher," but's Javier David makes it sound deliciously wicked.

By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him @JeffCoxCNBCcom on Twitter.