In addition to the “interesting street references” the song conjures up, Calvin also has a tough “Hash Pipe” way about him as he struts down the streets of Los Angeles. Alternately, Calvin’s companion Peanut calls to mind the more downtrodden melodies of “Tragic Girl,” a once forgotten-about track from the Pinkerton sessions. Both rescued Cairn terriers appear alongside the longtime Weezer bassist in a print ad for peta2, along with the campaign slogan “Adopt. Don’t Shop.”
“I guarantee you there’s a dog that you’re looking for out there that needs a home already,” Shriner says in the video available on peta2.com. “My wife’s adopted, my son’s adopted, the dogs are adopted — and we made this amazing family.”
Shriner also points out that half of the 6 to 8 million dogs and cats who enter U.S. animal shelters every year have to be euthanized simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them. That’s why he and peta2 — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — are asking caring people to adopt from local shelters and never buy from breeders or pet stores.
Shriner joins a growing list of celebrities—including Jhené Aiko, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Rise Against, RZA, and members of Fall Out Boy and Manchester Orchestra — who’ve teamed up with peta2 to promote kindness to animals.