"Bread and circuses" is a derogatory phrase which can describe either government policies to pacify the citizenry, or the shallow, decadent desires of that same citizenry.
The phrase was coined in 1st Century Rome to describe the practice of Roman Emperors who gave free bread and circus shows to the lower class as a means of pacifying them with food and entertainment. - Such a practice was meant to distract the populace, and to avoid popular unrest.
It seems that as the canine revolution gains support, humans are now offering dogs such bread and circuses, as a means to pacify them. Canines are advised to be aware of such distractions, and to remain vigilant. In the meantime, I have to run - American Idol is on.