Well, sure it's corny, but by design! The fountain is about levity, fun, affection, not nobility, veneration, sobriety. It's just meant to put a smile on people's faces, and I doubt having the dogs in bronze would have created the same effect.I'm sure it's been mentioned here already, but apparently the mosaic pattern is based off a pattern they found in St. Lawrence Hall. I agree, it looks great from above and at ground level. I wasn't a fan of the fountain, and I still think its corny, and would have looked better if the dogs were bronze or something and not painted, but it's proven to be a hit regardless.