Like humans, some animals are going high tech. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal introduced readers to a number of “apps” designed specifically for iPad-using critters. [emphasis added]
… Dog trainer Anna Jane Grossman began providing private iPad lessons to dogs last year. About 25 of her clients have signed up, and she is planning a 90-minute iPad clinic for dogs later this month, where they will learn to nose the screen to activate apps. …
Brooklyn cat owner David Snetman intended to let his cat, Pickle, play with his iPad until he tired of it. An hour later, Pickle was still whacking at the screen. … “It seems very frustrating for him,” Mr. Snetman says.
App developers dismiss such criticisms as, well, catty. People “have negative connotations of a zombie child staring at a TV for hours and hours,” says T.J. Fuller, who helped develop the popular “Game for Cats.” “But I think it’s quite different for cats,” he says, adding that the games challenge cats physically and mentally.
He and business partner Nate Murray developed it after an app they designed for children flopped. They now have three cat iPad apps, including one that allows cats to paint on a screen and “Game for Cats,” which encourages cats to swat a laser dot, mouse or moth scurrying across the screen. …
There are at least a dozen pet-specific apps available in the iTunes store. Although cats and dogs are the main targets, the games have been played by penguins, tigers and frogs, developers say. …
Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, … advises pet owners, though, that such techniques can backfire: Her own cats now assume the iPad exists for them. “They’re constantly getting in my way,” when it is her turn to use the device.
And then there are the Luddites–those animals, like the dog in the video above, who simply refuse to use technology, preferring to invent their own games. What a clever pooch! He’s figured out how to play “Fetch” by himself.
A dog after my own heart. How sweet is that? (h/t Dr. Eowyn) It reminds me of my own childhood. How about you?
The soundtrack to the video is very calming and soothing. Just what we need for a relaxing weekend. ENJOY.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!
I defaulted to the historical convention of using he for indeterminate sex. With apologies to Whitney Houston.