Virtual Ass Sniffing

From the Dogster about page:

“Why Dogster? We are dog freaks and computer geeks, unafraid to admit that when we see a dog, any dog, our heads turn and we howl with delight. Who wants a cookie? Who does? Well, we do and we think it’s about time there is a social networking application that is truly for the dogs. We hope you do too! All the dogs in the house say Wooooof! … Wooooooooof!”

Bah! Social networking is for the dogs ;-)

Nation’s Dogs Dangerously Underpetted, Say Dogs

I got this one from Ted, which of course came from here (LOL!!)

“NEW YORK—At a press conference Monday, representatives of the Association of
American Dogs announced that the nation’s canines are dangerously
underpetted. “Every night, thousands of U.S. dogs go to bed without so much
as a scritch behind the ears,” AAD president Banjo said. “If this sort of
neglect from our masters continues, it could lead to widespread jumping on
the furniture.” Upon his owner’s arrival in the press-conference room, Banjo
abruptly ended his speech, frantically barking, leaping, and rolling over on
his back in an effort to communicate his need for a vigorous belly rub.”

Dogs and Banjos

I never thought I’d be reading a debate about dog breeding on Slashdot, but aparently a new study about the origin of dogs has generated some interesting Slashdot posts like this one from R.Caley:

“Dog breeders have problems not because of the genetic base of all dogs, but
because they make money breeding dogs with their close relatives. The result is
the doggy equivalent of banjo players and European royals.”

Insightful and Funny :-)

Woof! Can you hear me now?

This is a fascinating article from NY Times: “A dog collar equipped with a wireless microphone that records a pet’s barks, interprets them as emotions and transmits them as text messages like “I’m bored, let’s play.” (I think I already know that bark all too well ;) …

However, “…could meow-activated cat doors or drug-sniffing police dogs whose barks can be decoded be far behind? “If you can classify the morphology of the signal, it can be synthesized,” said Marc Hauser, a professor of psychology and neurosciences at Harvard University who imagined a system that would let pet owners track down runaway dogs. Playing aloud recorded samples of Rover’s bark while canvassing the neighborhood would elicit responses from nearby dogs, whose voiceprints could then be analyzed instantly for a match. If this sounds far-fetched, remember that Americans spent $30 billion on their pets last year, more than twice as much as in 1994.” Woof!