Moose Toys turned up at the 2020 New York Toy Fair with Squeakee, a robotic dog that looks just like a shiny balloon animal. It responds to basic commands and touch, and you can even “pop” it with a pin. While it’s certainly not as sophisticated as Sony’s Aibo, this toy is sure to be a big hit with its quirky character – and its $60 price tag.
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Dogs love tennis balls. To celebrate this cherished relationship, architecture firm CallisonRTKL created a very special doghouse, covered with 1,019 tennis balls – each of which can be removed to play with. The 3D-printed doghouse was auctioned off to benefit the SPCA of Texas, but we’d love to see this sold in kit form.
Meet Spitfire. He’s a 7-year-old whippet with an impressive track record as the world’s best dock diver, which as we just learned, is a competitive dog sport. ESPN takes us inside the world of this talented canine, whose records seem as untouchable as the best athletes of all time. (Thanks Zico!)
Help keep your dog visible on night walks or running around your yard with one of these bright LED collars from Illuminated Apparel. They have reflective stitching for added visibility, are water-resistant, and can run for up to a day on a charge. Available in blue, pink, or green, and S/M or M/L sizes.
We love sleeping with our Rumpl blanket. Now, puppers can have his own comfy Rumpl, and you can take it with you. The machine-washable dog bed rolls up small for easy travel, with soft fleece on one side, a water and dirt-repellent surface on the other, and an optional air mattress that adds 2″ of cushioning inside.
After taking us inside the minds of cats in therapy, the always funny Ze Frank wants us to know that dogs have just as many reasons to seek counseling, from compulsive kitty litter snacking, to owners dressing them up in humiliating costumes, and asking them to perform stupid tricks.
You haven’t truly experienced pet ownership until your furry friend turns around and winks at you with their third eye. These irreverent cat butt and dog butt coloring books are filled with charming tail-end images for you to embellish. Corgi butts win the cute contest.
We spent a couple of weeks living with the latest generation of Sony’s impressive high-tech robot dog, Aibo, and really are gonna miss the pup now that he’s gone. While he was here, we managed to capture just a handful of his tricks, along with his ebullient personality. Fetch our full review of Aibo on Technabob.
This family-friendly card game puts you in the paws of a pooch who likes to wander off with various household objects. Players must collect sets of items like stinky underwear, socks, shoes, and hide them away while you attempt to keep other dogs from stealing your improvised toy collection. Gameplay video here.
(PG-13: Language) Maxine is an adorable little corgi. She doesn’t ask for much in life either – a walk, some pets, and the occasional bowl of her favorite snack food. But she’s not all cuddles and hugs, as we learn from the punchline of Uncorked Productions‘ silly short film.
Immortalize your pet in plush and wearable form with these adorable and goofy looking slippers. Simply send along a photo of your pet of choice, and Cuddle Clones will get to work creating custom footwear for you to pad around the house in. Now if only our dog would bring us our slippers…
In our household, if we don’t feed them at exactly the right time, our mongrels let us know about it immediately. But if your dogs aren’t complainers, you might want this simple wall chart, which reminds you and others in your home if your pups haven’t been fed yet.
The latest track from The Chemical Brothers‘ album No Geography features the intense, driving electronic beats we’ve come to expect, accompanied by inspiring vocals, and a music video about a dog who first learns to drive race cars, then pilot a rocket ship.
Dogs are known for their impressive olfactory systems, and their ability to suss out all kinds of minute scents. In this clip from Deep Look, we learn how researchers are working with rescue dogs to better understand how their scent tracking abilities really work.
We know it’s not a living, breathing creature, but we found the wobbly antics of Delta Hack’s low-tech robotic “dog” stumbling across various obstacles to be adorable. We couldn’t stop rooting for the little guy as it flopped and fumbled its way through the course.
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