Sunday, 17 May 2009

A boon to the dog world?

What will these humans think of next?

Apparently the New Scientist magazine* has been running a competition asking readers to describe a Wallace-and-Gromit style invention. This is one of the winners, deeply worrying in my view, from Ben Marshall: 

Dog-washing device

VR (virtual reality) goggles and a VO (virtual olfactory) mask are applied to a cooperative canine standing on the stationary Ezi-Treadmill. The solar-powered electronic device is switched on and the canine sees and smells a rabbit in a field. The dog gives chase, which moves the treadmill, powering the washing, cleaning and drying attachments, as well as pumping clean rainwater into the system, and expelling rinse water into a nearby orchard.

I am considering writing a letter to the editor pointing out that us dogs are simply NOT THAT STUPID. What kind kind of a self-respecting canine is going to 'cooperate' in this charade?

*I keep trying to persuade Gail to buy a proper dog paper, but she just won't, and the newsagent doesn't accept friendly licks as legal tender.


Martha Basset said...

Hi Hamish

We love your new header. Of course you have risen in our estimations now that we now your are a closet munro bagger!

We agree you should write that editor! He clearly knows nothing about dogs! We wonder where he is going to find "a cooperative canine" in the first place! Simply ridiculous. Yes you will have to address the serious matter of Gail's reading material!

Have a great weekend, well what is left of it!

Martha & Bailey xx

Rufus, Indie (and Anita) said...

Hi Hamish! That dog-washing device is definitely not a good idea!
Rufus and Indie

Stella said...

I love your new header, too, what a perfect smile, Hamish!

That invention sounds pretty stupid to me too, but a bath is no picnic anywhere you get it. Like at the groomers, they put you in a big tub, spray water all over you, soap you,rinse with the spray again and THEN make you stand in a cage with a hot fan blowing on you. The worst!

Ah well, no one said life would be easy, Hamish, did they?


Asta said...


Hoomans awe sooo naive, bol!
That would nevew wowk..specially NOT wif Tewwiews..We'we way to smawt to be fooled like that
smoochie kisses

Pamela, Kira and Scampi said...

Ummm do washing device, NO way!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Pee Ess Wooo- I like your new header too!

Ludo van Doggy said...

pfffssshhh, as if they'd even be able to make us wear all that gear in the first place. Ah well, one day peoples might become cleverer, you never know. I likes your new header too!
~lickies, Ludo

Jake of Florida said...

We love Wallace and Gromit -- and think they would be mortified to have someone use their names on such a stoooopid invention.

And we agree with Martha and Bailey - where would they find a "cooperative canine?"

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry