By Julia Williams
Everyone who knows me is well aware that I am a kid at heart. My philosophy is that you’re never too old to play. There’s a time and a place for adult stuff, of course, but I firmly believe that taking time to play keeps us young in our bodies and our minds. Nurturing your inner child is every bit as important as taking care of the adult you.
So it will come as no surprise that I discovered an app called My Talking Pet, and found it utterly hilarious. Yes, it is *very* silly, but so entertaining for your inner child as well as any actual human children you might want to share it with.
The My Talking Pet app is so easy to use, and unless you are one of those humans with no sense of humor, it will make you laugh… a lot. My inner child (I call her Baby Quirky) had more fun with this app than she’s had in a good long while. And trust me when I say, this kid knows how to play!
I downloaded the app on my ipad, but it will also work on your iphone, and there is an Android version now, too. Essentially, you take a photo of your pet, then record anything you want your pet to say. You can change the pitch from low (for doggies) to high (for kitties) or somewhere in between depending on what you fancy their voice to be like. When you’ve finished making your video, you can email it to a friend, save it on your ipad or phone, and even post it on Facebook or your blog (see my videos below!).
By Langley Cornwell
“There’s an app for that” is a catchy phrase. In fact, the slogan plays an important role in Apple Computer’s promotion of their iPhone. The tagline has become so popular it’s now become a part of our culture, making its way into general conversations and even into pop music.
So it stands to reason that, when it comes to being a responsible pet owner, well… there’s an app for that.
There are apps to assist you in locating dog parks, finding pet-friendly hotels and comparing dog walkers and pet sitters. There are apps for tracking your pet’s health, practicing various training methods, illustrating grooming techniques and reminding you of feeding times or medication requirements. There are even apps that help you select the most nutritious and specific foods for your pets; foods like CANIDAE and FELIDAE.
There is a website called Mashable Tech that lists the most popular apps for pet owners. There are also helpful apps listed on Yappler. I’ve tried some of these apps, but not all. Here’s a rundown of some current recommendations.
Apps to keep your pet healthy and strong
Cat Doctor: Expert veterinarian advice for your cat, right at your fingertips. Cat Doctor is organized into critical topics so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. There’s also an informative video hosted by a cat-specific veterinarian with over 30 years of experience.
Pet First Aid: An app that keeps all of your pet’s important medical records in one place. It also provides illustrations and videos of what to do in case of a medical emergency. The cool thing about this app is you can reach the information when you’re offline so if you get into trouble while hiking the back roads with your four-legged pal, you can access advice immediately.
Pet Vet Records: Here’s a way to track your pet’s health and share their medical records and files with your vet. This app is good for someone who moves frequently, because you can easily transfer your pet’s health information from one vet to another.
By Linda Cole
New technology is always fun, especially when it’s in a phone. Today’s iPhone has apps for pretty much anything a phone user could want. And if you’re a pet lover, there are apps especially for you. If you need to find the nearest dog park or just want to catch up on the latest pet news, there’s an app for that. The following apps are all compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Pet Acoustics: this app gives you streaming music designed especially for your dog, cat or horse. For pets that are afraid of thunderstorms, firework or other loud noises, this app plays soothing music to help keep them relaxed. Helps relieve stress while you wait at the vet’s office as well. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later. $1.99.
Pet Notebook gives you one place to keep your pet’s important information like birth dates, medications, vet number, ID information and microchip number. It can store information for multiple pets. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. $.99.
PetMD Pet Services Finder helps you locate pet friendly hotels, dog parks, emergency clinics, veterinarians and more. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Free.