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New Sony Aibo Dog

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For those who have always wanted Sony’s AIBO robotic dog, but didn’t manage to pick one up when they were discontinued in 2006, rejoice! The company announced today that their all-new version will be coming to the US, priced at $2,899, which includes three years of Sony’s AI Cloud service too. Unlike its predecessors, this model uses AI Cloud to send its daily activities back to Sony’s servers, shaping the robot’s personality as well as enabling owners stay connected to their device over Wi-Fi or LTE through AT&T. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

Man's Best Friend

Photo credit: Joana Eme via Bored Panda

It’s that time again, time for the annual “The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year” contest, and the 2018 entries were definitely no slouch. First up, we have “Man’s Best Friend” by photographer Joana Matos. “I love this photo for many reasons: it was taken at my favourite beach, with my favourite man, with my favourite dog… and in the background there is an umbrella that belonged to my eternal love Nupi, an adventurous cocker spaniel who shared his life with me for almost 19 years,” said Joana. Continue reading to see more.

Big Dog Kid

Photo credit: Andy Seliverstoff via Bored Panda

Photographer Andy Seliverstoff, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, introduces his latest photo series, titled “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs.” It’s exactly as it sounds, and features Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, Tibetan Mastiffs, Briads, and Black Russian Terriers. Some shots, like the ones above, appear to be straight from a fairytale. “I always take plenty of time with the dog who’s in front of my camera so I get to know the personality of my dog model the best I can. The personality and the character is unique for every individual dog. The human aspects we often recognize in our dogs are, among other things, what makes us feel so close to them. And it is this aspect I try to express in my photography,” said Seliverstoff. Continue reading for more images and a few bonuses.

Dogs Trying to Catch Treats

Photo credit: Christian Vieler via Bored Panda

Christian Vieler from Waltrop, Germany recently embarked on a creative photo project, capturing the many expressions of dogs trying to catch treats in mid-air. “Every shoot I am looking for that specific moment when the dog is looking as cute or funny as they can be. That cannot be seen without the power of freezing motion – dog’s faces with magnificent lineaments, telling us stories of panic, desire and joy,” said Vieler. Continue reading for more. Click here to view some bonus amazing and luxurious dog houses that cost upwards of $50,000 USD.

Muscular Dog

Scientists in China have created the world’s first gene-modified dogs, which have twice the amount of muscle mass than that of a non-engineered dog. One advantage this gives them is a “stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police (military) applications,” said Liangxue Lai, a researcher involved with the project at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health. This same gene mutation does happen naturally in one particular dog breed, whippets, whose lack of myostatin makes their muscles grow even while resting. Click here to view the first image in this week’s funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kid teaching Jackie Chang Shaolin techniques.

Werewolf Muzzle Dog

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Your dog may love all humans, but once you strap this muzzle on them, it transforms them into an intimidating werewolf-like creature. It’s manufactured by a Russian company, and Marina Kurulyova recently became an internet hit after she posted a photo of her dog, a giant Schanutzer, wearing the muzzle. How much does it cost? Around $30 if the store (above) ships internationall. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Dogs and Owners

Photo credit: Ines Opifanti via Bored Panda

Most dogs do not look like their owners, but after seeing these portraits by German photographer Ines Opifanti, you might think otherwise. “I photographed the dogs first, letting them sit on a small podium. Owners had to interact with them, telling them phrases they know the dogs will react to. Of course they got lots and lots of praise and treats so they quickly stopped caring about the lights or the camera. It’s important that dogs are calm and relaxed, so they can show their natural behavior and are not frightened. After the dogs were photographed, the owners have to interpret and mimic. I noticed that dog people get really good in interpreting their own dogs. It’s really a fascinating thing because we’re two completely different species after all,” said Opifanti. Continue reading for more pictures.

Special Staircase Dogs Home

What happens when you take a normal staircase, add special railing, smaller steps, and a shallower incline? A staircase that’s perfect for a dog’s shorter legs. 07Beach, an architectural firm based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was asked to renovate a home for a dog-owning client, and this was the result. “I designed this so that your house could represent your affection for your wife and your two dogs, with the idea that this house will be like a gift to your family,” said Joe Chikamori, the principal architect at 07Beach. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Dogs Giant

No, you’re not looking at a giant dog running towards the camera, just a clever photography trick known as forced-perspective. This technique employs an optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera. Continue reading for more perfectly timed photos that transform normal dogs into giant creatures.