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Facetime Fido when you're away from home

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 01:10

A teenager invents a device that allows dog owners to online video chat with their pooch. Jennifer Davis reports.

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Brian Stump used to hate to leave his rescue puppy Walter alone at their Hoboken, New Jersey apartment when he went to work. But now thanks to a new device called I-C-Pooch, he doesn't have to. SOUNDBITE: BRIAN STUMP, DOG OWNER SAYING: "The point of having a dog is to interact with him and spend time with him, when you spend eight hours a day away from him, it just helps to bridge that gap." This new device attaches to a tablet computer. Then simply download an app to your phone and voila - you can video chat with your pooch and even remotely release a treat. SOUNDBITE: BRIAN STUMP, DOG OWNER SAYING: "It's really cool, its really funny to see him react to it. He hears you, he sees your face, I think the big part of the confusion for him is he can't smell you." A 14 year old dog lover thought this one up. Brooke Martin built I-C-Pooch with her father's help and recently showed it off at the Purina Better With Pets Summit in New York. SOUNDBITE: BROOKE MARTIN, INVENTOR SAYING: "I felt so guilty that I had to leave her alone all day depressed by herself." So far she's sold hundreds online and she hopes her product for pooches will be available in stores before the holidays.

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Facetime Fido when you're away from home

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 01:10