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Electrically heated fake dog

Canine companion device.
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Dogs are pack animals; to share and conserve heat, when required, they sleep in heaps.

In human homes, they like to sleep on or by humans. Some breeds have been specifically bred to be lap-dogs and bed-dogs, keeping humans warm when required. Indigenous Australians use the term "three-dog night" to describe cold conditions.

To provide comfort and reassurance to older dogs, BorgCo are developing a thermostatically controlled electrically heated artificial dog, to share a bed with a real dog which requires additional warmth. The fake dog has a removable, washable faux-fur cover and comes in a range of sizes. The heater is safe low voltage with a remote double- insulated transformer/regulator.

The de luxe version has a moving ribcage to simulate breathing, and can be programmed to produce a variety of lifelike snores, grunts, snuffles and sighs at variable volume.

8th of 7, Dec 29 2014

Dog wrapping blanket Dog_20wrapping_20blanket
Prior Art by [Toto Anders] acknowledged. [8th of 7, Dec 29 2014]

Three dog night http://en.wikipedia...ht#Band_name_origin
Strange but true. [8th of 7, Dec 29 2014]

Pertinent http://punch.photos...ge/I0000dtS18BgU86c
[MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 29 2014]

warming glow Radioactive_20golf_20ball
Those extra strength ones used at the driving range. [wjt, Dec 30 2014]

Mark Twain http://www.goodread...ple-the-more-i-like
Relevant. [8th of 7, Dec 30 2014]

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       I think you're trying to automate the dog, or at least a few of it's functions. Obviously this counterfeit will be unable to come when you call it, become agitated at the presence of burglars or have an enthusiastic demeanor. Now, cats on the other hand, have none of those positive dog features. A Cat that only slept quietly while breathing steadily would be an improvement on the wildly unpredictable original model. Making the living cats (more) superfluous (than they already are).
bs0u0155, Dec 29 2014

       There is just one fundamental flaw with this idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 29 2014

       We disagree. There are at least three.
8th of 7, Dec 29 2014

       Experience has shown that the concepts of "indoors" and "thermite" are mutually exclusive. And everyone knows there ain't no Sanity Clause …
8th of 7, Dec 30 2014

       "The heater is safe low voltage ..."   

       Since when does BorgCo care if something is safe for its customers?
Vernon, Dec 30 2014

       Golf ball powered?
wjt, Dec 30 2014

       //Since when does BorgCo care if something is safe for its customers?//   

       Account hack confirmed.
bs0u0155, Dec 30 2014

       // BorgCo care if something is safe for its customers ? //   

       When its customers are elderly canines in need of warmth and reassurance...   

8th of 7, Dec 30 2014

       <Groucho Marx> Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. <\GM>
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 30 2014


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