Living: Please Turn Off the Dog

Now that you've had your frozen diet gourmet TV dinner and played checkers with the computer, what other experience is left to simulate? Would you believe a video dog? A video cat?

Believe it. No need to change the kitty litter or take Woofer for a walk. For about $20, Creative Programming Inc. of New York City is offering brief videotapes that provide the "full rich experience of owning your own pet without the mess and inconvenience of the real thing."

The video hound, a furry mutt, fetches video bones and "responds" to a few commands (if given in a predetermined...

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