Friday Follies: ‘I Think He’s Trying to Tell Us Something’

By October 21, 2005Friday Follies

Friday FolliesThose of you old enough to remember the old Lassie series (or young enough to be watching it on Nickelodeon) remember the classic scene: Lassie usually spots a dangerous situation, runs back to his small-brained human friends and begins to bark. One inevitably turns to the other and uses the same line, almost every episode: “I think he’s trying to tell us something.”

Well, now dog owners — or dog friends or dog significant others — can take the guesswork out of it. While we are typically loath to hock new products on the blog, this one was just too good to resist. It’s called the Bow Lingual, and it translates a dog’s bark for more than 80 breeds. With a motto of “Your dog has something to tell you”, it breaks emotions down into six different categories: happy, sad, frustrated, needy, on-guard/territorial, and assertive/showing-off. (Wonder if they make these for people…?) It also has a feature called, “Bark History” that allows you to store up to 100 barks at a time. For chihuahuas and other annoying little yappy dogs, this wouldn’t last more than about an hour.

But no matter. This is great technology and we thought we should make you dog owners, lovers and partners aware of this great technology from Japan which hit US shores late summer of this year.

So next time Lassie runs up and barks, June Lockhart can just glance at her “Bow-Lingual” monitor and relax, turn to the camera with a shrug: “He’s just showing off.”