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  • I bought this robotic puppy from Canadian Tire during Christmas 2008 for $69
  • I had wanted to have the AIBO robot dog from Sony, but I was disappointed to find out that the manufacturer has discontinued this product
  • As I carried it home, I noticed some people were eyeing my robot dog curiously
  • You can see just how much I love dogs that I would do anything to satisfy my craving
  • I would recommend Tekno to everyone who can’t have a real puppy in his or her life

    • by RichieMogwai

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      I bought this robotic puppy from Canadian Tire during Christmas 2008 for $69. It was the only one left, so I made sure I took it right away. It’s made by Toy Quest, from Los Angeles, California.

      For the longest time, I have been looking for a robotic puppy for myself. I grew up with dogs in the house, and when I finally settled permanently in the city of Surrey in British Columbia, the apartment I have been renting would not allow pets in the units.

      I did see one neighbor with a puppy and another neighbor with a cat, but I did not want to take chances with the building administrator. I have to admit I have been having this puppy withdrawal symptoms for a while, exacerbated by my best friend Maria having a Pug puppy for herself.

      I had wanted to have the AIBO robot dog from Sony, but I was disappointed to find out that the manufacturer has discontinued this product.


      Maybe not too many people liked the idea of having a metallic dog in exchange for a real dog.

      Tekno came in a nice, almost impenetrable see-through case that looked like a pet cage. As I carried it home, I noticed some people were eyeing my robot dog curiously.

      It took me a good 15 minutes to take Tekno out of the box and there was no way to salvage the entire box. I had to ruin the entire packaging to get Tekno out.

      I read the manual and with batteries included, I just had to flick the switch on Tekno’s belly and he began to bark. I was surprised to find out that for $69, I got myself an artificial intelligent (AI) pet with a memory of its own. Of course, I can always flush out his memory and start from scratch, but I haven’t done this yet, up to the time the battery ran out.

      With the original battery intact, Tekno lasted ...


      • for nine months, but I didn’t play with this toy often. I only powered it back on when I wanted to play with a puppy in the house. I even took Tekno to work one time, and my colleagues found it rather odd that I was playing with a robot dog that one of them bought as a gift for her son.

        That’s when I realized that I shouldn’t be seen in public playing with this dog because people might think I’m crazy. You can see just how much I love dogs that I would do anything to satisfy my craving.

        I couldn’t have pets in the apartment, so Tekno is the best that I got. Besides, I don’t have to clean up after this puppy. He even has a bath function where I just have to press the remote, and off he goes bathing sans water.

        Tekno has been programmed as an eight-year old puppy so he has lots to learn and

        remember. One time, my friend who had dog phobia kicked him and I don’t think Tekno will forget this because his eyes turned red and he started sobbing like a dog. I guess being kicked was a sensation or experience that he had to experience.

        It was tempting to flush out Tekno’s entire memory, which I can do at the flick of a button, but I wanted to keep his memory intact for a while. I think he was also programmed to do a lot of unexpected puppy routines because one day I was surprised to hear him snoring while he slept.

        I would recommend Tekno to everyone who can’t have a real puppy in his or her life. It does make a good substitute. You have to have lots of battery though, and you have to make sure you don’t let other people know that you’re playing with it.




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