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Video: Dogs are some of the most loving and affectionate pets you can own, but they do have one sworn enemy: Vacuum cleaners. They will incessantly bark, or run and hide while you're cleaning your floors. But one dog adapted to its owner's Roomba wandering all over the house like it owns the place — it's apparently learned how to turn the damn thing off.

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Australia's first dog-sharing website has made having a part-time pooch possible with the launch of a free borrowing feature which connects the "desperate and dog-less" with dog owners to "dog share."

Those longing for puppy love can get their pet-fix by providing walks or dog sitting for time-poor dog owners in their local area. No money exchanges hands, simply the companionship of a new best friend.

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In March of 2014, Sony announced it would stop supporting its impressive line of AIBO robot dogs, leaving many owners heartbroken. Countless toy companies have tried to create similarly capable robot pets since AIBO's demise, but they have all been a disappointment — until now. Despite being a Star Wars toy, Spin Master's new life-size BB-8 might just be the zero-maintenance pet you've always wanted.

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Anyone who has ever had a pet knows the inevitable will happen, and that the circle of life is cruel and unavoidable. But when a dog, cat, horse or other creature dies in a genre movie, the circumstances are often shaped by bizarre forces — supernatural, weird-science and otherwise — that make a tragic loss even worse. Here are nearly two dozen of the saddest fates of pop culture's furry friends.

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Here lies Sir Meows-A-Lot, beloved pet of Sally, Ted, Nancy and Job. He was a good cat who was stolen from us too early. Maybe if we hadn't bought an internet connected pet feeder before our holiday to the Bahamas, Sir Meows-A-Lot would still be here today. But we did, and then a network outage cut off his food supply. Rest in peace, buddy.

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For $US35 ($47) ThinkGeek will now sell you an animatronic cat tail, powered by four AA batteries, that will contentedly swish back and forth as it hangs from the back of your pants. You can pretend you're buying it for cosplay reasons, or maybe for a Halloween costume, but deep down you know it's really your first tentative step towards becoming a furry.

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Wearable tech like fitness bands and GPS trackers are all the rage, and our pets are starting to use them, too. These tools can help us monitor and track our companion animals. But these devices are also changing our pets' capabilities and how we interact with them. We've entered the age of cyborg animals.

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Saying goodbye to a pet is sometimes even harder than saying goodbye to family before they pass. So a website called Cuddle Clones wants to make it a little easier to cope with the loss of your pet by creating a plush clone of it using just a handful of photos from different angles. Each clone is custom-made, and the results are remarkably close to the real thing.

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Apple thinks it's figured out the future of TV, but it's not apps. A few random clicks through YouTube reveals the real media goldmine waiting to be tapped: cats. But why pay for a monthly streaming service when this TV-shaped scratching post provides hours of real-life entertainment?