Psychic Dog Network, CALL NOW!

Ian Goddard (
Thu, 21 May 1998 12:26:50 -0400

At 04:01 PM 5/19/98 -0800, you wrote:

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>> They involve setting up video cameras in the homes of pet owners to
>> record animals' activities while their owners are away. Then they ask
>> owners to return home at unpredictable times -- by taxi and not their
>> own car.

>... I know that a study I did read about showed that most of this dog
>'psychic' behavior was them hearing the sound of their owners vehicles
>at a far greater distance than previously thought capable.

IAN: The article quoted above noted that a taxi was
used to eliminate the possibily of auditory clues
causes by a dog's familiarity with its owners car.

I can see it now PSYCHIC DOG NETWORKS! "Don't be fooled
by other psychic-dog services, only PDN uses real psychic
dogs, yes that's right REAL psychic dogs! Call now for your
free 2 minute consultation. Just ask Rover anything and he'll
give you the answer, the answer YOUR looking for. 2 barks means
"yes" and 1 bark means "no." What have you got to loose? Call NOW!


This could really cut the overhead for those psychic "services"
since they could just have tape recorders attached to the phones
programmed to select either a 1 or 2 bark recording after the
caller's voices pauses for a few seconds, indicating that a
question was just asked and the caller is waiting for the
reply. A slight delay would even induce the impression
that the dog was accessing the "inner-psychic channels."

Personally, I think that those psychic networks skirt or
totally breach the standard of fraud, but enforcing such
a case against them would be so difficult since the nature
of the "product" they "supply" is so intangible. I think
it simply comes down to, the dumb will just be ripped off.
Playing slot machines is even smarter than calling "psychics."