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Grief counseling for the pet owner: your role & additional resources
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Contributor(s):: S. W. Johnson
Shooting them isn't the answer : why pets matter in disasters
Contributor(s):: Steve Glassey
With over 44% of those failing to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina doing so in part because they were unable to take their pets, the issue of pets in disasters has become a major issue and focus for emergency managers worldwide. The academic consensus is that pets are seen as part of the human...
Problematising upstream technology through speculative design: the case of quantified cats and dogs
Contributor(s):: Shaun Lawson, Ben Kirman, Conor Linehan, Tom Feltwell, Lisa Hopkins
There is growing interest in technology that quantifies aspects of our lives. This paper draws on critical practice and speculative design to explore, question and problematise the ultimate consequences of such technology using the quantification of companion animals (pets) as a case study. We...
Siamo tutti animisti ? L'interazione con gli altri animali attraverso la cura del loro spirito
Contributor(s):: Véronique Servais
L’hypothèse générale qui sous-tend cette conférence est que le mental animal est une perception émergente liée aux conditions de l’interaction entre une personne humaine et un animal. Si on compare la manière dont un chercheur ou un...
Consumer value journey with pet in multiple service touchpoints
Contributor(s):: Jaakko Autio, Ari Kuismin, Minna Autio, Henna Syrjälä, Eliisa Kylkilahti
Our paper explores how consumer value is negotiated in pet-related services. We combine the discussion on value with the standpoint of service design; the approaches of consumer journey and service touchpoints. The contribution lies in discussing how consumer value is experienced in pet-related...
Circumpolarity : Human-Animal Relationships in the Circumpolar North
Contributor(s):: David George Anderson
This five-year project investigates how people and animals today, and in the past, build sustainable communities around the circumpolar Arctic.
A field study with primary school children on perception of social presence and interactive behavior with a pet robot
Contributor(s):: Marcel Heerink, Marta Díaz, Jordi Albo-Canals, Cecilio Angulo, Alex Barco, Judit Casacuberta, Carles Garriga
This paper presents a study on measuring (1) how children experience a pet robot, (2) how they play with it and (3) how children’s perceptions on and interaction with pet robots are interrelated. The study features different types of subjective and objective techniques to assess the degree...
Pet Companion Robot for Visually Impaired Elderly
Contributor(s):: Fanglin Chao
The proposed concept serves as the middle person to feed, detect, trash collect and communicate between the elderly and the pet. Several kind of interaction mode was also proposed to fulfill the ability and living characteristics of the elderly. Although only part of function...
A natural cure for the pet fish problem: feature emergence as classificatory composition
Contributor(s):: Chris Thornton
Where do emergent features come from? This has long been an intriguing puzzle. The concept of pet fish illustrates the difficulty. Most people expect pet fish to live in bowls, even though this is not something either pets or fish normally do. The inference that pet fish have the feature of...
WOOF: Rin Tin Tin and the Hero Dogs
Contributor(s):: Amos St. Germain
Susan Orlean’s recent book on the phenomenon of Rin Tin Tin has rekindled this author’s interest in “Rinty” and our fascination with animal heroes, particularly dogs. How does Rinty work as a hero? What does Rinty tell us about ourselves?
Exploring interspecies sensemaking: dog tracking and multispecies ethnography
Contributor(s):: Clara Mancini, Janet van der Linden, Jon Bryan, Andrew Stuart
The domestic use of tracking technology with pets is on the rise, yet is under-researched. We investigate how tracking practices reconfigure human-dog relationships changing both humans and dogs. We question the sensemaking mechanisms by which both humans and dogs engage in context-based...
Regulating dogs, goats, companions and their humans 1898-1998: modern to post-modern pets?
Contributor(s):: Fiona Borthwick
Franklin and White (2001) present the results of a content analysis on animal-related stories in the Tasmanian newspaper, The Mercury, over the period 1949-1998. The research was designed to test the thesis presented in Franklin's (1999) earlier publication. In summary, Franklin (1999) links the...