Radio [Astro] - Which Dog is Right for You?

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  1. Luca

    Luca Administrator Staff Member


    ♫~News for a Song~♫

    Good afternoon! My name is Dexter Marlin, and we have a treat for you! The other day during break, our editorial team told us the station was getting a lot of requests from families throughout Aleph about choosing the right dog for your family - and the answer isn't that simple! To help us get to the bottom of this, we brought in some subject matter experts and their respective pets.

    Joining us via video feed from Cloverpaw, we have designer and roboticist April Zanetti and her Man's Best Friend, Jack. Welcome to today's program.

    ZANETTI: Pleased to meet you, I can't wait to get started!
    [Jack borks!]

    From Horrigan University we have Professor James Van Ulrich - with a Spectral Sighthound draped across his lap. Good evening!

    ULRICH: Well met, Mr. Marlin.
    [Sighthound looks up, yawns.]

    And here in the studio we have Evan Gundersen - local animal trainer from Bayside with a garden variety, non-robotic, non-Weird dog for the rest of us.

    GUNDERSEN: G'day.
    [Dog barks, tries to shake Marlin's hand.]

    Put 'er there. So, here we have three different sorts of canine pets. One technological, one magical, and the other mundane. Which one will complete your life, but above all, why get a dog?

    ZANETTI: No family is complete without one, so why not have a dog who can do more, like Jack?
    ULRICH: Since time immemorial, people and dogs have evolved together, domesticated from wolves. It would be doing a disservice not to have one in your life, at least.

    This is true! Dogs are the product of tens and thousands of years of selective breeding and evolution, as well as mutual benefit. The benefits for humans include companionship, utility...

    GUNDERSEN: I reckon dogs only evolved from wolves 'cos they discovered we have couches and snacks.

    ...while the benefits for the dogs are couches, snacks, and unconditional love, yes. Can the Man's Best Friend reciprocate that love, Ms. Zanetti? It says on the box that they can lift approximately five hundred pounds and doesn't need to breathe!

    ZANETTI: This is true. They are engineered to be steadfast companions and work-suitable tools. They draw power from common foodstuffs and organic matter, much like real dogs do.

    They're also surprisingly heavy, clocking in at about thirty five kilograms for a two foot tall dog. On the opposite end of weight - Professor Ulrich, how much does the hound draped across you weigh?

    ULRICH: About the same weight as a greyhound, between thirty to fourty kilos.

    And does your ideal dog have any ... special dietary requirements?

    ULRICH: A Spectral Sighthound's diet requires a helping of Feleaf, in addition to nutrition provided by regular canine foodstuffs. If you cannot grow your own or if none can be sourced locally, store bought Feleaf will do.

    GUNDERSEN: Sounds mighty complex - a regular dog will take whatever you give 'em within reason. No need to plug them into the wall and update their firmware or summon 'em.

    Are you suggesting our audience would be ignorant of these things, Mr. Gundersen?

    GUNDERSEN: Nah, 'course not. It just depends on how much they're willing to do. Wanna keep it simple? Get a garden variety doggo from your local adoption centre and give 'em a loving home.

    A very no-frills approach indeed. Do our other subject matter experts have anything to add?

    ZANETTI: Well, for starters, you don't need to plug the MBF into the wall for it to download updates.

    ULRICH: It isn't difficult to summon a Sighthound to begin with, and many practitioners fabricate a recall trinket for making future summoning easier, should your Sighthound depart for the Weald.

    Let's open the line to viewers, and see what they think...!
  2. Luca

    Luca Administrator Staff Member

    We have a caller from Sargasso's Witchwood. Hello, you're on the line.

    CALLER #1: Hi there - yes, I was considering summoning and adopting a Spectral Sighthound, but I think I would like something more suited to home defence, since crime has been on the uptick recently. Does Mr. Ulrich have any recommendations?


    ULRICH: Check with your local Weird trader or summoner, and they can help you look for a Spectral Mastiff. They are a more aggressive breed of Spectral Hound, suited towards your needs in home defence.

    Sounds deadly! Does such a creature require any additional licensing from councils?

    ULRICH: Yes. Check with your local council or Units to see if you can own one. Spectral Mastiffs are trained to bring targets to the ground and subdue them by biting the forearms or calves. They can be instructed to bite other areas, but these may prove to be lethal. Any litigation that results is something no Weird Thing can help you with.

    GUNDERSEN: Which is why you make sure they're dead, so they can't litigate.

    ZANETTI: It doesn't work that way, mister Gundersen. For an alternative, MBFs are capable of using of many home defence weapons, including firearms.

    Firearms? So, they can have a civilian-grade Mark Eight set to stun to deal with intruders?

    ZANETTI: Yes. They can also administer medical aid.


    CALLER #1: How does it feel to be bitten by a Spectral Hound?

    ULRICH: Much like cold knives plunging into your skin, leaving no marks - but all the pain. Mastiffs have a bite strength of between two and three hundred pounds. Sighthounds only clock in at a hundred to two hundred pounds.

    Very ... informative, and gruesome. Next caller!
  3. Luca

    Luca Administrator Staff Member

    Our next caller is coming from Pendragon, on planet Albion. Hi, you're on the line.

    CALLER #2: I'm a rail technician, and a dog owner. I've always thought a plain dog is the best. My parents had a dog, and so do I - so what's so great about having a magic dog or a technical dog over the real thing?

    An interesting counterpoint. Evan?

    GUNDERSEN: I suppose its because they're relatable, sort of like what the professor said earlier. Maidenhand posses, for example, won't settle for a faker - they prefer the real thing, and will get a dog or wolf.

    ULRICH: The use of dogs and wolves as symbols is well ingrained throughout humanity, evoking images of loyalty, courage, and teamwork.

    And I suppose that's a trait ingrained in each sort of dog that's been presented to us today, hm. Doesn't matter whether it's store brought, adopted - or even grabbed from somewhere beyond the black.

    GUNDERSEN: And Maidenhands can't use magic either. Not a bit - so, its either a real dog, or ...

    ZANETTI: An MBF. Marketing data shows they're still popular for servant and utility purposes, but I seldom see a Corgi as a posse animal.

    Well, they're too adorable to be taken seriously as a threat, I think.

    CALLER #2: Well, that clears things up. Thanks for the help.

    No worries - we have another caller, also from Sargasso. Hello there.

    [Caller #3 stays quiet.]

    You're on, hello? Can you hear us?

    CALLER #3: So ... Toymaker has gone to work for Cloverpaw? I would have expected better with your-

    [Call is cut unexpectedly.]

    ZANETTI: ...Dean?

    ULRICH: Who was that?

    Uh, sorry audience - seems we had someone who wasn't staying on topic. We're still taking your dog-related calls, though!
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