Remember those great "dogs playing poker" paintings that show up everywhere? Well now you can up the ante by inserting your companion animal's photo into the mix and help shelter animals at the same time!
iMatte Inc. a creative team of Oscar-winning technologists created the app, which allows you to seamlessly insert your pet into three famous paintings from the 1903 Brown and Bigelow calendar of dogs playing poker. And you thought Fido was just napping when you were at work! So that's how he affords all that bling!
"These famous paintings of dogs playing poker capture a truth all pet owners understand," says iMatte CEO Paul Vlahos. "These creatures have unique personalities, emotions, and sense of humor -- in essence, a precious soul. When we saw our pets at the poker table with the other dogs, it was priceless. We knew we had something that could help all pets in need."
A percentage of the 99 cent price from each app download goes to Adopt-a-Pet.com, a free web service that displays pets for adoption at 9,000 animal shelters across North America. In fact, Martha's pet search is powered by Adopt-a-Pet.com.
The "Mix It Up With Adopt-a-Pet.com" app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store. Additional apps will follow soon with other images to immortalize your pet in spectacular ways. Says Vlahos, "we developed this technology to entertain, and we are happy to bring this medium to iPhone users and benefit homeless pets."
I'm embarrassed to admit that I spent hours playing around with this fun new tool, but I encourage you to give it a try! And please send your poker playing pets with a caption to me firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share them with our readers!
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Dr. Pia Salk