Poker Dogs iPhone App

Posted by Pia

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!

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Martha and her little poker wizards prepare to raise the ante by 5 home baked biscuits!

1 Martha and her little poker wizards prepare to raise the ante by 5 home baked biscuits!

The next 3 pictures are of the original paintings;

2 The next 3 pictures are of the original paintings; "A Friend in Need"

3 "Pinched With Four Aces"

4 "A Waterloo"

Tensions are running high.  That's a lot of catnip and kitty Roger is bluffing...

5 Tensions are running high. That's a lot of catnip and kitty Roger is bluffing...

Pickles poker face...

6 Pickles poker face...

Freud sees the bet and raises with a dose of guilt...
(I snapped this from a drawing my father did of Freud and inserted it into the app!)

7 Freud sees the bet and raises with a dose of guilt... (I snapped this from a drawing my father did of Freud and inserted it into the app!)

Francesca is calculating the odds... She lost her shirt in the last game.
(I snapped this right from my computer screen!)

8 Francesca is calculating the odds... She lost her shirt in the last game. (I snapped this right from my computer screen!)

Sharkey's poker face is so flawless it blends into the scenery!

9 Sharkey's poker face is so flawless it blends into the scenery!

Remember my foster dog Pepper? Here she is having had 1 too many martinis with the crew!

10 Remember my foster dog Pepper? Here she is having had 1 too many martinis with the crew!

When the 'fuzz' arrived, Pepper rushed to hide under the table...

11 When the 'fuzz' arrived, Pepper rushed to hide under the table...

For many of these I used my phone to snap a photo of a photo on my computer screen...I'll have to perfect the technique, but at least it allowed me to use some great photos I already have! Here is Pepper planning her next move.

12 For many of these I used my phone to snap a photo of a photo on my computer screen...I'll have to perfect the technique, but at least it allowed me to use some great photos I already have! Here is Pepper planning her next move.

Even the Shepard Fairey ADOPT dog is a poker fan!

13 Even the Shepard Fairey ADOPT dog is a poker fan!

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 drpia.dw@gmail.com so I can share them with our readers!

Now the only question is whether to hold at 2 biscuits or raise a pinch of cat nip. What to do...?

In kinship,

Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (3)

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I don’t think that I would be too good at playing poker. My face would give me away; at least that’s what mommy says. She always knows when I haven’t been good. She says it’s in the eyes. I’m really tired this morning. Had thunderstorms last night. It really was bad and the TV went off and I couldn’t see the Weather Channel. I jumped onto the couch and yelled, “I need drugs!” Mommy gave me a pill and I calmed down a little for a while. I think I’ll take more naps today to catch up. I wouldn’t want to get behind on my naps.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Where was GK he has a great face for poker, your animals must have missed you so much Martha.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, What a fantastic idea to promote adopt-a-pet.com. These photos are precious and my little Duddley Do Right would be a perfect dog to play games like that. Unfortunately I don't have an IPhone or an IPod to do that kind of procedure. Hopefully those who have them will help promote more adoptions. Thanks for another great blog. Have a nice weekend. Jan

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