I've just seen an advert on children's TV for a battery powered toy dog that eats, sleeps, pets and cuddles. It may do more. I looked at our dog and said your days are numbered Blue! Ha ha
I remember when I was a kid fifty years ago we had a stiff dog attached to a push-along frame on wheels. There may have been a jumping toy dog in the house too. It was attached to a remote control and did somersaults. Our real dog Shandy was not impressed with these imposters.
I've always preferred real pets in the house so my daughter didn't bother much with the Tamagotchi or the Furby in the cupboard during the early Nineties.
I wonder if anyone is planning to buy a battery run furry pet this Xmas?