There was once a time, oh, not too long ago really, when the best way to unwind at the end of a long day was to drop a jazz record on the phonograph, ease back in a big comfy chair, and have a nice proper petting session with that loyal mutt who'd been so eagerly awaiting your return. But these days, what the unending barrage of beeping cellphones, flashing apps, and the dull glow of laptop screens keeping us constantly distracted, it's a wonder that our poor little pooches even get a head-pat.
And it seems, after years of patiently putting up with our electronic devices stealing away our attention, dogs have finally had about enough.
According to a recent poll, 1 in 10 pet owners in the U.S. have had a gadget or gizmo damaged or destroyed by their canine companion. Not surprisingly, those cellphones we've become so attached to accounted for nearly a third of the devices targeted by dogs.
Computer power cords were also among the most commonly destroyed items, says company SquareTrade which commissioned the survey.
Why would these normally long-suffering pets be waging war on our electronics? Many suggest that jealousy may be at play. A quarter of the devices damaged were reportedly done so while they were being used.
So put away the Angry Birds; there may be a real upset animal in the room.