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Dog Days

Aired May 25, 2000 - 2:54 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: If you think everything is going to the dogs these days, well, we have got proof.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We are off to the doggie day care center in San Francisco.

Here is Catherine Heenan.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CATHERINE HEENAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): 3:00 p.m. on a Wednesday in Silicon Valley, what if you want to know where your pet is? Without leaving work, you click on DoggieCam, featuring live pictures of little J.T. or Mabel or Zorro.

If you can't be with your doing, you can watch him on a Web site.

This is the real thing, complete with sound. The Webcam picture come from Downtown Dog's Day Care. Up to 40 dogs a day go through a routine that sounds an awful lot like a kindergarten.

KELLY ALVES HELSING, DOWNTOWN DOG'S DAYCARE: This gives them socialization, learning how to interact with other dogs. There's a lot of staff members around. A lot of exercise. They get to play with the dogs.

HEENAN: The friendly little pug on the right is Owen. And when his father needs to check on him he can.

DAN ORLOFF, PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM: There she is holding Owen right there. See where my cursor is?

This is what Owen likes. He wants to be carried.

HEENAN: Dan Orloff watches from his desk at the PR firm he runs and thinks this is a great idea.

ORLOFF: It works for a lot of people because we are going all the time, and it is not fair to your pet, your companion, to have them suffer the consequences of a busy lifestyle.

HEENAN: Not everyone gets in, by the way. There's a four-page application, and the dog has to play well with others. If he makes the cut, the staff offers lots of personal attention. SHANNON GAYLORD, DAYCARE STAFF: We treat them like humans and we usually call them kids more than we call them dogs.

ANTHONY WALKER, DAYCARE STAFF: J.T., Diva, Zorro, Savannah, there's a lot of them.

HEENAN (on camera): But you know them. You actually know them all by now.

WALKER: Yeah.

HEENAN (voice-over): And at this point, you probably won't be surprised to hear there's a regular nap time, accompanied by Kenny G. music.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ALLEN: Life's tough for a dog.

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