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Monday, June 01, 2009

Guide Dog Game for the iPhone

Application developer Joseph Dolan has created a new interactive program for Apple Inc. that will benefit Guide Dogs of Texas: http://www.guidedogsoftexas.org.

Guide Dogs of Texas raises, trains and provides guide dogs to visually impaired Texans to enhance their mobility and independence. It is the only guide dog school in Texas and is a member of the International Guide Dog Federation.

Dolan created a downloadable application called Pocket Puppy Raiser that allows users to interact with a virtual puppy on the Apple iPhone. Users can scratch a sleeping puppy’s belly until its leg shakes, pet the dog until it licks the iPhone screen or play a game of tug-of-war with the pup.

The application costs $2.99 per download and proceeds will be split among the iPhone App Store, Dolan and Guide Dogs of Texas.

Dolan, a graduate of Texas State Technical College, developed the application upon the recommendation of his mother, Michelle Pelletier, who works for Guide Dogs of Texas as a puppy raising program manager.

Dolan says he plans to upgrade the Pocket Puppy Raiser to reflect the different tasks guide dogs perform as they grow older.

To download the app, click this link to go to iTunes and search “Pocket Puppy Raiser"a.

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