PHOTOS: Calgary canines audition for Beakerhead dog orchestra
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Beakerhead is gearing up for their third annual science and art spectacular, and this year some of the Beakerhead ambassadors will play some sweet tunes — in exchange for a belly rub that is.
Saturday morning many Calgary canines auditioned to be a part of the Beakerhead dog orchestra.
The orchestra works using a technology called a “makey mekey board” — a product designed by the Lifelong Kindergarden Group at MIT — that allows you to turn anything conductive into a switch.
Beakerhead collaborator Dana Scholls created conductive dog booties and chew toys for the dogs that allow the dogs to acts as the switch when they are wearing them or licking the toy and being petted.
“We’re having a lot of fun and figuring out so much as we go,” said Scholls. “When we started we didn’t think of the lick switch but that seems to be working very well with all dogs.”
As the fur friends made the cut, the pride of their owners was evident.
“I’m excited to tell people at work when they are like, ‘My kid has ballet class today,’ and I can say, ‘Well Wallace is in the orchestra, we’re heading to his performance, getting out the tux,’” said Keely Cameron, owner of scottish terrier and new orchestra member, Wallace.
Claudia Bustos, community engagement manager for Beakerhead said it is interesting to see how dog owners are “attached to their dogs like they are their kids.”
“When they find out that their dog is accepted there are taking it more seriously than I thought people would,” said Bustos.
The dogs orchestra will be performing three of the five days at Beakerhead, Sept. 16- 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Stephen Avenue.