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New app allows pet owners to visit with pets on the go

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Online video chat allows us to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. But now a new device lets you do the same thing with your pet.

Brian Stump owns Walter, a frisky rescue puppy, but has to leave the pup by himself while he's at work. The technology allows Stump and Walter to get plenty of "face time" even when they're not in the same place.

"The point of having a dog is to interact with him and spend time with him," Stump says. "When you spend eight hours a day away from him, it just helps bridge that gap."

The device is called I-C Pooch. Attach a tablet computer to it and you can use an app on your phone to video call your pet, and even remotely release a treat.

"It's really cool, it's really funny to see him react to it. He hears you, he sees your face. I think the big part of the confusion for him is he can't smell you."

The I-C Pooch didn't come from a tech company, its actually the brain child of a teenager. Fourteen-year-old Brook Martin recently displayed her invention at the Purina Better with Pets Summit in New York.

She says she likes to video chat with her friends, so why not with her beloved dog Kayla, who she says has separation anxiety.

"I felt so guilty that I had to leave her alone all day depressed by herself, I thought it would be great to connect with her while I was gone," Martin said.

With her father's help, Martin built a working prototype and she has already sold hundreds online. She says she hopes the finished version will be on store shelves in time for the holidays.

As for Walter the puppy, Stump says he's already sold...especially on the treats.

Martin says the device can also be adapted for cat treats so feline owners can video visit with their cat when they're away.

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