I have just been made aware of a relatively new television channel. I haven't actually watched it yet because, at this writing, it is only available on DirecTV.
I did, however, check out some of the videos on its website. Are you ready for this? The new channel is DOGTV. It is not a channel about dogs; it is a channel for dogs.
From their website: "DOGTV provides television for dogs as a 24/7 digital TV channel with dog-friendly programming scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone. Through years of research with some of the world's top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog's sense of vision and hearing and supports their natural behavior patterns. The result: a confident, happy dog, who's less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems.''
At first, this seemed like the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of. "Scientifically developed through years of research?" Seriously? Ultimately, this research has produced three distinct types of programming for your pet: relaxation, stimulation and exposure.
When you think about it, this is a great idea. I will admit, I often leave the TV on for my dog, going so far as to tape "The Puppy Bowl" for her. As I'm sure most of you can attest, dogs are very interested in what goes on inside that big box on the TV stand. Backed by the Humane Society of the United States, DOGTV is bound to be more intellectually stimulating than daytime soap operas.
Why can't we come up with a channel like that for humans? Let's face it, many of us leave the TV on in the background while we are otherwise occupied. I'd rather see some cute puppies out of the corner of my eye than some whiny pseudo-celebrity on a reality show.
Mike Marin is a cranky curmudgeon who, when he’s not yelling at kids to get off his lawn, likes to complain about the sad state of popular culture, especially as seen through a TV screen. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.