Dogs may have a hard time wrapping their paws around this one: Robotic competition is nipping at their heels in the man’s-best-friend department. A study by Saint Louis University found that a lovable pooch named Sparky and a robotic dog, AIBO, were about equally effective at relieving the loneliness of nursing home residents and fostering study, which appears in the March issue of the Journal of The American Medical Directors Association, builds on previous findings by the researchers that frequent dog visits decreased loneliness of nursing home residents.
As a case in point, Stevenson’s idea for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde didn’t materialize unbidden and completely unfamiliar in his dream; rather, he “had long been trying to write a story on this subject, to find a body, a vehicle, for that strong sense of man’s double being.” He just couldn’t figure out how to execute his idea. Then, when some bills became due, and necessity dictated the writing of something, anything, “For two days I went about racking my brains for a plot of any sort.” It was only then that parts of the Jekyll and Hyde storyline finally arrived in his sleep.
SHOTGUN PADDY (NAP) finished runner-up in last year’s renewal ahead of Mysteree , 2015 winner Milborough and Portrait King , who won this way back in 2012. Emma Lavelle’s charge is 7lb lower this time round and looks to have every chance of going one better having run well for third in a tough Grade 3 handicap at Warwick last time. Milansbar , Knockanrawley , Mountainous and Russe Blanc all finished behind the selection at Warwick though the latter has since gone close at Carlisle. Out Sam has a shout off his current mark on his earlier third at Kempton while Harry The Viking beat subsequent winner Smooth Stepper at Kelso in December but was behind Straidnahanna at Catterick last month. Gevrey Chambertin is at home in this grade and on a decent mark while Alto Des Mottes won over these fences last month and is only 4lb higher today.