U R B A N P E T S By Chequinah Blanche Coutinho “Just get a stuffed animal,” they would say, but why should we miss out on that special bond just because of allergies and responsibilities? Living in the 21st century, owning your dream pet has never been so easy. With Hasbro’s FurReal Friends, having a realistic experience of owning a monkey in the comfort of our own living room isn’t as bizarre as it sounds. Robotic pets have developed throughout the years, which initially were just a variety of domestic pets that rocked the metallic futuristic look and responded to simplistic commands. Fast-forward a few years, and now these robotic pets look and act as real as ever, hence the name FurReal Friends. 36