THESE ARE THE CUTEST PUPPIES IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!! I teach special ed and we are using this as a reward for some of our behavior challenged kids! They will do just about anything so they can watch the puppies! What the h*ll am I gonna do when the puppies grow up and go away!!! EEEk! Thanks so so much for sharing this with us!!! I love MC!!!
'It takes a village of some four million to raise six cuddly pups, or to at least ogle them for hours on end.
What began as a way for a San Francisco couple to keep tabs on their pet Shiba Inu dog Kika’s litter while they were at work has become an unlikely web sensation. Viewers flock to the Internet site Ustream.com to monitor the 5-week old brood’s growth, watching the energetic pups paw and play with one another and have at it with their chew toys.
TODAY peppered its Saturday program with peeks into the puppy’s lair, giving the brood of six their first network exposure outside their spreading fame on the Internet. Speaking via satellite with TODAY’s Lester Holt and Amy Robach, Ustream co-founder Brad Hunstable explained how a private dogsitting webcam became a worldwide phenomenon.
“It started out in the Ustream offices, our employees found the puppies when they only had one or two viewers,” Hunstable told Holt and Robach.
“We fell in love with them, we forwarded them to our friends and our friends forwarded it to their friends. The next thing you know mothers were forwarding it to daughters and daughters were forwarding it to mothers. Over four million people in the last week have tuned in to watch.”
What’s now become America’s favorite time-waster actually has its roots in U.S. troops serving overseas. Brad Hunstable and pal John Ham established the website in 2006 while serving as army cadets at West Point. They were frustrated communication between soldiers and their families was largely limited to phone calls or instant messages on the internet, and then with only one family member at a time.
The soldiers, along with Dr. Gyula Feher struck upon the idea of creating Ustream as a live interactive video broadcast. Anyone with a camera and computer could plug in and tap the site and interact endlessly with other people logged into the site.
While Ustream broadcasts a wide variety of high school and college sporting events, concerts and other entertainment offerings and even family reunions, it took the little pups from the City by the Bay to truly capture the world’s imagination and put the site on the map.
The universal reaction among viewers is “Awwww…how cute!” as the fuzzy brown look-alike pups live their lives out in a Truman Show-like existence. Viewers know the pups by name and by the color of their collars. They include boys Aki (green collar), Akoni (black collar), Ando (blue collar) and girls Autumn (purple collar), Ayumi (yellow collar) and Amaya (red collar).
Early broadcasts showed mom Kika, an exotic breed of Japanese hunting dog, nursing her pups – but now that the litter is largely weaned from their mother, Kika only makes the occasional cameo. The camera is focused on a large doggy bed where the canines romp - when they’re tuckered out, they snuggle in an endless array of configurations.
If productivity is down in offices around the world, the furry siblings are a likely culprit.
“Typically, what we’ve seen is people are putting it on while they are at work, just to kind of get away and get a breath of cuteness,” Hunstable told Holt and Robach.'