PC pets

Computer dog

They may not be able to sniff out a malformed packet, alert you to performance degradation, or chase pests off the network, but these faithful (or heat-seeking) companions do make computer rooms a better place to be.

Even if your own workspace isn't Bowser-friendly, and CAT 5 cable is as feline as it gets, these photos will give you a glimpse at how LAN's best friend--and the rest of the animal kingdom--have adapted to the world of computers.

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...