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ABOUT US

How old is Billi?

  • 14 years old.


When did she start using the buttons?

  • May 2020.


What was her first button?

  • “Food”! If I did it again I would start with “pets”, and not add a button related to food.


How did you teach her what the buttons mean?

  • Check out our “Getting Started” page for more information! Specific “how to’s” for words can be found there as well.


Where do you get the buttons?

  • The small buttons are made by FluentPet, the large by Learning Resources. Links for both can be found in the “Getting Started” page.


Does she really understand what the buttons mean?

  • We don’t know! I don’t think we can answer the depth of understanding with the current amount of information we have, all we can say is “does she press the button in the correct context the majority of the time?” For the most part the answer to that is yes. Overall, it’s great enrichment, and Billi really enjoys it. So that’s enough for me 😊 Further research updates will be added as we know more! 


Is this an experiment?

  • Not exactly! It started as a fun thing for Billi and I to do together, and we joined an observational research study as a secondary thing. You can learn more about the study here.


How did you and Billi meet?

  • I found her on the street while I was in undergrad in 2009. She caused a car accident chasing an RUS (Princess Bride reference, not sure if anyone will get that) across the road! Couldn’t find her home, so she became mine 🤗


Why does Billi’s back and tail twitch?


What do you do for a living?

  • I’m a veterinarian who specializes in zoo, aquatic, and wildlife species.


What buttons does she currently have?

  1. Hello

  2. Bye

  3. Where

  4. Oops

  5. I don't understand

  6. Want

  7. What

  8. Hmm?

  9. No

  10. Yes

  11. Love you

  12. Mom

  13. Dad

  14. Billi

  15. Dog

  16. Cat

  17. Grandma

  18. Friend

  19. Squirrel

  20. Bird

  21. Pets

  22. Cuddle

  23. Help

  24. Play

  25. Look

  26. Food

  27. Catnip

  28. Mousey

  29. Fan Toy

  30. Worm

  31. Bunny

  32. Water

  33. Zoom Zoom

  34. Twirly

  35. TV

  36. Settle

  37. Come

  38. Sleep

  39. Smell

  40. Walk

  41. Training

  42. Outside

  43. Inside

  44. Back

  45. Ear

  46. Chin

  47. Tummy

  48. Home

  49. Work

  50. Bedroom

  51. Ouch

  52. Mad

  53. Happy

  54. All Done

  55. Noise

  56. Later

  57. Soon

  58. Now

  59. Then

  60. Before

  61. More

  62. Morning

  63. Afternoon

  64. Night