This story opens up with a scene of the house. The building consists of lots of technology that cleans, cooks, reminds those living in the home about important tasks, etc. Here the kitchen ceiling is stating the date, and repeats it 3 times for memory's sake.
In this picture, there are robotic mice shown who clean anything and everything. "Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot nice darted. The rooms were acrawl with the small cleaning animals, all rubber and metal" (Bradbury, 9).
"The dog frothed at the mouth, lying at the door, sniffing, its eyes turned to fire. It ran wildly in circles, biting at its tail, spun in a frenzy, and died. It lay in the parlor for an hour" (Bradbury, 23).