Okay. Now I’ve seen everything…
Did you know that you no longer have to be at home to feed your pet? Or that you don’t need to rely on a pet sitter, relative, friend or neighbor to feed Mittens or Fido if you’re away? It’s true.
Apparently there’s an app and a special food dispenser that will do it for you. But only if you have a Mac, iPad, iPhone or similar device. And only if you’re willing to spend more than $100 for the feeder.
On its website, the company that makes the product lists all sorts of reasons why buying it is a great idea. But personally I am not convinced.
Sure, I think it’s a great alternative for pet owners who have to work late once in a while, or for those who have to travel occasionally and don’t want to pay a friend, neighbor, relative or pet sitter.
Do I think it’s a good idea to rely on Internet technology to feed your pet all of the time? Absolutely, positively not. Frankly, if you’re not around enough to feed your cat or dog a couple of times per day, you probably shouldn’t have one.
A recent article in The Daily Dot proves my point. Apparently, the servers crashed — leaving the pets that rely on the technology for food without any. The reporter that wrote the story didn’t interview any pets that were affected, but I imagine they weren’t very happy. Judging by a copy of a social media post (tweet) included in the story, I think its safe to say the pet owners whose dogs and cats were affected weren’t very happy, either.
I can’t say whether the company’s claims that the server crash was unusual and that it was working to prevent similar failures reassured those who were affected. But I can say that I’m not impressed. I told Eli about the whole ordeal, and he’s not too impressed, either.
The bottom line is that our companion animals rely on us for only a few things: shelter, food, healthcare, and love. It’s really not asking too much. And in return, we get more love and loyalty than we deserve.