Maybe I am a fuddy duddy. I love my pets. I miss them when I am away from them, but do I need to make sure we are connected at a moments notice like the rest of my life seems to have become? I saw this new app today. You can use your phone while you are away to “check in” with your pets. I just don’t know how I feel about using technology in my life this way. On this app you can talk to your pets through your phone to a monitor set up in your house, use a laser to play with them from the phone or see what they might be doing while you are gone. You can even take pictures, post on Facebook and share with all your connections while you are not home! The human ingenuity to have figured this all out is remarkable.
If I were gone from the house, then started talking to my pack without physically being there I think they would wig out! I envision them running around looking for me in any room connected to the “voice box”. After the initial ruckus, they sniff the monitor, realizing it’s not me they go back to their preferred seating arrangements. Almost like a cruel joke. Maybe a little over dramatic, but then so is this concept to me!
Animals do not understand spatial time separation like a human might. If they did, their enthusiasm score levels when you return from vacation after a week or from going to the corner store for fifteen minutes would rate differently. Mine do not!
As far as the laser tag feature, do I want to be having the burden while I am gone that I have the ability to play with them….and I don’t want too? If I am on a vacation- I want to be on vacation. The last thing I want to do is initiate a reminder for laser tag on my phone in their time zone. The same is true if I traveled for business. After a long day on the road I want to cuddle up with room delivery and veg out.
My dogs and cats are family. I try to make the best life for them, but hiring a really good pet sitter who can give them that “one on one” while I can’t be there still seems to be (in my book) the best way for me to care for them emotionally. Why deny them the bark-fest they are going to have when I finally do come home?
Let me know what you think.