(Advertisement – Furbo was kindly gifted to me.) You know that heartbreaking moment when you look your beloved fur-baby in the eyes and tell them, ‘I’ll be home as soon as I can. I love you’. They look back at you, eyes filled with expectation, tinged with disappointment and sadness. They’re clearly waiting for you to change your mind and invite them along to whatever it is you get up to outside of the den? Yeah, I hate that moment.
I wish I lived in a world where supermarket trolleys had doggy-seats and fur-mamma parking spaces but sadly I do not and there are times when I have to leave Monty at home whilst I achieve the daily challenges. As a family, we prioritise making sure this time is as limited as possible, but with the best will in the world, leaving Monty at home can’t be avoided – and that’s where Furbo comes along
Furbo is a dog camera with a difference. Not only can you check in on your furry beloved from anywhere inside or outside your home. You can also receive ‘barking alerts’ in real time and best of all, deliver a delicious treat to your pooch at the touch of a button.
Furbo is not my first dog camera. A few years ago, I purchased a more basic camera to keep an eye Monty just after we had found him. I knew that dog cameras really worked for me and provided peace of mind but, I wanted more, I wanted to be able to get his attention, particularly if he name anxious. Monty really struggles with fireworks and for 4 months since Fireworks Night, Monty would not go outside once it was dark, he became very distressed by any kind of banging sounds; loud letterboxes, motorbikes and even now he can become reactive to any loud noise, so being able to distract him when he becomes upset is key to managing his anxiety. As a pooch with a high food drive, treats are our go-to distraction.
When Furbo arrived, I was over the moon with how sleek it looks, it’s a much bigger unit than my last camera (it needs space to house the treats), but it’s so well-designed and looks great in whatever space you put it. We have Furbo in the kitchen, which is where Monty stays when we are out as it’s the furthest space from the front door and road noise and it looks great on the window sill. (If you look closely, you can spot it in its usual spot.)
We learned pretty quickly that we cannot use the voice function to speak to Monty. He runs around the house looking for me and gets himself in a bit of a tiz. However, I also learned that I don’t need to use that function because if you deposit a treat, Furbo make a little noise and my boy quickly learned where the snacks come from and that the noise precedes them.
The camera quality is amazing and has quite a wide field of view, it even has night vision so I can see what my little buddy gets up to if he pops downstairs in the night.
The most surprising and reassuring part of enjoying Furbo was seeing that Monty is actually perfectly happy when he is left. He spends most of his time napping – I mean really napping! He goes upstairs to hang out with his kitty sisters and if there is a noise that makes him bark, Furbo alerts me and I can distract him with some yummy treats.
I think the biggest testament to how I feel about Furbo is that if it stopped working tomorrow, I would 100% replace it. The peace of mind that Furbo delivers is something that this fur-momma cannot be without. (Monty loves the treats too!)
If you’d like to find out more about Furbo, you can head to their online shop. Use code ‘sovictoria50’ to get £50 off your very own Furbo!