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Have you got a pet that’s so quick and sneaky that they get away with or into things they shouldn’t the minute you turn your back? Leave the room and they’re into the trash or something else they shouldn’t be? Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall when you leave home without your pet? I know I have! Are you uncomfortable having someone in your home to pet sit while you’re away? I would be much more relaxed if I knew everything was ok at home when I’m not there.

Now you can watch your pet even when you’re away. This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a very long time and whoever thought of this idea should get a medal. I could be behind the times, but this is just pure genious to me.

I had absolutely no interest in or use for a web cam before I saw an ad in Dog Fancy magazine for SeeMyPetCam. Not only can this little, relatively inexpensive techno-gadget help keep a pet safe, it doubles as a training aide and (depending on the pet) has the potential to provide you with hours of entertainment. Some camera models have both one-way and two-way voice capability so you can literally talk to your pet when you are not physically there. You’re now there when you’re not! How cool is that? Maybe I could actually cure of her counter-surfing with a “booming voice from above” technique ;) Some models will feed right into your cell phone so you don’t have to have a computer handy to keep an eye on Fido.

If you’re not up for a pet-cam or if you already have one, you might want to hop on over to the SeeMyPetCam web site for a little entertainment. You can view other people’s pet videos and even sign up for your own account. I thought “Maggie the Singing Dog” was pretty cute.

This type of pet sitting does not mean you can set the camera and go on vacation! This must be used with caution and common sense. It’s not magic, it’s an additional tool which can be used to help you keep your pet safe and as a training aide that may help you get a dog with issues to be a better dog.

If you have a nifty pet sitting idea, why not share it with the rest of us?

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