TECH BYTE: Tech to Look After Your Pets


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Dogs are man’s best friend. And for many people, pets are their fur children.

So if you can’t bring your pet along with you on a trip, don’t worry!

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Not everyone wants to leave their fur kids at the vet when they’re away.

We now have technology to take care of that.

Say goodbye to separation anxiety!

The Rover – Dog Sitters & Walkers app works great if you’re looking for a pet sitter.

You can use it to find more than 200,000 of them in the U.S. and Canada.

In the Rover app, you can get photo updates, and use GPS tracking of your dog’s walk.

It also makes it easy to message sitters, and pay them for their service.

The Dog Monitor app is another good one to have to keep an eye on your pet while you’re away.

This one costs $4.99, but you can’t beat being able to talk to your dog remotely, and see live video of them.

The app even notifies you if your dog barks.

You just need two iOS devices to make the monitor – no registration or connection adjustments required.

If you’d rather buy a separate camera instead of using your iPad, you can always get a Furbo camera and treat dispenser.

This camera is even more interactive. You can use it to give your pup a treat, even when you’re not at home.

The camera is also HD with night vision.

It, of course, works with the corresponding Furbo app.

You can get the device at, and even other pet shops like Chewy.

If you’re able to bring your pet with you on your trip, or can’t find a sitter, make sure to download the BringFido app.

It lists all of the pet friendly places you can check out – whether it’s an attraction, hotel, or restaurant.

And let’s face it. If you can, it’s always more fun to bring your pet along with you.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’