IT consultant Nat spends a lot of time working away from home and isn’t always able to feed Border Terrier Toby by hand. But using his new invention he is able to send his dog a treat from anywhere in the world.
Nat loads up the feeder with crushed dog biscuits - but not too much in case four-year-old Toby gets too many messages. When a comment is received the mechanism drops a helping of crushed up dog biscuits out of the tube.
But one problem is that friends and family have been amazed with the ‘Tweet treat’ dispenser. And they have been joining in to send Tweets to Toby - so Nat has had to introduce restrictions to make sure Toby doesn’t turn into Tubby.
Nat added: ‘People have been sending him food at all hours of the day - so I had to limit it to between nine in the morning to nine in the evening. I’m thinking of doing an updated version which features a scale to weigh him before he is fed just to make sure he’s not putting on too much puppy fat.’
When the mini-computer receives the message, the buzzer goes off and Toby comes running over and sits beneath a tube under his feeder contraption. Then the motor comes to life and pulls open a trap door which releases a serving of food.