Open Post: Hosted By The Dog Who Ate A Fitbit And Went For A “20-Minute Bike Ride”
If you have a pet, you know what it’s like to lose something only to discover your furry friend destroyed/hid/ate it. Animals simply don’t grasp the concept of capitalism and how much you paid for that limited-edition throw pillow from West Elm! And of all of God’s creatures, dogs are notorious for messing with your stuff. Michigan resident Marie Fournier experienced the disappearance of her beloved Fitbit and concluded that it was gone forever. That is until the exercise app began to log mysterious activities, which led to her finding the thief: Harley the Golden Retriever!
The last time Marie saw her Fitbit was when it was innocently charging in her room. Upon its disappearance, she thought that it must’ve fallen somewhere in the room. Marie gave it little thought until her app said that she had gone for a bike ride for 20 minutes. While many of us would have accepted that the app’s claim that you had exercised even though you had spent the day sprawled on the couch watching a Real Housewives marathon, Marie knew something was up! via People:
“I opened the app and confirmed it must be around because someone was using it. It was hilarious. It had been tracking movement, and it was like I rode my bicycle outside for 20 minutes,” Fournier said in a Pet Poison Helpline release.
Before the device’s disappearance, Fournier last saw her Fitbit charging on her dresser in the upstairs bedroom of the home she shares with her husband, Norm, and their two dogs, Harley and Halley.
After talking with Norm, Fournier ruled him out as the Fitbit thief who logged a 20-minute bike ride, so only two suspects were left.
“When I realized it must be one of the dogs who took the Fitbit, I began to suspect that perhaps Halley had eaten it because she was acting strangely,” Fournier said.
To check if Halley or Harley had ingested the device, she took both dogs separately in the car and drove them around the block to see if the app would track the ride. These are some Detective LaToya-level sleuthing skills! Apparently, Harley was the Fitbit fiend. For her thievery, Harley was rewarded with a trip to the vet! After surgery, Harley was down one Fitbit (and a rock she had also eaten at some point). Both dog and smartwatch are a-ok.
“The Fitbit itself continues to track. I’m keeping it out of reach now,” she said, adding, “apparently, Fitbits can also take a licking and keep on ticking.”
If that’s not a marketing campaign slogan, I dunno what is! And while it’s probably a little gross that Marie will use a watch that was swimming in a dog’s internal juices for a few days, I don’t blame her. They can be really expensive! She was probably relieved that she didn’t have to shell out an extra $150 alongside the vet bills!
Pic: Pet Poison Helpline