Like millions of other people in the U.S., the biggest bright spot of the lockdown of 2020 was that it gave me the time I needed to adopt, train, and bond with a dog. Since we picked Dusty up at a shelter last year, this little cattle dog has become a combination of my best friend, my stress ball (cannot recommend enough channeling your anxiety into dog tummy rubs), and as I like to call him, my beautiful biological son. (What? He has my eyes!) Did all the time spent with us in lockdown turn him into an absolute Velcro dog who can\u2019t let me check the mail without his help? Well, yes. But setting a routine for every day really helped him get away from his clinginess. For the last year, he knows when he can expect his breakfast and dinner, and it\u2019s always within minutes every day so he doesn\u2019t have time to worry about where we might have gone and if we\u2019re never coming back (which is what I assume went through his mind when he\u2019d paw at the bathroom door while I was trying to shower.) But now that things have started to open back up, our schedules are taking us out of the house more. Obviously, as my biological son, Dusty remains our priority. But if I hit traffic coming back from school, there\u2019s a chance his calming routine might be thrown off-schedule. I don\u2019t want him to revert to being a sad boy! I feel bad enough leaving him to go to school! That\u2019s why the Petlibro Granary (use code \u201cXMarie\u201d to get 15% off) automatic pet feeder is a game-changer. This futuristic-looking machine can be programmed to give him the exact amount of his fancy kibble at the exact times he expects it, whether we\u2019re home or not. Most importantly, the Granary\u2019s design is focused on making sure his food is fresh and airtight in its container, which means that no moisture gets out and no bacteria or creepy apartment critters can get in. And since the feeder components all come apart seamlessly, it\u2019s also extremely easy to clean when you do need to give it a scrub. I didn\u2019t get an automatic food dispenser earlier because I\u2019d heard they were hard to clean and could make my pup sick if something got inside. But I love that Petlibro prioritizes dog safety and health with the Granary. I mean, its slogan is literally \u201cAs Fresh As It Gets.\u201d Plus it\u2019s pretty! Look at it, like something from The Jetsons : The Granary has a stainless steel bowl to avoid spoiled food and allergies, it runs on both a wall charger and a backup battery (in case the power goes out or it gets unplugged, so your pet can still get their dinner), and because it doesn\u2019t let moisture out, Dusty\u2019s food is as fresh and\u2014I assume\u2014tasty as the day we bought it, every time. You can program up to six meals a day (our dog\u2019s dream, even though he only gets two) and set how much food you want to be dispensed at every meal, all on an LED display that keeps things easy to use and clean to look at. One of my besties has a routine-and-food-obsessed cat and I\u2019m seriously going to get her one of these for her birthday. And then\u2014this part is my favorite\u2014the Granary lets you record yourself so that your pup knows food is ready for them in their bowl. This is especially helpful if, like some dogs I know , your pet spends most of the day with their face directly in front of the air conditioner, where the sound of their kibble hitting the bowl might be drowned out. I like that he can hear me call him for breakfast and still have him associate the routine with me. Not only is my good boy\u2019s schedule still intact, but my guilt about leaving the house for a couple of hours has been great\u2014though, of course, never entirely\u2014relieved. You can get the Petlibro Granary at this link . You can check Petlibro out on Facebook and Instagram , too. Petlibro, Devoted love, hassle-free.