Need a happy and cute pet for your child that does not require much care? Flair have launched the Happy’s Pets and there are four adorable pets to collect (RRP £19.99), each with their own loveable personality; Bentley the Retriever, Chance the Beagle, Sport the Goldendoodle and Mittens the White Cat. They are suitable for aged 4 onwards.
Each pet comes with a special themed treat. We had Mittens and she comes with a yellow fish controller using IR technology. The pet will move, interact, play and even perform their own special tricks.
The pet requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included. The treat controller comes with 3 LR44 batteries. Mitten measures 18 cm by 8 cm by 8 cm. Her head is very furry and soft while its solid body is covered in fur.
To turn on the pet, simple press the button on the back. Once it is on, the wheels will spin. Children have to be careful not to place their fingers near it. The motor/wheels and the pet makes a lot of noise. It does drive me mad! But my children thinks it is hilarious and funny as it moves and spins around like a nutter! Occasionally when the pet gets stuck at a corner, it can take some time to for it to move out of the corner.
My children tried to use the treat collector to control Mittens but without much success! It is so hard to even make her follow us around. Using the IR technology to send signals to the pet proves to be hard work. We tried to aim directly towards the pet but it seems to have a mind of it’s own. Sometime, it seems my son is able to make Mittens follow but most of the time, Mittens just moves freely around the house. She is a naughty pet as she won’t listen to commands at all. In the end, both children gave up trying to work it out and roles reversed – they ended up following her around!
I would say that these pets are suitable for young children for them to chase after. The IR technology is disappointing as it does not always work. Perhaps we need to be more patient with her and spend more time training her. She can be quite hard work as a pet!
Disclosure: We have received this sample to do an honest review.