Rescue Pets with MyePets
Rescue Pets Online?
Sometimes we can't take in a real pet, but a virtual pet might be an interesting alternative. Real doggies and kitties require food, trips to the vet, long walks in bad weather, and sometimes get in the way of real life.
Children may learn much about caring for living breathing pets by first 'practicing' on virtual pets such as the cute puppies at MyePets.com. A physical play-pet must first be purchased at a major retailer or an online bidding website that will remain nameless because they won't give me an affiliate ID. Anyway, a much more (allegedly) reputable site called Amazon.com offers numerous examples of MyePet products that can be ordered conveniently. Prices start at about $10 USD for new pets, probably less for used pets.
Beware when purchasing used copies of products such as MyePets. The 'animal' itself may still contain all of the original fluffiness and the cuteness quotient could very well be at the top of the scale, but the access code may be missing or already used. Without the access code, access to the MyePets website is a virtual impossibility. The stuffed animal will still be fun, though.
Retail Stores that Sell MyePets
In the interest of pure research for the betterment of society, we launched a relatively exhausting search for My e Pets via online channels. Our methodology: we visited several high-profile websites and searched for the toys.
- K-Mart: we surfed on over to KMart.com in hopes of finding good deals on My e Pets. We struck out. Using the search feature, we entered "MyePets" and were rewarded with
Sorry, We could not find any matches for " myepets ". In the interest of hypothesis revision, we then submitted the phrase "My e Pets". No cute fluffy ePets were found, but we were rewarded with plethoras of Zhu Zhu Pets, an excellent offering of Jaclyn Smith Traditions Faux Linen Ivory Window Panels, and a nifty pair of Wrangler 5 Star Men's Regular Fit Jeans. Kudos to the artificial intelligence feature of KMart.com.
- Target: An internet visit to Target.com yielded no results when "MyePets" was searched for. For better or worse, we also received the message "We could not find matches for “My e pets” when we searched for "My e Pets." Our scientific methodology was beginning to fray at the edges. In the spirit of entrepreneurship. we submitted the simple word "pets." A flock of products called "PeeWee Pets" flocked to our internet browser. Cuteness examples included PeeWee Puppy, PeeWee Unicorn and PeeWee Ladybug. Seriously, Target sells more species of PeeWee pets than any spoiled child could possibly play with. An example of a My e Pet may have been buried in in the 5253 search results. We were sorely tempted, but we pressed onward.
Meijer.com: The Meijer search engine brought forth no results, save a sincere digital apology, for the search phrase "MyePets." We optimistically submitted "my e pets" as we did on previous retail sites... resulting in a single product. Before revealing the single product, keep in mind that the stated goal of a retail establishment, whether it be a traditional bricks-and-mortar physical representation housed in a shopping mall or a high-tech web site hosted on a server in Kokomo, is to sell stuff. They want to move product. Entertainment, logic, or predictability are obviously not all that high up on the list of priorities for these folks. Anyway, when we searched for "my e pets" we were rewarded with a single product: ecoPure Naturals Radiant Coat Dog Supplement. It's a safe scientific bet that virtual pets of any species or nationality do not require real doggy vitamins.
What do others think of these virtual pets?
Generally, MyePets.com is considered a relatively safe site for kids of all ages. Online identification is accomplished through a user name. The user name cannot be the same name as the child's name, although that rule is problematic for a computer to enforce. Assuming that the parents aren't paying attention and the child is somehow able to create an online persona using some variant of their first name, no other personal information is revealed by the virtual world.
The good people at My e Pets are happy to sell individual stuffed animals and long with them free passes to the online MyePets.com virtual world. A significant part of the online experience is accumulating and spending virtual money. No real money changes hands. Kids can play games and answer questions to pump up their online virtual account. That money purchases more virtual stuff, but offers no conversion to the real world.