This app-powered home security camera turned me into an overbearing dog dad

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The Canary.

Not only did my girlfriend and I just buy a new house - we also brought her pet poodle Wookiee to live with us.

Now, we want to make sure we protect both.

So when we heard about the Canary - a $199 smart home camera billed as the "all-in-one home security system you control from your phone" - we were eager to give it a try.

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That's doubly true since homeowners' insurance companies like State Farm are apparently also willing to give you a break on your rate.

The verdict: The Canary is pretty good, and makes us feel a little safer about leaving our puppy home alone. But it also drove us a little crazy, in the end.

Here's how the Canary sings.

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