There's a bunch of issues that can result from the DNS request which happens before packets start going out over UDP. This patch ensures that any such network errors are logged instead of bubbling up and that requests which black-hole will timeout quickly.
Catch error conditions that can result even when using UDP
Scary to think that StatsD could block the request. Nice fix. And +1 on your usage of #fetch for a default value :)
Thanks. If you don't have anything else in the pipe, mind cutting a point release?
Done. v1.1.2 is available.