I’ve spent the last two weeks feverishly snapping up shoes, backpacks and pencils trying to get my kids ready for school. I forgot how much thought your average six year old needs to put into deciding what kind of lunchbox she wants for the year. That is pressure, man.
In the meantime, since I’m in a consumer state of mind, I decided this was the perfect week to do some Back to School reviews and previews of stuff your star pet might be interested in this autumn. So welcome to Back to School week! I’m starting off with a snazzy device for the technophiles- it’s super duper cool.
Back to School Week Monday: The Tagg Pet Tracker
My neighbors are sort of your archetypal ditzy dog owners. They have two big goofy labs, a pool guy who never pulls the gate shut all the way, and a severe case of procrastination when it comes to updating their ID tag information.
The first time their dogs got out, I helped them canvass the neighborhood. They eventually found them about 8 houses away, hanging out in a neighbor’s garage. The second time they got out, they made it even further- about 2 miles in a 2 hour period. A good samaritan put up a sign saying “2 Beautiful Labs Found!”
I bought them ID tags after that. I don’t know if they ever got around to updating their microchips.
Point being, you want multiple layers of safety when you’re trying to keep your pet from getting lost. Obviously an ID tag is simple and nice, assuming you have someone who actually finds your dog, hangs onto them, then calls you. A microchip eliminates the problem of a collar coming off, but even more chips have to fall into place for your pet to be reunited with you: they have to end up in a place with a scanner, the scanner has to locate the chip, your information has to be up to date. It’s far from perfect and not particularly efficient.
Wouldn’t it be amazing- just awesome- to have a GPS tracker on your dog? One that worked instantaneously to ping which direction your dog took off in, so you didn’t have to guess and hope you get to them before they scoot across that busy intersection?
It happened. They’ll be available to buy next month. And I am really excited about it: The Tagg Pet Tracker.
Here’s some snippets from today’s big announcement:
The Tagg pet tracking system uses advanced GPS technology to enable pet owners to know where their pets are and be notified if they wander off. Tagg provides peace of mind for any pet parent by providing them access to their pet’s whereabouts via a mobile phone, mobile device or computer.
Tagg—The Pet Tracker is a purpose-built solution that uses a sophisticated combination of GPS and wireless technology to monitor a pet’s location and quickly notify the owner via email and/or text if the pet leaves its Tagg zone, the area where it spends most of its time—typically the home, yard and adjacent areas.
The Tagg tracker is designed for dogs and cats over 10 lbs. and is a small, lightweight and durable device that attaches securely to an existing collar. Built to withstand all the running, digging and jumping of a pet’s busy day, the tracker is meant to be worn at all times, even while swimming. The long-lasting battery can last up to 30 days, but actual battery life will vary based on usage patterns. Convenient features have been built into the compact, stylish and comfortable tracker, including battery recharge notifications and a trip button, which allows pet and owner to take walks, car rides or travel without sending an alert.
I’ve gotten some sneak peeks at this product while it’s been in development, and it is fantastic. I know there are some other devices on the market, big ugly black boxes that look like shock collars, but the Tagg blows them out of the water in terms of its battery life, usability, and looks. I’m really excited about the possibilities this offers for pet owners and I can’t wait to try one out!
No hiding this on your teenagers, ok?
Disclosure: This product is made by a subsidiary of the company my husband also works for, but neither he nor I were part of the development. I’m not being paid to endorse or write about it- I just really believe in the product!