GPS for Dogs -- and Other Devices to Bring your Buddy Home

I shouldn’t have done it.

I brought our Lori to work with me even though I knew I would be busy that day.  I couldn’t keep her with me. She was a shy 10 month old puppy and not used to being around strangers. I had her in her crate in a quiet room, so I thought she would be safe.

But when some kids at the center heard her crying, they let her out. Lori freaked and escaped; in the wink of an eye, she was gone.

I searched up one street and down another. I called and called, but no Lori. I kept feeling she was hiding in the bushes, right near, but I couldn’t see her. Maybe behind that house? No.

Maybe just around the corner? Nope, no Lori.

A lady driving in from a couple streets down said she’d seen a little dog streaking across the road, could that be her?

Yes for sure, but when I ran there she was nowhere to be found. My kennel partner Billie and I divided up – I went to one end of the neighborhood and she went to the other.

Then she called me. “She’s gone, Sandy.”

“I know that.”

“No, I mean she’s gone. She got run over, trying to cross Betty Lane. I have her in the car, wrapped in a blanket.”

We buried Lori in the front yard, and mourned her young lost life.

I’ve always said that if we had had some sort of gps for dogs on Lori we could have found her and saved her. There is something like this on some premium cars which can be activated if the vehicle is stolen which allows the police to home in on it.

I recently heard about a gps for dogs that is a collar add on. The technology is still in its infancy; it's a bit heavy for pooches under 10 lbs but is fine if your dog is larger than that. Check out tagg.com for details. It costs $100.00 with an $8.00 a month fee.

Too late for Lori, but maybe it could save another life.

There is another device that while it's not a GPS for dogs, it can positively identify your buddy when he is found. Called a microchip, it is about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted with a unique number. It is inserted under the skin around the dog’s shoulder blade and are associated with your name and address, so your dog can be returned to you.

I got a call once from Jacksonville.

“We got your dog. Want to come and get him?”

Well, I don’t live in Jacksonville, and never have, but I had recently sold a dog there; when we sorted out all the details we found out that the new owner had been gone for the day but was having her house painted. The painters had left the gate open, and the dog had gotten loose. The new owner hadn’t changed the contact details to her own address yet, so they called us. We were able to return the dog to her before she even knew that the dog was gone!

Microchips are vital identification tools that allow found pets to come home, and every dog should be chipped.   

And hopefully the word will get out about the gps collars, so maybe someday there won’t have to be any more Loris. That would be amazing.

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