February 28 2019

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About a week ago on a cold winter night my friend’s dog chased after a whitetail deer and disappeared into the dark. He chased and called for quite some distance but to no avail, his dog, his best friend was gone.  After many days searching by car and on foot,  posting flyers with photos and making phone calls to local veterinarians,  shelters and animal control there was still no news.  Everyone in my friend’s family was very upset and could focus on nothing else, not work, not school, not even sleep. Every waking moment was consumed with thoughts of where their dog could be and with feelings of guilt.

Thankfully another kind-hearted dog lover found my friend’s dog after seeing a photo on a flyer in a local store.  This was indeed extremely lucky!  It is these types of situations that reminds me that it is always better to be prepared.  If the dog had a dog tracker it would have been much easier to locate and bring her home. 

Something like the Findster Duo+ Pet Tracker doesn’t need a monthly fee but has a limited range.  While a dog tracker like the Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor will require a small monthly fee but has unlimited range and also features an activity monitor.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both types, choose the one that best fits your needs.  Don’t wait, be prepared.  Also, be sure to use these devices according to manufacturer’s  instructions, charge them regularly  and check proper functioning on a regular basis.

Also, dog trackers will not prevent your dog from running away and offer no protection when your dog is out in the wild.  Preventive measures should also be taken, such as proper training and the correct type of fencing, see our article,  9 Ideas for a Dog Friendly Backyard Paradise, for more information about the different types of fences. 

As pet owners we must be responsible for the health and safety of our pets.  Yes, all’s well that ends well but my thinking is that all will end well if proper thought and preparation are given to ensure the safety of our furry friends.  Our dog's are our friends and then enhance our lives in so many ways.  Check out this article:

11 Ways Dogs Enhance Our Health and Wellbeing

 

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