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Mobile Gadgets: GPS for Your Pets

Updated on July 24, 2011

Protect Your Pet with GPS Tracking

The PetSafe GPS Pet Locator helps pet lovers protect their pets from escaping from their safe area. The GPS device is attached to a sturdy collar and is weather resistant. You as the owner set up their roaming. If the pet leaves that roaming area a phone call, a text message or email is sent. If for some reason you are not notified by cell phone and you find your pet missing, there is a team of people available (by phone) to you 24/7 to assist in finding it.

Unfortunately, on day my cherished ten year-old Chocolate Lab named Runner got out of my backyard and decided to go visiting the neighbors. While out, he was cornered and shot by a local policeman. As horrible as it sounds, it is something to be considered by pet owners. If the pet is large and scared, they in turn can scare anyone that come across them.

The first question that I am always asked is “did he have a tag on’? My answer is no – he did not. I was lucky to keep a collar on him because he knew how to get it off. Again, as a pet owner it is extrememly important to have identification on your pet.

He was a big baby that lived to make us happy. We kept him ignorant as long as possible – he did not know that the gate was a way out. He thought that going through the garage was the only way out of the back yard


Protecting Our Pets Requires Multiple Safeguards

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Unfortunately we had installed a new gate and the latch was not locked in place that day. We believe that he rubbed against the gate – the latch released – and he got out. Even with the best intentions things like this can happen. Kids run in and out of the yard and mowing the front yard often requires the gate to be opened. It is so important to double check the gate and make sure that it is secure.


I Wish I had Known about GPS for Pets

As soon as I realized that Runner was missing I began hunting for him. I wish that I had known that there were GPS devices that could have alerted me by cell phone that he was out of his allowed range.

Maybe I would have purchased it and maybe I would not have. All I know is that I wish I had tried harder to protect him.

As with anything important it is seldom free. There is a monthly or yearly subscription required so I suggest that you check into the costs and requirements before buying the product. If you prefer not to pay a monthly fee and do the tracking yourself there are options. Check out my hub about the RoamEO Pet Tracking device or my hub about the Garmin Astro 220.

I will never know whether a PetSafe GPS Pet Locator would have saved Runner’s life. I just want to let you know that there is such a device and that you can check it out if you wish.



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