Better Than a Microchip?

 (Photo from the Garmin website.)

Some of you wrote to me with strong feelings one way or the other when I posted about microchipping last month.  See what you think of this idea.

First the disclaimer:  I have four dogs, and the kids insist on letting them loose about once a day, so anything that helps them come home is good by me.

Garmin, the folks who make the navigational systems for cars, has come out with a GPS-enabled dog collar to allow you to find your lost pet.  It is pricey, selling for just under $200, but if you have an expensive dog, or even one with whom your family has strong emotional ties, you may think this is just the ticket, particularly if he loves to wander. 

The collar has a range of about 7 miles and updates the dog’s location every five seconds.

I’m actually thinking I wouldn’t mind having this device for my KIDS when we go to Manhattan next month!  Wonder if the Children’s Services people would care?????

What do you think?  Would you spend $200 for a collar that could help you find your lost dog?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Please leave your comments below.

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

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3 thoughts on “Better Than a Microchip?”

  1. $200.00 does sound a bit high however if you have more than one such as we do (6) Goldens you could use it when you take ONE to the dog park or such outing and make sure everybody else stays safley in the yard. We have ours chipped and would love it if they would invent a chip that could be located via sattelite we will just have to wait and see. I think CPS should give you an award for innovated thinking looking out for the saftey of your kids !

  2. I think that the callor sounds souunds like a really good idea except if someone steals your dog the first thing they do is throw away the callor. So adding the chip would also be a good idea.
    As for the kids, In think that might work well too. C.P.S shouldn’t complain too much.

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