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Canine GPS-Ready for Primetime?

So you're a gadget geek and you've been wondering whether you want to drop some of your hard earned cash on a gps. No not...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Aug 18th 2008


So you’re a gadget geek and you’ve been wondering whether you want to drop some of your hard earned cash on a gps. No not for your car, but for your pet.

Well, I’ve been wondering about getting one too, however Bo can’t outrun a turtle these days so there’s really not much of a need in my household for one of these. Copper isn’t going anywhere, she knows how good she’s got it and Logan, well he’s too fond of our bathroom to be gallivanting around the neighborhood without human supervision. Alas, I don’t have an excuse for getting one these cgps devices.

But you, my friends, may have a few “runners” on your hands and need to know if purchasing one of these doodads is a viable option. Well, the LA Times did a review of two such devices a little ways back that will give you some insight on how these operate, the drawbacks and the cost.

Two companies are making collar-attached models that send a warning if a dog leaves its designated area. The gizmo then gives the animals location, allowing you to find it without driving endlessly around the neighborhood, shouting its name.

Looks like technology has solved another one of man’s great problems. Or has it?

In theory, its a cool idea. In practice, neither of the devices Pocketfinder or Zoombak is quite ready for puppy prime time. And both are rather expensive because of monthly fees

Both devices have a monthly fee of $15 with the Pocketfinder unit itself costing $130 and the Zoombak $200.

It’s a pretty cool idea and will no doubt only get better as the wrinkles are ironed out.

Read the full article to get the detailed the scoop on these devices.

I know I’ll be getting one, as soon as I adopt the next Hairy Houdini.