I think that we all have a scary story where our pet made an escape and we got to freak out and worry and run around trying to get them back safe and sound.
My worst case scenario happened when I was away. I was out of town and my father was having open heart surgery when I had gotten the word that my cat Marla, was missing and had been for over a day. Things were so bad already… I was sitting there trying to figure out how I could possibly fall asleep wondering if my dad was going to make it through the night when the call came in. And I yelled and I screamed. “You have to find that cat. You have no idea how poorly I’m equipped to handle this right now!”
I sat in my bed and cried for my father, for my cat and for myself. It was miserable. I was a 12 hour drive away and it wasn’t like I could just pack everything in and come home to find my cat myself. And I just knew, that if I was there I could find her. I’d know where she was hiding. She’d come when I called her name with my voice. But it didn’t matter because I was worlds away.
Luckily she came back some days later. By the time she had, I had already grieved the loss of my kitty. After all, I live in the country were coyotes run through my front yard and dogs aren’t made to stay in backyards and roam the neighborhood freely. What chance did a little house cat have against those odds? When I got the call that she was back I was beyond relieved and I knew that I had to do something to keep this from happening in the future. The answer was for the house to go on super serious lock down.
Some months later, even with all of the care that went into keeping the pets at home and safe, Aggie managed to get out and run off. Now I didn’t think this dog would run for anything but suppertime… she’s old and she’s tired and she isn’t one for exercise. I was amazed to find out that she had torn out an Aggie sized chunk out of my wooden fence, shimmied her way out into the front yard and just taken off for the day. When I was in the front yard trying to figure out where to start the search, she came running up to me out of nowhere super happy but I was super stressed. This turned out to be new thing. The old dog learned a new trick – how to run away from home.
My vet said that Miss Aggie was not a candidate for the chip. She’s too old and she shouldn’t be having things like that done to her this late in the game. It’s something that would be more for my piece of mind than anything and I couldn’t put her through all of that. And then I learned about Tagg Pet Tracker and that it’s like a microchip that snaps onto your pet’s collar. I was excited – I could have the benefits of a microchip without any implantation? Plus it would keep up with her overall health? This seemed like a much better idea all around and I was very eager to give it a go.
When my Tagg Pet Tracker arrived in the mail I opened it up and started reading the quick start guide. I was a bit intimidated by everything inside of the box at first, but my fears were quickly quelled. The guide explained everything I needed to do very well.
I set up my Tagg on its docking station and waited until fully charged. I registered my Tagg online, again really easy with lots of pictures you help you along and whatnot and then simply popped it on Aggie’s collar.
Now as my grandmother says, I’m about to show my rear here, but I was freaking out a bit about getting this thing onto the collar. Luckily the site for Tagg has lots of easy to find videos. I watched a lady snap one on a collar easy as you please and then I was doing the same very soon after.
I was worried that Aggie might not be a fan of the extra weight on her collar but I realized that it’s really very light and she didn’t seem to be bothered in the least anyway.
While I was sifting around on the site I saw that they have a mobile app so I got that all set up with Aggie’s account information. In the end, having everything accessible on my phone is perfect. I allow the app to send notifications and notify me it does!
Now here’s what I love about my Tagg Pet Tracker:
- The battery lasts a long, long time.
- When the battery is running low a notification via your email or mobile app will let you know that the Tagg needs to be charged. I wasn’t expecting this and it made things so much easier than me guessing (and ultimately having her running around with an uncharged Tagg).
- You’re then notified when the battery is fully charged and ready to be put back in the collar.
- When Aggie got really rough rubbing her head on the ground (she’s crazy) her Tagg managed to pop part of the way off. You guessed it, when the Tagg is disconnected you’re sent a notification super quick.
- It also notifies you the very second that your pet goes out of the safe home zone you’ve set up. A notification popped up on my phone and I was hot on pursuit. Every 3 minutes that your dog is on the loose, you’ll receive a notification of the dog’s most recent location.
- You can easily keep up with your pet’s activity level (or lack thereof). I’d long been worried about if Aggie’s active while I’m not around (I figure she just sleeps on the couch) and I learned that my fears were correct. Since I now know it to be a fact, Aggie gets a good walk at the park whenever she’s had a particularly lazy day to help even things out. (When I was gone the entire day, her activity went down from around 272 to 70 – that’s super lazy)
- The Tagg isn’t affected by water. So if Aggie decides to go for a dip, her Tagg isn’t going to fry up and quit working on me.
If you want to keep an eye on your pet’s health or keep tabs on a runner, the Tagg Pet Tracker is awesome. To be honest I kind of figured I’d decide it was just okay, but I really, really love this thing. In fact, walking Aggie at the park, Russell, who thinks these kinds of pet techy things are ridiculous, was going on about how much he liked the idea of always knowing where our gal is and that it’s something he wants on all of our future dogs, too. I agree fully.
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