Sometimes I swear she thinks she is human. She is confident, playful, empathetic and tries to rule the roost with the other two dogs on our property.
She wasn’t always like that. When my wife bought her she was the runt of the litter who had been shipped from one pet store to another. She was sick and riddled with anxiety at about 3 months of age because she had no home, no humans to own, no sanctuary to call home.
Flash forward a couple of years and she is a member of our family. She comes and wakes us up in the morning. She gets off her bed and checks on us from time to time, just to make sure we haven’t run away. A little residual anxiety from years ago and if my wife goes out, she will sit by the front door until she returns.
She’s a bit scatty, which probably goes with the Spoodle breed, although she is smarter than she lets on. She certainly knows how to get what she wants from humans and from her mates, Bella and Miesha.
BUT, there’s always a but isn’t there? If anyone opens the front door, she is gone burger, she will race up our long driveway onto the cul de sac and where she goes from there is pretty random. That’s why we needed a Dog GPS.
Whilst we live in a cul de sac, that’s just the point where she starts off. She could end up on the main road, or she could end up in storm water culvert in the bush park just up the road.
She likes to swim in the creek, but as you can see it isn’t the cleanest. The bush is dense and she could easily get lost there. The bush has tracks going in every direction so the Dog GPS is really important because she could be anywhere.
Dogs go missing in the neighborhood too. It’s a weekly occurrence. Often they are never seen again. Some of them end up being used for dogfights or for training dogs to fight. Ruby wouldn’t stand a chance, so we need to be able to find her if she runs away. We don’t want her to become dog tucker.
There are dog trackers with Bluetooth but I want something that will work anywhere in the country. I found some great products from Tractive that come with global SIM cards (the card that goes in your mobile) that work virtually anywhere in the world. She goes to the beach, sometimes she might come visiting somewhere that isn’t fenced.
Tractive doesn’t currently ship to New Zealand (I’m working on that), but they will ship to anywhere in Europe and the USA.
One of the features I really like is that you can share the app with friends. When Ruby takes off, it usually starts with us running after her and calling her. She thinks that’s a game and runs faster. Then we’re into our cars going in different directions. With Tractive Dog GPS it means that we can all see where she is and can get at her from two sides.
Anyway, if you have a pet you love like we love Ruby and he or she likes to run away from home. I recommend this as a great product. If you don’t live in the USA or Europe, watch this space and lets see if we can get them down under as well.