September 23, 2013

If You Own A Pet, You Need To Read This.

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Tagg™ Pet Tracker, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pettracker”

In his four short years of life, Brutus has packed up his bed, bowls and treats, and moved somewhere between fifteen and twenty times. I've lost count actually, but we're adding one more "home" to the list when we move to Denver next week.

I've never been too worried about Brutus venturing off (I mean let's get real, Chunks McGee isn't getting anywhere fast) ... but if I had to be honest, I've always been a worry wart that someone would steal him. 

When we first moved to Germany back in 2010, we had to have an international microchip inserted in Brutus. I felt comfortable with the just the chip for the past couple of years ... but the reality of the microchip is that all it really is is an identification number. The chip only proves to be useful should Brutus ever wander off straight into the arms of a kind person who would take him to a place that has the capability to scan his chip and find our contact information in their database.

So what happens if he wandered off into the wrong hands? Or what if someone saw his cute face and broke in and stole him while I was out running errands or something? I know that sounds silly, but I "like" a few English Bulldog networks on Facebook and I've seen a good handful of post about lost and/or stolen Bullies who have been taken right out of their yards and homes!

With Brutus being such a lover that he is, I know for a fact that he'd go home with anyone. Talk about frightening. And I'm not saying that I feel uncomfortable with our move to Denver ... but if he were to ever get lost or stolen there, I wouldn't even know where to begin searching for him in the city!

So when I was asked if I'd like to test out the Tagg Pet Tracker, of course I said Y-E-S!

And you guys, this thing is seriously awesome. I honestly, truly believe that it's a responsible investment in the safety of your four legged family member.

Unlike a microchip, the Tagg Pet Tracker tracks your pet 24/7 via GPS. You begin using it by creating an account online and setting a home base or "Tagg Zone". Once your zone is set, if your pet wanders outside of that bubble, you receive an email and a push notification on your phone.

In addition to tracking your pet's location, you can also enable tracking of his or her daily activities. This is a really awesome feature - it tracks every movement, walk, run or snooze, and gives you a detailed peek into your pet's overall fitness level. As you can see below, our lazy Bulldog rested for 51% of the day.

The tracker is so lightweight and easily attaches to your pet's existing collar or harness, and the tracker has been designed to be worn at all times - even while swimming!

Just for fun, we decided to "steal' Brutus over the weekend. The Tagg Pet Tracker has a "trip mode" that you can put the tracker in, but we decided to just put Brutus in the car and drive to the park without letting the system know that we were taking him out of his zone.

As soon as we left our bubble I was waiting for an instant update ... and it didn't come. As we drove another mile, it still didn't come. Another mile ... it still didn't come. But just as I started to stress and we were nearing mile three, I received an email and push notification that Brutus had left his safe zone. 

I think it took a hot minute for the system to realize that Brutus was gone because 1.) The Tagg goes into "sleep mode" when it's near it's base to save battery life, and 2.) We were driving 25-30 MPH. It really only took about four or five minutes for the system to wake up, realize he was gone, and notify me.

Now this is where the Pet Tracker get really cool - I was able to zoom right in on Brutus on the iPhone app, and actually see him via GPS walking through the park. So unlike the microchip, the Tagg Pet Tracker gives you the capability to locate your runaway or stolen pet RIGHT NOW - and you can even get directions from your location to your pet's location so that you can go and rescue him.

I'm seriously so impressed with this incredible system ... and because I know that you will be too, I'm happy to share the following promo code with you: If you use the code TAGG10, you will save 10% off of the Tagg Pet Tracker (which is normally $99 with 3 months of free service.)

If you have any questions about this system, feel free to leave them in a comment below and I'll be happy to answer them for you!

Are you as obsessed with your pet as I am with Brutus?
What do you think about the Tagg Pet Tracker?

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  1. Wow this is interesting! We may have to think about getting this.

  2. I've heard so many horror stories about dogs being stolen right out of their yards. I can't imagine what I would do if that happened to my pup. What an amazing product.

  3. this is such a fantastic idea! i would love to try this tracker!

  4. They need to make one for cats! My Miikka L-O-V-E-S to bolt outside as soon as the door opens, because he thinks it is his duty to explore every possible surface he can get his little paws on.

    I am quite obsessed with Miikka. My brother got him for me for my 30th birthday after being without a cat for two years. I had to put my last cat, who was 17, to sleep, and I just wasn't ready for a new one yet.

    Miikka seems just as obsessed with me, too, so I think our affection is mutual. I'd be so upset if he got lost or stolen!

  5. Once Denali gets bigger and can stay outside for longer amounts of time, this is something Leo and I will have to get for sure! Right now, she's still so tiny, she only goes outside for bathroom breaks and a little running around (but always on a leash- no fence)

  6. Jennifer Justin CurtisSeptember 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Hey Kylie, if your cat weighs 10 lbs or more you can use the Tagg Pet Tracker on it.

  7. Awesome, thank you! He was just at the vet on Thursday and weights 7 lbs, so he'll be there soon.

  8. Yes, I am obsessed with my (Olde) English Bullie Moose. He is my baby and I get worried he'll get lost, too!

  9. I definitely think it's a responsible investment for the little buggars :)

  10. I would cry all day until Brutus was found!! The Tagg truly is incredible!!

  11. My Disqus was down for a bit and I'm just able to reply now! Yes, as Jennifer explained, you can use the Tagg on any animal over 10 pounds :)

    I'm sorry to hear about your cat .. (I like to tell myself that Brutus will live forever) .. but I'm glad that you have a new companion to bring joy to your life :) xoxo

  12. She's so cute, Kim! I swoon over your IG pics of her!! Are you going to put her through puppy training? We took Brutus to a Puppy 101 class at Petsmart two years ago and it really benefited him .. it was just basics like sit, stay, lay down, and we practiced off leash walking, etc. He was a complete spaz and would jump up on people to say hi when we were out walking. I'm glad he doesn't do that anymore, it can be so embarrassing (especially with his slobber!!)

  13. Brutty is an Olde English too :) I might be a little bias, but I think their breed is the cutest breed in the world ;)

  14. We are! She's just now 3 months though, and I'm pretty sure she has to be 4 months old before we can register her. We took my other dog to those classes and it really helped her as well. It'll be interesting though because she's terrified of our neighbors' dogs haha!

  15. late to the party but what stops someone taking off the collar or harness?


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