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08. 28. 2007

Dog-e-Tag, opposable thumbs not required

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If you're a dog owner, hopefully you've invested in getting your pooch chipped just in case they get lost. The next best thing to do is to invest in a Dog-e-Tag. No larger than the tag you had engraved (limited 4-5 lines of informarion) at a pet store, this tag is 1 3/8 inches (36mm) around, weighs 3/4 of an ounce (21g) and is worn in a similar fashion to a common metal tag.

The best feature is that you can store up to 40 lines of information, and a large quantity of data such as cell phone numbers, pager numbers, e-mail addresses, county license numbers, rabies vaccine numbers, veterinary and neighbor contacts, etc.

But if you've ever lost your dog, you know that more data can help your pooch's situation and calm them down with familiar feelings and feedings. Dog-e-Tag lets you create messages such as: "I like my tummy rubbed," "I can't hear, I'm deaf," "I am 9 years old and I can't see very well," "My mom works late so e-mail her at this address," "I get scared by strangers and sometimes bite," or "I'll need you to cuddle me, because I'm scared."

Earlier this year, my own Boston terrier Zorro ran away from the park; we had just moved to Brooklyn and he and I were both lost and terrified. I wish that I had the Dog-e-Tag then because the kind girls who found him would have been able to get in touch with me via e-mail and my Little Z would have been able to communicate things better to those heroes that rescued him as he walked home on a busy parkway.

Precious pups need the best of preventative care. Plus, in the rare instance your pup has opposable thumbs, this could give him or her hours of fun!

Price: $31.49 at Amazon.

Posted by chrissie    Category: pets
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Michele:

This product is stupid. If you're really worried about losing your pets, get them microchipped (www.homeagain.com) for not much more than this battery powered Chinese made tschotschke. Or get them tattooed. Every vet and animal shelter knows to look for those. They need never need batteries and still work if you pet slips its collar and runs off leaving its tags behind. If getting a new tag every time you move is such a big deal to you, get a waterproof pet tag tube (Amazon, eBay, Petsmart, Petco, etc.) in which you can put a slip of paper with anything you want on it. A finder is more likely to figure that out than some two-button LED gizmo that may or may not work when you really need it.

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