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Horses at blue water Lake state park

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pet Safety

I'm in Holtville California for a few days for some doctor's appointments.  Then back to Quartzsite for Tax preparation.  Then hopefully on to New Mexico  for cooler weather and different bird watching!

The daytime temps here are too hot for me.  I have to find a shady spot for my pets and me outside.  There is a slow breeze so if we're sitting in the shade, the breeze and shade keep us cooler.  We have to move as the shade moves, but it's worth it. We have few trees here, so I move us around the motorhome following the shade.

One of my friends, Barbara, is having company from San Diego for a few days. I think that they're bringing their own camping equipment since her RV is very small.  She will have fun activities planned.  She's a good planner.

Yesterday I was outside with my dogs after dark (potty break) when a man in a car stopped me and asked if I'd seen a small black dog running loose.  I immediately thought that he needs a reflective collar on the dog, or even one of those "Pet Locator" systems.  I keep both of these items on Power due to the fact that he got away from me once. Power leaped over me at the door of the motorhome, and took off flying with his leash in mid-air!  He was having great fun.  Power refused to come back to me when called, and so I had to search for him.

"Scary" doesn't begin to describe the situation, since it occurred after dark and Power is black.  We were located about 100 yards from an interstate highway, and I was terrified that Power would run toward the highway.  I did get him back safely( such a relief!), and the next day I got a reflective collar ( to be worn constantly)
Notice how much the reflective collar glows!
and ordered the Pet Locator system from Amazon.com.http://www.amazon.com/Loc8tor-Pet-Ultimate-Wireless-Locator/dp/B003WF0LDG/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1394208350&sr=1-2&keywords=pet+locator+devices  The electronic pendant hangs from the reflective collar

Purple martingale collar, black and silver reflector collar, pet locator pendant
, and I carry a small device that has the controls on it.  It is about the size of a credit card,
and tells you how far away and the direction the dog is located.  I feel much more secure with these items in place.  I had not had a black greyhound before, though I had owned two teacup poodles which were black.  However they never took a flying leap over me and ran away laughing!  I had not realized how quickly this situation could happen. 

I plan to put a reflective collar on Chica,
and hang a pet locator pendant on it, since she is colored like Power. 

13 comments:

  1. The Greyhound charity I got Polly from says not to let them off, unless in a very well fenced in area. With Polly being an ex-racer she'd be out of site before I could anything.

    The only place Polly is allowed off lead outside is in my dad's garden. He's got a 6' fence all round his back garden.

    What a fab idea. So glad you got Power back.

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    1. I would never let the hounds be off leash in a non fenced area, Sue. I agree that it would be asking for trouble. The time Power got away, he jumped over my head while I was reaching into the door of the motorhome to grab his leash.

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  2. What a frightening situation! So glad you found Power. I've never heard of a pet locator--it looks like a great idea!

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    1. Thanks Dawn, I hope to keep my pets safe!

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  3. I am going to check out that pet locator!

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    1. There are several types, but I felt that I could not afford the ones which have GPS tracking. I thought this pet locator would do it for me!

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  4. That is so scary when they get away form you like that. I am going to check out the pet locators right now. 3 of my 4 guys are black, so I'll be checking out the reflective collars too. Thx for the great ideas.

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    1. Wow, 3 black dogs! You probably have had a few nervous moments ( in the dark)!

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  5. We've had a few scares like that over the years. Fortunately not with our current Greyhounds, but I still remember the scared feeling. It's awful! We have a Tagg tracker right now and I like how it works, but it's a little big. There's a new one called Whistle that's for sale at PetSmart that I'm really curious about. I use the one on Bunny, but I need to switch it to Flattery since she's a lot more likely to get loose and not come back to me. Bunny is pretty reliable about coming back when I call her.

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    1. I haven't heard of the Whistle (at petsmart). Most of the time I'm not near pet stores. If it weren't for Walmart and Amazon.com, I'd have a big problem!

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  6. Those are great ideas for safety! Having our black greyhound get away from us was terrifying, as I am sure it was for you also!! And an experience I never want to encounter again. I have heard of the GPS locator systems before and know of someone who used them to get her two black greyhounds back. She tracked them by their GPS signal. Very cool! Ziva and Cueball have neon ID collars from Luckypet.com with their name, my phone number, their county tag, rabies tag and microchip tag on them. Thinking of getting Pippi a neon collar too now. Her collar is a wine color currently. Thanks for sharing the valuable info!

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    1. Thanks for sharing all you info . We pet people have a lot of information that might be beneficial to others!

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