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September 21, 2012 at 2:16 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Dog Collar Texts You When Your Dog's Too Hot

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

With summer ending, I've seen quite a few articles about the danger of leaving your dog in a car or even outside in the heat. Too often, people take their pet's independence for granted and too often this sort of thinking ends in tragedy. As a pet owner, it's important you protect your dog. But how can you ensure their comfort when you're not around?

Rethink Toronto has a solution! Their specially designed collar has it’s own SIM card and thermistor to check the dog’s temperature. Whenever your canine exceeds 79 degrees, an alert text message is sent directly to your phone, warning you to check on your dog!

This company knows first-hand the importance of heat safety for dogs. Aaron Starkman, one of the people who helped with the project, said he wanted to be a part because of his own horrific experience.

He remembers a time when he left his golden retriever in the car for just 20 minutes and returned to see his dog struggling and not looking so great.

“I almost was one of those awful people you read about,” Starkman said “Nobody knows it’s just a matter of minutes.”

This collar is still in the prototype phase and has awhile to go until it hits the market, but when it does (some time next year they think) it should actually be quite affordable! Only $20 - a small price to pay that could help save your dog’s life during a sunny, hot day!

"We never ever under any circumstance want anyone leaving a dog in a car," Starkman said, "[but] if the collar does end up saving a dog in a car, we'll obviously be thrilled in that result."


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