Published on August 17th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson0
“Dog Caller” Sends SMS Message If Your Dog’s Temperature Exceeds Safe Level
We all know that leaving our dogs in cars during the summer months with temperatures that can lead to them dying is not something that we should be doing and this product from the Toronto Humane Society and ad-agency Rethink isn’t meant to give you an excuse to leave your dog in the car.
The high-tech collar, called “Dog Caller”, is meant to provide an emergency notification for those times when you have left your best friend in the car for much longer than you intended to.
It is a simple fabric band with a small black box clipped to the front which has a thermistor inside that constantly measures the dog’s temperature and when if it goes above a safe level it has an SIM card and coded chip that allows the collar to send you an SMS message.
The idea was first thought of by Rethink’s Aaron Starkman after an incident during the summer with his own dog:
On a hot day last year he left his dog, Hefty in the car to run what he originally thought would be a one-minute errand. When he returned twenty minutes later the temperature of the car had soared, and the dog was suffering from terrible heat exhaustion. Fortunately Hefty survived, and it was this close call that prompted Starkman and his ad-agency to design The Dog Caller collar.
Both Starkman and the Toronto Humane Society stress that this collar is only meant to be used as a backup and not as an excuse to leave your dog in your car in hot summer weather. It is only meant to be used for those times that we are away from the car longer than ever intended.
The collar is only in a prototype stage right now but those involved hope to have it on the market by early 2013 and for the reasonable price of $20.