Dog Collar that Alerts Owners to Overheating

I want to start by saying that I would never leave my dog in a car in the heat, even for a few minutes.  The only time Tucker comes for a ride with me is when I am running out to pick up food at a drive thru (He just loves car rides)

Here in Canada, a dog collar is being developed to help prevent dogs from dying from overheating.  The collar basically consists of a SIM card, heat sensor and a coded chip.  It sends a text message to your cell phone when the dogs’ temperature reaches 26 degrees Celcius (78.8 F)  This seems a little on the low side, considering a dogs normal body temperature is between 100 and 102 F.

Image-Toronto Humane Society

Aaron Starkman was headed on a camping trip near Penetangueshine, Ontario when he decided to quickly run into a store to purchase a camping stove.  He left his golden retriever “Hefty” in the car, figuring he would only be two minutes.  It was pouring rain on this particular day, so he didn’t figure it would get too hot inside the car.

It turns out there was a lineup inside the store, and by the time he reached his car,  about 20 minutes later, the sun was shining and Hefty was in poor shape.

Hefty is okay, but owner Starkman felt terrible and, along with his Ad Agency “Rethink”  came up with the idea to develop a collar that would alert owners via text message if their dog’s temperature reached a dangerous level.

“The Dog Caller” is still in the prototype stages but is expected to hit the shelves in 2013 at a cost of approx $20.  I will not be purchasing one!