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I did what I do every morning, put the dogs out in the yard to stretch their legs and empty out while I went to feed the cats and do a quick clean-up for the the 10-15 minutes they were out. Typical morning. Except it turned out to not be very typical. My sister forgot to latch the gate and the dogs were gone.
That moment when you realize your pet is gone is indescribable. Shock, fear, helplessness all hit you. But I knew I couldn’t wait long and I sprang into action, grabbing my shoes and racing out the door to find them. I found Ricochet quickly on the next block, but the other 3 were gone. For the next few hours I walked, drove and spoke to every person I saw about my dogs. My mom called our town local police departments and the neighboring towns’ as well as the shelter. She also called one of my friends to come help me look. We were trying to get the word out as best we could.
I began to feel like they had fallen off the face of the earth when I finally ran into someone who had seen them. She had even been able to catch Havoc, who got to ride in a police car and spend the night at the shelter. But Geo and Malarky had kept their distance.
This happened back in 2006. Smartphones weren’t owned by everyone (it would be a year before the iPhone came out) so getting the word out took more time. I was lucky, it was a holiday and a rare warm January day so many people were outside giving me the chance to make many people aware to keep an eye out.Telling as many people as possible is one of the keys to getting your pet home.
These days with smartphones everywhere it’s easier to get the word out about a lost dog or cat. And services like mobiPET, a mobile protection service, make it possible to let a lot of people know in a matters of seconds.
mobiPET uses today’s technology to let registered people who live within a 2 mile radius know about your lost pet. By just texting LOST, they will receive a text that includes a picture. And they can let more people know by just clicking the Facebook button to let their friends know. Vet clinics, animal shelters and boarding kennels within 30 miles who are registered will receive an email with a picture and your information in case your pet shows up. mobiPET will even work when you’re away from home traveling with your pet by just verifying your location through a text message.
You can preorder mobiPET now through March 31,2014 for the one time lifetime cost of $24.95 per pet(once mobiPET launches the cost will be $24.95 per pet plus an annual renewal fee of $9.95) Your mobiPET kit containing an engraved metal tag with your unique pet ID code and 3 key tags with text instructions for if your pet goes missing is expected to ship during the second quarter (April, May or June) of 2014. Once you receive your kit, you just need to register on the mobiPET website and set up your pet’s information. mobiPET is only available in the US, but watch for it to launch outside the US in the second part of 2014.
Fortunately I found Geo and Malarky a short time after connecting with the person who had seen them. And I was at the shelter first thing the next morning to bail Havoc out.
My dogs were only missing for about 2 1/2 hours, but those were the longest scariest 2 1/2 hours of my life. In that time they had gotten 3 miles from my home. I can’t imagine how much sooner I would have found them if I had mobiPET.
Would you like to win a mobiPET? The giveaway is open to US residents and will run through 12am Saturday, March 22. Just enter in the Rafflecopter below.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but mobiPET did provide a product for the giveaway. mobiPET is not responsible for the content of this post.