No matter where you live, it’s possible that your dog could get loose or run away, which of course, is every dog owner’s nightmare. As New York City dog owners, we face unique challenges on the city streets, in dog parks, during off-leash hours and in all the other crazy scenarios we may come across in this bustling city. That’s why we take measures to ensure our pup is returned home safe and sound if (doggy-heaven forbid) he or she should go missing. We get them micro-chipped, we put our info on their collars and ID tags, we register them with New York City and so on.
Firstly — we want to know — which methods do you use? Tell us in the comments!
Secondly, we wanted to share another method we just read about that we think is pretty cool.
You’ve heard of QR codes, right? They’re those weird looking, square, pixilated images you see on ads, posters and products that you can scan with various Smartphone apps to get directed to a webpage. Well various companies have taken this technology and quite simply, put it on a dog tag.
Here’s a video made by PetHub, one of the QR Code dog tag companies. They make a pretty convincing argument!
We love the idea behind this because essentially anyone with a Smartphone can scan the QR code and instantly see all of the information an owner would want to communicate about his or her lost pet. With the obvious information like home address, email address, etc., you can also include notes for special needs dogs or information about your animal’s temperament, likes and dislikes. Additionally, you can change the information as often as you’d like, so, for example, if you go on vacation or for some reason have a temporary address, you log on to your particular site and edit your info instantly.
When someone scans your dog’s QR code they will be forwarded to your pet’s personal webpage with all of this important stuff and (depending on the brand of dog tag) you may even get an email when the tag is scanned.
We’d definitely love to see one of these doggy QR codes in action and think it’s a simple solution to providing the right information about your dog should he or she get lost and then, thankfully, found.
In addition to PetHub, we’ve also come across PetQRTag, dynotag, Furcode and some others.
Do you have one of these and what do you think? Can you think of any cons to the QR code?
Tell us in the comments!