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Keeping tabs on your dog with GPS

May 18, 2008 |  9:44 am

How do you know when a dog is a geek? When he's wearing the latest in doggy hi-tech bling, a GPS locater. Times staff writer David Colker reports:

The satellite-linked devices, which have found their way to cars, big rigs, boats and even bicycles, are now available for the canine set.

Two companies are making collar-attached models that send a warning if a dog leaves its designated area. The gizmos then gives the animal's location, allowing you to find it without driving endlessly around the neighborhood, shouting its name.

In theory, it's a cool idea. In practice, neither of the devices -- Pocketfinder or Zoombak -- is quite ready for puppy prime time. And both are rather expensive because of monthly fees. But as anyone who has lost a dog can tell you, it's an intriguing use of digital tech.

Colker takes a look at the Pocketfinder and the Zoombak in today's Business section.

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