HayTag, dog tracking system, pet tracking device, use smartphone to track pets

Keeping Pets Safe with HayTag: GIVEAWAY

HayTag: A Long Range Wireless Pet ID System using Your Smart Phone

We were at our usual dog park which spans the perimeter of a water reservoir — fenced in with only one small side exposed to the street — when we saw a frantic dog racing up and down a quater mile stretch of the hike in search of his owner. Luckily, the dog and owner were reunited by the time we finished our walk.

It happened to me too. My dog is pretty good at waiting for me when he races ahead but once, at a confusing bend halfway through, where the road forks into 4 paths including a road, we missed each other and went in opposite directions by accident. A dog walker knew he was my dog and caught him, holding him by the collar until I finally found him but it was  looong 15 minutes until I united with him. The heart-racing-oh-my-god kind of long minutes.

Haytag, keeping pets safe

I met Pat Burns, founder of HayTag, through LinkedIn and I could appreciate the usefulness and simplicity of his idea. The HayTag uses solar energy to power a dog tag that sends a signal to your smart phone allowing you to track your lost pet.

It’s available as a pre-order now and will be in stores in april 2013.  $49 for just the HayTag for your dog, or $99 for the HayTag and the iPhone adapter, which most people will want.  No monthly fees, no batteries to replace or even recharge.

I am giving away a HayTag! Please note that it is in development and will be shipped to you as soon as it is ready.

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I received a stipend and a HayTag for helping out my LinkedIn friend. The HayTag will immediately go on my dog, Wally, who occasionally gets himself separated from us.

HayTag, dog tracking system, pet tracking device, use smartphone to track pets

Congrats to specklife who won!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Artchoo

    I need this for my wayward beast. At 13, she is still wily and knows how to slip out our door with the kids sometimes. P.S. I love the name Wally for a dog.

    • Hi Artchoo,
      We had such a difficult time choosing out a name for our dog. Everyone in the family gave one suggestion but one veto would nix the name. Wally was the ONLY name that survived. I am afraid that I had to nix “Danger.” The HayTag sounds like a good investment for peace of mind! I can’t wait to attach it to my dog who doesn’t always come when called!

      p.s. Wally is named after the Red Sox mascot.

  2. Deborah Knuckey

    After Cailin took off straight down a 200ft cliff this week and took a good 1/2 hour to find, my husband and I talked about how much we need something like this. Please put me in the drawing for it and thanks for letting us know bout it. Looks like a much better design than some of the early versions of electronic collars that they have tried to adapt w GPS locators. Deborah

  3. That’s a great idea! I would own a dog if my husband weren’t allergic to the universe.
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    • Hi MaryAnne,
      A dog is a lot of work but there are some breeds that are working for our friends with severe dog allergies. The Coton de Tulear is a great breed for anyone with allergies. Our friends who bought one tested it by the allergic dad rubbing his face into the dog’s fur. They waited one day to make sure he had no allergic reaction before getting their dog. I think some of the poodle breeds also are good for people with allergies… the Labradoodle was bred as a police dog for police people with allergies.

  4. Dee

    Our dog passed away a couple of months ago, but this would’ve been great for her. She was a husky, and they LOVE to run as far and fast as they can. She got out so many times. One of the last times was at Christmas two years ago, and she was gone for six miserable hours. (Miserable for me; she had a blast.)
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