Kids and Pets, will it work?Written by Mariangie GonzŠlez
How can my child benefit from having a pet? 1. Social skills and self-esteem. Feelings and positive experiences with their pet can help children feel good about their own. Loving a pet can also help kids to love and trust other people. 2. Exercise. All pets need to exercise, and playing with their pet is a fun way to incorporate some physical activity to your kidís lifestyle. 3. Responsibility and respect. To learn how to take care of their pet can help kids develop empathy, concern and responsibility towards other beings. On top of that, during life cycle of pet, parents have opportunity to talk to their kids about birth, sickness and death. 4. Parent interaction. Kids and their parents can spend more time together playing and taking care of their pet.
How can my child help take care of pet? 1. A small child can help out by feeding or providing fresh water to their pet (portions must be measured by you). 2. The child can help walking pet, not alone of course, but just another time to spend together with your kid. 3. Children can help you in bathing and grooming pet. 4. Assign to your child small, simple tasks that can be performed under your supervision.
Pet Tracking DevicesWritten by Mariangie Gonzalez
It was Saturday morning of August 20, 2004 and my two kids saying that they couldnít find our cat Nala anywhere waked me up. I didnít pay much attention, because it was common for her to find a new hiding spot and sleep there for hours.
Hours later we realized she was really missing and we started to search for her. We looked all over house, inside closets, behind furniture, and then we got outside and looked on trees, in playground, around pool, everywhere! We placed flyers around neighborhood, she was never found.
Now I ask myself, how many of us have gone through that experience and think we donít have an alternative to those flyers?
Well, we do! Pet Tracking Devices, thanks to miniaturization of GPS receivers and mobile phone modems even they can carry devices that allow them to be tracked by owner. There is not yet a great choice of devices, but this probably will change rather fast and even though all actual (August 2004) existing devices are too heavy for domestic cats. It is believed that 2005 will bring several solutions for this problem. But if you own a dog, this may be a solution.
GPS Pet Tracking devices consist of a GPS receiver and a GSM modem. In some of models data, sent to secure website via a GSM network, can be accessed by owner directly or through a call center. With other devices you simply call telephone number of GPS-GSM dog collar with your mobile phone. The GPS receiver in collar calculates position of dog and sends co-ordinates immediately in a SMS text to your mobile phone. Other models work as a wireless, electronic pager device that easily and remotely monitors location of pets via Internet anywhere in North America. The locations can be reported to email, pager, cell phone (as text message) and website.