5 Items Every Dog Owner Should Invest In

I think most of us would agree that having a dog is hands down one of the most rewarding luxuries available to us. All of those noisy nights of crate training, laundry loads of towels and blankets, and clumps of dog hair on everything we own are absolutely worth the unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship that we share with our fur babies.

What if I told you that this past year, I purchased five incredible items that have made my experience of being a dog mom so much easier? No, I’m not exaggerating in the slightest bit. Now that these useful innovations have found their ways into my life, I could never picture living without them. Here’s what I’ve discovered.

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The Brains Behind the Invention of GPS

The Global Positioning System, or GPS, is a tool that we use in our everyday lives. It relies on 31 operational GPS satellites traveling around the Earth 24/7 to provide us with on-demand directions, events and restaurant recommendations based on location, and even the correct time on our smartphones and computers. Who do we have to thank for this service? Well, hundreds of people, but here are four important contributors who stick out: Roger L. Easton, Bradford Parkinson, Ivan Getting, and Gladys West.

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Scout GPS Tracker for Kids, Pets and… Marathons?

Earlier this year, on a typical afternoon in the Scout office, our marketing director, James, made a bet with our director of partnerships, Andrea. If Andrea, who is a vegetarian, finished a half marathon, James would cut meat out of his diet for one week. If she didn’t finish the race, she would have to eat a burger. Confident in her abilities, she agreed to the silly challenge.

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Scout Sponsors GPS Tracking For “Run For The Wall”

This week, Scout will be providing GPS tracking for the 30th annual “Run For The Wall,” an event where hundreds of bikers travel 2,600 miles across the country to meet at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The event honors the memory and sacrifice of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and is held to support the personnel and families of the U.S. military all over the world, as well as to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA).

The bikers left early yesterday morning from Ontario, California, and are currently entering New Mexico as you can see in the screenshot below. They plan to reach the Wall by Friday, May 25.

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Why You Need a Fleet Management System

What is a fleet management system and why do I need one?

If you’d consider yourself a fleet manager, or want to get into the business, but you don’t have any way to track your vehicles through GPS, then you’re in the right place.

A fleet management system is made up of GPS-tracking devices installed in your vehicles so that you can track your drivers or rentals and receive their real-time locations through a software accessed from your mobile phone or desktop computer. Using the system will help keep your company organized and efficient, and it will also protect your fleet from theft.

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How to Ensure You Never Lose Track of Your Dog

On my way to work this morning, I was driving down a busy street and spotted two dogs running around on the side of the road without collars on. As a dog mom, I feel it’s my duty to always help any dogs that may be in trouble, so I pulled over as soon as I had the opportunity to.

By the time I pulled into the parking lot where I had seen them, they had already made their way down a small street over. I was afraid I had lost them, but as soon as I pulled up to the next street, I saw one. She was a small, brown pit and exceptionally friendly. She ran right up to my car, so I opened my door, and she hopped in. Following behind her was a small, black chihuahua mix.

What I had learned from the last time I found a stray dog is that you should always post a photo of the dogs you find in local Facebook pet-finding groups, and then bring them to your county’s animal service, no-kill shelter. I drove them to my house, which was right down the street, so that I could give them some water and a chance to lay down because they seemed like they had been running around for hours.

Eventually, I brought them to my local shelter. The woman at the front desk told me that they would scan and look for microchips on the dogs, and if they couldn’t find any, the dogs would be put up for adoption. It bummed me out that the original owners might not ever see their dogs again if they weren’t sure where to look once they realized the dogs were lost; however, this scenario was better than the pups running into traffic and getting hit by a car.

This morning made me realize how careful dog owners need to be in case their dogs ever escape and get lost. A microchip is definitely helpful, but you won’t know where your dog is until someone scans the microchip and contacts you; this process could take days. Another scenario that could happen is one where someone finds your dog, doesn’t know about bringing him into animal services, so they try to rehome your dog themselves and then you definitely never see your dog again.

Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to all of this. The Scout Smart Tracker is a Bluetooth & GPS device that I have attached to all of my dogs’ collars whenever they’re in the yard. I’ve set up a safe zone on my FindMyScout app that borders the perimeter of my backyard. The second my dog leaves the zone, a.k.a. my backyard, I receive a notification on both my iPhone and my Apple Watch.

I’ve lived in my current house for two years now, and my pit-beagle mix, Scout, just started to figure out how to escape the fence. I still don’t know how she’s getting out, but I do know the second she leaves the yard because I get notified, and for that, I’m extremely thankful.

For more information and to purchase a Scout Smart Tracker of your own to protect your dog, visit findmyscout.com.

What Exactly Is GPS Tracking?

We rely on GPS, or Global Positioning Systems, almost every day. We use it to navigate to a location we’ve never been before, find a highly-rated brunch spot near us, call an Uber or Lyft, track our kids and pets, and even continuously update the time on our cell phones. Eventually, it may even power driverless cars.  For millennials and Gen Z, GPS technology has been available for most of, if not all of, their lives. I’m a 22-year-old college student, and I never had to learn how to use a physical map to drive anywhere unfamiliar like my parents did when they were my age; I always had a GPS available right in the palm of my hand.

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