So, off the bat, I should tell
you, in case you aren’t aware of our feral little beasts – their names are
Grandmaster Flash, and Grandmaster Melle Mel – Flash and Melle, they are 7 and
3.5 respectively, and they are Jack Russel x Pug crosses – which means they are
kind of small dogs. About 10kgs each (depending on how much they’ve eaten
lately), so I was a bit worried that the PitPat’s, although they are only
5cmx5cm, might look really big on their collars, or be quite heavy for them,
but, as you can see from the photos, they fit really nicely, and save from a
few times they scratched at them when they first went on, they pretty much
ignore them now, which is good.
Monitors for the last few weeks. There have been hikes round the reservoirs,
there have been walks through the woods, we’ve scrambled through streams, Melle
has swum (yes, it is waterproof), Flash has chased balls, they have played with other dogs, they have
played with people. The dogs have well and truly put their trackers through
their data at the end of the day. And interesting. Because pretty much every
day it tells me that Flash has done more running than Melle, which is crazy
because Flash, in my eyes, is super lazy – but it tells me he does more running,
which might make sense because he dithers so much then has to sprint to catch
up with us. Whereas Melle, he’s just constantly on the go on a walk, noodling about, always on the go – but maybe not running.
chase the ball if he’s given the chance, where as Melle will happily cuddle you
all day, but Melle will get up and wander round the house with you every time you move, even if you try and explain you’re just getting up to grab a drink, but Flash, once he’s settled, it’ll take a lot to get Flash off his napping position on the sofa!
So, what do you think? Is a Pitpat the sort of thing you’d like for your dog? Because I’m currently raving about them to all the dog walkers we meet on our adventures!
(I should also say that the dogs
don’t tend to wear their collars in the house until we go on a walk, unless
they are at my parents, so sometimes the data is just based on our walks, but sometimes
it’s a full days’ worth of info.)