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Stella and George found safe and sound

Stella and George – two canine best friends – who went walkabout in Wainuiomata earlier this week  have been found safe and sound, thanks to the ingenuity of Doggone.

The dogs, who live next door to each other, are best friends, and forever running from one home to another through a gap in the fence. Somehow, they managed to escape the confines of their backyards, and embarked on an exciting, albeit short, adventure together.

Realising their dogs were missing, owners Robyn and Anna, went off in separate directions in an attempt to locate the troublesome twosome, but not before marking them as lost on the Doggone App. Thankfully, both Stella and George were wearing their Doggone Bluetooth registration tag, recently introduced as part of Hutt City Council’s dog registration. The Bluetooth tags interact with the Doggone App to create location sightings, and a sighting of the two dogs was generated by a phone with the App when it came within proximity to the dogs. The sighting was automatically sent to the owners, notifying them where the dogs had been seen, and they re-directed their search accordingly. Within a relatively short period of time, the four were happily reunited!

“It’s such a relief to know that even in a situation where Stella and George go missing, we are able not only to mark them as lost, but have instant notification when they were found, and in such a short period of time. It really takes the stress away from the situation,” says Robyn.

Doggone founder and CEO, Tracy Austin says, “It is really heartwarming to know that not only have these dogs been reunited with their owners safely, but that our App was the reason it could happen so quickly. I would encourage all dog owners within the Hutt City Council jurisdiction to take up Doggone as part of their official dog registration. It really could be a lifesaver.”

Doggone is currently being offered as part of the 2019/2020 Hutt City Council annual dog registration.  At any time during the year (up to 30 June 2020), a dog owner may trade their standard plastic dog registration tag or strip for a Doggone Bluetooth registration tag for 2019/2020 at a cost of $28 ( inclusive of GST).  Simply take the existing registration disc or tag to the customer services desk at Hutt City Council, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt or to Animal Services at 21 Meachen Street, Seaview, and it can be exchanged for a Doggone Bluetooth registration tag.

The Doggone service also includes access to the free Doggone text service – another means by which people can help reunite a lost dog with its owner. The Doggone App is free to download for anyone in the community – dog owner or not.

The Doggone Bluetooth registration tag is an official Council registration tag, and like this year’s standard registration disc and tag, it is yellow and valid until 30 June 2020.