Track Your Pet’s Location and Activity Levels From Anywhere With This Incredible GPS Monitor

Findster, YouTube
Findster, YouTube

If it’s getting distressingly late and your partner still hasn’t gotten home from work yet, a quick text is all it takes to find out where they are and alleviate your worry. Unfortunately, due to a lack of literacy skills and opposable thumbs, the same can’t be said for our pets.

To keep you from having to wonder if your pet is still safe at home whenever you’re at work, out of town, or even on a quick trip to the grocery store, there’s Findster Home—a device that tracks your pet’s location without requiring a cellular connection to send GPS coordinates. Funded in just three days on Kickstarter, you can get your own Findster Home—with one Basestation, one Pet Module and USB charger, and 12 months of Findster Care—for the early-bird price of $169 by heading here. There are also more packages available, depending on your needs.

All you have to do when using Findster is set the small, sleek Basestation somewhere in your home; attach a lightweight, waterproof Pet Module to each collar of up to three pets; and download the Findster app on your smartphone. After that, you’ll be able to check your pet’s location from anywhere. If your pet does happen to escape, the Findster app—and a text message, if you choose—will alert you immediately, along with any other friends or family members who are connected to your pet through the app.

Is your pet trained to have room to roam? You can define a “virtual fence” to run around the perimeter of your yard or even your whole neighborhood, and Findster won’t alert you unless your pet has left that area.

While the GPS tracking capabilities will certainly eliminate that nagging anxiety about your pet’s safety whenever you’re not with them, it’s far from Findster's only offering. It also monitors your pet’s behavior when they’re securely inside, compiling data on their activity levels and indoor location, so you can see where they spend the most time during the day, how much exercise and rest they’re getting, and more. Essentially, Findster Home fills you in on all the information you’d get from a full-time pet sitter.

findster home
Findster, YouTube

To help you interpret that data, the makers of Findster Home have developed Findster Care, a subscription service that includes 24/7 access to a veterinarian, analysis of your pet’s daily activity, and early detection of possible health issues based on that analysis over time. Though it’s optional, all Findster Home purchases come with one full year of Findster Care for free.

You can get your own Findster by heading to its Kickstarter page here. You'll have until December 14 to back the product, which is scheduled to begin shipping next June.

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Flamingo Yoga Is on the Itinerary at This Bahamas Resort

Courtesy of Julianna Vezza/Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Courtesy of Julianna Vezza/Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

In recent years, the practice of yoga appears to have been co-opted by the animal kingdom. A series of programs offering everything from goat yoga in Oregon to cat yoga in Illinois have sprung up, promising a workout that involves communing with non-human participants.

You can now add flamingo yoga to the list. Visitors to the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas are invited to attend yoga classes featuring a small group of feathered assistants. A total of four pink flamingos—Baha, Lynden, Indy, and Luca—take an active role, climbing over guests and investigating their poses with prodding beaks. A flamingo handler is on hand to manage the birds while the yoga instructor takes care of the human population.

The flamingo cay at the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas is pictured
Courtesy of Maddie Winters/Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Flamingos are social creatures with a large presence, reaching four or five feet in height but weighing just four to eight pounds. A pink flamingo’s color comes from the beta-carotene in the seafood they eat. Without it, they would turn white.

The class is held every Wednesday morning. The cost is $40 and is open to all guests of the three Baha Mar resorts, including the Grand Hyatt, Rosewood, and SLS Baha Mar. There are also private flamingo yoga classes available upon request, or you can just enjoy a daily marching parade. If you can’t make it, consider heading to Manitoba, where Alpaca dance classes promise to give you an equally intriguing vacation story.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

The 10 Most Popular Dog Names of 2019

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Veronika7833/iStock via Getty Images

Your dog may be one of a kind, but their name could be a different story—especially if your very good girl or boy is named Bella or Max. As we hurtle toward the end of 2019, Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest general veterinary practice in the U.S., combed through its database of pet patients to determine the most popular dog names in America, and which monikers are on the rise.

As usual, pop culture played a big role in pet-naming trends: Game of Thrones may be over and done with, but fans are still paying four-legged tributes to the epic series by naming their pets after favorite characters; 24 percent more dogs were named Sansa in 2019 compared to 2018. The Avengers made a superhero-sized impact, too, with 44 percent more dogs being named Spider-Man and 12 percent more canine Thors in the world than there were last year.

Is your pupper’s name among the country’s most popular? Take a look at the list below to see the 10 most popular dog names of 2019.

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Luna
  4. Coco
  5. Charlie
  6. Daisy
  7. Lucy
  8. Bailey
  9. Buddy
  10. Rocky