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Marco Polo Saves Pretty’s Life

Pretty Rescued in Lake Harding, AL

I just wanted to tell you about a rescue of my dog, Pretty. We live in hilly terrain surrounding a lake. Recently, the lake was partially drained, which created large mud flats. Pretty had chased a deer and become lost. Because of a hill and heavy brush, my searches on three previous days going down a road about a half mile from her position had given me no signal.

On the fourth day of searching I took the Marco Polo unit with me on my motorcycle and went riding along the perimeter of the lake. However, the terrain eventually became too rough for the motorcycle so I continued on foot. Because I was now on the other side of the hill, I eventually picked up a faint signal and followed it. The direction arrow got me closer and closer. I started calling for her and I could hear her whining but still couldn’t see her. I continued following the arrow, and when the signal got to 86% I was finally able to see her through the heavy brush, about 300 to 400 yards away.

I was relieved to find her, but I could see that Pretty had become trapped out on the mud flat and getting her out was going to be a huge problem. She was stuck fast and her entire underside was covered with mud. I set out across the mud flat and immediately sank up to my thigh, losing my right shoe. The left shoe soon followed, and I had to crawl across the mud flat in order to get to her. I pulled her to high ground and we spent the next half hour working around the swampy edge to get back to my motorcycle. She would never have been able to get out on her own.

An hour later she was home, bathed, fed, her paws and cuts treated, and on a course of antibiotics. She slept for the better part of a day. It took her almost a week to recover her old spring.

With the lake down many feet like it was, Pretty was able to get herself into a place that I never would have looked. I can’t stress enough how I would not have been able to find her without your invention. It is the only system that would have worked. One reason we bought Marco Polo was the long battery life. Another reason was that it does not rely on cellular service, which is very spotty in our area. Other technologies wouldn’t have worked, or would have drained the batteries after three days and she was gone four. I don’t want to think about how things might have turned out had she not had the Marco Polo collar on. Thank you Marco Polo.

– Debra W., Lake Harding, AL

Like a Shiny New Penny

Shiny as a Penny Boston Terrier

If you know Terriers, you know that many of the various breeds are “ratters” and varmint hunters. Boston Terriers are no exception. They are feisty, gregarious, loving and gentle. But when they latch onto the scent of a varmint, they’re off like a rocket. When Susan from Southern California Boston Brigade Rescue contacted us, she had one specific dog in mind, Skippy. It seems this Boston had been adopted by a new owner, and he had a reputation as a bolter. So Susan hooked us up with Skippy’s owner who got a MarcoPolo. Now Skippy is safely monitored 24/7 and if he bolts, he can be found quickly before he gets into a dangerous situation.

Susan was so impressed, she got a MarcoPolo for her own Boston, Penny. “With so many Boston Terrier rescues in our care, we usually have at least one we are concerned about bolting. Marco Polo gives us peace of mind knowing the animals in our care won’t become another stray. Anyone who has a dog that is a bolter like Penny truly cannot undertand the assurance you feel with MarcoPolo in place. When I hear that alarm go off and I know she is with my husband on a walk I smile. If I hear it go off and I don’t know where she is in the house I panic and immediatly know to grab the locator unit and look for her. It gives us such a sense of relief knowing MarcoPolo is there, especially with kids going in and out of the doors all the time. Recently, I found a cat on our walk that had been killed by coyotes. I don’t want my Penny being coyote food!”

– Susan M., Encinitas, CA

Bella Chases Ducks

Bella Loves Water

Bella is a two year old Black Labrador, and like all Labs she loves the water (yes, that is ice she is standing on). Unfortunately, she’s still learning and will sometimes run off on her own after a duck in the river. On a hunt last fall (2011) Bella decided to run off to pursue a duck in the Platte River. Before I could stop her, she had disappeared down the river bank and headed downstream. Due to the thick trees along the bank, I was unable to see her. Luckily, she had a MarcoPolo tag on her collar. I pulled out the locator and was able to find her near a clump of trees diving under the water looking for the duck. She found the duck, and I found her. Oh, did I mention? It was -8 degrees and the MarcoPolo system worked flawlessly, cold weather, submersion in water and all!

– Sean W., Denver, CO

What Is MarcoPolo?

MarcoPolo is an electronic monitoring and tracking system that promptly warns you of a wandering pet and allows you to track their location to quickly return them safely back home.
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Does MarcoPolo Use An Implantable Chip?

No. Marco Polo uses a radio system we designed and patented. It does not use implantable chips. Implantable chips can only be read with special readers that vets and shelters have, and can only read the chip from a few inches away. They only help if the pet is found and turned in. In 4 out of 5 cases lost pets are never recovered because they either are stuck by a car, poisoned, killed by other pets or wild animals or taken in by people that do not report them missing. Chips don’t help in any of these cases.
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Katella The Runner

It was Easter Sunday and I had my dog Katella inside the house while the family was in the back yard having lunch. A relative left the back door open and she bolted. I just saw her take off but didn’t know in which direction. I grabbed my MarcoPolo, jumped on my scooter and headed out to look for her. The locator picked up the signal and told me what direction to head. I kept following it until I ended up in a housing tract ½ a mile from my house and saw Katella roaming in someone’s front yard. The MarcoPolo was invaluable in helping me find her quickly.

– George N., Yorba Linda, CA

Bailey The Bolter

Recently, my Golden Labrador Retriever, Bailey, ran off into the woods. I tried calling her, but she just looked back and kept running. I got my Marco Polo locator, jumped in the car and drove up the road. Within minutes the locator locked on her tag and pointed in her direction. I called her, and moments later Bailey came running out of the woods and jumped in the car. Thank you MarcoPolo.

– Donna R., Kennesaw, GA

Buck The Escape Artist

Buck is an 11 month old hound mix and escape artist. He can go over, under or through all of the fences around our property including an electric fence. Recently, the MarcoPolo alarm went off warning me that Buck was out of the “safe” area. It took a few minutes for me to go out to look for him. By then he was completely out of sight and I wasn’t even sure which direction he headed. I put the locator in track mode and started walking toward the road. Within 5 minutes the signal was picked up and pointed me west. Buck was found easily about ½ mile away in the woods behind my neighbor’s house. MarcoPolo let me know there was a problem and made it easy to find Buck.

– Linda F., Eustis, FL

What Kind of Pet Owners Are Using MarcoPolo?

We have a wide range of MarcoPolo owners in all parts of the country. Here’s a brief summary:

  • Pet-dog rescue groups
  • Performance animal trainer (dogs and other animals)
  • Waterfowl and upland game-bird hunting guide service
  • Pet “nanny” service
  • Dog obedience trainer

And of course, many private owners who want to keep their pets safe 24/7 without worry.

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How Much Do Additional Tags Cost?

Additional tags have a list price of $92.95.
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