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It's a well-known fact that dogs can be conversation starters that help break the ice with people their owners meet. Taking the notion a step further, a new collar tag from Boston-based SNIF Labs lets pet owners forge new connections with fellow dog-walkers, both online and off.
Available in a range of colours and patterns, the SNIF Tag is a small RFID device that attaches to a dog's collar and records his or her daily movements and social encounters. On the social side, each SNIF Tag emits a unique signal that is sensed by the SNIF Tags worn by other dogs. When Fido meets such tag-bearing playmates during a jaunt to the park, his collar stores that information and later uploads it automatically into the accompanying base station, which stays plugged into the owner's PC at home.
The dog's owner can then log in to view the profiles of the owners of those other dogs and decide if they want to connect online as well. In addition to monitoring social interactions, the SNIF Tag also uses an accelerometer and motion-analysis software to record a pet's activity. Owners can monitor the dog's movements in real time while he's home but they're at work, for example; alternatively, when Fido is out with the walker, information on his activities will be automatically uploaded when he returns. Activity levels can be reviewed by the hour, day or month, and owners can compare them with those of the other SNIF Tag-wearing dogs in the neighbourhood.
As ever the Americans are one step ahead and we'll probably pick up on this next year but it could be big and you saw it here first!
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Cornwall pulled in most votes in the 'Best for Families' category and came in a close second in the food, accommodation and value stakes. Teresa Timms of VisitCornwall couldn't be happier with the results: "The quality of Cornwall's tourism industry has never been better and this survey shows that we are leading the field. Not only does Cornwall have some of the best accommodation and places to eat in the country but we also rank highly for our warmth of welcome which is really great news. The industry should be really proud of themselves!"
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Best for Good Value
1.Blackpool Pleasure Beach
3.Scottish Highlands and Islands, Yorkshire Dales
Best for Getting Away From it All
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Best for Families
2.Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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"Whilst staying at Helsbury Park, Shona Moon came to have a two hour session with our Hungarian vizsla, Willow. The session was extremely interesting and it was great to see Shona interact with Willow in a calm way (she is a very excitable dog!) We now have a number of techniques to use to help with Willow's behaviour. I would definitely recommend Shona to anyone who wants to add an extra dimension to their doggie holiday."
For more information check out Shona's web site.