Is your pet the adventurous type? Do you often catch them whistling the theme tune to "The Great Escape" whilst trying to look innocent? Are they regularly found exploring the neighbourhood for treats when they should be safe indoors?
It isn't cheap, this bit of kit - £75.00 or thereabouts, and £9.99 a month for the service. My initial, possibly rather judgemental thought was that that amount would buy you a decent amount of dog training, and wouldn't it be better to tackle the problem at source, and end up with a reliable dog, rather than chuck technology at it but still have the same basic problem: a dog that does its own thing rather than yours? Plus, you may know where your dog is with this thing, but knowing isn't the same as catching up with it. They can move faster than you can.
The manufacturers also say you will know where your dog is if it's stolen. This is assuming that any thief is a paid up member of the bozone layer and will not remove that rather noticeable collar the moment they've got the dog.
I then saw that you could track what your pet got up to, and I thought it might be quite fun to know where the cat disappeared to, but the thing is recommended for animals over 7kg and I'm pretty certain cat, who is very small indeed, is nowhere near that.
Rather more creepily, the manufacturers suggest that if you have the car model in your car, you can use it to keep tabs on where your teenager is, which again is assuming a remarkable dopiness on the part of the teenager. My teenager is as likely to get a car as he is to get up voluntarily at 6.00am and greet me with a cheery hug, but it would be the work of seconds for him to decide that the car he and his mates used to go out in would not be the one with the kiddy tracker. And the manufacturers are forgetting that cars can be parked; at stations even.
A quick look at other things Amazon buyers of the Zoombak bought included child tracking systems. It does make me wonder how my mother coped, when my sister and I would pack up a picnic and go off on our bikes for the day. It is stomach churning when you send your child off out for the first time alone (though my last post might lead you to think I did this without a second thought, I didn't.) Son went to school on his own from the age of 7, though I am ashamed to say daughter was not allowed until she was 8 - for no good reason other than that she seemed more vulnerable to me because she was a girl. The first time they both went, I was hanging out of front attic window, until they turned the corner, then shooting across, leaning out of the opposite attic window until they were out of sight, and resisting the temptation to ring school to check they had got there alright.
It would have been tempting to have checked up on their transmitters that first day - no, it would have been impossible not to have done it. I've been sitting here mulling, and I don't know if it's better to let your child out with the bit of kit, if that's the only way you're going to do it, or keep them inside, kitless. Or trust them to get out there on their own and survive.