Dog Owners & Open Gates
– Angela Remmert
The Family Escape Artist
I have a confession to make…I am an annoying dog lover. I stop to admire pretty much any dog I meet and it all started when I got my dog Hannah. Over five years ago, she became a part of my family and I couldn’t imagine our life without her.
That is why I was pretty upset this summer when she escaped from our yard. We were having our house painted and the painter left our gate open. When I let her out I had no idea, and she was gone in minutes.
After a 20 minute drive around the neighborhood (painter included), we found her happily strolling down the street without a care in the world. After I recovered from the guilt, I got to thinking about how it would be really helpful if I was 100% sure the gate was closed before I opened the back door throughout the day.
Enter a Honeywell exclusive: the 5816OD outdoor contact. Operating in temperatures from -40° F to 150° F, Pacific Alarm Systems can install this wireless transmitter on your fence gate for outdoor protection and awareness. Then from the keypad, you can see at a glance if the gate is open. And when you add Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services, you can receive a text or an email on your smartphone every time the gate is left open. Plus, if you have cameras as a part of your HOneywell system,you can even receive a video clip every time the gate opens.
Winter can be brutal. High winds. Soaking rains. Imagine you’re at work and you get a delivery at home. The delivery person leaves the gate open and you receive an email alerting you. Or with the bad weather you don’t even need to walk outside to make sure the gate is closed before you let the dog out. Wouldn’t this make your life simpler and keep your pet safer?