Re: Cool idea... we had 3 dogs at one time...2 of them were adventurers/runners.
@Anon123843....Thank you for sharing the story of your beloved Xena. Now Voyce makes complete sense to me, and I may in fact consider it for my lab/pit mix, Angel, who is turning 10 years old next week. If technology can help us keep her healthier and happier, then it's worth it for sure.
We had a Shih-Tzu that we adopted from a shelter years ago. He had been taken from his owner by animal control due to severe neglect, and we were told he was 2 years old at the adoption. But when we visted the vet for his first checkup we were told he was a senior, probably around age 7. Of course, we kept him anyway, and nursed him through numerous health problems in the time that he was with our family, including terrible bouts of collitis. Now, I wonder if we had a health monitor on him if we could have seen warning signs before the collitis got so bad that he stopped eating. Eventually we were talked into a surgery for him that in hindsight we never should have done, as it made his last few weeks with us a horror show. It's so hard to know what to do in these situations. I wish something like No More Woof really could tell us what the animals were feeling. I'm sure our shih-tzu Tucker would have said, "I know you're not ready, but it's time to let me go" and we would have never put him through the surgery.
Perhaps your Xena had a great deal of wisdom, choosing her time to pass while you were away so that you could remember her as she was in life. I'm sincerely sorry that your son had to cope with that, though. Each animal we have in our lives leaves their own unique paw prints on our hearts.