Sneak has long been a devotee of the comic Texts from a Dog blog but can't escape the feeling that Swiss sheep herders have taken it too much to heart, and are making it a partial reality. They're giving their livestock automated collars that send SMS warnings when predators approach.
The collar is being designed by Jean-Marc Landry from carnivore research group Kora, who's already carried out "tests" using 12 unlucky sheep and muzzled Czechoslovakian wolfdogs, according to science website Phys.org.
A full prototype of the sheep-saving collar is expected to be ready this Autumn and further testing is planned for 2013.
Worse still for any hungry hounds, as well as the ability to send texts to the sheppard, there are also plans to add automatic weapons to the collars. Researchers are reportedly looking at ways to let the collars scare off predators by emitting a loud noise or spraying a chemical repellent at attackers.
There's currently no word on whether the collars will make it to the UK, but Sneak is praying not. After all, do we really want to contend with a woolly, wandering warrior when navigating the sheep-infested UK countryside?
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