Top Tag is the first USB flash drive pet tag containing important pet care information in an Auto Play program.
Top Tag Pet ID answers the age old pet owners’ question and dilemma, “Who will know how to take care of my pet’s special needs if I am not around.”
According to Peter Norback, co-founder and co-owner of Flash Drive Publishing, Inc., “Top Tag is the first complete-care pet ID tag. The super small 64MB flash drive comes in a waterproof case and attaches to collars, aquariums, bird cages, horse stalls and more. The program on the flash drive is filled with easy-to-access information and photos. With Top Tag you can write, organize, store and retrieve all of your pet’s important care information. So whether your pet’s at home or lost, Top Tag Pet ID helps friends, Vets, kennels, pet sitters and rescuers quickly understand how to provide the best care for your pet.”
Top Tag Pet IDa user-friendly computer programis as easy to use as e-mail. There are 7 major categories and 14 subcategories of pet care information which includes such subjects as Diet, Behavior, Words and Commands, Medical Information and the all-important Nature’s Call.
Top Tag covers the complete life span of a petand in addition to documenting standard pet care informationTop Tag lets owners list and describe all those extra special things they do for their animal companions. There are sections on home cooked food menus, grooming, romps in the pet park, play time, sleep time, and distinctive likes and dislikes of the pampered pet.. Appropriately, the final section is devoted to the owner’s preferences with respect to a critically ill or deceased pet.
This thorough and thoughtful pet protection program tries to make it easy for pet owners to include all of the essential care and nurturing information on their pets. Even if a pet has a unique situation, the pet owner can use the Additional Comments box that appears at the end of each section to explain the care procedures in full detail. Top Tag is complete pet protection in a digital form, yet it is priced reasonably at $39.95, making it possible for nearly everyone to buy a Top Tag Pet ID for their pets.
The design of Top Tag’s program interface or pages is upscale and colorful. Navigation is by the click of a button or link and users can start anywhere to enter information. The authors of the program suggest you gather names, addresses and photos before you begin or you can just jump right in and type off the top of your head. Either way, you’ll enjoy the experience because the whole program is intuitive. You do not have to know anything about the program to fill in the information successfully.
Top Tag is programmed specifically for Windows Millennium (ME), 2000 and XP operating systems. For XP users, the program may load automatically through the Auto Play window. Otherwise, you just go to "My Computer" find and open the USB drive folder and click on "Start Top Tag".
Any one who has used a USB flash drive before knows these simple steps to open a flash drive file. First time users will be surprised at how easy it is to use a USB flash drive.
Bill Roach, the other Flash Drive Publishing, Inc. founder and owner believes that Top Tag fills a major void in caring for a pet when the primary caregiver is suddenly out of the picture. "Prior to Top Tag," Bill says, "pet owners hoped their family or friends would take care of their pets when they were unable. This care handoff was often a hit or miss situation. Making matters worse for pet owners, today there are more medical needs with the rise of allergies and other health issues. With Top Tag, pet owners can now record their specific care and nurturing instructions and count on Top Tag to relay the information to any number of caregivers."
In addition to storing information on the Top Tag Flash drive, you can print out individual pages or the entire fact sheet. This is an especially useful feature if you have a pet sitter.
Top Tag Pet ID also has a backup and restore function. If your Top Tag Pet ID is damaged, you can purchase a new one and download all of your pet’s information simply by inserting the new Top Tag and clicking on Restore. Also, this function is advantageous for multiple dog, cat, or bird owners. Instead of retyping your contact, Veterinarian and other duplicate information, complete the fact sheet for one pet and click on backup. Then insert a new Top Tag Pet ID and click on Restore. All you have to enter is the specific information for the new pet.
One of the most useful and most fun features of Top Tag Pet ID is the Photo Album. The authors suggest the user scan or digitally photograph important documents such as AKC Certificates, AKC Certificates of DNA Analysis, rabies shot records, etc. Also, they recommend you shoot a digital picture of the can, box or bag of pet food you feed your pet. Not leaving anything to chance, they even encourage before and after grooming photos.
Although the authors provide helpful hints on importing photos to the Photo Album, downloading photos takes little thought. If you have ever saved a photo from the Internet or attached photos to an e-mail, the Top Tag process is a piece of cake. In just a few clicks you can download all kinds of very useful images into the Top Tag Photo Album. There is also a space for photo titles.
“When we first thought of Top Tag, we knew we needed a Photo Album in the program", confides Mr. Norback. “Not only for the visual documentation of important items such as certificates and food, but to capture the life and times of the pet. We hope owners download photos of their pets at play, interacting with family members and special moments that capture the pet’s personality.”
The line from the Top Tag packaging “Next to you, the Top Tag Pet ID is your pet’s best protection.” may sound presumptuous, but it’s not. Top Tag’s well thought out functions and functionality will give you peace of mind and some day you’ll be very happy that you let Top Tag back you up. And so will anyone else who may have to care for your pet.