As you may or may not know, I love dogs. There are currently three living in my house, and I even recently started working as a part-time dog walker for You Go Pet Sitting, a local company in my hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

I also love technology (obviously), so on those rare occasions when my passion for dogs and technology meet, I immediately perk up. That’s why the latest project of the Toronto Humane Society, in conjunction with Rethink Toronto, has me so excited: these two organizations have jointly come up with a special new dog collar, dubbed the “Dog Caller,” which alerts you via text message when your dog gets too hot.

The collar features a built-in thermostat and SIM card, and the SMS alert is triggered once it detects that the dog’s temperature is in excess of 79 degree – about the point when dogs start to overheat.

This little device is still in its early development stages, but the technology seems very promising. And with a few more donations, the Humane Society could very well be close to bringing this to market. Since most of the US has been suffering from excessively warm temperatures and drought, a gadget like this couldn’t come soon enough.

Of course, this collar isn’t an excuse to leave your dog outside in a parked car on a hot day. Technology also goes wrong all too often, so it’s not something you should ever rely on 100% of the time. Still, it’s a great idea – and if it saves even one little canine life, then it’s money well spent.

[Toronto Humane Society via The Verge]