To the chagrin of cats everywhere, Ortovox's D1 Doggy Xmitter now allows true powder-hounds to survive slides. A canine avalanche transceiver, the D1 slides onto a dog's collar and transmits a locator beacon up to 90 feet. Role-reversal on the standard avvy dog training scenario, in which a human is buried in a snow pit for the dog to sniff out, is unlikely. "It's practically impossible, says Crested Butte, Colo., patroller Eric Baumm, "to get a dog to stay in a snow pit while you're filling it in.
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