Hot List October 2003: Beacon

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Bark and Beacon

Most ski-town mutts we know seem to fend for themselves pretty well. But if you've got a desperate desire to keep track of your hound, pick up Ortovox's D1 Doggy Xmitter ($85). Developed for rabbit-hole-diving hunting dogs in Europe, the unit will be available to consumers stateside this year. Strap the Zippo-sized gizmo on Lucky, and neither a deep tree well nor your neighbor's promiscuous poodle can keep you apart. And, yes, until the furballs develop opposable thumbs and learn to talk, the D1 can only transmit.