Saturday, July 25, 2009
Bowser, the dog that's pictured above, was lost in Ottawa, Canada on April 29 and lucky enough to have been found on May 5th. Many dogs out there are not as lucky as Bowzer. In fact, I got a call about a dog named Cassie who has been lost since April of this year. The owners loved their dog so much, they put an ad for her on lostmydoggie.com. Many times Cookie and Gigi have gotten away from me in her quest to chase the rabbit that she caught out of their eyes. I've been lucky enough to get them back in the next few minutes but the next time, that may not be the case.
Accidents happen but there are three ways I know that give you a better chance of bringing your dog back home.
1. If you were lucky, when you adopted your dog, the place may have put a microchip in the dog. Usually microchips are the size of a piece of long grain rice and can't be detected by the human eye. It is harmless to your dog's system.
2. If your dog has a microchip, it may be a good idea to have a tiny tattoo put on an inconspicuous part of his body. Although the idea of having permanent ink may be on the extreme side, but in cases where the dog has been stolen, it will be much easier to identify.
3. Whether or not your dog has a microchip or not, it's a good idea to have a dog identification tags. Microchips are great but many shelters have systems that will only read microchips that are compatible with their system. An I.D. tag with the owner's contact information will be a great aid in helping the shelter find the dog's owner.
Here are some websites that are great if you find yourself in this situation:
Lastly, I discovered this news story about a firefighter reuniting with the dog he had to give up five years ago. PA Fire Chief Reunited by Chance with Lost Dog.
Well, I hope you guys are having a great weekend. If you have any tips or comments you would like to add, jump right in. Thanks for stopping over here.