I know, I have been absent for a while, and I apologize. I’ve been working a lot and I’m also trying to finish up my dissertation. And because I’m still volunteering at the shelter, there is not much time left for other things. But because of recent events I am taking the time now. Let me first tell you about something that happened a couple of months ago, and this is the way it should be: I had just gotten home from work and let my dogs out. While I was doing stuff in the house I heard my dog Nate barking like crazy (which is a normal occurrence, because he’s somewhat territorial, so he barks every time our neighbors are in the yard or there is a deer or a rabbit). I went outside to see what was going on and to calm Nate down and there was this gorgeous Husky outside of our fence. I brought my dogs inside and went out the front door to check it out. It was a very friendly dog and she came right to me. SHE WAS WEARING TAGS! The tag had her name and her owner’s phone number on it. I called the number and it turned out the people were already out looking for her and they picked her up within two minutes. Everything got resolved very quickly, because the dog was wearing tags.
Fast forward to last week. It had been very hot for a few days, and it was hot again that Tuesday. I got home from work at around 2:30 p.m. and it was around 95 degrees with a somewhat higher heat index. I got my mail and when I walked back to the house there was this little white dog next to me. I didn’t really know what to do with him, because I couldn’t take him in the house because of Nate (he does not like strange dogs in our house). So I got him some water and called the shelter. HE WAS NOT WEARING ANY TAGS! Long story short, I took him to the shelter where he was out of the heat. I put up posters and posted him on several lost dog websites. A few people called, but it as never a match. On Monday I finally got a call and it turned out to be the owner. I took him back home on Monday afternoon. Happy end, right? That’s what I thought. I got an e-mail today that the dog got out again! Seriously, people. I really hope that he was wearing a collar and tags this time, but I kind of doubt it. I really hope someone finds the little guy, but if they don’t know about as many resources that I was familiar with, he might not get home this time, which makes me sad, because he’s an old dog.
What do we learn from this? TAGS ARE ESSENTIAL! If a dog is wearing tags the chances of him getting returned to their owners are so much greater. Even if they lose the tag with the owners phone number, the rabies tag will give a clue about the vet, and if they are registered with the city the dog lives in it’s another chance to find the owner quickly. If you lose your dog, you should also consult lost dog websites and post flyers in your neighborhood. Also, check out neighboring neighborhoods. Maybe there are flyers up there. Who knows how far a dog can travel. The little guy I found was about 3 miles away from home. He had crossed about three neighborhoods. So, all you dog owners, dogs do get out sometime, but make sure it’ll be easy for them to get back home: PUT TAGS ON YOUR DOG AND HAVE HIM/HER WEAR A COLLAR AT ALL TIMES!