November 16

In Case I Get Lost

Posted by lori . 15 Comments


Have you ever experienced a lost pet?  We haven’t, but we had two “close calls” both involving Casper.  The first time, our backyard gate was left open, and the second time, I walked out of the house and didn’t close the door all the way.    Fortunately, he didn’t make it too far before we got him back, but both times were terrible when they happened.

Before we went to Dewey Beach, I had Freedom, Casper and Nikki microchipped.  A microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit that is placed under the skin, usually at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades.  The chips are about the size of a large grain of rice and are encased in biocompatible glass.  Microchips use passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology and contain no internal power source.  They are designed to not act until acted upon.  Most animal shelters, animal rescue groups and veterinarians scan for microchip information when a lost pet is turned in to them.

Freedom, Casper and Nikki also wear a collar with tags.  Currently, they wear their rabies vaccination tag with their veterinarian’s phone number and a tag from our Greyhound rescue group (Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan) with their toll free number and “reward” offer.  I also want to get them tags with their name and address on them.

Finally, it is a great idea to have several “Lost” posters made-up and hope that you’ll never have to use them.  Our Greyhound rescue group suggests this when you adopt your Greyhound and even provides a blank poster for you to photocopy.  By having the posters ready along with a good picture, you can get them out quickly and easily in those early hours.

I hope I never have a “lost” pet, but hopefully some advance planning will pay-off if it ever happens.  If you have any other good suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Art Every Day Month – Day 16


 Fabric Flower Canvas

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15 Responses to " In Case I Get Lost"

  • Declan says:

    Here in the UK all greys adopted from the Retired Greyhound Trust come microchipped. Mum upgraded my cover so I can have additional addresses registered, like if we stay with friends and go on holiday. Here it is the law that a dog must wear a tag with his address and owners name on. My insurance also provides some cover for payment towards advertising if I’m lost. Deccy x

  • Kat says:

    Good advice! The company that Gwyn’s microchip is from (Home Again) allows an option for paying a small annual fee that provides extra assistance in cases of lost pets. You can upload a photo and description of your pet when you first sign up (as in when you’re not freaking out because a member of your family is gone!) and they’ll generate posters and contact local shelters, etc. for you if need be. They also have a vet on call 24/7 for medical questions. It’s pretty nice.

    • lori says:

      I think I’m going to do another post on this subject in the future and include all the great ideas I’m getting from the comments. That’s an excellent feature of the microchips…the extra services you can sign up for. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Patty says:

    Making up the posters ahead of time is a great idea. I need to do that and have them in our RV, just in case. Mine both wear ID collars as well as their regular collar with tags. I figure if they slip the main collar, the ID collar is still there and a nice “handle” if someone needs to grab them. It’s so scary with greyhounds because they are hard to catch if they get loose.

    The flower canvas is beautiful!

  • houndstooth says:

    Oooooo! That flower canvas is so pretty! Darn it! Now I have a new favorite!

    All three of our girls are microchipped, too. They also carry their rabies tags, our adoption group’s tags, and a tag with our address and cell phone number on it, because if one of them is missing, I will be out looking for them, not at home by the phone. Bunny and Morgan both have cards that they carry in their backpacks when we hike, too, that have the phone numbers of my SIL and my sister, our vet and instructions that if they’re found without us something is wrong and to please call the numbers on the card.

    • lori says:

      I’m not sure why, probably the colors, but this is my favorite canvas so far. I really like the idea of the card saying that if they’re found without you, something is wrong and please call the numbers on the card. That could really help out if the person who “found” them thought they were just out wandering alone and would return to their owners without assistance.

  • Mayzie says:

    Okay, my mom and dad are BOTH so SUPER paranoid abouts losing me or Brudder Ranger. We haves a microchip AND a tag AND collars with our phone number on them. Our tags say something like “I need daily medication. Please call XXX-XXXX or take me to the nearest vet.” We don’t REALLY need medicines but mom kinda figures that if someone found us and thought about keeping us that they might change their minds if they thought they would need to gives us medicines every day. Heehee!

    That is SUCH a pretty flower picture. I can almost smell it!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  • Tooki says:

    That flower canvas is very pretty and eye-catching. Hmm, never thought about my pets getting lost but sometimes when Wawa is pulling my arms off their sockets I wish he would get lost!

  • Kat says:

    Ironic this post was this week? Gwyn got out yesterday evening & went for a big adventure (read: we all had near heart-failure!!). She’s back and fine and none the worse for wear. I probably only lost a few years off my life. I am so grateful for wonderful family & friends who immediately started helping us search for her. I also activated the Home Again network who sent out emails to members, vets & shelters. Somewhere between 1 – 1 1/2 hours she returned on her own, very dirty, but no cuts or anything…grinning, as always.

    • lori says:

      So glad that Gwyn wasn’t lost…just a little adventuring. Why don’t they know that they could kill us with stunts like that! You really made me see the value of the extra services the microchip companies offer. Also, to keep your information up-to-date with them. Happy for a happy ending!

  • Danielle says:

    We just picked up a little lost puppy two nights ago. It was after midnight when we saw her wandering the streets, and she seemed so relieved to come home with us. We took her to the vet the next morning and thankfully she was mircochipped – but the telephone contact details for the owner were out of date! So important for those details to be correct.

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