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Bare Bones: Identity Crisis?!

I got found by a dog in Austin last November. Here I was minding my own business walking down the street when he trotted up to walk alongside. Not only was no one calling him back, there were no other people on the entire block. Being the animal lover that I am (and missing my lil' fella back home), I began talking happy puppy voice to him. We cross the street and the dog continues walking towards a man standing on the corner. As I was about to chastise the man for letting his dog roam off-leash, he grabs the dog's collar right before the dog darts into traffic, asking me if I am even paying attention to my dog. Realizing that the dog belonged to neither of us created quite the dilemma.

Luckily, the dog had an ID tag like the Bon Ton Baby – Flashing ID Tag (seen above). After trying three times to unsuccessfully get anyone to answer the phone, the only other option was to convince the dog to come into the car and bring him home, a good 10 minute drive away. But, unluckily, we arrive to a fenced-in yard and no one answering the door. We can't just leave the dog, nor can we sit in a stranger's driveway all day...

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The dog was a fairly big Lab mix but my (former college wrestler) friend decides to heave him over the fence and hope that he at least stays inside until his owners return home. As he does this, I knock on the neighbor's door to let him know to keep an eye out for the dog and tell the owners about their little escape artist.

So, that's just a long story to tell you a very short message, please get an ID tag for your pets! I'll talk about other pet ID options in a later post, but keep in mind that to read a microchip or tattoo ID requires bringing the pet to a vet. And, while getting that ID tag from a machine in a store is certainly better than no tag at all, here are some other options for this PetSugar essential (even one that plugs into a USB port!):

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Lavinie Lavinie 9 years
check out this id tag - i got one for my ex-boyfriend's dog last year - and its the cutest.. it's their california id.
lisafrank lisafrank 9 years
People should also know the importance of keeping their dogs 'contained'. A coworker and friend last week had the nightmare experience of watching a dog get hit by a car and then die right in front of her when she got out to check on him. Turns out the neighbors of the owners said that they constantly have been putting their neighbors dogs back in their yard. The owners had a gap in the fence where the dogs could escape and never bothered to fix it. :( I wish everyone with a pet were more responsible.
horcruxes horcruxes 9 years
my kitten is strictly inside but he's still microchipped and has a cute mickey mouse tag with my info on the back. i would hate for him to get loose. but i would also hate not being able to get him back. it's worth the money.
theboyslover theboyslover 9 years
I'm convinced that if I were to loose my dog nobody would return him because of his breed.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Oh, and yes - put a CELL PHONE number on it. Addresses can be bad if the finder is a bad person. BOO. I can't tell you how many times I call on a found pet and only have a home phone in my database. Duh, I'd be out looking too! Unfortunately, although licensing is the law in most areas, other forms of ID aren't required. I agree that they should be. Contrary to popular belief, shelters DON'T want another pet to be brought in.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Dang Pet! I was just going to answer. I won't spoil the fun though. :wink:
Linny Linny 9 years
My cats are mircochipped but they don't go outside ever. I don't make them wear collars except when we are travelling. They don't like their collars when they have to wear them but it's easy to get them on because they like the bell sound.
Pets Pets 9 years
I'll talk about microchipping in a post next week – stay tuned!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
What does microchipping your dog entail? Does it hurt them? I have four dogs and haven't heard of this!
vikingprin vikingprin 9 years
All my cats have tags with my CELL phone number. 2 reasons for this: 1. I move more often than I change my cell # and 2. if they are missing, I am more than likely going to be OUT LOOKING for them. The funniest part is that the only time one of them went seriously missing (for over a week) it was one of my other cats that found her and brought her home. It's also a good idea to store the number for animal control on your cell phone. I can't count the number of times I've seen a dog running down the street and I've either been unable to stop or unable to catch it. So I just call it in, and then I don't have to feel guilty about it.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Both of our dogs are microchipped, although they each got a different brand. HomeAgain is great because not only can you register any brand with them, you can also update their chip information online. It's definitely worth it, especially when I'm so horrible about putting their collars back on after their bath.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
all my cats have chips. But they are strictly indoor so they would have to pull some serious prison break to get out. the door and over our courtyard wall.
Pets Pets 9 years
Thanks! This is a great discussion here and I'm happy to see we have many people who care about their pets! I just wanted to clarify, I was in Austin on vacation (I'm not located there). While I strongly encourage pet owners to get their dogs microchipped AND licensed, I just wanted to remind people that ID tags should also be used for immediate identification. If I would have found a lost pet in my hometown, I would know where to bring him. But in a town I had never been to before (on a Sunday no less), I had no clue where to find a vet or someone who could scan his microchip.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
I love the stainless steel enamel one. I want to get the small light blue heart for our dog. Oh, I also love the sail boat one, too. Thanks for posting, PetSugar. :)
kiviniknow kiviniknow 9 years
I thought it's not a good idea to have your home address listed on the tag...
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Not giving your pet an ID tag should be illegal. I thought it was already.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
My pup is micro chipped and has a tag and license. We just moved and I already registered him in our new county. He's part of our family and I do what I can to ensure he'll be with us for a LONG time!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
So many people ring our office to report their missing dogs. We take their details and dexcription of the dog, but when you ask "does your dog have any ID tag or microchip" at least 99% say no.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Both our family dogs are micro chipped.
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 9 years
Lucky that the dog was friendly...we had new neighbors move in and their dog got out, I was able to get her to stay and look at her ID tag which still had her old out of state address/phone # (I didn't know at this point that it was the new neighbors dog). She moved away from me and I went to look at the tag once more and she got so spooked she started hissing (yes, a hiss!) and growling at me. I ended up having to call the local police to come get her. :(
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Molly - isn't it sad that people don't even THINK about the chip? It's been around for so long now and yet people just don't get it! BOO!
Giorgioiscute Giorgioiscute 9 years
Our italian greyhound Giorgio is microchipped and I kept meaning to get him a tag for his collar. Well here we are 8 months later and this thread was just what I needed to get online and get that tag. I just ordered him a new Steelers tag to put the phone # and address on and a Giants collar (we are a duel NFL household). Thanks for the kick in the butt everyone!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
It is even more important to update the address of an ID. A previos tenant of my apartment didn't do this and one day someone dropped a Rottie mix at my door. I am an animal lover so I was more than happy to take care of him until I could locate the owner but somone else may not have been so kind. Protect your furry friends people...always ID them.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Oh then I can not see it! I am a sucker for a furry face! :)
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
Thanks Leopard!!! I think it will work out. I went for the sucker punch and emailed pics of the cuteness out. You can't deny the kitty once you see it.
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