Before I begin, I want to thank everyone for their awesome advice on Tuesday’s post. Wowzers! I didn’t expect such an overwhelming response! Obviously this is something that affects us all. Stray dogs are a personal issue for any animal lover. We can all imagine what it would be like to be the owner. After all, a lot of us have been there. I checked out my city’s website to see if there is a recommended course of action for citizens who come across dogs who are loose on their own. There is and it is pretty similar to what you all suggested. Good to know!
I have put the number of the local animal control in my cell phone. Stashing some extra yummy treats in my coat is probably also a good idea. Apparently kibble isn’t enough for the pickier dogs out there. Is my dog the only one who eats her normal boring food like it is a special treat?
Oh, and I will always wear a belt! That idea was so creative. Those of you that say you always carry an extra leash get an extra hat-tip from me. I find I am already over-loaded with stuff when I take Shiva outside. Cell phone, poop bags, keys, kibble, mitts… And then they say I should carry some sort of citronella spray, an extra leash, extra bags to clean up other dogs’ poop, a snack for me, extra mitts, extra socks, beer, special treats for those dicey moments, a whistle, some form of ID, a portable stereo, a photograph of my mom… It is getting a little out on control. I have to put my foot down somewhere. Since I refuse to leave without the beer, the extra leash is not a priority.
Belt it is!
Yesterday I read a post on Dogs Deserve Freedom with a link to a pretty cool database. It’s called Helping Lost Pets and from what I can tell it is a type of online network that connects people who have found dogs with the people who lost them. For now, the postings are primarily in North America but it seems this is only because not enough people know about it. It looks like such a fantastic resource, if only people started using it. As it is now, there is no single database everyone knows to check when they have found or lost a pet. But I think this HELP network could be it. If you have a second, you should check it out.
Now I have a confession to make. This is hard to admit, especially after all the writing I have done on the subject but here goes:
Shiva doesn’t have a tag with her name and phone number on it.
Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. It is terrible. In my defense, which I admit is weak, she is never outside alone. Since she can’t exactly escape from the house without me noticing, I haven’t made a point of getting her one. But I really, really should. She does spend time off leash after all and anything can happen. Just because it hasn’t yet is no excuse for my laziness. She has a micro-chip and her license and rabies tags but I know the one with a phone number is by far the simplest way for someone to help return her home.
I promise I am going to remedy this. As I type I am logged in to Etsy, looking for something cute, stylish, and practical. Of course, that means I will probably spend the rest of my day trying to decide which one I want.
There is the Harley.
Or the Mustache.
Or the Gracie.
Or the Emma...