Came across a good story with some excellent advice, ‘tag’ your dog! Now this may sound like just plain ole’ common sense but it’s amazing the number of people who don’t, and I have to admit that I am often guilty of this as well. Now my Jezzie and Bruti are ‘house’ dogs and they have free access to a very safe and secure backyard (6′ privacy fence, locked gate) and since they are brushed almost daily I tend to leaved them uncollared unless I plan to take them out. For me it’s just a matter of making things easier rather than having to remove and replace their collars all the time.

Unfortunately accidents do happen! Dogs manage to escape from their homes and yards everyday. They slip their leads while out walking. You never know, anything can happen. Don’t take a chance with your canine companion!

Here’s a great story from on the merits of ‘tagging’ your dog.

Jene Osterheldt: Because your dog can’t talk, have him wear a tag

It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon, and I’m driving down Grand headed home after a matinee. A few cars are swerving up ahead. I wonder what’s in the road. Maybe it’s one of those awful plates covering the street. No. It’s a big, fluffy, white dog. The dog is strolling down the middle of the street, just outside the Sprint Center.

Some cars slow down to dodge the doggy. Others don’t seem to see him. As I drive by, I try to shoo him out of the street, but then I realize he has nowhere to go. I thought of my own pup at home. What if she had found her way to roam on downtown streets? How would I want some driver to handle the situation?

So I put my car in park, flick on my hazard lights and let my driver door hang wide open. Oncoming drivers might not stop for a dog, but surely they’d stop for a car.

I get out and plead with the pooch to get into my car. You can tell he belongs to someone, his fur is flawless, and once he realizes I want to give him a ride, he’s happy to jump onto my backseat. But when I start driving home, I don’t know what to do next. It’s late in the afternoon. A Sunday. The shelters are closed. He’s panting hard. I have to take him home to meet my dog, get him some water and figure things out.

But it’s not that easy. He doesn’t appear to have a collar to hold onto. And once we get into my parking lot, he sees a squirrel and takes off running. Suddenly I’m in the middle of a high-speed chase. He chases the squirrel. I chase him. And nearly two blocks later, he stops to look at me with a goofy smile on his face.

I lunge forward and grab his fur, hugging him and hoping he’ll let me direct him to my house.

When I do that, I discover his collar buried underneath his mane of white feathery hair. Score! What a relief it is to know the pooch has a collar with his number on it.

We walk home, and once he drinks two bowls of water and plays kissy face with my dog, I call his owners and say I found their baby.

Thirty minutes later, Tom comes to pick up the pup. His name is Tag. Oddly enough, in the dog industry ‘tag’ means to put identification on your dog. And had it not been for the information on his collar, I wouldn’t have been lucky enough to see him go home with his family. I would have had to either adopt him or make the heartbreaking trip to a shelter.

Now that sunny days are here again, more people are out walking their dogs and taking them to parks. Don’t forget to ‘tag’ your pups with the proper contact information, such as their name and your number.

It could save your furry friend’s life.

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