AKC Reunite Reports that One in three pets will go missing in its lifetime — and it can happen in an instant.
We admit those numbers seem high to us. Most OwyheeStar puppy folks never lose track of their Weimaraner. That is not to say it doesn’t happen. All our OwyheeStar pups leave with the AKC Reunite Microchip–but each family must register their chip. Beyond the microchip, you should consider other identification–such as a tag securely attached to their collar or harness.
Should you include your dog’s name on their collar? Including your pet’s name on their collar is a common practice, but is it a good idea? Cliff suggests it is better to exclude the pet’s name. Instead, provide your name, location, and a couple of phone numbers where you can be reached..
Providing your pup’s name on the collar can make it easier for someone else to appear to be the owner–because they are calling them by their name. Anyhow, it is food for thought.
While the microchip registered to you ensures you are listed as the owner, veterinarians, and other pet professionals do not scan every dog they encounter. Suspicious behavior might alert them to the need, but possibly they are pressed for time and feeling they are overreacting–even a new dog client may not be scanned. And keep in mind that merely recording an ID in their folder is not going to alert anyone. You see where we are going with this–two things. 1. Be sure to register your microchip. 2. Be sure to have identification on your pet’s collar. No one wants to become a statistic.
Should you happen to get separated, with your pet’s microchip registered through AKC Reunite, getting back together is more likely.
Maybe you remember Kali Blue and her story. Yesterday, she was reunited with Phillip. We all know what these wonderful creatures mean to us–in some cases, they literally save our lives. Quite possibly there are no words to cover how they touch our soul.
The time lost–cannot be gotten back. Nonetheless, each day they have is a precious gift.
Let’s all remember Phillip and Kali Blue and pray that she can make a quick adjustment. After all, we are talking about the Weimaraner–change is very hard. We wish her all the best from here on out.
Today–we join in the celebration of her return. Uh–thank God for microchips, too! Folks –be sure to register those microchips. Every OwyheeStar puppy leaves with the AKC Reunite Microchip.
Hello Cliff and Shela…
We want to write to say hello, and to say we hope is going well with you. Gracie is doing well; however, some things just take time…even dog training! We are working with Gracie (11 weeks old today) and she loves to do a perfect sit as long as the dog food “treat” is coming her way. Working on following Cliff’s advice on not giving to many treats. She is also learning “place” – her Minky lined dog bed.
We just received our AKC Reunite tag for Gracie and now her micro-chip is tagged to our personal information and phone number. She is a darling girl and is especially sweet and loving.
Best to you, Nancy and Tony
Breeder’s Note: We recently changed our microchip system. We now use the AKC Reunite Microchip (from the American Kennel Club). If you brought home a spring 2014 OwyheeStar Weimaraner, they will have the new microchip. This must be registered with AKC. Recording it at your veterinary’s office is not enough. Inside the puppy packet (in the front flap’s slit) you will find the information, along with the health record. Should your puppy ever come up missing (God forbid), or should you need to prove the pup belonged to you, the best proof is the microchip. Please register your microchip with AKC–its important!
Thank you Tony and Nancy for getting Gracie’s microchip recorded with the American Kennel Club (AKC).