We live in an awesome community. There are several Facebook pages set up to alert the hood on various issues – crime, items for sale/giveaway, things to be aware of (road closures) as well as missing/found pets. When I see an alert for a missing pet my heart always skips a beat which then usually makes me realize if one of mine went missing the result would be full on cardiac implosion. I panic if I drop the leash by mistake. When I see a post by someone who has found a dog and taken them in until the owner can be found, I think – wow, I love where I live!
The ‘found dog’ posts always include ‘I fed the dog so that he/she didn’t go hungry’. I cannot stress enough that my joking that Melvin is allergic to earth is actually truth. For years now I have thought about getting him a medical alert tag — I’m not sure what has taken me so long. In four-and-a-half years I have taken him to the vet well over 100 times, bought him over 20 beds; he has 9,000 Sirius Republic collars and almost as many Tiennot Sweaters and yet he does not have a $10 medical alert tag. Bad mom award, me!
On an equally alarming front, this past week several people have told me about stories they have heard about French Bulldogs being stolen from their owners. One just this past week in Tampa, a man was approached at gunpoint and the only thing the thieves took was his Frenchie. What????!!!!
So when I ordered Melvin his medical tag that has “medical alert” on the front and “severe allergies – don’t feed” with my number on the back, I got two. I figured 1. If Melvin ever went missing, he would be safe until paramedics were able to paddle my heart back to life and, 2. thieves would think twice before selling a special needs, googly-eyed Frenchie on the black market. Of course both boys already have IDs with my number on it, now they just have two!
Love. this. You are so smart… I just got new tags that say “I am microchipped” so if they were (God forbid) ever to get loose and they couldn’t get ahold of me by phone, they could take him to a vet to get the microchip (with my address) scanned.
I think the two best things we can do for their safety is microchip and leash walk!
So smart to get one for Jake too. I wouldn’t have thought of that!
Jake has mild allergies so it’s not a complete lie!
This is so good to remember, and such a good idea! It’s my biggest fear to have my pups stolen, especially since we meet alot of undesirables who want to breed the pups. And with all of our random stuff…I should get one too!
I can only imagine the stalkers you have! They also suggest that if someone is creepy curious you should immediately downplay the dogs awesomeness (no matter how hard it is for you to do)… like saying ‘thank goodness he’s fixed cause he has so many health issues” (throwing in they are fixed is most important but making them seem like a handful is the icing!).
this sounds like a good plan!
Your community does sound wonderful. I so wish I could put up a “found” notice for Jangles. I’m going out of my mind.
Like your thinking on people not wanting to steal a “special needs” dog 🙂