Do You Know This Dog?

by Claire H. on August 2, 2011

I walked outside on break last Wednesday to check my phone for new messages. I had a picture text from a good friend, Alisha. I opened it to find a picture of a beautiful dog. The message below the picture almost brought me to tears.

Lost dog

The picture I received

Alisha had been driving home, and almost hit the dog as she ran into the street. Alisha stopped, and when she got out the dog came right up to her, friendly as could be. Alisha checked her collar, but there were no tags.

Alisha called the dog over to the car, and she jumped right in ready to go. They were a block from the house, so when she got home she brought the dog inside. She must have been out in the wooded areas in town; because she was slightly damp and her fur was slightly matted with tufts sticking out from catching on what we imagine was probably branches or plants.

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After work, I went over to Alisha’s house to meet the dog, and find out what was going on. Alisha had called our local animal shelter to find out what she should do with the dog. A woman from the shelter had come to the house with a scanner, and found that the dog had a microchip implant, which could explain why she did not have tags, but unfortunately, there was no owner information stored on the chip.

The woman from the shelter told Alisha that the shelter was closed for the rest of the day, and that she wouldn’t be able to get a hold of any of the vet offices to find records until the morning. Alisha agreed to keep the dog overnight, until they could find something out, and hopefully get in contact with the owners. We posted pictures on Facebook of the dog, stating where she was found, and describing her disposition in hopes of someone maybe recognizing the dog.

She even gave kisses

She even gave kisses

This dog was the sweetest thing. Standing, she came up to about my hip, but she was very mild mannered. She had to have come from a loving home, as she was trained well and obeyed every command. She sat, and would shake – even switching paws if you asked. Alisha had two of her children at the house, one being just over a year old and the other being around three. The dog loved the children, acting as if she was right at home in Alisha’s house. She didn’t try and get into anything, and even when offered the chance to get on the couch she stayed sitting on the floor next to it. We took her outside to go to the bathroom, and she didn’t even bark when a woman walked by with two dogs that barked upon seeing her.

Alisha decided that if they were unable to find the owner, she was going to adopt the dog through the local shelter, but she was going to try everything she could to help locate the owner first. Through this whole time, we were trying to guess what her name could be. We called every name we could think of, but the dog didn’t seem to care for any of them.

Thursday morning I received a text from Alisha that said, “Her name is Sierra. She’s going home today.” Thanks to the microchip, although it didn’t have information on it, Sierra’s vet had a record of the implant and was able to tell the shelter who the owner was. Alisha spent some time with Sierra, and then walked her to the animal shelter so that her owner could pick her up there.

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Claire is a mom to three children. She has owned dogs and cats in the past, and currently has one calico cat named Potatoe. Although never owning them, she is very interested in reptiles, and has assisted friends in the past who owned a reptile store.

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Rosemary August 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Thank goodness that it was a local vet who implanted the chip, and the shelter was willing to call all the vets in the area to find who implanted it. If it had been an out-of-town, or worse, out-of-state vet, it’s possible that Sierra’s owner could never have been found. This story underscores the importance of not just getting your pet microchipped, but actually REGISTERING the chip! Also, UPDATE any contact information that changes. A registered chip can be just as useless as no chip if youv’e moved and/or changed your contact info, and never notified the microchip registry.

I’ve noticed that a lot of people believe that a microchip will somehow “find” or “track” their pet if it strays. There was a news story down here a few years ago, where somebody’s Boxer went missing, and the owner was quoted as saying “The microchip didn’t work. We couldn’t find her anywhere.” A microchip is identification, not a GPS unit. If your dog is a habitual strayer, there is at least one company that makes a GPS locator for dogs. The unit is attached to the dog’s collar, and allows you to find them if they get lost, and, I believe, will even notify you if your dog leaves a pre-determined area. The are similar to a Lo-Jack for your car, except of course, that they don’t turn off the dog’s ignition like a Lo-Jack will a car’s ;).

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