What to do if your pet goes missing

Hi pals. I know I’ve been MIA, but mom’s not having a good time right now. But things will be better in a couple of weeks, and then maybe we can get back to blogging more regularly. And I’ll have lots to tell you then!

In the meantime, I got an email today from Maia at the Denver Dumb Friends League. It had good information on what to do if you pet goes missing. She also sent the story of Sadie, a dog who lost her human and how they found each other again. I thought you’d like to see these. So here is Sadie’s story:

Courtesy of the Denver Dumb Friends League

“The metro area’s population explosion hasn’t been limited to humans. Thousands of pets have come along with their families—some eager, many nervous about starting new lives in unfamiliar territory.

Sadie wedged herself into the back seat when John S., two buddies, and all their gear made the trip in February from Connecticut. She was comfortable enough on the cross-country drive, but shortly after they arrived in Denver, she slipped away, no doubt intent on returning home. She wasn’t on the loose for long when a neighbor spotted her and called the cell number on her tag.

The key to Sadie’s quick return was that all-important ID tag. Without it, the neighbor’s options were more time-consuming, more inconvenient. The tag attached to her collar made it simple. Sadie was back in John’s care within an hour or two.

It’s a fact: Pets are less secure and thus more apt to become a flight risk when their routines are interrupted, particularly when they are away from familiar surroundings.

A microchip implant is another important identification tool. A tiny chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the animal’s skin and can be read at any shelter or veterinarian’s office. But even if a pet is chipped, he or she needs to wear a visible ID tag.

If you are among the many pet-lovers who have recently put down roots in our community, welcome! And if your cat or dog manages to leave home before you’ve had an opportunity to get it licensed or update its tag, here are some tips to help get it back safely.

First, act fast! Walk or drive your neighborhood and tell everyone you meet. Be sure to give out your phone/text number. Hang (and date) posters wherever you are permitted. Include your pet’s photo and offer a reward. Utilize social media sites like Nextdoor.com. Broaden your search through Craigslist, Twitter and Facebook.

Next, check the shelters closest to where your pet was lost. Visit in person to file a report, and take along a photo. Check outlying shelters, too. Find locations on the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance website at mdawalliance.org.

On the flip side, when you see a stray pet, be a good neighbor, like the one who helped Sadie. If there are no ID tags, take the animal to the nearest shelter right away. The shelter staff will scan it for a microchip and provide a safe haven, while they work to reunite it with its people.

If taking the pet to a shelter is not an option or you want to keep it temporarily at your home, you’ll still want to have it checked for a microchip and file a “found” report with the shelter. Then, distribute fliers and post a “found pet” notice on internet sites, but be cautious. Don’t include a photo, and be sure to withhold some key information, so you can be certain anyone who contacts you is the actual owner.”

The info above is tailored to the Denver area, but I bet similar resources are available all over the US.

Maia also sent this infographic.

Courtesy of MDAWA

I hope none of you ever get lost, but it’s good to know what to do just in case. Thank you MDAWA and DDFL for providing this information.

Have a great week everyone!

Yard Visitors

Happy Sunday everyone! Mother Nature seems to be very confused. We’ve had springlike weather for weeks! Friday was over 80F. It’s February! We should be freezing and buried in snow. I have to say, I’m enjoying the nice weather. We even had open windows here for a couple of days.

As some of you may already know, Mom’s been thinking for a while now about selling our big house and downsizing to something more sensible. She bought this house with her mom. She would have sold it a long time ago when her mom died, but the prices fell so low she couldn’t. Well, the prices are finally right to sell and move, so that’s what we’re going to do. Unfortunately, the Denver area is too expensive for us to stay in once Mom retires, so she’s looking at houses in Colorado Springs. That way she’ll still be close enough to Denver to see her friends sometimes. It’s hard to leave friends you’ve had for 25 years or more. She was looking at Phoenix because she thought she couldn’t even afford the Springs, but it looks like the Springs it will be!

One of the things I’ll miss the most when we move is seeing the amazing birds that come visit our yard. We have this tremendous pine tree that seems to attrack birds of prey. We also get lots of mourning doves and ring-neck doves that come visiting. The two close-up pictures have captions you can see if you scroll over the pictures.

We get other kinds of birds too, and a lot of bunnies but these are the most amazing visitors. I hope our new house gets cool yard visitors.

Have a great week everyone!

Product Review – Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy

Happy Sunday everyone! OMC! Have I got something special for you today. We got a toy for testing from Chewy.com. Usually we get food or treats. So getting a toy was a different kind of treat for us.

We got the Petstage Tower of Tracks Cat Toy. Petstages toys are designed to help pet parents select the correct toy for each stage of their furbaby’s development. EK is crazy about track toys, so we were real excited this toy was available for testing.

Mom and I knew EK would love this, but Mom was really surprised at how much Candy and I like it, too. I don’t usually do video, but that’s the best way to show off a toy.

I got a couple of still pics, too. We haven’t stopped playing with the Tower of Tracks since mom put it out for us. 

EK plays with it the most. He’s so crazy when he plays with it that it winds up upside-down, sideways, and all over the living room. The Tower of Tracks is so sturdy that it’s weathered EK’s roughhousing really well. I would recommend this toy for kitties of all ages.

We have some other Petstages toys that we’ve bought or gotten as gifts or prizes from friends, and they’re very popular in this house. We each have our favorites. This is the first toy that’s entered our house that all three of us play with.

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone.

Disclaimer – we received the toy free from Chewy.com for review. We received no other compensation. And as always, our opinion is our own.