I can’t stand people who aren’t responsible enough to maintain (register, check, update, etc.) microchips on their dogs!
All the Run A Muck Ranch dogs are chipped to Home Again. In order to make sure I don’t forget to renew their subscriptions (we have the premium service for added protection), they are all on Auto Renew. Every once in a while, the company informs me it takes money from my account. All is swell. I don’t even read the e-mails to see which dog they are referring to.
For some reason, this year, Sarah’s chip did not auto renew. Instead, I received an e-mail saying she was about to expire. With great haste, I logged on to renew her. At that time I learned:
Morty, Marcy, Franky and Emmi’s chips are not in my account. How could that be? I’m a responsible person! Then comes the realization:
Marcy was never supposed to stay. When she was spayed, I’m pretty sure she was chipped, but the chip was registered to her rescue, not us. We never updated.
Franky was already neutered when he followed us out of the desert. His circumstances were such that we knew no one was looking for him, so we never checked him for a chip. Honestly, I don’t remember if I chipped him at his rabies shot or not! If he was, apparently I didn’t add him to my Home Again account.
Morty.. I could have sworn he was one who was chipped not once (at his neuter), but twice (they can migrate, and Morty is pretty active after all), but without the number(s) I can’t be sure.
Emmi was in isolation foster care when she was spayed. I would think, since I was careful enough to get Slugger chipped when he was neutered, I had the same forethought with Emmi. But then why isn’t she listed on out account?!?!?!
Turns out, as I sit here right now, I have no idea if Marcy, Morty, Franky and Emmi have the protection of a microchip. They may be chipped, but is our contact information on the chips? This whole situation is irresponsible, and there is only me, myself and I to blame. How could I be so careless!
This week, they all go in to be scanned. If there is no chip, they will get one immediately. If they are chipped, I bring the numbers home and immediately register them to Home Again.
The moral of the story: Check your micro-chips people! Go to the nearest vet or shelter and ask that your dog be scanned. Confirm the chip is there, and then confirm whatever contact information connected with the chip is correct.
Do it now!
When your dog gets lost – that’s not the time you want to find out you screwed up!