Well, that was an exciting morning! It began like most mornings, letting my own 2 Labs outside at 6:30. Usually, they do their business & run right back to the door because they want to eat, but not this morning. I stepped outside in my pajamas & winter coat to see why they were delayed. They were having a sniffing party with another Lab & a Boxer! I had never seen these two before so they must have traveled a bit from their home. And their legs & bellies were covered in mud, so I knew they had romped in the swamp nearby. So much fun for a couple of dogs but it created some chaos in our yard & worry for me. The dogs were friendly & wanted to follow mine into our house. I was able to convince our new friends to stay outside while I let my dogs in. Then I called the dogs into our garage. Thankfully, they were wearing collars & ID tags with their names – Sammy (the Boxer) & Sheldon (the Lab) – and a phone number. BINGO! I called the phone number and a woman answered. She was a little out of breath as I explained to her that her dogs were safe & in my garage. She said they had been looking for them for 30 minutes and was very thankful that I had them. I stayed in the garage & gave them love & reassurance that their dad was on his way to pick them up. Sammy was a little scared but Sheldon was eating up the attention — he had certainly participated in an adventure like this before! Once dad parked his car in our driveway, I opened the door and Sammy & Sheldon jumped into his car like this was all no big deal.
I implore everyone to please put an ID tag on every dog you have. The tag should list, at minimum, the dog’s name & a contact phone number. I was able to reunite Sammy & Sheldon with their family within minutes of meeting them. Without those tags, it would have taken much longer for me to either get them to a Vet office to be scanned for a microchip or to contact animal control to pick them up. Neither of those options will reunite a dog with its family right away. There are so many stylish dog tags now. Please buy ID tags for your dogs if they don’t already have them.