In preparation of our move to Texas next month, I thought it would be a good idea to get a tag made for Gracie's collar with her name and phone number.
She has always worn a dog license, so I never worried about her getting lost for two reasons: 1) even when we first adopted her, and I was sort of hoping she'd get lost, she has always found her way back to me (that story, if you're not familiar with it, is in my best-selling memoir Saved by Gracie: How a rough-and-tumble rescue dog dragged me back to health, happiness and God); and 2) if she did get lost, anyone could call the city number on her dog license tag and find out where she lived.
But with moving out of state, and a three-day drive ahead of us, I wanted to be extra sure she could be speedily returned to us if she happened to freak out and take off during one of our highway stops.
So I had a tag made and got her a new collar to wear, too.
Which she promptly lost the very first time she wore it to the dog park - our 33-acre dog park filled with brush, tall grasses, woods and fields.
And of course, I didn't realize it had disappeared till we were leaving the park and I bent over to hook her leash to her new collar.
No collar. No ID tags.
I knew there was no way I could retrace her steps/running all over the park, so I just looped the leash around her neck and took her to the car to come home.
I figured I'd go get another tag made and buy another collar.
But guess what? There's a reason you put a phone number on an ID tag! I got a call that afternoon from a good friend of mine who went to the dog park with her dog after Gracie and I had left. She spotted our missing collar on the fence, where someone else had apparently left it to be refound. So now I know the ID tag really works - I'll always be able to get Gracie's collar back.
Now if I can just keep the collar on the dog...
Thanks Jan. I am so glad you ended up getting your dog collar back! Hopefully you can figure out a way to keep it on Gracie in the future! LOL! ;) Thanks again for being a guest here on the blog. We always love hearing from you.
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