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    I found a golden retriever in my street this morning, or rather it found me. I didn't recognise it as one of the locals I know so wasn't sure what to do with it. It didn't like being on lead - I'd gone out with lead for my dog but she wouldn't come so I was just carrying around dog walking gear like a dill so I could go talk to my neighbour about canary food and this dog comes bounding up. I put him on lead, and have a discussion with my neighbour who is in his front garden, weeding... And then when GR starts barking, I let him off to see where he goes, but he just cuddles up to me for more attention, what a sook. There was no ID on his tag.

    Anyway, I take him into my yard cos he doesn't want to leave and he plays with Frosty, my dog for a bit... I figure before I call the pound, I'll door knock my street. Though I wasn't very optimistic since it was a holiday here and loads of people were away. And I thought I'll go to the loo first. So I come out the back door and the GR is gone. Hmm, didn't think it likely he jumped the fence, so I go back out the front, and no sign. So I go talk to my neighbour, and apparently some neighbours from up the street came and got him - with some help from my immediate neighbour as to where he was. They knocked on my door but I didn't hear them.

    I went up to their house, and they didn't hear me knocking. Go figure. So I will find out from our council and local pound/shelters how long a dog like that might expect to have before it gets put down, and let them know it would be a good idea to get a microchip (they might have had but it probably has their old interstate address on it), and registered and a tag with their (mobile) phone number on it so I can ring them before I ring the pound. Though I suspect that dog might come visit my house as a priority next time he gets out. He certainly enjoyed himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    I put my phone number on a tag so if someone find my dogs they call me instead of the vet or ranger
    Was the first thing I did as well with the two newies.

    We get a heap of dogs at my shop (we own a takeaway shop) because the smell of the food obviously attracts them once they're out and roaming free.

    It would be so simple to return them if the number was on the tag. I take all dogs that are stray outside the shop to the vet first (it's only 4 doors up the street) and if they can't find an owner then I call the council (which in our area are pretty useless) The last one was pup and it spent half the day at home - yes I drove it home from the shop so it was safe - before the council turned up to get it.

    Most large pet super stores do the instant engraving on dog tags which takes about 2 minutes per tag and they were quite cheap.

    But if you did have your number on their tags and the person in your street didn't call well I'm stumped.

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    I don't think the opening poster (OP) Obie - had a phone number disc on the dog collar. The dog would have been like the GR that found me this morning. A collar with no tags on it - hard to call when that happens.

    I really think a dog rego disk and a phone number tag on a collar is cheap insurance for a dog - along with the microchip. I'm not sure if vets have access to the national microchip database address info or not (and there's more than one database sigh). They may only know if it's a customer of theirs. Not sure. Maybe Myf can answer that.

    Of course there is one problem with that. I don't like leaving the collar on my dog when she's in the back yard because she tried to hang herself on the picket gate with it. I really should fix it so it can't catch her collar, though she's not been keen to jump it since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
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    I don't think the opening poster (OP) Obie - had a phone number disc on the dog collar. The dog would have been like the GR that found me this morning. A collar with no tags on it - hard to call when that happens.

    I really think a dog rego disk and a phone number tag on a collar is cheap insurance for a dog - along with the microchip. I'm not sure if vets have access to the national microchip database address info or not (and there's more than one database sigh). They may only know if it's a customer of theirs. Not sure. Maybe Myf can answer that.

    Of course there is one problem with that. I don't like leaving the collar on my dog when she's in the back yard because she tried to hang herself on the picket gate with it. I really should fix it so it can't catch her collar, though she's not been keen to jump it since then.
    That's what I thought too Hyacinth but I didn't want to just assume (although it made perfect sense that there was no number on there). I couldn't agree more, the cheapest insurance I know of too. Both our dogs have their name and my mobile number under it.

    Our vet has access to the database they use but if the dog isn't on there (oh we only have one vet in our town too) they call somewhere (don't know where) and run the microchip number by them for the details, I don't know though if that's a national one or if it's just 'another' database, I'm not sure. One national one would make sense though huh.

    Ouch, the fence is now a meany I take it. At least from the unpleasant experience she isn't about to try that again in a hurry. I know of a few people now that don't leave collars on their dogs in the yard, I would never have thought to do that.

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    Well Boss is microchipped, name tag and also council dog rego for our current address and the house we lived in before.

    If anyone wants to let him out.. Good luck to them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    I put my phone number on a tag so if someone find my dogs they call me instead of the vet or ranger
    I dont put a collar on him when he is at home because of his loose skin around his neck. It starts rubbing the hair off in that area even when its loose.
    Last edited by Obie16813; 10-05-2010 at 10:26 AM.

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    I think the collar thing is debatable. We always had collar and tags until one day when OH came home from work and told me how one of his work colleagues dogs nearly died.
    Now I had heard stories before but never really took much notice. But when it happens to you or someone you know you rethink things. The dog in question had collar and tags and when the owner came home she found her dog stuck to the deck. Her tags got caught between the decking and she had twisted herself around and around and nearly chocked herself. She was lucky as the stories I had heard the dogs had died but the wounds around her neck were awful. We have decking.
    I did some research and found a dog tag that sits flat to the collar, there is also the ones that do stitching on them too.
    Also collars need to be appropriate and done up properly. Too loose and the chain ones can be a hazard as well. Dogs have been known to catch them on things and even hang themselves trying to jump over fences for example.
    I can also see why OP doesn't put a collar on.
    Our Greyhound doesn't wear one as they are prone to getting their toes caught in them when scratching.

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    Then what's the point having a collar then..

    I understand why ppl don't put them on their dogs while they are at home.. But if ur dog is out how do they know who it belongs too.. Not every range would think about scanning the dog.. Well ere they wouldn't cos they are in alot of aborinigals dog the walk the street.

    If your dog was wearing his collar, the person that found him would of rang u instead of the ranger..

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    You can get something called a "break away" collar that would come undone if the dog got stuck on something. I'd like to get one of those for my dog when she's home on her own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie16813 View Post
    I dont put a collar on him when he is at home because of his loose skin around his neck. It starts rubbing the hair off in that area even when its loose.
    try glueing some sheep skin on the underside of the collar, those seatbelt sleeve thingos work well to, and they are easier to clean.

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