It seems that on Thursdays lately I have had a few random things to post. Usually I like to cover one subject during a post, but sometimes I just want to tie up loose ends, whether it be to answer a question or two, or to post a picture, or just follow-up to clarify something. Sometimes long about Thursday, I get stuck when trying to come up with a post title. So I am starting This ‘N That Thursday. I even made a cute little button, (feel free to grab it and join in ).
My post about Daisy sparked a lot of comments. I went back and replied to all the comments, but I also wanted to clarify a bit here. Daisy was probably taken a year or so before we found her. Where she was during that time is unknown. While we have some neighbors, our cabin is out in the middle of nowhere. I think someone probably dumped her there, or she may have been separated from a pack of running hounds. Either way, since it is such a rural area, there really is no place to hang a flyer. Daisy’s original owner was from a town about a half an hour away so looking for her really would have been like looking for a needle in a haystack. In defense of our former neighbors they did put an ad up on the local rescue’s website for a couple of weeks. I am sure Daisy’s original owner never thought to keep checking there after so much time had passed.
As for micro-chipping, it is my understanding that most of the scanners used today can read most chips and if they can’t, they will at least alert to the presence of a chip. There are many different registries, but it seems they are starting to share information to make one database. At any rate, a vet or a rescue would know where to check chip information.
In the US if a dog has a chip, it is also used as a sort of permanent identification when the dog has health screenings done. If a permanent id can be verified, whether it be chip or tattoo, it is noted as part of the number OFA assigns for that clearance. OFA is one of the main health testing and databases for dogs in the US.
This is a capture of Thunder’s OFA page. I have circled the part of the number which indicates the presence of a permanent id, (VPI=Verified Permanent Identification). Actually most of the number has meaning to it, but I won’t go into that now.
You may remember last Fall Thunder was collected. The chip was again used as a sort of permanent id. In fact, the vet scanned his chip right there in the office and verified the number. So you can see that chips are also used for more than locating a lost pet.
Well I guess I had enough for an entire post but I wanted to also share some new pictures of the Thunder and Red puppies at 3 weeks old before they turn 4 weeks old this weekend. As always thanks so much to Red’s people for sharing the pictures!
I am slowly catching up after vacation, but for some reason I felt the need to mess around with some new options offered by WordPress to change the look of my blog and to make a silly button.