Since lots of us travel with pets, I thought it'd be interesting for us to share tips about how we care for them while we're traveling.
Here's one I came up with after I nearly lost my newly adopted Rat Terrier last year.
The first time I took Amelia Airhead (Millie) camping she "escaped". I was camped in a remote spot, and when she didn't return to my call, I jumped in the car and headed out to look for her. I almost immediately spotted her a ways down the road next to a stopped vehicle.
The local farmer in it had been about to scoop her up and take her to the local shelter!
He told me that the area I was camped in is a frequent dumping spot for unwanted animals, and he'd delivered more than one to the shelter.
Since she was wearing name/phone#/license tags and microchipped, I certainly would have eventually retrieved her, but it set me to thinking...all the info on her tags and chip is connected to my home! Fat lot of good that does when I'm traveling, especially since I don't have a cell phone. I decided that most folks like that nice farmer would look for identifying info on a pet's tags, and if the RIGHT info was there, they'd scout around a bit for the owner.
Just about every Wal-Mart has one of those tag engraving machines, so as soon as I could I stopped at one and designed a traveling tag for Millie's collar. It took quite awhile since there's a limit to what can be crammed on the tag- fortunately it's a computer-design system that shows previews, which allows for revisions before the tag's actually engraved.
The tag below is what I finally came up with and though Millie's not the escape
artist she was at first, I'm a lot more confident that if she does stray again, a well- meaning stranger will soon be able to connect her to me