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Old 05-30-2011, 11:44 AM   #1
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Hi, all!

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

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Old 05-30-2011, 11:48 AM   #2
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An excellent idea!
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:18 PM   #3
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what about putting your vehicle license Plate mabye in place of city and town since you probably wont be near there anyway. Then have her 2nd tag with all the usual home info etc.
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I actually put my mobile phone number on my dogs tags.
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what about putting your vehicle license Plate mabye in place of city and town since you probably wont be near there anyway. Then have her 2nd tag with all the usual home info etc.
Hi, Melissa

I thought the town and state would clue in a finder that Millie isn't a "local" stray!
There wasn't room for the plate # too, so I figured that the description of my combination would suffice for anybody that's eyeballing nearby vehicles.

Especially since there'd be a wild-eyed frantic woman in it hollering
"MILLIE! COME HERE THIS MINUTE!!!" out the window

Plus Washington issues new plates every few years. I'm on my third set with the Kia!

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One thing that I did was to get a whole box of split ring key tags from Office Depot. They're only a few bucks for about 50 of them, so you can update the tags as you move around. They're quite sturdy and hold up well.

When I'm in a campground, I put the CG info including site number on the tags and any other info I think may be helpful.
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Yet another great idea!
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Since my my Kyno is also a 'runner, I keep him on a 15ft lightweight tieout that's attached inside my trailer. He can go in and out at will, but can't get away. I keep him leashed during the day, and unhook him when I'm locked up inside for the night. He has the ID tag with my phone number, but I should also work on training him to come when called ( duh, what a concept )
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I suggest that you also make sure your pet is licensed at home address. The numbers will make tracing the owner much much easier. Also micro chip your pet. Again this makes recovery much easier.
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I thought the dog was supposed to be on a leash.
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I'm assuming that a dog gets loose, because they bolt when the door is opened (since most people don't keep their dogs tied when inside the trailer.) I'm a worry wart and just feel better to keep him leashed in and out of the trailer - that way I can keep the door open all the time. I didn't even mention a dog license bcause I assume that everyone with a dog has it licensed. I've been considering microchip.
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Dog license, not. My dogs can't drive.
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I agree Pam & Greg, the pup needs to be on a leash BEFORE my door is opened. The only time he gets to run is in our back yard (which is fenced) or the dog park. I also put a tag stating a hefty reward for the dogs return should he for some reason end up off the leash.
Interesting story just recently on City Data where a young gentleman found out both his dogs got out of his fenced yard (gate left open by mistake), long story short, he recovered one within a short period of time and the other little pup was found by him 14 days later! This was in an area that had gators and what not. Small dogs are easy pickins. He stated that it was a tearful reunion! I can only imagine.
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When Sadie was young she used to like to go for walks with anyone up to the park next to our house. People would assume she was lost and take her home, read her tag then call us wanting to know where 123 Quarry Street was. Duh. One time they even called from the park. She got to be buddies with the police department too without even doing anything wrong.
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I used for a short time tags I would change out to show the site number I was staying at but found that as I had a labby that liked to swim they were usually washed out the first day :-)

Found that keeping a metal tag on him with my mobile number on it worked the best - it actually got put to the test one day locally when I got a call at work from a fellow who had found him sitting on our local mountian. I had someone take him for hikes when I was at work and they had been hiking with someone else and the two parties went seperate ways while still on the mountain - the dog was trained at tracking and seach and had been taught that when people went in different directions to sit and mark the spot unless told otherwise. LOL When I called the party who was walking him to tell her where he was she was only a little ways from him and already hiking back up the trail to try and find him. She had a couple of other dogs with her and did not realize right away that he had stopped following her. Total time he was on his own was no more than about 5 min. Had I put my home phone number on the tag I would not have gotten the message he had been found until I got home from work several hours later. Not a good thing as it is a rugged area and another local dog recently was lost up there for over 2 weeks - an amazing story! Great photos of him being air lifted out by our local search and rescue crew who did a great job of hauling him out of a very difficult area - local rescue crew donated their time and the dogs owners paid for the chopper use: CTV British Columbia - Family 'whole again' after reunion with lost dog - CTV News

Another good idea is to keep a copy of a sheet of paper with a photo of the dog and his basic info in the glove box of your car in the event you loose the dog while away from home you can have it copied locally to put up.
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I used for a short time tags I would change out to show the site number I was staying at but found that as I had a labby that liked to swim they were usually washed out the first day :-)

Found that keeping a metal tag on him with my mobile number on it worked the best - it actually got put to the test one day locally when I got a call at work from a fellow who had found him sitting on our local mountian. I had someone take him for hikes when I was at work and they had been hiking with someone else and the two parties went seperate ways while still on the mountain - the dog was trained at tracking and seach and had been taught that when people went in different directions to sit and mark the spot unless told otherwise. LOL When I called the party who was walking him to tell her where he was she was only a little ways from him and already hiking back up the trail to try and find him. She had a couple of other dogs with her and did not realize right away that he had stopped following her. Total time he was on his own was no more than about 5 min. Had I put my home phone number on the tag I would not have gotten the message he had been found until I got home from work several hours later. Not a good thing as it is a rugged area and another local dog recently was lost up there for over 2 weeks - an amazing story! Great photos of him being air lifted out by our local search and rescue crew who did a great job of hauling him out of a very difficult area - local rescue crew donated their time and the dogs owners paid for the chopper use: CTV British Columbia - Family 'whole again' after reunion with lost dog - CTV News

Another good idea is to keep a copy of a sheet of paper with a photo of the dog and his basic info in the glove box of your car in the event you loose the dog while away from home you can have it copied locally to put up.

I don't know about BC but in the US dogs are supposed to be on leash even on trails.
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Actually where I live its a very dog friendly community and we have many large parks and mountain trails that are legally designated as "off leash". We even have a few designated off leash dog beach. The Provincial Parks are on leash only but we have many Regional Parks that are much larger than the Provincial Parks and many are "off leash" designated. Off leash is only allowed if the dog is well trained and friendly! The dog must stay within your sight - stay on the path - no barking and no chasing wild life (which we have lots of) no jumping up on people you meet and must come when called no matter what it finds more intreasting. If the dog cant do all that then there are plenty of people on the trail who have dogs with them who will be more than happy to tell you to put it on a leash. :-)

In fact there are only three things that will get a big public turn out if our local government threatens to change the rules on and they are in this order : reducing areas dogs can be walked off leash, reducing areas that people can Mountain bike and tree cutting. :-)
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Sounds like another "depends on where you are" rule...

Another question about pet safety:
Has anyone ever had a pet get bitten by a rattlesnake?
Is there an "emergency kit" one should have?
Millie's the smallest dog I've owned and a terrier that adores poking her face into crevices.
Not a good idea in the rattler country of Eastern Washington!
We're often far from a town, let alone a vet- I fear her small size could reduce the window-of-time to get her to treatment...
Any advice?

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I understand and support the leash laws. However, my dog is special, so I claim an electronic training collar as a leash. I also carry a conventional leash and attach it when I see a possible problematic situation developing.

I wish there were more off-leash areas. The problem would be that there are several dog owners locally that can not control their dog on a leash, but they insist on trying to walk the dog anyway. The owners literally get pulled anywhere the dog wants to go.

I think I will take the advice to get a metal tag with my mobile number on it. He is chipped but that takes awhile to happen.
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yes the chip is a real good thing to have planted in the dog as a back up plan. I know it has reunited more than one owner with their dog but basically the dog needs to be taken to shelter or rescue or vet to be scanned. A lot of people dont know about the chips so they dont take the dog in to be scanned right away if they find one. Only when they turn it into a local rescue or shelter does it get scanned for info stored on the chip. Could be days.
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