Friday, August 12, 2016

Lost And Found

My dogs are all microchipped for safety, but they also wear ID tags on their collars. For years I had problems with the tags. First, my dogs are experts at losing the tags. It seems that the little split rings holding them on the collars were too dainty for my crazy pack and were always breaking. I was always hunting for lost tags and often reordering tags when I couldn't find the originals. I've never understood how a dog that has been either in the house or the back yard all day can make the tags totally disappear.

The second problem I had with tags was one of convenience. I sometimes like to change the collars for various reasons, maybe for a holiday collar. When I took dogs to class, tags were discouraged because of the noise factor, same during competitions. That meant breaking fingernails to remove them and put them back on again.

Then I discovered Taggits. They made my life easier because they just snapped onto the collar and made changing collars easy, no broken nails. At class or competition just remove the Taggit and stick it in my pocket. Then afterwards reattach it to the collar. No more messing around with tags.

There remains one problem. The split rings  attaching the tags to the Taggit can still break and tags can then disappear. This happened earlier this week. Norma Jean climbed up on my lap one evening and I noticed that her tags were missing. I removed the Taggit from her collar and the ring plus both tags were gone. I looked around the house in her favorite spots but no luck. The next morning Rob and  I walked back and forth across the yard, no tags.
I was considering sending an order for new tags. Then last night after dinner I called the dogs in from the yard and my special little helper, Bailey, came up to me with Norma Jean's ID tag. She handed it over and I gave her an extra treat. Later Rob took the dogs out and Bailey brought him Norma Jean's rabies tag.
This isn't the first time Bailey has helped us find lost items. She has brought back tags and collars and even a bolt from one of Rob's projects. If Bailey comes across something that doesn't belong in the yard, she brings it to us.
 She's a handy girl to have around.

11 comments:

Marjie said...

Ryan lost a bolt when he was replacing the exhaust on his car. He could have used Bailey. We have Bebop for the next 2 weeks, and we got him a tag with our address and phone number, since Cass' tag has her Pittsburgh address. He is currently whining at the back door, because Ryan is outside without him, if you can believe such a thing!

Molly and Mackie said...

Good girl, Bailey! Extra treats for you☺

rottrover said...

Bailey? How are you with keys, phones and glasses? My mom always misplaces those things, especially when she's running late...

-Otto

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

Good going Bailey. The company that makes the tags could make things easier by making the holes bigger

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Sheba was just like Bailey, what a big help that can be!

I'm with you on the tags, you can never have too many of them on their collars, especially as you said, because they come off.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

What a clever girl. We don't wear tags....actually, around the house we don't wear collars. We have microchips, and never go off the property without a chaperone. On the very rare occasions we've escaped from the garden, we go across the street to see the cats, and return when we hear 'want a piece of cheese?' Also, we're so distinctive that everyone in about a two mile radius know us, and where we live.

When SHE lived in Sydney and the dogs had to wear tags, SHE found that those aluminium tags would wear through quickly and just fall off (one reason we're tagless.)

Casey said...

Smart girl! We use something like those Taggits too. Momma LOVES how easy it makes it to change out our collars. But we've never had a problem with the tags falling off.

Nichole Burke said...

Oh Bailey... such a smart girl! Good job!

Sammy Sam said...

Wow Bailey, we could use your skills up here.

kathy b said...

How about money? Does she fetch coins???

How Sam Sees It said...

Remember those lovely little S hooks you used to get with tags? We never lost a single tag with those. Sigh...

Monty, Harlow and Ramble