It are real 'portant business to be sure your animows are microchipped. What's a microchip, you ask? Well, I did some research and here's what I founded.
First off, I have a microchip. Moms says it was put in when I had my neuter surgery (fanks again for VAT, moms, hahaha!). I asked moms how it gotted put in, and she had me talk to Auntie Pam. For vose who don't know or don't 'member, my Auntie Pam is President of va rescue I vowunteer wiff (Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus ). She has years of 'sperience working wiff animows and even knows how to implant a microchip! Auntie Pam sent me pictures and 'splained va process.
Madison, was recently implanted and said it only hurted for a minute. Va microchip company our rescue uses gives you stickers, yay! Vese stickers also list va microchip number and are handy to keep everywhere, OK? I asked Auntie Pam what microchips smell like, cuz I mean, I'm a dog and vat's what counts in my world. She said "They really don't smell". How silly, I fink I will start a petition to get scented microchips! Hahaha!
So now you have your microchip, what's next? It are real 'portant to be sure you register all 'portant information to your specific chip number, OK?? My microchip is from va company Home Again. Moms setup an account and put in my address, name, a handsun picture of me, phone numbers for her and dads, my Docker Paul's information, and everyfing! Here's what my company's website looks like.
Why is a microchip so helpfow? Well, if a pet ever gets lost, veir moms/dads can put out information about va dog many ways. One piece of info is the microchip number. Most microchip companies can also be contacted and va missing animow can be reported. My microchip company, for 'zampo, sends out emayos to ALL members to let vem know if an animow is missing in our area. Vis is why it are 'portant to keep info and pics updated, as you want to show peepow who are looking what va animow looks like now, not when vey were tiny puppy, haha!
When lost animows are found, one of va first fings done is to scan vem for a microchip in hopes of finding va owner right away. Here is what a scanner looks like.
Moms takes me and my sissy to va vet a few times each year just to be scanned to make sure our microchip can be found and matches va microchip numbers on file. It doesn't hurt at all, vey just, like, wave it over you, tell you "what a good boy!" and pet you. I love being scanned!!!
So, vat's microchips in a nutshell. Key fings to 'member:
1. Microchip your pets!
2. Keep microchip info handy at all times and update info regularly wiff your microchip company!
3. Have your pet scanned for veir chip at your annual vet exam!
4. Attach microchip info to your pet's collar! Ven, if vey are found by someone wiffout a scanner, vey can call va microchip company and a reunion can happen sooner!
If you have any questions or want more info, pwease let me or moms know. You can comment on vis bwog or post your question on my Facebook page ( Hotrod Hogan )
Next up in my Stay Safe bwog series, va 'portance of neckwasses and harnesses vat fit right!
Fanks for reading, OK??
Thursday, January 23, 2014
At some point, we all moved to Awaska or somefing cuz I don't 'member being vis coldness! BRRRR!!!! I know my famiwy, friends, bwog readers and followers are all smartness, but just want to make some 'minders, OK?? OK!! If you have to go outside, be sure you cover up! Vere are different fings you can do.
Wear a hat!
My favorite hat is actually for childrens, made by Columbia. It's real softness and super warm! It is important for dogs like me wiff big, upright ears to keep vem covered up in extreme wevver so vey don't get bit by Mr Frost.
Wear a mask!
Vey say va real cold wevver hurts your lungs. I don't know what vose are, but peepow are 'posed to wear masks outside. Vis was va only mask I could find for demonstration!
Wear a scarf!
A scarf will keep your neck nice and toasty which helps keep your body warmness. I couldn't find my scarf so borrowed my dads jammies, haha!
Be sure you have a nice, comfy t-shirt on. If you happen to promote your favorite rescue while wearing it, all va better! Yay Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus
Also, wear a jacket!
If you or your dog have a short coat like me, keep in mind our preshus little chests get real cold and fast, so a coat like vis one keeps our tummer-bellers warmness.
Anuvver suggestion from moms is boots. I am NOT wearing vose or showing you a picture of me in vem, vo. Vey are awful business and I cannot move when vey are on. But, moms says it helps keep va salt out of our toesies and also helps prevent hyperfermia or somefing like vat. I wouldn't wear my bootsies and ven I went outside and got frozen in pwace so moms had to carry me back in. Maybe I should re-fink vis boot business.
Pwease stay safe out vere my friends! Stay inside and snuggler if you can. Vat is va bestest anyway!