Please, dog owners, help me out here.
It's lovely that you have a dog. Yes, i bottle raise kittens and don't want a dog because i'm too lazy to commit to walking one every day and spending all the time it really takes to properly train a dog, but i like dogs and i pet them and i will feed and water and babysit them and give them medicine when i do and i'm glad you have one.
Now please get a name tag for your dog, and make sure you put a phone number on it so i can call you when he gets loose.
Yes, your dog is going to get out of the yard. No, i don't care what precautions you have taken, your dog will get out despite the invisible fence, barbed wire on top of the 6ft. chain link, and the fact that it's a cement pen that he can't dig out of, he is going to get out, sooner or later. By hook or by crook, he will do it, and because i live across the street from the school and the field and the pool and the trees and all the other stuff and you bring him here to walk him and throw balls for him, he's going to end up here and at my house.
What's the only way i can call you and tell you where your dog is? Well, you guessed it, i need a phone number, one that you will actually answer. If you don't put anything but the rabies tag on the dog's collar, here's what happens.
First, i call Animal Control, because their number is on the rabies tag. They ask for the tag ID number, but not so they can figure out whose dog this is. No, that's too direct. Instead they want to know so they can tell me which vet gave it the rabies shot, based on the code letters in the number.
Once i have the vet's name, you think i'm golden, right? Wrong. Once i have that, i call the vet and talk to the receptionist who is trying to answer three phone lines and check people in and check them out and she really wants to help because she works in a vet's office and she really likes animals, but it takes time to research this. She has to dig out the tag book, and look up the number, and ask for a description to make sure it matches, and then she knows, from the name on that tag slip, whose dog this is.
Good, right? Well, maybe. Because she's not allowed, for patient privacy, to actually give me your name or phone number or even your address so i can walk the dog back to your house. No, that would be too easy. Instead, amid all the other things she needs to do, she has to try to call the owner and let him/her know my phone number, so the owner can call me and arrange to pick up the dog or get it back home.
All of this could take quite some time. Meanwhile, i can't bring your dog in my house, i don't have any food to offer to entice it to stay, and your dog will have run off by the time all of this ensues.
Also, if i find the dog after hours, there will be no answer at that Animal Control number. Their emergency number is answered, but the emergency people aren't authorized to go look at the codes and tell you which vet's office to call. In addition, unless your vet is one of the two emergency vets in town, if it's after hours, i'm out of luck there, too.
So, please, do me a favor, do yourself a favor, do that overworked receptionist at your vet's office a favor, and most of all, do your dog a huge favor -- get a tag that has at least the animal's name and your cell phone number, and for heaven's sake answer the phone, even though you don't know who is calling.
Your dog's life might depend on it. Thank you, end of rant.
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