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Originally posted by Peggy L. Peggy L. wrote:

We simply cannot leave Boon alone. He's a beagle, howls fluently and suffers from bad separation anxiety. I envy those who can actually leave their dogs in the camper. We have been able to do it when we're at a roundup and are just a couple campsites over though. I think as long as we don't start up the truck we're okay.
 
 
Thanks for recognizing that Peggy and taking appropriate precautions.  It's very much appreciated.
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My two have the chip and I've been using the idea on here of the temporary tag.  My dogs' collars have their name and my cell phone number in big letters sewn in as part of the collar.
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Our dog has a chip as well as full contact information on her dog tags and collar. However, the first thing a dog thief (or even someone who finds your pet and decides they want to keep it) does is throw away the collar and tags. I'm wondering if anyone has had their pet tattooed? Where do they put the tattoo and how much does it cost? And what does the tattoo say (your SS#, pet's name)?
 
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From a non-pet owner, may I offer up an observation?  You "pet-owners" more times than not, label your dogs/cats as "a member of the family", "your children", etc.  Do any of you tattoo or place a chip in your toddlers?  Do any of you leave your 2-year old unattended, just ready for the taking?  I'd expect the answer is no and you simply exercise the proper caution to insure your toddler is always safe and out of harms way.  I'd think you would want to practice that with any and all "members of your family".
 
To me, the entire premise of the "Pet Safety" thread puts your pet on a much lower level than that of a "family member".
 
Just an observation and opinion.
 
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Not really a fair comparison. We can take a toddler with us into a grocery store, a restaurant, an amusement park, a museum, etc., etc., etc. So we are left with trying to protect our pets as best we can. If we could take our pets everywhere like we can a toddler, there'd be no need for this discussion.
 
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Maybe we should say that pets are an important living part of our households but we cannot and should not treat them like children.  And here is where I'm going to make some people mad:  I want to control my animals so they do not impinge on others BUT I want them to have the freedoms of an animal (or even a human to some degree with some freedom of movement).  My pet peeve is people that never go to the trouble of allowing their dogs to truly stretch out and run.  They keep them on a leash forever.  A lot of that is our fear of losing them rather than what's best for the animal.  So when I get a new dog, I start out on a leash, then I move to making them come back to me while the leash is just dragging, etc.  So I work on them coming back .....Now do they always do that?  No, and I've had some heart stopping moments/hours.  I know that not everyone has the access to areas without a lot of people but I go to the trouble of finding those nearest to my home and using them some with my dogs.  (I have used pet parks and here is my fear showing....I'm always worried about the dogs as they get into a "gang mentality" so I'm still uncomfortable in those.) 

If we're going to have animals, we need to think about their needs rather than ours or our fears.  How many of us really walk our animals to the degree they need when leashed?  So yes, if I'm on a not heavily used trail, I let my dogs off the leash and I watch/listen for other people/animals and leash them if I see anyone but I'm going to hike with my dogs off leash except for the really popular areas.  I also know that sometimes my dogs then greet other hikers before I can get them and I wouldn't do this with a dog I was unsure of but I hope those hikers tolerance level extends to the same tolerance level I have to have when I'm eating in a restaurant with someone's kids running around my table.  (I don't love it but won't get irritated if it's stopped at some point.)
 
Whee, what a sound-off.  Obviously I'm very opinionated but it's just that: an opinion.
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Originally posted by Ratdog Ratdog wrote:

Not really a fair comparison. We can take a toddler with us into a grocery store, a restaurant, an amusement park, a museum, etc., etc., etc. So we are left with trying to protect our pets as best we can. If we could take our pets everywhere like we can a toddler, there'd be no need for this discussion.
 
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Tattoos fade over time and become illegible. What was once an "E" probably now looks like an "8" or a "B".  Breeders usually tattoo their breeder # on the inside ear of the pet.  When we got ours 7 years ago, she already had a tattoo but today we can hardly read it.

About a month after we first got her, someone tried to untie and take her outside our local coffee shop. Angry  Luckily, other dog owners and the staff of that coffee shop were watching and stopped it.  The person who tried to take her just walked off as if nothing was unusual about what they just tried to do!  The thing is, I had called ahead, placed my order and paid over the phone, I only went inside to pick up my drink and water for the dog when they waved at me through the window that it was ready.  The pickup counter was less than 4 ft from the door and the entire process took less than 30-seconds! Shocked

this-is-nascar is right, we have to take precautions and be mindful of others wherever we go.  Dogs behave differently when their people are not around and may howl, cry or destroy.  There are also people out there watching and waiting to take your pet, as a child molester is watching and waiting to take your child.  Sadly law enforcement often readily dismisses the theft of a pet unlike that of a child. Ouch
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