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Happy Tail: Petunia/Ink/Skittles

Peg Schaeffer advocates microchips for all dogs. It's inexpensive, and it can prove invaluable if your pet is lost. Most will be believers after reading this story of "Petunia," aka "Ink."
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By Peg Schaeffer

In July, 2014 I adopted out a female Pit Bull puppy to a young girl from Radcliff, KY. She named the puppy Petunia. As I do with all dogs adopted from us I inserted a microchip. This microchip proved to be a benefit to this pup.

After Petunia had been adopted her owner called to say she had changed her name to "Ink". So I entered the name change in the data base. A few months I got a call from AKC, the organization that the microchips are registered with, saying that Ink had been found in a school yard. I called Ink's owner and left a message.

A few weeks later I got a call saying Ink had been found again. I was unable to contact her owner and called her alternative contact. She assured me that she would call her. A week or so later I got another call that Ink had been found. Unable to reach the owner again I called her friend. I asked her what was going on. Why was this dog getting lost so often? She said her friend had been having problems with the dog and was unable to keep her in the yard. I told her to talk to her friend and tell her to return the dog to me if she couldn't care for her properly.

Figured the problem had been solved

I didn't hear anything for a while so I figured the problem had been solved. Then recently I got a call from AKC early in the morning reporting that Ink had been found. A few minutes later I got a call from a veterinary clinic saying Ink was in their care. She had been found by the bridge almost into Indiana. One of their clients had found her. I told them to have the person contact me and I'd like to talk to her.

Dog was found by a bridge, almost to Indiana

Less than an hour later I got a phone call from a woman named Susan. She told me that she had found the dog by the bridge; malnourished and loaded with worms. This was before Christmas. She knew the dog was microchippped but didn't want to contact the owner (she thought I was the owner) because she felt the dog wasn't being cared for properly. I explained to her that I wasn't the owner but the person who had adopted her to the current owner. She told me how much she loved the dog and that she had wormed the dog and she now was in good condition. She had taken her to the clinic for a checkup and they said they needed to contact the owner.

Petunia, aka Ink, has come to be known as "Skittles

So when they contacted me and found out that I wasn't the current owner but the original owner, they were relieved. After talking to Susan I could tell how much she loved the dog. So I told her that as far as I was concerned the dog was now hers. She was so happy. She told me that she had named her "Skittles" and told me various stories about the dog that proved to me this was where she belonged.

So Petunia, aka Ink, now known as Skittles had found her forever home. When I adopt a dog out I always hope that it's in the dog's best interest but I'm not always right. That's why whenever I adopt a dog out I always leave the microchip in my name. If the dog is found I still call the owner but if they can't be contacted the dog is returned to me. That way I always know the dog is always safe.

Inserting microchip in pet is easy procedure

Inserting a microchip in a pet is a relatively easy procedure which can be done by a veterinarian or a rescue or shelter. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with a unique ID number that is assigned to your pet. The microchip is placed between your dog's or cat's shoulder blades. It is a quick, easy and virtually painless procedure. The microchip is registered and if the pet is lost or stolen it can be scanned and reunited with its owner.

So I recommend you consider having a microchip inserted in your pet. The cost is minimal and the reward is priceless when you're reunited with your lost pet.

- Peg Schaeffer, President and Founder, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

Contact us if you would like to help.

Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

This story was posted on 2015-02-08 07:46:02
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Happy Tail: Skittles in her forever home

2015-02-08 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Susan Leirmoe. This is Skittles formerly know as Petunia, aka Ink in her new home.
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