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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Collars and Tags by Skeeter

Jasper belongs to the Saints sister. Sis acquired Jasper through a Miniature Pincher rescue group. He had a horrible life until Sis took him home for his new pampered life. I am not sure the exact details but recall him being found foraging in a trash can! Poor little guy still gorges himself on food if not watched closely. He also hides treats for future meals! Sis must keep his food bag hidden away at all times. She has Jasper on a strict diet and walks him daily to keep him trim and fit.

Look at that long tongue! Now look closely and you will see that is not a tongue but Jaspers tag on his collar. It is being hidden by that yummy treat.

Collars are a must when dogs and cats are outside as they contain their rabies tag and family information in case of a wandering pet. We all keep our pets as secure as we can but there is always that one time they may escape from our secure yards. Such as Sandy's sneaking gate opener. Sorry Sandy but I cannot remember which of your brood is the gate opener… Maybe Scooter…?..

The Saints mom was telling me the other day how Minnie lost her tags. They found the family info tag in the tall grass in the yard but have yet to find the Rabies tag. They have her paper work in case needed but still wonder as to how that strong tag became open enough for her to loose it. Mystery to me as I know the girls rabies tags are so strong that I have to pry them open with pliers to secure it on their kennel door. We keep the girls tags on their kennels because that is the only time they are ever outside the secure doors of the house.

Skeeter kitty use to wear a collar until I read how an “indoor only” cat had hung himself while the owners were away. I took his collar off that day and he never wore one again. Well, he did when we would travel with him for a "Just in Case" reasoning of my mind. Although on his last flight, I could not bear to put it on him. He was so stressed about flying that I was afraid he would get hung in his kennel. I know it was probably not the smartest thing to do especially now that I have heard stories about cats getting out of their kennels at air ports! Our girls don’t wear collars for that same reason. Those nosey Rosey cats tend to climb so I could see how this could happen. Especially with my girls as I don’t allow them to climb on the furniture. The Saint laughs and says the girls walk on the ceiling when we are not looking. He is probably right and I know they snoop when mommy is not home. I would just die if one of my babies died this way while I was out shopping!

I am sure you all keep collars and tags on your dogs but how about you cat owners? Do your cats wear a collar?

posted by Skeeter at 9/27/2007 02:56:00 PM


Blogger B said...

ok- please tell me that little guy does not have black eyes! At first sight I was like "AHHHH" and then I was like "uh-demon dog?" I'm kidding!!!! Theres only one demon dog and I HAVE HIM. He looks so cute though with his little raw hide. Reminds me of demon dog Hines.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 4:51:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

They make "break-away" collars for cats which are GREAT. Microchipping of course is THE way to go, especially if you have a purebred. It is nearly impossible to "identify" a lost black Lab for example!

Thursday, September 27, 2007 5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

When I had cats growing up they were indoor/outdoor cats. We took the collars off of them after I had one eaten by a Mountain Lion. We figured the jingle of the tags attracted it. My dogs do not wear collars unless they are out of the house or yard. I hate the sound of jingling tags. The dogs seem to like it more with out them too.

I have heard about a lot of pets getting tumors around the microchips. So no microchipping for us.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 5:56:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

My girls are totally inside cats and do Not wear collars as I am so afraid of them getting caught on things. We tried the stretch and break away ones with our Tiger and Samantha and they make me so scared. TIger tried to chew his off and it got caught in some things and then the same thing happened with Samantha. It scared me away from using any collars and I'm always worried that what if one got out? But like Adrienne I'm hearing all this stuff about the tumors from the chips so waht do you do? YOu're dammed if you do and dammed if you don't!

Thursday, September 27, 2007 9:55:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Forgot to say how the break awys didn't break away like they were supposed to.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Taa DAAA---my babies now have a brand new fenced in yard and I have a 6 ft neighbor deterent. The fence was complete when we got home last night. It was so funny. NO LEASHES--and the babies didn't know what to do. THey burst thru the door and down the steps and then just STOOD there-like "what the hell?" Hines was the first to bolt out into the yard, and the other two gave chase. I have not seen Lucy run like that in AGES, bless her fat heart. They chased Hines around for about thirty minutes, and he was LOVING it. Then Lucy decided she was pooped, and Charlie and Hines played chase for awhile. I was so happy to see them at high energy again. And when I said "house", they all three made for the stairs. It was like a Donna Reed Christmas special. There are only a couple of spots I didn't like cuz the wooden privacy fence doesn't touch the ground and the ground goes kinnda low--Hines found those spots IMEEDIATELY and tried to crawl thru. But we have spare brick and such to fill these in,so unless the gets really creative, threre shouldn't be a problem. But you never know when he and Charlie will devise a plan of escape-LOL

Friday, September 28, 2007 7:45:00 AM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

B, congrats on the fence!! We asked the home seller to repair the chain link fence and he did! Funny thing is... the doggies have all that huge backyard to play in but they always beg to go into the front yard on their leashes. We've thought about putting the fence around the front too, but the driveway would have to be enclosed and gated and it seems like too much of a hassle for the professor when he gets home late at night. The water meter would also be within the fenced area. So, for now, it's the front yard for special treats only.

But we do love that fence!!! Larry, senior cat, can climb over it, but doesn't seem to go far thank goodness.

Friday, September 28, 2007 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

I wish I could let Pearl out, but it's such a risk. Even the slightest bacteria or germ could make her ill. She loves to lie on the back porch onthe freezer top and watch though. I can't fence my front yard because of the city ordinances. after they got thru pushing it back from the street, I'd have a fence rolling thru the livingroom.

Friday, September 28, 2007 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Think of what a conversation starter that would be, B!

"So... you have a fence through your living room... what's up with that?"

B replies, "it's to keep out prowlers..." he says innocently.

Just think, you'd probably make the papers with afenced living room!

Friday, September 28, 2007 1:00:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh B, I am so happy you finally got that fence installed! I still think we Pet People could have had a Fence Raisin and if I were there, I would have spearheaded one! Just like in the old days with the Barn Raisins'..... I can see the doggies now just standing there. Our friends in Germany had their lab indoors as most pets are in Germany. When they moved to the States they bought a house with a fenced in backyard and they said that Alley would just stand there and look around as if, what do I do now. She literally had to learn how to be in the yard without a leash on! I think those babies will be much happier with the freedom of the yard now! Plus your neighbors should not be so much trouble for you too, well, I hope anyway. Now if we can figure out how to keep the neighbors from peeing on it, you know they will after one of their parties....

Friday, September 28, 2007 2:16:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

O'Malley, what is the latest on the kitty? Found him a home yet? Sandy, what is the latest on your black and white wandering kitty?

Friday, September 28, 2007 2:19:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sandy, Send me Tina's (In the Garden) email adress...

Friday, September 28, 2007 3:11:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

oh--and here's the corker--the man who owns the wild apartment house that I built the privacy fence to block out came over the other night and told me he wanted either to pay for it or to pay 1/2 because he wanted to "do right by me"

Friday, September 28, 2007 4:44:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

If you let him pay half, he will have rights to let them pee on it.... I say pay for it yourself and then it is yours and not half his....

Friday, September 28, 2007 7:44:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

The Saint and I are headed off to the Atlanta zoo this weekend! Not my favorite zoo but we need to see that baby panda bear! I will snap a picture if possible...

Friday, September 28, 2007 7:49:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Skeeter and Pam,

I was wandering around Walmart this evening while Sweetie was out galavanting with his boyfriend. I saw the perfect t-shirt for the Halloween Fur Ball for your non costume wearing husbands. It said "This Invisible Man costume is defective". I just laughed and laughed. That would be just the ticket for the fellas!!

Friday, September 28, 2007 11:16:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Skeeter, I don't know Tina's email. If she didn't list it on her blog, just ask her on her blog.

Adrieene, again you are like me. When I first got dogs they wore regular tags--name tag, rabies. But with four of them running around I couldn't STAND the jingling. So I never put their collars on unless we went out. But then I thought that if one got away somehow from the fenced yard, they'd be naked. So now they wear collars with the flat metal plate that doesn't jiggle. They don't wear their rabies, but when I go out, I switch collars to the jiggly tags with the rabies.

When stray Yogi came here, I put a collar on him with ID when I claimed him. It was those snap off kinds like Amy mentioned, But after going through three of them, I quit. He'd get them off and come back home without.

Since my two cats now can't get out of the yard/house, they don't wear any. I guess I should get them chipped, but I always figure that if someone found them and wanted to keep them, they might not even check for a chip. They'd just think they are some of the zillions of poor stray cats living in the wild.

Saturday, September 29, 2007 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Does anyone know if it is normal for a Vet to not give a tag with a Rabies shot? I know of someone which said all they received was a paper statement for their cats. Just wondering?????

Monday, October 01, 2007 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

We don't get tags for the cats here, just the paperwork. Tags for the dogs only. Maybe if the licensing thing passes that will change??? Who knows. But, that is the norm here in Clarksville.

Monday, October 01, 2007 3:13:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

That is strange... We have gotten tags for our Skeeter in every state we ever lived in....

Monday, October 01, 2007 7:22:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I am not putting collars and tags on my cats becasue they ahve never had them and would feel like it was a punishment. I worry aout them getting caught on furniture and etc. while we are out of the ouse too. The girls never go outside and I am considering the chips but have heard some negative things about them lately. Anyone else heard about that?

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 6:14:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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