I recently ran across a short essay on The Bark magazine’s site that’s a great read. Written by Northern California animal control officer, “Old Dogs Can Stray” is a scary tale with a happy ending that makes an excellent point: Senior dogs who wander may not be able to find their way home.
When Daley was young, I don’t recall microchips even being an option. This time last year, I was making the decision to have Mason microchipped. “Old Dogs Can Stray” gives me another reason to be glad in the years to come that he’s microchipped. Because things happen. And collars come off. The world can be a scary place. And elderly dogs are more vulnerable in many circumstances.
Here’s the first bit of “Old Dogs Can Stray,” by Shirley Zindler. Find the whole essay here.
“My flashlight started to fail about halfway across the river. It was fairly new and fully charged but it bobbled weakly between the rushing water I was wading across and the dog lying on the far side.”
Before I had Mason microchipped, I did a lot of reading and talked to two veterinarians. I also posted my questions to the Dog Health Issues Facebook page—an open group run by Jana Rade, who writes the awesome dog health and wellness blog, Dawg Business—and asked DDY readers for their input. I received great feedback, which you can find here and here.