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When our children are little we guard over them to protect them. They start out in carriers and slings. As they grow older they get a bit too heavy to be carrying around, fortunately it’s about this time that they start learning to walk. And run. Unfortunately, their curiosity can lead them where it shouldn’t. And frankly, there are bad people out there. So we do our best to watch over them and protect them. But, we as responsible parents also try to prepare them as they’re growing. We teach them their phone number and address, so if they get lost or worse, they’ll know where they’re supposed to be and how to reach us. We want them to have the information they’ll need to get home, god forbid the need arises.
Our pets are part of our family, no? I have always been a cat person. I swore a few years ago I wouldn’t have a dog again. Yet, I found myself taking a late night drive with my youngest and my bestie to look at some puppies I saw online. We drove 45 minutes and found ourselves meeting with a young guy with a bucket of puppies. Literally. Once I saw them I was pretty sure I was bringing one home. The more I talked to the guy the more I knew I had to bring that puppy home, it had literally become a rescue mission in my mind. I knew the puppy wasn’t getting the food he needed and that was just unacceptable. And so Dobby joined our family.
We’ve had Dobby for a little over four weeks now. My little 4 pound puppy now weighs just under 12 pounds. He grows every day, as does my love for him. He’s gotten confident enough in our love and curious enough by nature that he wants to check everything out. I would hate for anything to happen to him. He’s quick enough that if he got loose now it’s unlikely I’d easily catch him. So naturally, we had to get him a collar and leash.
PetHub is an internet-based service with the goal of getting pets back home to their families as quickly as possible. It is free to create a basic profile. An animal’s profile contains important information that Good Samaritans might need to get you and your pet reunited, as well as any “need-to-know” info they might need such as if the pet needs certain meds, or if the pet has a microchip or license number. The profile also includes an emergency contact list of people to call if the pet is found. You know, similar to that list you give your child’s school in the beginning of every school year. If a pet is found, the finder can call the 24×7 “found pet” number and help get that pet back to its home.
PetHub also offers optional premium subscriptions, such as the ability for owners to receive GPS notifications of where their pet’s tag was scanned. Other features include email alerts that are automatically generated when the profile is viewed as well as instant messages sent when a rescuer contacts the call center. PetHub premium subscriptions can be paid through a monthly or annual fee.
PetHub sells tags and collars. I can see great uses for each. Dobby is just a baby and growing like cray. We know that he’s outgrowing things fast. He’s already outgrown two sweaters. He won’t be in his first collar much longer. So, until he’s big enough that he isn’t outgrowing a collar every month or two, a PetHub tag is perfect. It attaches easily to any collar using a small metal ring. Tags start at $4, which is very reasonable.
Collars start at $10, depending on which collar you choose. Once Dobby is a little older, he’ll be sporting this sturdy blue collar you see below. It’s a digital collar, which means that the ID tag is actually built right in to the collar, alleviating the need for a separate tag. I also chose it because it’s personalized. They sell collars for dogs and cars.
PetHub basic is so reasonably priced, in my opinion it’s just good sense to consider it.
I hate the thought of any family member of mine not being able to get home. And there’s no mistaking it, for many of us, pets are family.
If your pet got lost, would someone know how to reach you to return it? Leave a comment!