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Why Microchips Alone Are Not Enough To Keep Pets Safe

Keeping your dog safe is every dog lover’s number one priority. 

Countless books, websites, and training guides stress the importance of making sure your pet always has their ID tags attached to their collar. And, most recommend microchipping your dog. 

Why Microchip Your Dog?

A tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the skin around your dog’s neck (between their shoulders). This chip can be scanned by veterinarians, shelters, rescues, and other doggie allies. 

Each chip has an electromagnetic transponder with a code – kind of like the barcode you see on products – that is registered with different lost pet finding services. Home again and Avid are two of the biggest. Before putting the chip into your dog, it is scanned, validated, then scanned after implanting in your dog’s skin to make sure it worked. 

Because of it’s ability to be easily read and help identify your lost dog, microchipping has become very popular. And, it sounds like a great idea. 

The Shortcomings of Microchips

The biggest reason that microchips fail your dog is that they need to be scanned in order to work. 

If your pup gets lost, then is picked up by animal control, a helpful neighbor, or simply wanders into a friendly shelter, this is great. They can be scanned, and you’ll be notified quickly that your dog has been located. 

An Unfound Dog Remains Unfound

However, if you’ve lost a dog, you know that the chances of them being randomly found is just short of a miracle. 

Dogs can roam enormous amounts of territory in a short time. 

Couple that with the dangers presented by:

  • High traffic areas
  • Dog thieves 
  • Countless places to hide
  • Vast amounts of wooded areas
  • Speeding, Texting-and-Driving drivers

and any hope that your dog will be found and scanned diminishes greatly. This is why microchips fail more often than they succeed. 

GPS Trackers Are Better Than Microchips

Now, imagine your dog slips out of your yard. You’re away at work. When you come home, you can’t find your furbaby!

Instead of drawing up Lost Dog posters, or posting your pup’s info on social media… or praying that they’ll be found and scanned, imagine if there was a way to know exactly where they are…

Now there is: GPS Dog tracking device. 

It can:

  • Track your pet’s location – accurate to 10ft!
  • Monitor your pet’s activity level – know if they’re on the move
  • Read your pet’s body temperature – if they escape in the cold, or if they’ve been injured, you’ll know if they’re body temp is in the healthy range 
  • Transmit your dog’s location, including turn-by-turn directions, to your cellphone

Pickles: The Pup That Saved The World Cup

The History Making Pup

In 1996, England was preparing to hold the World Cup, which to the English, was kind of a big deal. Especially because they had a feeling they might win—which they did—so you can imagine how bummed they were when a thief stole the World Cup trophy just four months before the matches started.

The entire country immediately went into a frenzy to avoid international embarrassment and find the missing cup. After months of searching, and a failed ransom request Pickles, a curious collie saved the day by finding the lost trophy.

While on a routine walk, the pup sniffed something out in the bushes and wouldn’t let up. When Pickle’s owner took a look at what the pup had found, he discovered the missing World Cup!

In the aftermath of finding the Cup, Pickles meteoric rise to fame began. The press lavished him with attention, quickly becoming known as the hero dog that saved the Works Cup. The country even threw a banquet in Pickles honor.  Awarding him a bone and a £5,000 check —archive footage shows the check being shoved into his face, so we hope it was cashed by his master and not chewed to shreds.

Finding the world cup changed Pickles life forever. Once an ordinary dog, he became known as the pup that saved the world cup.  He starred in feature films, The Spy with the Cold Nose, and appeared on Magpie, Blue Peter and many other TV shows. The country named Pickles Dog of the Year.  A title that came with a year’s free supply of food from Spillers. There were offers to visit Chile, Czechoslovakia, and Germany.

Meet Cullen And Romulus, The World’s First Set Of Puppy Identical Twins

We all know puppies are adorable. It’s hard to resist those fluffy coats and unbelievably cute faces. But, have you ever looked at two puppies and thought to yourself, “Wow, they look exactly alike?” Your eyes may no longer be deceiving you. For the first time in history, two puppies were born identical twins.

The Irish Wolfhound twins were delivered via C-section with their five litter mates by Kurt de Cramer of Rant en Dal Animal Hospital in South Africa. The two puppies were attached by their umbilical cords to the same placenta – not a common occurrence during the procedure. The twins, named Cullen and Romulus, had some slight differences in their white markings but blood tests confirmed that they were, in fact, identical twins.

Why the slight difference in markings? Though the twins share the same set of genes, each gene will be influenced by indirect environmental cues, changing how each gene is expressed. So, like human identical twins, Cullen and Romulus won’t look exactly alike.

Although it is not impossible, identical twins are very rare for non-human species.

Many people have suspected that domestic dogs could be identical twins, but Cullen and Romulus were the first confirmed case. There could certainly be undocumented cases of non-human identical twins, especially since scientists have only genetically tested a small sample of wild and domestic animals. The rarity could also be because two organisms living in the same placenta don’t receive the same amount of nourishment. In the wild, that could mean only one animal survives.

Although Cullen and Romulus were born slightly smaller and lighter than their siblings, the now twelve-week-old pups are thriving and enjoying life with the rest of the pack.

Do You Need a Pet Halloween Costume?

Guide to a perfect pet Halloween costume

We all love the idea of dressing up our pets for Halloween or for various other parties.  After all, if people can dress up in various costumes for the occasion then it only makes sense for our pets to do the same, right?

But that doesn’t mean that every pet should have a Halloween costume. While some pets might be fine with wearing something for the holiday, you should be very cautious when trying to get a good costume ready.

Some pets might be easily agitated by the added weight that comes from a costume. Heavy costumes can be bothersome to many pets.

Also, there are times when some parts of a pet Halloween costume might have small parts or attractive things that pets might chew on. This could be harmful to them in some cases.

There might also be times when your pet may be too active. A pet that can run fast and make sudden movements will not need a costume. Any pet that is too easily agitated by sudden actions might not need a costume either. This is important to see with regards to how a pet behaves and how it responds to a costume.

What If You Want a Pet Haloween Costume?

If you do wish to have a Halloween costume for your pet, it helps to see if your pet will be comfortable with it. It is typically a good idea to allow your pet to have a bit of time to wear it to get used to that costume. This is so there won’t be any unusual mishaps on Halloween.

Also, make sure the costume is one that is not going to easily slip off or be uncomfortable for a pet to wear. Anything that is rough or otherwise hard on a pet’s body will certainly not be something for the pet to wear.

Try not to be overly predictable either. It’s often easier to spot your pet if you have a costume for it that is distinguishable. After all, there are only so many dogs in hot dog costumes out there.

A get pet costume will certainly stand out when used right. Be sure to think carefully about whether your pet could actually enjoy wearing.  The last thing you want for Halloween is to bear with your pet not cooperating with a costume.

Best Female Dog Names

Most people place lots of thought into brainstorming the perfect female dog names. Our dog’s name is an excellent way of showing a bit of personality. Just like human names, dog names rise a fall in popularity.

Pop culture is very influential after the film Frozen came out, there was a 900 percent increase in dogs named after the characters. Names from Star Wars and The Twilight films have also been popular.

Since your dog’s name will be heavily used for training here are some tips to avoid confusion.

  • Select a name with hard consonants and 1 or 2 syllables. These are short enough to get your dog’s focus and the simplest to say
  • Stay away from dog names that sound like an order, names like Kit, which sounds like sit, or Bo, which seems like no.

Here is a list of the top 100 female dog names for some inspiration.

  • Abby
  • Allie
  • Angel
  • Annie
  • Athena
  • Baby
  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Bonnie
  • Brandy
  • Cali
  • Callie
  • Casey
  • Charlie
  • Chloe
  • Cleo
  • Coco
  • Cocoa
  • Cookie
  • Daisy
  • Dakota
  • Dixie
  • Ella
  • Ellie
  • Emma
  • Gigi
  • Ginger
  • Grace
  • Gracie
  • Hannah
  • Harley
  • Hazel
  • Heidi
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Izzy
  • Jasmine
  • Josie
  • Katie
  • Kona
  • Lacey
  • Lady
  • Layla
  • Lexi
  • Lexie
  • Lilly
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Lucky
  • Lucy
  • Lulu
  • Luna
  • Macy
  • Maddie
  • Madison
  • Maggie
  • Marley
  • Maya
  • Mia
  • Millie
  • Mimi
  • Minnie
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Mocha
  • Molly
  • Nala
  • Nikki
  • Olive
  • Peanut
  • Pebbles
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Phoebe
  • Piper
  • Princess
  • Riley
  • Rosie
  • Roxie
  • Roxy
  • Ruby
  • Sadie
  • Sally
  • Sandy
  • Sasha
  • Sassy
  • Scout
  • Shadow
  • Shelby
  • Sierra
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Sugar
  • Sydney
  • Trixie
  • Willow
  • Winnie
  • Zoe
  • Zoey

Still didn’t find the perfect name?  Check out our full list of the 50 Greatest Dog Names.

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