Last week, Janice Brown, Tails’ founder, found a stray Chihuahua mix near her apartment. When she got a hold of her, she discovered that unfortunately the dog didn’t have a collar, though she did have a rhinestone collar and pink painted toenails. I don’t know what it is about Janice, but she regularly seems to find strays. A few months ago, she brought one in who had a tag on, so we were able to quickly reunite the pooch with her family. This little chihuahua, however, had no such identifiers.
If you are a lost pet though, the Tails office is probably the best place to end up. I’m in charge of products, so I was asked to find a light-weight leash for the dog so that we could take her outside on walks. I’m happy to say that I found the perfect lead; a leash from Dogs For Democrats which I’d received some number of months ago. We quickly decided (be we, I mean I) that the dog’s temporary name should be Hillary.
That afternoon, we spent time putting up posters in the neighborhood. We also posted a message in the pet section on Craigslist. But we didn’t hear anything. We took Hillary to the vet to be scanned for a microchip, but she didn’t have one. It looked like she was going to be spending the night with us, which wasn’t a horrible option, since again, we’re a pet magazine, so we tend to have all sorts of beds and products hanging around.
The next day, we still hadn’t been contacted about the dog, who at this point had started to integrate herself into office life. Lauren Lewis, our managing editor, took Hillary out for a walk in early afternoon, when a man coming off a nearby train approached her.
“Hey! Did you find that dog? She looks just like my neighbor’s Chihuahua! I recognize her from her pink toenails.” Finally—a breakthrough! It looked like Hillary might be finding her way back home after all. After the family came to take her home (she’d been missing for several days), I was reminded once again about how important it is to make sure your pet has a collar and tags with contact info. I know that not everyone wants to have their pet microchipped, but a simple phone number can make a world of difference. I’m happy that Hillary was able to be reunited with her family (who, for what it’s worth, call her Daisy); I hope when they got her home, the first thing they did after covering her with kisses, was to find her tags, and attach them to her collar.