Tagging and Chipping Dogs
The first thing I do with a new adoptee is have a "hello" visit with the vet and get them chipped. More for peace of mind than any actual need.
However, this evening, my beagle-basset of three months squeezed out the door and took off. My heart stopped, as I don't know what he might do, but he'd been a stray found by his former shelter. I jumped in the car to look for him, asked people in the neighborhood, came back to call police and vet, and then went out again to look before dark. Bingo! A neighbor said a little girl across the street had a beagle on a leash and "They don't have a beagle." There he was, two houses away, whining in their yard. The father had already read his tags and left me a message and called the vet.
I also felt a bit of relief knowing he was chipped.
The tough part was, I'm leaving on Saturday for my first vacation in SIX YEARS and couldn't imagine doing it with this poor guy wandering out there somewhere, after being a stray, shelter, rejected adoptee... Never been so happy to see his beagly face.