On my way to work this morning, I was driving down a busy street and spotted two dogs running around on the side of the road without collars on. As a dog mom, I feel it’s my duty to always help any dogs that may be in trouble, so I pulled over as soon as I had the opportunity to.
By the time I pulled into the parking lot where I had seen them, they had already made their way down a small street over. I was afraid I had lost them, but as soon as I pulled up to the next street, I saw one. She was a small, brown pit and exceptionally friendly. She ran right up to my car, so I opened my door, and she hopped in. Following behind her was a small, black chihuahua mix.
What I had learned from the last time I found a stray dog is that you should always post a photo of the dogs you find in local Facebook pet-finding groups, and then bring them to your county’s animal service, no-kill shelter. I drove them to my house, which was right down the street, so that I could give them some water and a chance to lay down because they seemed like they had been running around for hours.
Eventually, I brought them to my local shelter. The woman at the front desk told me that they would scan and look for microchips on the dogs, and if they couldn’t find any, the dogs would be put up for adoption. It bummed me out that the original owners might not ever see their dogs again if they weren’t sure where to look once they realized the dogs were lost; however, this scenario was better than the pups running into traffic and getting hit by a car.
This morning made me realize how careful dog owners need to be in case their dogs ever escape and get lost. A microchip is definitely helpful, but you won’t know where your dog is until someone scans the microchip and contacts you; this process could take days. Another scenario that could happen is one where someone finds your dog, doesn’t know about bringing him into animal services, so they try to rehome your dog themselves and then you definitely never see your dog again.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to all of this. The Scout Smart Tracker is a Bluetooth & GPS device that I have attached to all of my dogs’ collars whenever they’re in the yard. I’ve set up a safe zone on my FindMyScout app that borders the perimeter of my backyard. The second my dog leaves the zone, a.k.a. my backyard, I receive a notification on both my iPhone and my Apple Watch.
I’ve lived in my current house for two years now, and my pit-beagle mix, Scout, just started to figure out how to escape the fence. I still don’t know how she’s getting out, but I do know the second she leaves the yard because I get notified, and for that, I’m extremely thankful.
For more information and to purchase a Scout Smart Tracker of your own to protect your dog, visit findmyscout.com.