Tag Your Dog

RECEIVED Wed., June 16, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Do you have a dog? If so, my question to you is, do you love it? Would you be devastated to lose it or if anything happened to it? I used to have a dog and I loved her more than anything else in the world and she passed away on me two years ago. I was devastated beyond anything I could have ever have imagined. As can be sometimes inevitable with dogs, Cassidy got out a lot over the years while I was at work or at school or just while she was out in the yard. She loved gallivanting all over town, would run miles away to lick grease pans behind restaurants, but I always got her back safely. You know why? Because she always had an up-to-date dog tag on her with both our names, address, and phone number. I always see dogs running around Austin, loose, and I usually call them over, pet them and check their tags; not once has there been a tag with an owner's name or number on it. So what do you do? My heart breaks, and I let them keep on their journey and hope a car doesn't kill them. Just today a very sweet and obviously well-loved house dog was running around in my office parking lot over by Highland Mall. I checked, only an old worn-down rabies-vac tag, I had to go to work, the dog kept running toward the mall, not safe. My point is, if you love and care for your dog, then you will immediately put this paper down and go to the pet store – PETsMART has instant dog-tag makers – and get that dog a tag (and put your day and home number on it). No one wants their dog running around the mall parking lot while they are at work.
Amy Fowler
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