Shaw Thing: Technology saves the day for pooch

OUR dog Gem is almost eight years old and although I say so myself, is very well behaved.

She’s a joy to be around and so, when she was still a puppy, she was microchipped by the Dogs Trust.

It was a quick and mostly painless experience and is another layer of protection should she ever disappear while on a walk or somehow make a break for it.

Therefore, last week when a dog followed my parents off the beach to our house, they spent some time searching for the owner and, when that didn’t pan out, immediately called me to get the number and address of the nearest veterinary surgery.

Microchips for pets work much the same way as regular computer chips, in that they hold information.

Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and contain the names and contact details of the pet’s owners. The tiny chip is programmed and then inserted under the surface of the animals skin quickly and easily.

All veterinary surgeries have the equipment to read these microchips, a device specially designed to scan over the pet’s body and detect the chip.

The device then displays a unique number which corresponds to the owners contact details so that they can be reached in the event that their pet is lost, just like with the dog my parents found.

This particular pet was a small, brown coloured dog that approached my parents on its own and then merrily followed them.

When they reached the vet, he hopped out of the car and almost ran inside, obviously familiar with the surroundings. Within minutes the vets had the information they needed and were able to immediately contact the owner.

Dog and owner were reunited later that day all thanks to the wonders of modern technology!

This story is one of the reasons I try not to be worried about innovation, because it so often ends happily, with lost dogs returning home or wonderful advances made in medicine and engineering.

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