I was told once to only put your phone number but not your address. Apparantly sometimes people will check to see where you live before calling you to see if they could possibly collect a bigger reward. This actually happened to one of my mother's friends. It was almost like they were holding the dog for ransom.
I put my phone number. Be sure that you update the tags and change them if you move.
I've heard of many cases of dogs being relocated to another town completely and their tags not updated. If lost, how do they expect their dog to be returned?
Also, be sure to watch the shape of the tags. I read on TP about someone that crates her dogs with the collars on and the bone shaped tag had gotten caught in the wire cage, seems it twisted after it got stuck and could have ended up fatal.
I forget what shape tags they have. Seems like a remember there being small heart shaped ones and possibly small round ones. Which is what I intended to get for Ping. Something that is small enough not to make him to agitated. Heck I just now got his little butt used to a collar. Its one of those Velcro beastie bands.
What about cell phone numbers (if you have one)? That way, if you are like most people, you always have it with you, if the unfortunate would happen and your pet would get lost...Just a thought...
It is just amazing what ppl will do for money...That is very sad to hear that someone would ask for more money based on where someone else lived...
I've also heard of potential hazards with tags and even some unfortunate accidents because of collars...Maybe the best tag would be the type that is flush with the collar, or even just the collar with the info. weaved into it?
Ok I went an got the tag. I put his name Ping and my number on it. If I had thought about it I would have put 3 lines on it. But I guess for now this will due. Plus I don't know if I could have put 3 lines on the smallest tag. This one is about the size of a nickel and heart shaped. So far he is not freaking out about the tag. And surprisingly he allowed me to put the collar back on once I put the tags on.
The collar he has is one of those beastie bands and that was the only collar he has allowed me to put on him. Very light weight and the clasp is Velcro.
An acquaintance of mine had tattooed dogs. Two got loose, they are extremely good working dogs. They were taken into someones home, and when the owner found the dogs, the only thing that got them back to her was how well she could describe them, and the fact that they only responded to her. The tattoos on the dogs had been changed.
You have to be careful with tattoos. Some people are using pictures now. And there's a lot of cases of people putting them on the ears, which makes little sense, since the ears can easily be chopped off by someone who would really want to take the dog. Sad but true.
My dogs have plates on their collars with their information, which is my numbers, their names, and my vet's number as well, in case they are found and something is seriously wrong with them. I haven't seen too many people with them woven in. Microchipping seems to be the best option thus far, though people have brought forth what they think to be glitches with it, possibly. I'm not sure the average person who takes in a stray dog though would have much knowledge on how to change microchipped information, or even know one is there.
I found a great site that has all kinds of tags. I have used it for the last few years. The information I put on them are
Their name The phone numbers of my house, my cell, and the phone number of their vet. I also have my home address on it. (yeah I'd pay the reward but I might get my dog back) I also have a message that says
I think tattooing is best. Unless your dog is stolen right after it's tattooed and they try to change it, it's obvious if the tattoo was altered. Tattoos age, inks change.
I thought about microchipping, and though I think it's a good idea, I've heard that my breed (basenjis) has so little subcutaneous fat that microchips tend to wander and even become lost and the scanner can't find them, so I'm trusting his tattoo and his tag for now.