Chipping In

Chipping In

By Abe Lerner

How Microchipping a Pet Reunited a Family

DogonleashMonday began as any other day did, taking Olivia for an early morning walk in the neighborhood park. DeMarcus Washington took pride in everything he did; raising his dog was just the same. He took her religiously to the vet for checkups, and provided her with the best available care. All of Dr. Mahoney’s instructions were implemented, as DeMarcus was devoted to Olivia’s health and well-being. Tragically, Shanda had recently been killed in an auto accident. DeMarcus grieved over the untimely death of his wife of 22 years. He found solace in his companionship with Olivia, all that he had left in this world.

DeMarcus sat down on a bench for a breather, with Olivia at his side. The cool air provided a pleasant respite from what had been an oppressive summer. He took in the beautiful surroundings, and began to doze off. Arising from his nap just a mere ½ an hour later, he became suddenly aware that something was amiss. Olivia was gone!

Panic set in, as DeMarcus was petrified. What had happened to Olivia? Was she kidnapped or did she simply walk away? DeMarcus was devastated. How could he have been so careless as to neglect Olivia? More so, he was now all alone in this world. A routine daily walk had evolved into an absolute nightmare. He questioned others in the park about Olivia’s whereabouts. No one had seen anything out of the ordinary. He posted fliers offering a reward for tips leading to her discovery, but to no avail. It seemed that Olivia had simply vanished into thin air. DeMarcus began sinking into depression, as his solitude was overwhelming. Staring at the four walls was driving him mad…

The phone began to ring. DeMarcus had little interest in communicating with anybody. His life was a complete train wreck. Dr. Mahoney’s office’s number registered on Caller ID. Reluctantly, he answered the phone, poised to inform them of Olivia’s demise. Margie, the doctor’s devoted secretary, alerted him about an upcoming checkup. DeMarcus began to sob uncontrollably. His words came out interspersed with tears, as he related the story.

“DeMarcus”, Margie said soothingly, “all hope is not lost.” She reminded him of the microchip that Dr. Mahoney had inserted in Olivia’s neck area for identification purposes. The doctor had explained that the noninvasive and inexpensive procedure was highly recommended to be performed. The name tags or collars that many pets sport, run the risk of ripping or falling off. If kidnapped, they could actually be intentionally removed by the perpetrator. A microchip permanently embedded in the animal’s neck area, provides pet parent contact information that can be accessed with a handheld scanner in a vet’s office or humane society branch. Stray pets brought to these locations by Good Samaritans, can easily be traced to their original owners. Thousands of lost animals languish in shelters unnecessarily, as without the proper identification, they are virtually left stranded. The simple injection-like procedure pays dividends, as it is truly capable of reuniting pets with their pet parents.

DeMarcus was astounded. True to form, DeMarcus had indeed had Olivia microchipped, just to play it safe. DeMarcus was somewhat comforted knowing that there was a chance, albeit a slight one, that Olivia would be brought in to a facility that could quickly scan her. But as we all know, the waiting game is not fun…weeks turned into months and still no sighting of Olivia…DeMarcus descended further into depression.

As with all feel-good stories, this one has a nice ending to it as well (how’d you guess?) Four months later, a shelter located in the next town contacted him that Olivia had been turned in, and the scanned microchip indicated that DeMarcus Washington was her owner. Naturally, DeMarcus was elated-his family was now whole again. Thanks to the microchip, he was being given a second chance, and he relished the opportunity. He planted a huge kiss on Olivia’s face, and sat with her on the couch, making up for lost time…

Needless to say, all pets should be microchipped as a precautionary measure, as you never know when the chips will be down…

Abe Lerner is a member of the pack at NutralifePet, a division of Nutralife Health Products, Inc., which has been selling high quality dietary supplements since 1996. NutralifePet, the manufacturer of Ultra Joint & Liver Support with SAM-e for dogs and cats, caters to the individual needs of each pet. NutralifePet…caring about animals, one pet at a time…


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