I, Lady Shasta of Beaglebratz Manor iz now the matriarch of Team Beaglebratz an'Beaglebratz Manor. My uncle/bruther, Lord Shiloh, b-came an Angel at the Rainbow Bridge on March 9, 2016. Not much else iz gonna change around here rite now. This iz now MY blog - u MITE c sumthin'frum my mom SUMTIMEZ since she duz pay fer it butt it will mostly b fer me. You also just mite c Angel Shiloh stop in once in a while since he wuz an'still iz a big influence in not only my life BUTT my mom'z life tue.
When I got Shiloh, I was new to the Beagle world. I had found him at a small local breeder, visited and chose the puppy I wanted from the litter - he was still too young to leave yet and I had to wait almost three weeks before I could bring him home. So, even tho he was not with me yet physically, I still wanted to learn all I could about Beagles BEFORE Shiloh came home. So I started reading whatever I could find on Beagles - books and online, talking to other Beagle owners and joining a couple of online Beagle groups.
A NOSE ON 4 PAWS - this was a term I heard about Beagles no matter where I looked. I also heard that having him microchipped was pretty much the best way to guarantee he would come back to me if ever lost or stolen - even tho I grew up around dogs and had previously owned a couple, none had ever been microchipped - until Shiloh. When Diva Shasta joined us a few years later, she too was microchipped.
NOW TO THE PRESENT DAY - Obviously to many pet owners, "Check the Chip" means to scan that microchip annually. Why do we want to do this? I have a confession to make - I, Mom Kim, had never heard or seen this term before (I think it would be of great service for your vet to automatically recommend having this done at the annual check-up, any vet I have been to has not). No one had ever said to me - are your dogs 'chipped and have you checked it lately? Now I knew the microchip can migrate - can move out of place but for some weird reason, I had not given it any thought as to having that microchip checked - UNTIL NOW! Now, I will be having that 'chip scanned as soon as I can get to my vet. HOWEVER the process does not stop with that. Once those numbers are revealed to me then I want to enter them on the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool. Then when the name(s) of the microchip companies are obtained I will need to contact them to verify current information regarding my dogs. By accessing the AVMA's Check the Chip event page, I found out that Shiloh's chip company(Avid) does not participate in the Universal Microchip Lookup tool - Diva Shasta is with Home Again (microchip done by 2 different vets). (Avid has a separate website/lookup method and once I have Shiloh's number then will verify info there.) By keeping this contact information up-to-date, I further guarantee that the Beaglebratz will be returned to me should they become lost or stolen. So glad the weekend is almost here - I've got some work to do to Check the Chip for the Beaglebratz.