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August 2018

Check the Chip Day

August 15th is Check the Chip Day!

This day was established as a reminder for pet owners to either microchip their pets or to make sure their existing chip information up to date. Did you know that an average of 1 in 3 family pets gets lost? Statistics show that microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to get returned to their owners and microchipped cats more than 20 times as likely. This simple procedure is one of the most important things you can do to insure that your fur babies are returned to you safely if they are lost.

What kind of information is in a microchip?
A microchip consists of a tiny electronic chip (also called a transponder) encased in a glass cylinder that is usually no bigger than a grain of rice. Each microchip contains a unique identification number that is linked to a private online database where the pet's identifying data and owner’s contact information is stored.
How does chip scanning work?
When a chip scanner is passed over the device it transmits an identification number that is displayed on a screen. This number is then passed on to the appropriate registry so that they can search their records for the pet's name and contact information. Each scanner emits a radio wave at a certain frequency depending on the chip and technology being used (common frequencies include 125 kHz, 128 kHz or 134.2 kHz). The chip is not powered by a battery but rather is activated by the scanner itself.
Will a microchip help track my pet’s whereabouts?
The chip does not have GPS capabilities for live-time tracking of your pet. It’s sole purpose is to store the unique identification number which can be used to look up the animal's records and track down it’s owner.
Checking and Updating
If your pet has been microchipped in the past, it is very important that you keep your registration and contact information up to date. Efforts to reunite a lost pet with it's owner are greatly hindered if the address and contact information is no longer valid. Here are the 3 steps to getting your info current:

  1. Make sure have the microchip number (if not known, get it from your vet or bring your pet in to have the chip scanned)
  2. Get the type/brand of your chip – the easiest way is to use the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Site where you may enter your pet’s microchip number and it will tell you which registry the chip is registered to.
  3. Call the registry or visit their website to check or update your contact info
So remember to check those chips on August 15th! For more information, the AVMA has created a helpful Check the Chip Day Toolkit.

Written by Michael Walker

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Pet of the Month

Blue Belle
August’s Pet of the Month is our adorable, ultra-fuzzy “ragdoll” friend Blue Belle! Ragdoll cats are sometimes referred to as ‘puppy like’ because of their tendency to follow people around and their fondness of being handled. We can confirm that Blue Belle lives up to that reputation!  This sweet girl is gentle, affectionate, talkative, huggable… and as you can see she loves to pose for the camera!
Pet Memorial

Remembering those pets who have crossed the rainbow bridge. 
August Calendar

August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs.
August 5: Work Like a Dog Day

August 1-7: National Feeding Pets of the Homeless

August 7-13: International Assistance Dog Week

August 8: International Cat Day

August 14: World Lizard Day

August 16: National Homeless Animal Day

August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 26: National Dog Day

August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Did you know...

Contrary to what a lot of us have been taught, dogs are not color blind! They can see limited colors but the range is small compared to humans. Green, orange and yellow register as “yellowish” to dogs while red looks dark brown or gray.  Purple may appear as blue to our canine friends!
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Sept. 30th - Oct. 7th
Please note we will not be available for pet sitting from Sunday September 30th - Sunday October 7th. During this week, we will be on our annual vacation camping in the Smokey Mountains! Thank you for understanding while we take this time off.  We will resume our pet sitting services on Monday October 8th!
Bow-Wow-Wow Dog Treats


1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon peanut butter, creamy or chunky
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 egg, well beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment.

Combine the honey and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir to combine the microwave about 10 seconds and stir again. Microwave 10 more seconds then stir.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and oats until mixed. Stir into the honey mixture. Stir in the vegetable oil until all is blended.

Drop the mixture by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until the cookies just start to brown.

Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for one minute, then remove to paper towels or a cooling rack until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container.

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