I’m here in Christchurch, New Zealand after our major earthquake on Tuesday (22nd February 2011). On Tuesday afternoon, a neighbour found a dog in his yard with no collar or tags. We took him in, because our house is secure and our fences are still in place.
He was a lovely boy and because I didn’t know his name, I called him Shake. He slept in our bed on Tuesday evening to ride out the aftershocks and a little Rescue Remedy helped. He was glued to my side all day Wednesday.
On Thursday I was able to get him to a local vet to have his microchip scanned. A few more calls and I made contact with his grateful family who came to pick him up within the hour. As it turns out, his name was Trick and he had a bath on Monday evening. His family didn’t have time to replace his collar. Otherwise, he would have been tagged with clear ID.
Microchipping is now mandatory in New Zealand but if you are in a place where it is voluntary – please have it done. You never know the circumstances that would see your dog lost and you needing to find one another again.
Best wishes to all and thanks for your kind words. We are without basic services like sewerage but are coping with power and some limited water supply.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand