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Dog Collars, ID Tags, and Microchips, Oh My! How to Help Bring Home a Lost Dog

Written by: Deb German

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Teddy Blue and Maggie
Photo courtesy of Deb German

The reassuring jingle of tags on her dog collar is a joyous noise, music to your ears every time you walk through the door, as surely as the rattle of your keys in the lock is to hers. You’re a responsible person: you’ve made an effort to keep current ID tags on your dog’s cheerful collar. It’s even personalized with her name and your phone number (there’s a good human). And of course you had her microchipped when she was a puppy. Nobody needs to tell you there’s no place like home for a tail-wagging wanderer.

But you are a minority among humans according to recent statistics: only 33% of pet owners keep identification on their critters. Sadly, the return-to-owner rate (RTO) for a lost dog in particular is only about 10% to 30% in most places, worse still for cats. It’s a no-brainer: your dog needs some kind of ID on her. And if you are not doing this one small but important thing for her, why on earth not? Dog ID tags, a personalized dog collar, and the microchip: they are three inexpensive but important lines of defense against lost—and even stolen—dogs…

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Resort Clothing for Women: Crisp, Functional Fashion

Written by: Deb German

The wardrobe that vacations with you—a collection of garments otherwise known as resort wear—probably evokes some destination in your mind’s eye. For me it is always a particular East Coast getaway on a barrier island in the Deep South. But it could be a sun-kissed Mediterranean retreat in mid-winter, or a summertime camp in the Adirondacks, playground to Industrial Revolution-era magnates. Or maybe it’s not on terra firma at all, but aboard a small ship cruise destined for some exotic and delicious port of call (“cruise wear” goes with you on that one). It could be a sporting adventure or short weekend jaunt on the near horizon. Whatever your destination, resort wear is ready to go there with you.

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Chewers Gonna Chew: Dog Beds (and more) for the Problem Chewer

Written by: Deb German

Deep Dish ToughChew® Dog Bed
Photo via orvis.com

Your canine companion sees her dog bed as a big, plush chew toy (you stopped counting after the third replacement). Sure, it’s comfy for napping. But it’s also deliciously satisfying and a joy to shred.

I’ll see your dog bed and raise you a car: I once left my sweet adult Siberian Husky girl in the back of a brand new SUV to run into the market for ten minutes. I returned to find her swimming in a sea of blue foam chunks that had been the car’s back seat only moments earlier, a tongue-lolling grin on her face and tail all a-wag.

My dog ate my car. In ten minutes…

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