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Dog ID ideas

Reader’s report: Ralph in Paris (including ID tag approach)

Remember the photo I posted, one Friday, of Ralph the Bichon/Cavalier dressed for his upcoming trip to Paris? Reader Anne sent pictures from their visit, along with details about her solution for keeping Ralph’s ID current while they were out of the country.

The first news I got from Anne was that they had used the pet relief area at JFK’s Terminal 4, and that when they boarded their plane (a Delta Airbus 330-200, which has a 2-4-2 seat configuration), she  … Read more

Reader’s report: Clever ID tag idea for traveling dogs

Reader Sarah added the following comment to a blog post I wrote in the early days of Dog Jaunt, about ideas for ways to keep your dog’s ID current while you’re traveling:

“I use loveyourpets.com for inexpensive ID tags (less than $4). I set up an email address on gmail that I include on the tag, in addition to phone and address. When an email is sent, it automatically triggers a chain of communication with me and my husband to let  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks: The best recent dog travel links

You may have noticed that the blog has been quiet for a while (and that I’ve admitted defeat and titled this Chloe’s Clicks “recent” rather than “this week’s”). I have a good reason — a very good reason indeed — and I’ll announce it as soon as possible. In the meantime, forgive me. I’ll get back in gear on the blog — and don’t miss the news and chat on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page.

The troubles at Pet Airways made the  … Read more

Reader’s report and tips: A trip to Northern California’s Shenandoah Valley wine country

This is my lowest moment as a blogger. Reader Jennifer, the source of two terrific reports in 2011 (a review of Bellevue, WA’s Sheraton Hotel, and suggestions for dog-friendly activities in and near Bellingham, WA), sent me this report last August. Yes, that’s August 2011. It won’t surprise you that one of my resolutions for 2012 is to defeat my in-box, and this is where the war begins.

Jen and Troy, you’ll recall, own a captivating Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named  … Read more

Product review: blanketID tag

Back in August, Cate Hubbard, co-proprietor of blanketID, sent me one of her company’s ID tags to test and review. Included in the $24.99 (Canadian) price that she didn’t charge me is a year’s membership — which is $11.99, with discounts if you renew for multiple years. I have not been paid for this review, and I did not promise (and Cate did not request) that it would be positive.

There are sixteen tags in blanketID’s current line-up, ranging from girly  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks: Dog travel links we liked this week

We were traveling for the past few days, so Chloe’s Clicks is screeching in just before the new week gets underway….

The link I loved the most this week was posted by All Dog Boots and describes the author’s first-ever trip with an in-cabin dog (Cooper, an adorable Maltese/Yorkie). Cooper’s owner and I swapped a lot of tweets about trip preparations, so I was really interested to hear the details. [SPOILER: All went well!]

If you plan to travel by car instead,  … Read more

TruePaws microchipping option

In an earlier post, I talked about the options for microchipping your dog. One of them was double-chipping — that is, implanting both a 125 kHz chip (still most common in the U.S.) and a 134.2 kHz chip (the international standard). Now Banfield pet hospitals (the vets associated with PetSmart stores) offer a double-chipping package called TruePaws. For $29.95, Banfield will implant a 125 kHz microchip and a 134.2 kHz microchip in your dog and give her a tag stating that she has been  … Read more

Domain name for dog ID tag

In the course of learning about USB flash drive dog tags, I came across this suggestion for an alternative way of ensuring that your lost dog makes it home or is otherwise cared for: Buy a domain name for your dog (e.g., www.spot.com). The cost of a domain name varies with the ending you choose; the useful and appropriate ending .info is currently very inexpensive — no more than about $5 a year. Put the domain name on your dog’s  … Read more

USB flash drive for your dog’s collar

You say “how about a tag for your dog that contains a USB flash drive,” and the keep-it-simple crowd bursts into derisive laughter. Their argument: A tag with a flash drive is expensive and it’s pointless, since the person who finds your dog may not know what a flash drive is or may not have access to a computer. And who, besides you, needs a ton of information about your dog’s medical history and care requirements? All someone else needs  … Read more

Temporary dog ID tag, Martha-style

In an earlier post, I suggested that you make a temporary ID tag for your dog and add it to her collar, so that if she is lost while you’re traveling, the person who finds her will have a local address and telephone number for you. I offered a couple of ideas for making inexpensive tags, but true to form, Martha Stewart has a much nicer idea.

In the current issue of Martha Stewart Living (July 2009, with a couple of  … Read more