Nine hours into the trip home from the Freeman family Thanksgiving, Australian shepherd mix Bentley slipped his collar in a hotel parking lot and took off. The Freemans were ten hours from home, and couldn’t find their pooch. But three-year-old son Jonathan wasn’t worried. Turns out – he didn’t need to be.
Bentley was picked up and taken to the Wichita Humane Society in Kansas, who scanned his microchip and called the Freemans in Texas on Sunday. Jonathan was right – his pup made it home for Christmas.
It’s one of those awwwwww stories that fills even the grinchiest with holiday cheer. It’s also made me start thinking more seriously about taking my menagerie to the vet to be microchipped. All rescues, my pets never came through a store or breeder who chipped them as kittens/pups. Nor did they come from shelters – which have slowly started to invest in the microchip technology (funding his short at most shelters, so it’s still hit and miss).
It will mean an expense on my part, but watching my own three-year-old “share” her Christmas cookies with the dog and plop her new crown on the cat’s head, I realize I’m not the only one around here who needs the four-legged part of the family around. So I guess we’ll be making the investment soon – as much for the kid’s sake as the animals’.
Image/Source: The Dallas Morning News