Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Are Aluminum Dog Tags Safe?

I love my red collar with it's shiny dog tags.  Mom says they are made of stainless steel.  She says she pays a bit more for them, but I'm worth it.  In fact all five of us wear stainless steel tags.  Mom even bought one for the rat!

My friend Snickers doesn't have a shiny tag like mine.  His dad says Snickers' tags are made of something called aluminum.  Mom and I like Snickers and his dad, so Mom explained to him why my tags are a better buy.

When you buy a dog tag for your dog, it's because you want to be returned to us safely if you get lost, right?  It's not a necklace or some sort of decoration.  It has a purpose.  If I lose Mom, I want someone to know how to find her again.  That's why I wear my name and Mom's name, address and phone number on my tag.  I've had my tag for a long time - almost as long as I can remember.  At least as long as we have lived in the country house.  Mom says it still looks as good as when she first bought it. 

Stainless steel doesn't rust.  And I can't chew it up (even if I could reach it.  I have a CollarTag™ so that's almost impossible!).  But Mom says aluminum is soft - one of the softest metals available.  She told Snickers' dad to think about how easy it is to crush an aluminum can.  Mom says aluminum tags wear out very quickly.  She says the writing gets harder to read the longer the tag is worn - and most people don't think to change their dogs' tags regularly.  Pretty soon you can't even read what's there.  So when you lose your mom or dad, no one will be able to help you find them because they can't read where your mom or dad are. 

Mom says she gets lots of questions asking if aluminum dog tags are safe.  The problem is not safety of the tags.  It's the fact that they are so cheaply made and wear out so quickly that it's not safe to wear them because you don't know if anyone can read what it says.  Aluminum is okay.  It's not being able to find your mom or dad that isn't safe!

What tag should you buy?  One like mine if you can.  CollarTags™ from Boomerang Tags.  Mom says they are the best dog tag available.  But if you can't get the CollarTags™, please check out their selection of plastic, stainless steel, or brass tags.  Anything but aluminum!    

Monday, September 14, 2009

Adopt a Friend from Marietta, GA

Last week you met my friend and woman of wisdom, Debra Stokes and her grand-dog, Rex.  Now it's time to meet some other friends - friends who desperately need a  home.  Our newest partner shelter is the Cobb County Animal Control Unit.  Located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive,  Cobb County Animal Control houses lost, abandoned and unwanted animals of Cobb County - Marietta, Georgia.

Cobb County Animal Control has many adoptable cats and dogs. Those shown here are only a few of the many adoptable animals housed at the shelter. The adoption prices: Dogs 12 months and older $40.00 Puppy under 12 months $30.00 Cat 12 months and older $35.00 Kitten under 12 months $30.00 This includes the first set of shots and worming. Most animals are Microchipped. Take a look at each of these furry bundles of love and then visit Cobb County Animal Control for your next pet!

Nina is a white/tan Pointer mix. Nina is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered.  I think she looks like my friend Beauty, the Jack Russell that lives with me and Mom and Dad.  That's why I hope she finds a home soon!

Alizay is a 9 month old white Pitbull. I don't normally like pitbulls.  But the people at Cobb County Animal Control say she is a sweet girl. Alizay is up-to-date with routine shots.

Just look at Wafer's eyes!  She is saying '"I just want a family to love me, please."  Won't you take her home?  Wafer is a 2 year old black retriever mix. Wafer is up-to-date with routine shots.

I used to have a kitty named Snowflake too!  She was all fuzzy and pretty.  This Snowflake is pretty too - just like mine.  Snow Flake is a beautiful and sweet 3 year old white dlh. Snow Flake is up-to-date with routine shots.

I have been blessed to be adopted by a wonderful mom and dad.  Please be a blessing to one of my friends in Marietta.