Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Microchips Are SO 2009

Growing up, if Fido got lost on a walk-about, you had to rely on an old-fashioned dog tag to help your pup get home. When we got Paddy, the hot trend was micro-chipping. And now, just like leggings and jelly sandals (wait… those are still in, right?), the classic dog tag is back!

Canadian company BlanketID has created a refurbished, 21st century version of the classic brass tag that is light-weight, scratch resistant, noiseless, waterproof, and a lot more chic. While microchipping is great, we are in favor of a visual ID as there's no guarantee that whoever picks up your lost traveler will automatically scan your pal (which is why Paddy has a chip AND a tag on her collar). 

Measuring 1" by 1.5", each has a unique number that corresponds to an online profile of your pet, which features their emergency contact info, picture, medical history, and dietary requirements. To update any of your pet's details, simply log onto BlanketID.com and voila! 

Even better, if your pet decides to take a trip without you, report them missing at BlanketID.com and the site will automatically alert local shelters, animal hospitals, and other BlanketID members within a 15 mile radius of your pet's last known location. (Though the company is based in Canada, its service covers all of North America.)

Tags retails for $24.99, which includes the first year of membership, and can be purchased along with membership extensions online here.

In addition, a portion of each BlanketID tag  and membership is donated to The Blanket Fund for Animals which helps animals in need. To find out more, visit: http://blanketid.com/blanket_fund.php

While this may be redundant if your pet is already micro-chipped, it may be a great option for the next addition to your family!

xoxo The Barkistas

p.s. Our favorite tag designs were Fondant Fancy and Peony Green!

1 comment:

  1. Those are so cool! I just checked them out and I am seriously considering getting one just in case!


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