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Have you considered the breakaway collars?

no, i hadn't, but that's what we call a $4 idea! i just took a look, and they aren't at all what i was picturing. i assumed they were like break-away cat collars (IOW, you couldn't walk the dog with one). they're not, though. thank you!
http://www.keepsafecollar.com /
I have the fear that my new dog may bolt out of the door if we are not really careful ... them when they are out playing so I am ordering these collars and will use regular collars for walks etc.

i like to leave collars on mine when they're playing outside, because that's when they're at the greatest risk of getting loose. a certain dog who will remain nameless thinks that digging out under the fence is barrels of fun. i've secured it, but i still worry. and then there's little miss "i *could" jump the fence if i wanted to." so far, she hasn't wanted to. (knock on wood)
a Chow mix that would not come to me and jumps fences like they are not even there.

shhh, or elliott will overhear you. i don't think it's occurred to him that he could go over the fence, and i like it that way.
A loose dog does not mean an uncared for dog, don't these ppl consider how they would feel if someone kept their pet?

you'd think so, wouldn't you? i'm amazed at how many people think it's perfectly okay to keep a loose dog. after all, accidents never happen to responsible owners, right? blech.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
all i can say is, microchip your pets!!!

Also, don't leave your pets unattended in the yard when you aren't home. She's fortunate, at least, that her dog is ALIVE - I know of three agility dogs in recent times that escaped from yards and were killed by cars, and I'm sure that's a small percentage of the overall number of pets that are killed when out loose. It is sad and scary that one could lose their dog to another person, but at least she knows the dog is safe.

Christy
LOL, now I know I need to be on the lookout for him too.

Gwen
You can get tags that attach directly to the collar with rivets: http://www.boomerangtags.com/store/list.php?A=S&ID=3 (They also have ones that slide onto the collar).

ooh, i really like their slide-on tags. i'm going to get KeepSafe collars for general wear, but i may get slide-on tags for their "dress-up" collars. thanks! (dog "tack" is addictive.)

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Also, don't leave your pets unattended in the yard when you aren't home.

amen!
She's fortunate, at least, that her dog is ALIVE - I know of three agility dogs in recent times that ... cars, and I'm sure that's a small percentage of the overall number of pets that are killed when out loose.

my neighbors have a dog door and give their dogs 24/7 access to their dog yard. there's no way i could do that. granted, their dogs are very different than mine temperamentally (not as creative/driven/focused/whatever), but still, it's not something i could ever be comfortable with. heck, the one time elliott managed to get out of my yard, i was beside myself until i found him. all i could imagine is him getting shot by a neighbor, hit by a car, or forever lost in the woods. thank the gods none of those things happened.
It is sad and scary that one could lose their dog to another person, but at least she knows the dog is safe.

true. it may not be much of a consolation, but it *is* better than never knowing what happened to your dog.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
It sure is. Emmett has a new purple harness that looks, um, different against his red coat.

i like Emmett's fashion sense. as a red-head, i've been told i shouldn't wear purple. i say, screw 'em. i'll wear purple if'n i feel like it.
It has a belly band, so he can't back out of it while I'm fetching another dog (one of his favorite tricks).

uh-oh. what does he do when he gets loose?

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Have you considered the breakaway collars?

no, i hadn't, but that's what we call a $4 idea! i just took a look, and they aren't at ... they were like break-away cat collars (IOW, you couldn't walk the dog with one). they're not, though. thank you! http://www.keepsafecollar.com /

I am hoping they work well, if not it is a fairly inexpensive experiment, as long as I don't lose a dog...
I have the fear that my new dog may bolt ... these collars and will use regular collars for walks etc.

i like to leave collars on mine when they're playing outside, because that's when they're at the greatest risk of ... little miss "i *could" jump the fence if i wanted to." so far, she hasn't wanted to. (knock on wood)

I worry as they wrestle like a couple of angry bears and I would hate for them to get hurt. I am lucky in the sense that I have five windows facing my back yard so I can keep an eagle eye on them and they do not even stand on the fence (yet) and I hope they never learn..

By the way your dogs are ADORABLE!!! And both had sad beginnings but it is obvious they are very loved now!!!
Michelle
Well-meaning people working in rescue and shelters sometimes like to think they know what the dog's life was like, based ... the dog is thin, he obviously wasn't loved and/or was dumped. If the dog has wounds, he obviously was abused.

Hell, they do that even with the dog's owner standing right there!

When Pepper- the beagle/cocker/terrier I had before Brenin- was one of those very active dogs who, once past early puppyhood, went through an extended adolecent phase of alternating between lean and skinny. She would hit a point where she almost looked "just right", then she would put on a growth spurt and get thin, then she'd fill out a bit, then she'd grow again. She was also naturally a bit shy with people she didn't know; like a lot of dogs, she preferred people who let HER make the advances, and/or who got down on her level.
More than once, I had people assume that she was a recent adoptee and ask "Oh, the poor doggie- how long have you had her? Oh, she's scared of me- was she abused??" (as Pepper ducked away from their pushy/looming attempts to pet her).
When I told them no, I'd had her since she was six weeks old, they'd start looking at ME funny.
Once she reached a bit over two years old, she filled out a bit more, and we stopped having these encounters.
And I know I've told the story before about being at the park, throwing Brenin's ball while Morag (who was about 14 months at the time) busied herself hunting chipmunks in the underbrush, and being approached by a woman who asked indignantly "Does anyone know who owns that poor skinny dog that's hiding in the bushes?".
When I told her Mw was MY dog, she drew herself up and opened her mouth, very obviously about to start lecturing me. Just then, Brenin returned and dropped his ball at my feet, and Morag - having lost the chipmunk- ran over wagging her tail cheerfully. The woman's face was a study, as she stood there with her mouth open, looked at Bren, then back at Morag (who, though "skinny", was obviously happy), then back at Brenin.. then (to give her credit) said "Oh, is she part Greyhound or something?".

And THAT is better than the member of the Shagility list, who - after doing barn work, wearing old clothes- had her vehicle break down on the way home. Whilst waiting for her husband to arrive with the tow truck, she walked her dogs (IIRC one was a Scottish Deerhound and the other a lurcher) on a strip of grass next to the parking lot where she'd pulled in when her truck started acting up.
A well-dressed couple hurried by, averting their eyes, and one said loudly to the other "Isn't it a shame that the city lets homeless people keep dogs and STARVE them like that?".
I don't have a collar on Rusty at all anymore. I put on his prong collar when we walk, but other than that he never wears one. When Rusty was 6 months old we went through 5 or 6 different collars trying to find one that didn't chafe at his neck. We tried nylon buckle, nylon with the clip, leather, leather with deerskin backing, and a couple others and all of them left scabs on his neck from where they rubbed and ever since he has had no fur on the under side of his neck.

We gave up with collars when we moved to our new house and knew that he'd be safe in our back yard - it's the first place we've lived where it is completely fenced in (although we never leave him out there when nobody's around - we still watch him out there). Finally starting about a month ago we noticed that a little bit of fur is starting to come back in. We certainly will think twice before putting a collar back on him again, though.

Shelley & Rusty
http://www.bump.us/rusty
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