This week's rant from Stroud Life columnist Pete Sake: What's the problem with getting a dog chipped?
TEENAGE Sake reckons it's about time we had a dog. After 12 or so years of saying 'no' I'm starting to warm to the idea.
Our daughter is at the age when she is old enough to shoulder the responsibilities which come with dog ownership - and not turn her nose up at the more stinky unsavoury ones.
If the final 'yes' does grudgingly escape my lips it will be on the proviso that, come the torrential rain and howling winds, I'm not left to drag a reluctant hound across the commons. No fair weather dog ownership in the Sake household.
Of course, it goes without saying, that poop will be scooped and disposed of sensibly.
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And, given the Government's recent announcement that it wants to enforce compulsory chipping, the Sake dog would be taken to the vets to have a microchip inserted into the scruff of his or her neck. And why not?
Of course, you're always going to get the types who claim having their dogs chipped is an infringement of their civil liberties. Right on.
Then you'll get the sorts who'll say they can't afford to get the job done while wearing their expensive branded sports casual gear. Sure.
And there's the underworld dog fighting lot who will just carry on breeding their pitbulls and whatnots. Nothing will ever get them to chip a dog.
But look at it this way. If you have paid £500, £600 or even more for a pedigree chum the first thing you'll do is get it chipped.
I once found a scared Staffie wandering around on Bonfire Night after he had escaped from his home in terror. He had no ID hanging from his collar so I popped him to a vet friend who scanned him for a chip.
Luckily he had one and, within an hour, he was reunited with his grateful owner.