By Terry McNamee © 2013
When a beloved dog disappears and a search turns up no sign of him, people tend to panic. Preparing ahead of time for such an event is easy and could save the dog’s life. The first thing to do is make a folder, envelope or box to contain all the information needed for a search, and mark it with something like “Lost Dog Emergency Kit” so it can be identified quickly. Keep it in a secure place and make sure all adults and older children know where it is. Put a spare collar and leash in the kit, in case the dog got loose while wearing his regular leash and collar. They could come off while he is lost. It is essential to include current photographs. They should be clear and show two views of the dog standing on a flat surface and one of the face. Include close-ups of any identifying marks such as a tattoo or scar. These photo can be taken specifically for the kit if none are already on hand.