A rain drenched, flea ridden, filthy and hungry golden retriever wanders into a travel agency 425 miles from home (no really – this is a true story not a Hollywood script). Fortunately for Pepper the dog, Jay Getman (the shop owner) was a dog lover and took the miserable retriever home. Getman was up until the early hours of the morning cleaning, feeding, and de-fleaing Pepper.
Two days later a vet scanned Pepper’s microchip and was able find the owners contact details. Imagine getting a long distance phone call asking if you own a golden retriever named Pepper. Liz Carter responded they had owned such a dog, but he had been missing since December 23rd.
Just how 7 year old Pepper travelled the 425 miles, and what adventures he got up to during the 9 months only Pepper knows. The Caters had adopted another rescued golden retriever believing Pepper was gone for good after disappearing while the family had been away on holiday. But they were eager to get Pepper back and the lucky retriever returned to home life as if he had never left.
Photo by Chandler Brown/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories like this would not be possible were it not for the sometimes controversial microchip.
Should microchips be compulsory?