The basics really matter! This was really brought home to me yesterday when I went along to one of the fantastic 'Free Clip and Chip Events' put on by our amazing campaigns team. This is the second event I have attend and it is so lovely to get out into the local community and meet members of the public and their dogs.
These events remind me how important the work of Dogs Trust really is and how much impact we can have on dogs and their owners in the community. It is so easy to take for granted the real value of a simple dog tag, a microchip and a quick health check. Just this week I found myself in a school where a teacher had lost their dog whilst out on a walk. However, they had it returned in a matter of minutes thanks to her understanding the importance of having an ID tag on her dog’s collar with her (the owner's) name, address (which are the basic legal requirements) and her phone number! Stories like this can really help us to remember how valuable it is to take the time to get the basics right for our dogs.
Yesterday, at our event in Hull, 46 dogs had health checks, 18 dogs were microchipped, and all 46 dogs and their owners were given valuable information on the dos and don'ts of responsible dog ownership: like reminders of that important collar and tag!
Although as an Education Officer, I work with young people in schools it is always so valuable to be able have discussions with their parents because, after all, they are the ones who take primary responsibility for caring for their dogs. Being at the 'Free Clip and Chip' event gave me the time to discuss our key messages surrounding safety and responsible dog ownership with parents as well as their children. As I always say in schools: 'it's not just young people who need to learn the basics around caring for dogs, sometimes, it’s their grown-ups too!'
Here is just one dog who attended yesterdays event...