Thursday, December 5, 2013

Don't Let Your Dog Become A "Lost Dog"

We hear about it happening all the time... but we don’t think it will happen to us. Until the unexpected happens, and we’re posting “Lost Dog” signs all over town.

Taking simple, proactive measures to keep your dog safely at home can make all the difference between peace of mind and heartache. From severe weather to holiday guests, this time of year poses many opportunities for your dog to get lost. With severe weather gripping much of the country, this is the time to be extra vigilant.


- Take the time to thoroughly inspect your fencing and gates. Many dogs are lost due to being off leash and turned loose in a yard where these are damaged or inadequate. Make sure your fence and gate are sturdy, that the gate latches completely and securely, and that there are no holes that only your dog knows about.

- Even a very small hole in or under a fence can quickly become a big one to a dog who’s bored or frightened.

- It’s not unusual for high winds to topple a fence or blow gates open. If soil near your gate has shifted and settled, your gate may easily open on its own.

- Make sure the gate latch cannot be opened by your dog.

- Consider purchasing a padlock for your gate, and padlock it from the inside; many dogs are stolen from yards with unlocked gates... sadly, this is a growing problem.

- During heavy snow storms, watch for snow drifts which could give your dog easy access over the fence.


- Please be cautious of dogs who may dash through doors leading outside. Even the calmest dog may dart out if frightened by unknown guests or loud noises. The holidays often bring guests who don't know that a dog may bolt... please take time to educate them to be aware.

- If feasible, install a dog gate near the front door to provide a safety zone... an “airlock” of sorts. Your dog will be securely confined behind the gate, and you can safely open the front door without fear of him or her dashing through it.


- Collar & Tag: A collar and tag with YOUR contact phone numbers on it are a must. Make sure your information is current if you’ve recently moved or changed phone numbers. If your dog is frightened by the noise the tags make on the water bowl, use a tag cover or wrap them in masking tape.

- Microchip: Microchipping significantly increases the chances of your dog being returned to you if lost. It is a small investment that can pay off big. Once again, be sure your information on file with the microchip company is current.

- Photos: Keep a current photo of your dog handy so you can access it quickly in the event your dog is lost. You will need it for posting on flyers and websites.

All of us at National Mill Dog Rescue wish you safe and happy holidays!


  1. hey nice post mehn. I love your style of blogging here. The way you writes reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog titled The 2 Forms Of Personal Development And How They Can Help You Grow .
    keep up the good work.


  2. We have a doggie gate to keep them away from the front and garage doors. It is a life saver... literally.
    And I was wondering if you could tell me anything about the dog in the second picture. It looks like it could be a sibling to one of my dogs. Mine is a two year old husky/corgi mix I adopted from the Humane Society as a pup. They look so much alike I can't help but wonder if this was one of the other two pups brought in from the same litter.