Pet identification microchips. There's a dull topic for you.
We already encourage all dog owners to have their dogs microchipped. It forms the essential basis of identification for a pet passport, potentially confirms the ownerhip of a dog in case of dispute, but on a more cosy domestic note, it allows for the reuniting of lost pets with their owners.
Our best story from the clinic was of a Westie than ran out of the owner's front door IN LONDON one evening and disappeared, not to be found despite a thorough search of the area.
Gloom and despondency in the home.
Unbeknownst to them, the following day a little old lady was walking in her local park IN COVENTRY and spotted a slightly bedraggled little Westie wandering around, but thought no more of it.
Until the next day in the same park, the same dog was still there, now cold, wet and hungry. She took her home, delighted with her new companion. All went well until a couple of weeks later, her new little dog slipped on the stairs and started limping. She took her to the local vet who found the chip and contacted the original owners. They were reunited on.... Christmas Eve.
Joy in the home!
So chips work. And it's worth mentioning that from April 2016, all dogs will have to be microchipped and registered on a central database by the age of 8 weeks old. Not quite sure how that's going to work, but it's there in the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014, so watch out.