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Missing pets: Steps to Avoid the Heartache of a Lost Pet

“One in Three” pets go missing in their lifetime. That is a horrifying statistic!
As pet parents to two phenomenal dogs and one sweet kitty, one of our family’s most heart felt fears is a pet going missing either while we are traveling or for some other unforeseen mishap.

We feed our animal the best food that we can afford, attend to their vet needs every 6 months as advised, train them to listen to us… But there will be times that dogs will be dogs and cat will be cats!

My conversation today is about our dogs. When we take them to our local pet park, we have observed many times how they run and play freely. Sniffing out all kinds of doggy aromas. The become oblivious to only tracking as many scents as possible. Moving constantly. Sometimes locating themselves far at the other side of the park… And then watch them as they suddenly remember– they were with us!?!
Their heads raise up. They search, eying every corner of the park. They spot us and run like the wind back to their pack leaders.

But that is a controlled environment where you are maintaining control over your dogs, but they just don’t know it. They don’t understand the fences are still giving you control. And those fences are nowhere to be seen when we are not at home or in a play area like the pet park. Our dogs just always see that innate invitation of the undiscovered open field or new places to sniff. Those are seductive invitations to our pups, who do not understand the difference of a controlled or an unsafe environment.

Some dogs are natural born escape artists who have honed their skills well, just to get to taste that freedom of discovery. Some are patient and wait until a door is left ajar…maybe a hotel room door? Or a car door? New scents just pull at them so much stronger than your grasp on the leash sometimes. So many opportunities are there just ‘to be a dog’!

Here are a list of things every pet parent should do in order to prevent separation from your dog and mechanisms to employ to have your pet returned to you quickly, if separation happens:

  • 1. For security, collar your dog with a metal buckle collar, as opposed to a plastic buckle. See this sample buckle collar taken from Foster and Smith’s Catalog Buckle collar your dog with his tags even when you use a harness or control collar. Harnesses and control collars do not stay on the dog permanently. Always stick 2 fingers between your pet and the collar to assure it is not too tight. See our Niecie’s picture down below.
  • 2. Maintain up to date tags identifying your pet and your current information. Invest in a rabies tag from your Vet when your pet is vaccinated. The control numbers on the rabies tag identify your Vet, giving another opportunity to have your pet safely returned to you. Tags should contain your cell phone number for strangers to quickly locate you.
  • 3. Always leash your dog when away from the home. Your pet should be leashed before the door is opened. Pet trainers recommend a 6 foot leash dog, but a 4 foot leash can be used. Retractable leashes are great for your pup’s walk but should be used with caution as pedestrian and vehicle traffic is hazardous away from home and your neighborhood. A 4 or 5 foot leash will keep your dog close to you under unfamiliar conditions. Never use a rope or a chain to wrap around your pets neck as a leash. This endangers your pet and can harm them.
  • 4. If you have a yard for fido, always do a fence check to assure that all of the boards are secure, or the chain link is not broken leaving a hole for your escape artist to use.
  • 5. When traveling in the car, always tether your dog’s leash to a locked seat belt. Or better, use a travel harness that attached to the seat belt. A great example of a product is called the Kwik Connect Harness sold by Foster’s and Smith (We just LOVE the folks there!). They show a video depicting how easy it is to use.
  • 6. Invest money in a GPS system such as a TrackR for your dog’s collar. You can track where he is via your cell phone.
  • 7. Chip your pets. Give your pet a chance to be reunited with you if they do escape. Have you read the stories of how a pet had been found 3000 miles across the country because they were micro chipped? Keep your address and phone number up to date with the microchip company. An example of a great microchip company is Home Again. But your Vet may recommend another great Microchip brand as there are a few on the market today.
  • 8. Don’t let your dog be mistaken as a stray. Mark them with a high visibility travel vest, such as the Traveling Pet SHONVest(r).


This vest will alert others quickly that your dog is somewhere that he should not be. It can carry your itinerary, telling strangers what hotel you are staying at and provide alternate contact information. Your dog can also carry his medical story and medications that can save his life, until you are reunited.

Sometimes it is best to prepare for the unimaginable and take the extra efforts to keep your pet safe.
We always mark our dogs, when traveling with them in the car–
Just in case they decide to be dogs!
Kindest regards,

SHONGear Designs

Summer’s Here! Pet Safety and Lost Pets are Paramount!

Have you noticed that as summer time unfolds, there is a dramatic increase in the notices and emails that we see regarding lost pets?

With the kids home and doors opening more frequently, our companions often decide that it means freedom for them, as well.


In order to safeguard your pet from straying from your property, There are many products designed to help keep you pets home and safe. Many folks invest in an electronic fence which assists in keeping them safely on their property.

But what happens when your family is on vacation and your four legged companion bolts out of the car when you stop to gas-up, or when your pet sneaks out of an open motel door that your son left ajar? Safety is lost while your pet saunters off happily exploring all of the new scents.

A stray pet is often viewed by locals as a local pet and they are ignored and allowed to explore until they are happened upon by animal control.  But that could be many days and many miles from your original location.

At SHONGear Designs, we believe that by marking your pet in a vest with vivid neon colors, it alerts others that see him — that your pet is a lost pet.

Mark your pet with a high alert SHONVest when leaving home for any reason, but especially when you are traveling.


Pets are more easily identified as being separated from their owner and they carry itinerary and owner information that can help promote a speedy reunion with your faithful companion. A SHONVest also carries important health information regarding your pet which can be immediately viewed and does not need a computer to read. If your pet is on medication, it can be securely carried in a water resistant pill container in a pill pocket.


Your pet’s safety when traveling, either locally or away from home, is paramount in keeping your pet from being separated from you and among the statistics of lost pets this Summer.
Visit us at www.SHONGear.com and view the array of products designed to keep our pets safe for dogs of all sizes and levels of curiosity!
Wishing you, your family and your faithful companion a healthy, happy and safe Summer!
Kind Regards,

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