Hollywood Lost Pets

Lost Dogs in Hollywood

We tremble at the thought of losing our best dog or cat out in the big world, but in Hollywood, cats and dogs get lost daily. In our blog, we showcase the most famous lost dogs and cats in cinematic history.

Lost Dogs in Hollywood
Image by Disney via HBO Max

Lassie Come Home (1943)

In this Lassie adventure, she is sold to a Duke. However, Lassie wants to stay with her original owner, a boy named Joe. Lassie attempts to escape, and she is confronted with many challenges along the way. The Duke’s granddaughter, named Priscilla, sees that Lassie is not happy in their home, and she helps come up with an escape plan. Lassie finally arrives at home and reunites with Joe. It’s a great classic to watch about one of the most famous dogs.

Lost Dogs
Image by Disney via 80s kids

Homeward Bound (1993)

In Homeward Bound, The trio of a Bulldog, Himalayan cat, and Golden Retriever make the long trek across America after they believe their owners left them at another house. However, the owners have only gone on a vacation and are distressed when their pets are gone.

Along the journey, they encounter challenging obstacles, but they finally make it home at the end. It’s a fun movie to watch!

Lost Dogs in Hollywood
Image by Colombia Pictures via The New York Times

A Dog’s Way Home (2019)

Bella, the dog, runs away from her loving home after chasing a squirrel. She must trek over 400-miles to find her way back. On her way home, she befriends a Mountain Lion named Big Kitten. Talk about friends in high places! In the end, she finally finds her way home after running through many obstacles on her adventure.

Many Lost Dogs
Image by LD Entertainment via The Detroit News

Dog Days (2018)

If you are looking for a movie about a multitude of characters’ lives connecting because of their dogs, you are in the right place. The story follows a news anchor (played by Nina Dobrev) that has given up on her romantic life. She takes her dog to the therapist because of separation anxiety. This leads her down a path of meeting new people and finding a former NFL star she has a spark with.

The story also follows a widower named Walter that only has his overweight pug, Mabel, for company. When Mabel runs away, Walter teams up with a pizza boy named Tyler to get her back. The movie has many other interconnected stories, and it is sure to be a great time for a family movie night.

A Lost Dog
Image by Sony Pictures Entertainment via Primitive Dogs

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

Based on a true story, Hachi is about a Japanese Akita that is found by Parker Wilson. He is a music professor that must ride the train every day to his work in Rhode Island. Hachi follows his owner to the train station and waits for him until he is done with work at 5 p.m. One day at work, Hachi’s owner has a stroke, and he does not return to the train station. Despite this, Hachi waits for the owner every day at the train station, hoping that he will return.

In this story, thankfully Hachi is found by a loving home when Parker rescues him. Although the rest of the movie is a tear-jerker, so you have been warned to keep some tissues handy.

A Lost Dog Running Away
Image by Disney via Fandango

Life is Ruff (2005)

Calvin Wheeler is the most popular kid in school, but when he adopts a new friend Labrador named Tyco, his life turns upside down. Calvin wants to win a local dog competition, so he can keep the prize money and buy a comic missing from his vast collection. In the movie, Tyco is kidnapped by Preston Price, because Price will stop at nothing so he can win first place in the agility competition with his Jack Russel.

It’s a great Disney movie for the kids, and a fun movie to watch during the holiday season.

How To Make Sure Your Dog is Never Lost

As you can see with our Hollywood pooches, it is easy to get lost but harder to be found. If only these pets had a pet microchip. With a microchip, anyone that found the dog could have taken him to a veterinarian to scan his unique identification code, and it would have led them back to their owners. But, remember, a microchip only works if you are registered in the national database so pick a microchip membership service you can trust!

Thanksgiving Treats for Dogs

Thanksgiving Treats for Your Best Buddy

As Thanksgiving creeps into our hearts, we hope to engorge in festive treats and delightful food. Despite humans getting all the calories, as pet lovers, we still like to reward our best friends with their own feast. We break down the 10 treats you can share with your furry friend this holiday season.

1. Give Your Dog a Ball If He’s a Tough Chewer

If you have a big dog that loves destroying stuffed animals and ripping up carpets, you should invest in the Monster K-9 Ultra Durable Dog Ball. The ball is made from 100% non-toxic rubber and has a lifetime guarantee. They guarantee your dog will not be able to chew through this. It’s a great ball to play fetch with after scarfing down the mash potatoes and turkey. You’ll probably need the exercise.

2. The Toy for your Intellectual Pup

If your dog is a little too smart sometimes and probably would have gone to Harvard if he could talk, you need to add Agent 008 to your play rotation. Named “the most challenging puzzle” from My Intelligent Pets, this game will give them countless hours of fun. Now you have proof of your pet’s IQ status.

3. For the High-Tech Lover

If you have a feline that loves to adventure, you should invest in a Petsafe 4-way Locking Microchip Entry Cat Door. The door is programmed to work with your cat’s unique ID in their microchip. You will no longer need to worry about raccoons or mice entering your fabulous home. If your pet is not microchipped, check us out at MyPetsChip.

4. For the Anxious Fella

All pet owners know about KONG or at least you should. Our dogs love the Kong classic because it keeps them busy. A Kong is made from all-natural rubber and is manufactured in the U.S. Pet owners can place treats inside the toy to keep anxious dogs distracted or keep bored dogs busy. It is the ultimate gift. And now, Kong has expanded its line to cat toys so your fluffy kitty is not left behind.

5. For the Big Spender with a Wonderful Pet

You are a high-roller, and you want to treat your favorite pet right this Thanksgiving. Get your dog their own man-cave to spend time away from the chaos of Thanksgiving parties and family. The Little Cottage Victorian Cozy Cottage Dog Kennel is the perfect place for your dog to get some R&R. Hey, holidays can be stressful for everyone!

6. For the Forest Dweller In Your Cat

If your kitty likes plants, you should invest in the Senses 2.0 Grass Planter. It will keep your kitty cat playing for hours. It also will serve as a great decoration for your house when guests come over for dinner on November 26th. Cats love chewing on plants but make sure you find safe plants for them. Some plants can be toxic to your wonderful kitty, so it is in your best interest to buy a plant toy especially for them.

7. For the Prankster Pet

Do you have a future comedian in your household? Give them the Humunga Stache. It’s a ball and mustache in one. It makes for a great conversation piece for your next family gathering that will bring countless laugher. It’s perfect for the pet that loves attention.  

8. For Your Athletic Companion

If Fido likes the thrill of adventure, and you are planning to finish your 12-mile hike during the holiday, you should supplant your pup with Zuke’s Power Bone. The Power Bone contains beef made in the U.S. and blueberries. The combination of fats, protein, and carbohydrates will motivate your pup to continue trekking on the trail.

9. For Your Yoga Loving Pet

If your dog likes to be near during your early yoga workouts, you should buy them their own mat. It may sound crazy, but research shows dogs are attracted to yoga mats because of the scent of their owners. Pet Yogis specializes in yoga mats in all different sizes. They can be used almost as a security blanket for dogs or cats going to the groomer or vets or being introduced into an unfamiliar situation. Now you both can get a nice stretch before starting the day.

10. And For the Festive Pooch  

If your pet wants turkey, you can give them the second-best thing. The P.L.A.Y Roasted Turkey is sure to satisfy them with a squeaky sound dogs love. Better yet, the toy is made with Eco-Friendly Plant fill filler. So, yes, now your doggo gets an entire turkey without being yelled at.

Have a Great Puppy Thanksgiving!

We hope you enjoyed all the new toys and treats for your pups! This Thanksgiving, get your dog or cat ready for the season by giving them interactive toys and treats. As winter gets closer, it’s important to keep your pets active and not bored. And if you want some cute names for your Thanksgiving pet, check out our list of adorable November names.

Best-Friend a Puppy Syndrome

The Best-Friend a Puppy Syndrome

You probably imagined as soon as you got a puppy that both of you would be galvanizing your way into a loving relationship – filled in picturesque moments walking through trails and sitting in the brilliant sun. But now, your puppy doesn’t seem to like you or prefers your chaotic sister. What’s up with that? The problem might not be you or your puppy, but it could be your actions.

You Are a Hovering Mother or Father

A lot of us know the typical annoyances of being a teenager. The cliché phases of, “I can do it alone,” or, “I don’t need your help,” are what one expects from the youth of today and tomorrow. Well… your dog is in the same boat. Your puppy does not need you constantly watching over them, and if you hover, it can cause unnecessary stress to your new pet. It is good to keep a watchful eye on new furry family members, but you don’t always have to be an entertainment machine for your pet. Sometimes, it’s better to take it easy and go with the flow.

You’re Not in a Zen Mood

Researchers showed that dogs could sense different emotions according to images and sounds. In a study done by the Department of Psychology in Otago, both dogs and children looked more at smiling faces than angry faces. The dogs in the study understood both negative and positive emotions. If you are constantly stressed or yelling at your dog, it might be a reason why your puppy opts to turn the other way. Try to find ways to calm yourself down before talking to your adorable buddy.

You Love a Little Too Much

We all love our pets like family members but when is too much just too overwhelming? Giving a pet constant companionship could create an unhealthy relationship. Dogs may develop separation anxiety and destroy furniture or other items when you are away. Multiple studies demonstrate inseparable bonds formed between owners and pets but if the bond is not given space, toxic relationships form. Just like any romantic relationship between adults, dogs and humans need their own space.

If a puppy develops separation anxiety, counter conditioning could be required to demonstrate to your dog that a home is a safe place. However, it is better to stop these behaviors before they begin. Try leaving your pet alone with interactive toys filled with food for a few minutes each day when you leave the house. As your dog becomes older, you can attempt leaving them alone longer until they understand that you will be back home, and their alone time is temporary.

You Might Not Match Your Dog’s Personality

No matter what kind of breed you adopt, all dogs share different personalities. Not all German Shepherds or Poodles act the same. Sometimes dogs mesh better with different personalities based on their own. An energetic dog wants someone to run miles with and if your uncle loves running, they may bond over a shared interest.

Dr. Lisa Pinn McFaddin concluded that a dog’s personality is similar to an owner’s personality, but a dog’s personality can change over time. Don’t fret if you and your dog are still not communicating telepathically. A puppy can begin getting new personality traits at the 6-month mark. It takes time for a pup to understand and mimic your behavior. As a furry friend spends more time with their owner, they can learn how to behave.

Don’t Lose Hope!

So, cheer up if your pup is not as warm and cuddly with you as you thought. Your relationship will get better in time. If you would like to know more about dealing with a new puppy, check out our blog.

A Dog Exercising

Get A Dog and Get Fit

During these trying times, exercise has been a critical part of people’s routines to benefit their mental health. But with COVID-19 being airborne, it has halted some fitness fanatics from hitting the weights at the gym. However, there is still a chance to be active. Our dogs are a great asset when it comes to staying healthy during these unusual times. Today, we will share the benefits of having a furry friend as your next workout partner.

Dogs and Health Facts

According to Doctor Jacqueline N. Epping, one of the most prominent barriers to a lack of exercise is not having a partner.  With a cute pup, you will always have a willing exercise buddy! Along with this, dog owners are less inclined to have problems concerning blood pleasure and cholesterol levels and have saved over 950$ billion in the cost of their healthcare according to scientist in Australia. $5 billion in healthcare could be saved if only 10% of the U.S. population decided to follow a walking regimen. Therefore, dogs are a great asset in fighting multiple diseases and saving extra money for each country.

Walking with a Dog

Walking is one of the best exercises. Anyone can walk because it is a free activity, and it can be done by people of any age. Walking is the most popular form of physical activity for most people in the United States according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Physical Activities Guidelines Advisory Committee declared in 2018 that even a slight increase in physical activity, even if it does not adhere to the guidelines of over 150 to 300 minutes each week, is beneficial to preventing cardiovascular diseases. Depending on the energy level of a dog, an owner may be required to contribute to 2 to 3 walks a day each lasting 30 minutes. Even 1 walk a day for 7 days can add up to 210 minutes of physical activity. This exceeds the guidelines proposed by the Advisory Committee. Dr. Jackie Monstrano from Sunrise Hospital told us, “if a dog needs to be walked, you are also taking part in the activity, and it also helps with your emotional health to have an exercise routine.” Dr. Monstrano has her own dog, and her pup demands daily walks each morning.

Physical and Emotional Health

Even if staying active is a good way to keep healthy, it is important to also consider the mental benefits of going on a walk with your dog. Most people that walk dogs also create better social networks in their neighborhoods. Even if we are not able to be as social as we once were during this time, furry friends also keep us company. 64% of adults feel lonelier because they do not have a wonderful pet. According to a study in the Journal of Psychology, people in wheelchairs that had a service dog felt better about themselves after receiving more smiles and conversations from pedestrians. Pets help us both in our physical and mental health.

Working out with your Energetic Friend

If you are still feeling the blues from not being able to go to your gym, confide in your best friend to be your workout partner.  As Dr. Deborah Mike told us, “there is a reason dogs are man’s best friend.” Go out and explore nature during this time or play a fun game of catch. Your dog and you will both benefit from spending time with each other.

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7 Benefits of Microchipping Pets for New Owners

Have you microchipped your pets?

Our beloved 4-legged friends aren’t only pets, they’re part of our family. We do anything to keep them safe, but many new owners don’t know the benefits of microchipping and may avoid it.

Read on for the benefits of microchipping pets for new owners.

How Microchips Work

The pet microchip goes under the skin between their shoulder blades.

Once implanted, your vet will note down the unique number and register your pet. This chip itself is readable with a special scanner.

So, if your pet gets lost, shelters or vets can scan the chip and locate you with your contact information. But they can only reunite you with your furry friend if you keep your details updated! So don’t forget.

The Benefits of Microchipping Your Pets

Microchipping is a simple, cheap, and effective process for your pet. A quick trip to the vets can bring a host of benefits. And it’ll give you peace of mind to know they’re traceable and safe.

1. More Secure Than a Regular Collar

The go-to for most new pet owners in to get their cat or dog a collar. It will have a tag with their name, your contact details, and addresses.

As great as this is, they have their flaws and are a little outdated. For one, they can break, fall off, and get lost. Over time, the details on the tag can fade and wear away until they’re unreadable.

With a microchip, it’s permanent and can’t separate from your pet. The number is unique to them so there won’t be any confusion.

2. It’s Easier and Quicker to Return Chipped Pets

Having a chip will increase the chances of your pet returning to you if they get lost. Several studies into microchipped cats suggest the chances go up by 20%. For dogs, almost double the number of chipped dogs reunite with their owners compared to ones with no chip.

With over 10 million pets going missing each year, you’ll want to do all you can to make sure happens to you, they can get back home safe and sound.

3. Microchipping is Protection Against Theft

Sometimes, our furry friends don’t wander off, they get stolen from us. And by the time they turn up again, proving ownership can be tricky. Especially if they’re already sold to a new family.

If your pet goes missing and you think they got taken, or someone else is keeping them a chip can prove ownership. The chip (and your registration details) will serve as your proof.

When you sell or re-home your pet, you usually update the microchip details into the new owner. If you haven’t (because of theft, not re-homing), it proves your ownership claim if there is a dispute.

4. Microchipping Provides You with Peace of Mind

If your pet roams off the leash, or your cat loves to explore the neighborhood you’re covered. It’s not a good idea to let your pets roam, and with regular exercise and care, they don’t need to be outdoor pets.

But if you do, the microchip ensures they can find their way back home. Friendly cats and dogs can often visit many different homes on their journey.

If people get attached, they may find themselves in the arms of another family. Having access to your information will be the best chance of getting your pet back to you if this does happen.

5. Can Interact With the Latest Technologies

In this age of technology, some chip manufacturers can enhance their chips. This includes the ability to program it to open the dog door, or cat flap when your pet approaches.

This is useful for keeping pests (like raccoons) out. It also saves your pet from getting a smack in the face or rump from the door as it opens or closes.

Some manufacturers also offer a lost pet alert system if they do get lost. And there’s even travel help for people who want to take their pets away on their next holiday/adventure.

6. Microchipping Pets is a Lifetime Deal

Once the microchip is in, it stays there for your pet’s entire lifetime. There are no yearly updates, it’s a one-off trip to the vet and it’s done. You don’t have to worry about it once it’s done unless you move home or change numbers.

This is another advantage they offer over ID tags and collars as these aren’t permanent. Without any collar, tag, or form of ID your pet will be indistinguishable. And a shelter or veterinary center won’t be able to trace you or reunite you with your pet.

As a good rule of thumb, when your pet goes in for their annual or bi-annual checkup, have your vet give the chip a scan. This makes sure that it’s still working as it should and prevents a rare case of malfunction.

7. Microchipping Takes Pressure Off Rescues

At the best of times, most rescues struggle with the sheer numbers of animals in their care. They’re usually overflowing with stray cats and dogs. Most of which, if they had microchips, could be reunited with their families fast.

Accidents happen, pets get out, and the reality for many families is they never see them again. If most pet owners microchip their pets, it would lower the number of separated by a huge amount.

Microchipping Pets is a Necessity You Shouldn’t Skimp Out On

So there you have it! Now you know these 7 benefits of microchipping pets, what are you waiting for?

It’s quick, painless, and doesn’t cost much. But the peace of mind it will give you if your pet goes missing or gets stolen is priceless. You can rest assure that if anything happens, there’s a good chance they’ll make it back to you. It will all be one big adventure to look back and laugh about rather than a disaster.

If you want to ensure your pet’s microchip will protect them, register your microchip with Mypetchip today. As well as activating your pets microchip and adding them to the AAHA National Pet Database, we also store your pets medical records, so they will always be in safe hands.

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5 Common Pet Microchipping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Are you part of the 68% of American households that own a pet? If so, you have your cat or dog microchipped, right?

Well…maybe not.

Experts estimate there are 90 million dogs and 94 million cats in the US. Unfortunately, there’s not much reliable data on the percentage of these pets that are microchipped. It might surprise you to find out that in 2012, the estimate was that only 4% of dogs (and 1% of cats) arriving at a shelter had a chip.

Clearly, there’s a lot of room for improvement when it comes to keeping track of our furry family members. So how can you avoid pet microchipping mistakes and improve the chances you’ll be reunited if your pet gets lost or stolen?

Keep reading to find out!

Don’t Make These Pet Microchipping Mistakes

There are certain things in life we can’t do over. When it comes to losing a valued member of the family, like a pet, the first few minutes are the most important. As time goes on, it becomes less and less likely you’ll find your pet.

These risks go down, of course, when they have a microchip installed. Sometimes, though, things don’t go as planned. Here are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

1. Not Getting A Microchip At All

A surprising number of people don’t microchip their pets at all, as we have already discussed. Between cats and dogs, cats get ignored the most—probably because they are perceived as more independent animals.

However, ignoring your cat’s microchipping and registration is a mistake we just aren’t allowed to make as their human guardians. This is especially true if your cat is allowed to roam freely outside.

A lot of people with puppies easily add on the microchipping and registry as part of the vaccination process. However, older rescues and adoptions often get overlooked—especially when you take them home and wait to see if it’s a good fit between you first.

Make sure you microchip your pets before you bring them home and get informed about how it works.

2. Choosing the Wrong Brand

Another mistake is branding. Chip ID brands can be more or less common by region. If you get a registry and chip brand that most vets in the area don’t use, shelters won’t expect to look for that brand’s ID as carefully.

Each brand has a different frequency and belongs to a different registry. Making sure the chip is AAHA searchable is a huge deal! The American Animal Hospital Association, AAHA, keeps a database of where your microchip is registered.

In that case, you’ll need the microchip number, which is another thing people forget to write down and keep in a safe place.

3. A Veterinarian Didn’t Implant It

When it comes to your iPhone or car, most people don’t do their own work to fix it. They go to a professional. Workers in a shelter are great people doing great work, but they don’t always have the qualifications to implant a microchip safely or effectively.

The biggest problem is implant migration. However, this problem becomes drastically less common if performed by a professional. According to the AVMA, migration of the implanted microchip has an incidence of only 0.6% of cases.

You wouldn’t want an amateur to use a hypodermic needle on you, right? You don’t want one to use a needle on your family pet, either.

4. Not Updating the Registration

Moving is a pain, it’s true. But moving and not registering your pet is an even bigger pain when your dog tries to find their way “home” if they get lost.

Recently a dog ran 50 miles from where the family currently lives in Kansas, back to Missouri to try and find its way home!

Even worse is when your dog goes missing and is found, but you’ve changed your address and phone number and the rescuers can’t reach you. Some registrations have a one time fee, while others have a monthly subscription.

Either way, making sure it is up to date (and you’re currently subscribed) is essential.

5. Relying Only on the Chip

Another huge problem to avoid is not using other forms of ID. Owners who don’t use a physical ID collar are less able to find their pet quickly or prove the pet is theirs.

In addition, if the scanner being used doesn’t pick up the brand or frequency of your RFID chip, you may never get the call. A collar is a quick and easy way to ID your pet and is a reliable source of protection.

If collars aren’t your thing, a pet harness is a great alternative. Some feel it’s more gentle (and less cruel) in controlling and restraining your pet if they get agitated. We understand a guardian’s stand against collars on pets, but there are alternatives that can help keep them safe and easily identifiable.

Pet Microchipping Mistakes to Avoid: Now You Know

Pet microchipping is a bit controversial, but the benefits are clear. People rightly want to make sure that a chip won’t harm their furry and fuzzy family members.

Fortunately, microchips are incredibly safe and even help to protect your pet.

Don’t make the mistakes in this article! Make sure to get a microchip. Get it registered and keep that registry up to date. Make sure that the brand and company you choose for the microchip technology is trusted and respected.

If you can avoid making these pet microchipping mistakes, you’re already ahead of the pack!

Interested in registering your pet? Get in touch now and let’s make it happen.