Badger, our little felon
This past summer, my wife (Dr Emily) and I made the momentous decision to move closer to our kids' school. It was a difficult decision as the whole family was very emotionally attached to our home in Wells but being closer to the school has made it easier for our kids. They no longer have an hour-long bus ride to and from the school and it allows them to take full advantage of all the activities the school offers.
Moving, as everyone knows, is a hectic, chaotic process: moving vans, boxes packed full of a lifetime's worth of belongings to be packed and unpacked-weeks of craziness and disorder. For us and our pets, it also meant moving from a rural setting to an urban one. In Wells we were able to simply let our dogs out freely into the backyard for their daily" constitutionals". Nature processed the waste for us. At our new home it means that we have to leash walk them, pick up after them and make sure they don't wander off.
. "I was so delighted that the simple act of placing a microchip and registering Badger with the HomeAgain database apporximately 10 years earlier worked to keep my family united".
One morning, shortly after we made the move, some friends visited to get a tour of our new home and wish us well. After showing them around we all went out for brunch. In the ensuing rush of greeting, dogs barking, doors opening and kids rushing in and out, Badger, our Boston Terrier managed to sneak out without anyone noticing. We walked to the restaurant completely unaware, thinking that he was sleeping upstairs somewhere to get away from all the hullabaloo. Shortly before the check arrived, Emily's cellphone rang. The call was from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Badger had been impounded as a stray! After the initial adrenaline rush of concern and fear, our feelings quickly settled to that of relief, knowing that Badger was safe and unharmed. It also quickly occurred to us that the main reason we would be picking him up that day instead of going home to find him missing was because of the HomeAgain Microchip I injected under the skin of his back when he was a puppy.
Shortly after receiving the call my daughter Grace and I drove to the Westbrook Animal shelter and picked our little felon up.He was delighted to be reuntied with us! Grace was thrilled and relieved as well. She and Badger have always had a special bond. When he was younger they did agility comptetitions together. I was so delighted that the simple act of placing a microchip and registering Badger with the HomeAgain database apporximately 10 years earlier worked to keep my family united.
I would like to thank the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland for their gentle and caring handling of Badger during his stay with them as well as for all the awesome work they do helping Animals in Southern Maine.
-Mike Bukowski DVM 1/21/2015