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Lost and Found
If your S.A.G.A. Greyhound is lost please IMMEDIATELY call our Lost Dog Phone at 403-889-1932If you have found a SAGA Greyhound (or any Greyhound) please call the above number and we can re-unite it with its owner
The right collar could save your Greyhound's life!
Many greyhound adoption groups send greyhounds to their forever homes with only a martingale collar and a leash and no further instructions as to what to do and what to look out for. As you know, a martingale collar is a sort of "soft choke" type collar that has a sliding loop that tightens up on the neck as the dog pulls on it. The reason a greyhound needs a martingale collar for walking is that most greyhounds' heads are SMALLER than their necks. Unfortunately, many people don't know how to properly fit them to their dog and subsequently, the dog might back up, duck its head and back right out of the collar. Even if a martingale is fitted properly, ESCAPE IS STILL POSSIBLE!
The worst idea in the world is to put your dog's ID tags on a martingale collar and let them wear it around the house. A dedicated tag collar (not a martingale) should be worn instead, for 3 reasons.
First, the loop and/or the very large "D" ring on a martingale collar can become caught on any number of things in your home; cabinet knobs, furniture, crates, even a lever type door handle.
If you're out walking your dog with a martingale only (no tag collar) and it should suddenly spook over something and back out of its martingale collar, then you're standing there holding the martingale collar with the ID tags dangling from it, while your dog is running away at 40 miles an hour with absolutely NO ID and no collar to help someone catch your dog if they even had an opportunity to do so. Have you ever tried to capture a frightened dog that is completely naked??
Lastly, a microchip is not a sure fire defense if your dog gets loose. Until microchip manufacturers all get together and decide they are going to come up with a universal chip reader, even if someone found your dog and had the sense to even THINK it might have a microchip, in order to find out who it belonged to, they would have to physically transport the dog to a vet or shelter to have the chip read.... IF the vet or shelter had the proper chip reader. But, these days when people are so incredibly busy and strapped for time, how many folks would go to this trouble over a dog that did not belong to them? Not many!! The inclination would be just to call animal control and have the dog picked up or JUST LET THE DOG GO and let it fend for itself.
A REFLECTIVE tag collar is also recommended, so that if your greyhound ever got loose, it would be a LOT easier to find them after dark with a flashlight and oncoming cars would be more apt to avoid hitting them in the road.
The best defense is to have a properly fitting tag collar on your dog 24/7 with your CELL PHONE number on an actual ID tag.
Use a regular dog collar for tags and that should be worn in the house and outside, even during a bath, when the likelihood for escape is at it's highest. Use the martingale IN ADDITION to the tag collar when out walking. The martingale should be removed when you get back home. Both the tag and martingale collars should be fitted tightly enough that they cannot easily slip off over your dogs head. NEVER CLIP A LEASH ONTO YOUR GREYHOUND'S TAG COLLAR.
AND, of course, never, EVER let your greyhound off leash unless you are in a safely fenced in area with no possible escape.
Save those fancy, expensive, wide martingale collars for walking and keep a narrow (3/4" to 1" wide) tag collar with your current ID on your dog 24/7 for its entire life. It's simply common sense.
cited: Carol Becker
God's Greyts Greyhound Group, Inc.
(If anyone needs a tag collar for their dog please check out our Links Page where you will find here in Calgary www.nearlynakedneckwear.com and www.sunipetware.com)