Our dog Edison escaped from our home Friday night.
Our family was out during the evening and with all the rain, when we returned home and settled in for the night, I thought it strange that Edison didn’t come in as he usually does, but attributed it to his desire to stay out of the rain in his shelter on the other side of the house. So Saturday morning, when my girls and I went searching for him to give him breakfast, we were horrified to see that he wasn’t anywhere to be found. And thus ensued the mad panic to find our dog anywhere in the neighbourhood.
Visions came flooding to my mind of the time when, as a little kid, my family and I found our pet dog run over outside the home after his own escape. Please let it not be so for Edison!
I searched on foot immediately around the area and called the city pound while I searched and my wife called the RSPCA. They pound was closed but would open soon, so I left a message. Finding nothing, I returned home and one of my daughters and I hopped in the car and drove towards some of our favoured spots for walking Edison, searching and calling out as we went. The pound called back just before their opening time and determined that they had Edison.
His name tag had fallen off, but what made it easy to identify him? It was a microchip embedded subcutaneously behind his ear when he was a pup. They had scanned promptly when they got a hold of him. It’s standard procedure to check for these electronic tags. Although our home number had changed, Edison’s name, my wife’s details and mobile phone number were on there. It turns out they actually called my wife’s phone and left a message the previous night, but she hadn’t checked!
That foresight – that risk assessment and remedy – of embedding the microchip had made it possible for relevant people to quickly identify our dog, his owner’s name and means of contact. It also saved us the worry and days of potential search.
It turns out I was right about where he would head – he had been found by a local resident near where my daughter and I were searching. That resident took the time to contact the city to take care of the little lad. It’s the kind of system set up by most local authorities and the resident followed through.
When Trouble Occurs…
When trouble occurs, it’s good to track back from where habits lead us and determine a course of action. We need to follow systems and guidelines that help us to deal with contingencies. And we also need to call on help from those who can assist us.
Have you ‘microchipped’ your assets in the event of possible risk – the people, processes and products that you create? the values, propositions and artefacts behind your work and life? the articulations, connections and locations that make things possible? – so that the right people can access the right information at the right time and make it possible for you recover or continue with what is precious to you?
And if you have a pet, make sure they’re tagged and your details are up to date.
© 2014 Peter J. McLean