Planned PEThood Blog

Microchips Provide Comfort, Hear Layla’s Story

You know those scenes in the movies where a group of college students are sitting in an auditorium and the professor says, “Look to your left. Now, look to your right. Only one of you will be here at the end of the semester.” Well now apply that visual to your pets. Do you want to take that chance?

1 in 3 pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime, and that statistic is higher for cats. The question is will they make it home? A simple microchip can help, and it only costs $25 at Planned PEThood.

Yes, your pet lives inside. Yes, you keep a collar and tag on your dog, but, please listen when I say this, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! Life is messy. Let me tell you a story about my dog, Layla.

When she was about a year old I was living in Athens going to school. We went on a walk in the neighborhood on a traditional collar and leash. Everything seemed great. I pulled her collar to alert her to come inside as she was sniffing a bush, and WOOSH her collar pulled right off her neck, and Layla was free as a bird. We had a moment where we looked at each other and I could see it in her eyes. She thought it was playtime at the dog park. She began to run around in circles and have zoomies all over the place. No matter what I did I could not get close enough to get the collar back on. On top of that, we were right next to a busy, four-lane road.

Layla darted across four lanes of traffic, and I risked my life chasing her and stopping traffic. It was a pet parent’s worst nightmare. I watched her run around the nearby elementary school having the time of her life, and in my mind I remember thinking to myself, “At least she is microchipped. At least if she keeps running I have a chance to get her back.” I had almost given up, when a lovely man in a pick-up truck pulled over to help me. Luckily, Layla thought the stranger was interesting and came right up to him. He scooped her up and put her in the truck. We both made it home that day in one piece, although I had a nervous breakdown that night, and the next day I registered her for training classes.

The point of my story is that no one is perfect. Accidents happen. In that scary moment I want you to feel confident that your pet is microchipped too, and should they keep running you have a chance to get them back. Book a microchip only appointment for $25 now, before it is too late.

Layla passed away just a few months ago, but she was honestly the best dog anyone could imagine. She was sweet, kind, obedient, and overall a gem of a dog. Let her story and legacy live on and keep your pet protected.

Written By: Lauren Frost (Layla’s mom and Development Coordinator)