I think we all live in fear of something like this happening. It's pretty obvious if one of these wonderful B's escapes or gets lost, it's a 50/50 guess that whoever finds them is going to want to keep the dog for their own or worse, for ransom. Which we all would gladly pay. Tags and microchips and signs only work when someone responsible and decent is who found your dog.
One thing I keep meaning to do for Tayda is get a tag that says "NEEDS MEDICATION" so that just in case she gets out and someone finds her, it might make them call me rather than just keep her if they were tempted. My phone number, my vets phone number and the microchip company phone number are all on her tags so its not like there would be any lack of contact info. You'd never know it by looking at her that she has any kind of ailment…
I actually think I'll do it for Lenny also - can't hurt. I think the kind of people who would not give back a dog to their rightful owner may also be the kind of people that wouldn't want to deal w/ a dog w/ special needs.
I read somewhere to write REWARD on their collar tags with your # instead of writing their names. That way money motivated crooks are more likely to call if they find the animal, and they will not know the name of the dog, which might mean slower/no bonding with the dog. I of course have my dogs names on the tags, but I wonder if I should change that.
All our tags say "reward", but I agree with Catt, we have always joked it would be the "Ransom of Red Chief", one of my favorite O. Henry stories.
On a serious note, Let's hope that ads in the 'lost column' of the paper and Craig's list, and hopefully media articles in the paper, will bring the thieves hoping to sell him back.
When a local basenji escaped here during a robbery, lots of posters all over, and 2 or 3 media articles helped the folks who found him get him back to his family. Fingers crossed that this basenji finds his way home too. I would be devastated.