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A chip in time saves trouble; RECORD PETS.

Byline: NEIL McINTOSH

I WAS introduced to a dog at the surgery this week under most unusual circumstances.

His big, sad eyes spoke volumes about how he was feeling, but he still managed to behave in a calm and dignified manner.

If he could talk, then this would be his story...

"Hi, my name's Thunder. I used to be a happy-go-lucky kind of dog without a care in the world, but it's funny how life's little experiences can change your outlook.

"I'm a weimaraner. You would probably recognise me if you met me because I'm a bit skinny and I've got a tail, which is unusual for my breed.

"I don't look in great shape just now, but I've got a good excuse for that. A week ago I was in my garden and I got curious about what was going on outside. So I popped over the fence for a wander.

"Things were great for a while and a very nice chap stopped to speak to me and gave me a biscuit. What a mistake. The next thing I knew, I had been bundled into a car and was being driven off, me looking forlornly out the back window at what used to be home, wondering if I would ever see it again.

"The next few days are a bit of a blur. I was passed from pillar to post, from one stranger to another, with only the occasional chip to eat. I hate cold chips.

"Eventually, I ended up being dragged around the streets of Glasgow on a piece of string by a horrible chap who called me Tim. I was miserable, hungry and my pads were bruised from all the walking on pavements.

"I knew that people were looking at me strangely, especially a young couple who followed me for a while, but I thought they were just intrigued by my long tail.

"I felt a glimmer of hope for the future when I was given to two young boys, but they were even worse. They fed me nothing and they even thought I was a Dalmatian. I could think of 101 placed I'd rather be.

"Then, just when I thought I was going to starve to death, or worse, the nice couple I'd seen the day before approached the boys and asked about me. One of them even petted me. The boys said I was for sale for pounds 30.

"Things were looking up. Or were they? The next thing I knew, I was at the vet's and he was whispering with my new friends and running a scanner over me. They said they were looking for a chip. Well they were looking in the wrong place. The chips were in my tummy, not in my shoulders.

"Back at the couple's home they made loads of phone calls and I knew they were talking about me. Then, amid great excitement, my owner arrived.

"I'm not a great talker, but many thanks to Vicki and Gary Irving who saved my life and Andy Kousourou for his detective work. As for my owner, I hope he gets me micro-chipped very soon."

You can contact weimaraner rescue at www.weimaraner-scotland.com.

SHOW NEWS

APRIL 20: Flatcoated Retriever Club of Scotland championship, Magnum Leisure Centre, Irvine. Hunt, Point, Retrieve Club of Scotland's Open Show, Woodburn Community Centre, Dalkeith. Scottish Pug Dog Club Championship show, Corn Exchange, Haddington at 10am.

APRIL 21: Ladies Kennel Association of Scotland's Open Show in Wishaw Sports Centre. Afghan Hound Club of Scotland's Open Show in the Cochrane Hall, Alva, at 10am. Selkirk and District Canine Society's Open Show in Victoria Hall, Selkirk.

MAY 18: Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club Championship Show in Bonnybridge. G. Fleming, 115 Dunira Street, Glasgow, G32 8PQ. Tel: 0141-763-2349. Entries close April 25. MAY 25: Paisley and District Canine Society's Open Show, Irvine. Sec: Mrs C. Smith, South Arthurlie House, Grampian Way, Barrhead, Glasgow G78 2DN. Tel: 0141-881-8344 or fax 0141-876-1866. Entries close April 22.
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