Have you seen the Stihl chain saw ads where the guy has to choose between saving a lamb or his chainsaw? The ad had two versions to choose from. The animal lovers won the vote and the lamb was saved.
It got me thinking, maybe I could tell a story and you could choose which outcome you liked the best…
Once upon a time in a little village called Blockhouse Bay, a very elderly cat called Lucy lived in a grossly over priced home with her family; Mum, Dad and the two young girls Imogen and Taylor.
If Lucy was a person she would have had her gold card some time back. Sadly, Lucy had poor kidney function and was looking very thin and frail these days. Her family adored Lucy and gave her special kidney food and medications to keep her as healthy as possible.
Lucy didn't do much these days but would occasionally wander out and lie on the stone wall in front of the house on sunny days. On one of these days a very kind, animal loving lady called Sue, was walking past the stone wall and saw Lucy. She gave her a pat, which Lucy always enjoys. The Lady realised that Lucy was very thin and seemed weak on her legs.
Now Sue being a cat lover was very concerned about Lucy. Nobody was about so she decided the best option was to take Lucy to her local vet.
Ok guys this is where you get to choose which ending you like the most:
The very kind and caring vet checks Lucy over and comes to the conclusion she is very elderly and has poor kidney function. The vet checks for a microchip but sadly Lucy does not have one. Sue, being a cat lover, decides to take Lucy home and care for her. She takes good care of her and Lucy ends up living for two more years with Sue.
That night however Imogen and Taylor are distraught because Lucy has not come home. In their whole lives this has never happened. Mum stays home to try to console the kids while Dad visits all the neighbours to see if anyone has seen Lucy. Nobody has seen Lucy, and given her poor health, he worries she may have gone off to die.
The family never finds out what happened to Lucy.
Lucy is taken by Sue to the kind, caring vet who scans for a microchip. Lucy was micro-chipped when she was young so the vet is able to rapidly contact Lucy's Mum.
Lucy's Mum comes and collects her and takes her home. She tells Imogen and Taylor about Lucy's adventure and they fight over whose bed Lucy will sleep on tonight.
Sue is happy to know Lucy has a home and is much loved.
Although this is a work of fiction, we get some version of this story most days of the week at Blockhouse Bay Vets. As vets, we love when cats are micro-chipped as returning a cat to its owners feels so much better than having to send it to the SPCA.
Do you think it is worth it to microchip your pet? Tell us about your experiences with lost pest and what you think about microchipping in the comments below. Talk soon! [BEACON]
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My name is Lance Eastman and I am the local vet here in Blockhouse Bay.
I first started working in the Bay in 1997 and tried to escape overseas for awhile but eventually ended up back where I started.
I did return with a Scottish wife, Jacqueline who is also a vet and my business partner at the clinic.
I have been writing articles on matters related to pets for over ten years now. Sometimes I run out of ideas and get my dog "Breeze" or my cat "Radish" to write something for me. Most people prefer to read these articles over what I write but it can be hard to motivate your pets to write sometimes.