I have a client here in OKC who runs labs and he has a son who lives in Houston. His son calls me last week and said one of his co-workers found a yellow lab and he adopted the dog last February. He took it to a vet in Houston and had him checked out--the vet scanned him for a chip and didn't find one so he tested him for heartworms--started prevention and gave him all his vaccinations. He wanted to know if I could neuter him this week b/c he was coming to OKC to visit his dad. Friday morning he brings the dog in tells me what a great retriever this dog is. Very fetchy and a hard driver. He also tells me he knows someone has worked with the dog b/c the dog heals nicely and knows the back command.
Well anyway I have the dog anesthetized getting ready to neuter him and decide I'll go ahead and scan him for a chip one last time. After about 30 seconds of scanning I'm about to give up when the scanner picks up a microchip in his lower back. I guess the chip had migrated and that is why it wasn't picked up the first time. After a few phone calls the original owner is located in Houston and you can imagine his excitement after telling him we have his dog. I ask him what the history is with this dog--and sure enough this is a well bred dog (breeder is one of Bobby Farmer's clients) and he runs hunt tests with him.
Just thought I'd share this happy ending story. After 5 months the dog is reunited with owner.
oh yea---We ended up cancelling the neuter (which he was very happy with).
PS--microchips are worth the cost!!!