Technology leads to dog's return
Houston County Courier - January 2008
By Daphne Hereford
Two Grapeland girls celebrated the new year with the return of their dog made possible through the modern technology of the canine microchip.
Eight-year-old Brooke and 11-year-old Haley Darsey were on vacation in New York City with their parents, Charley and Tonya, when they got the good news that their precious Mandy had been located at the humane society in Waco.
According to Darsey, the 10-month-old Jack Russell Terrier mysteriously disappeared from their Grapeland home about two months earlier on a Sunday afternoon.
Darsey said he thoroughly searched the area for Mandy the day she disappeared and throughout following Monday to no avail.
The family had given up hope of ever seeing her again.
About six months earlier when the family first acquired Mandy Dr. George Beeler suggested they consider implanting an Avid Microchip in the dog to aid in her return should she become lost.
Dr. Beeler said, "The success rate of the return of lost dogs across the country has certainly benefited from microchip programs."
"We are so happy that we made the decision to microchip Mandy. The microchip is what made it possible for her return," Darsey said.
"How she ended up at the humane society in Waco remains a mystery," he added.
Darsey said as soon as the family returned from New York City on New Year's Eve they went to Waco and picked up Mandy.
"Mandy was so excited to see Haley and Brooke and they are so happy to have her back home," Darsey said.