Antique Dog License Tags are a Collectable

The earliest known documentation  of dog license tags was in 1446 in Utrecht, Holland, and the fee for the license was paid for in salt. I wonder how many pounds would be needed today?  At that time, the dog license tags were probably distributed by the local municipalities as is the case today.  These early dog license tags were intended to be disposable.  Those that were discarded years ago are frequently unearthed through the use of a metal detector.  Regardless of its condition, a buried, corroded or damaged dog license tag has value to a collector, especially if it is a rare specimen. Discovering a century-old tag is an extraordinary experience, especially if it is still attached to an old leather or metal collar. Keeping these dog license tags as they were found honors them as a sentimental keepsake and also preserves the historical evidence that allows more accurate dating.

Mascot of the Railway Mail Service and His Collection of Dog Tags

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Photo from the Smithsonian

Owney, the Postal Dog was a scruffy mutt who became a regular fixture at the Albany, New York Post Office in 1888. His owner was likely a postal clerk who let the dog accompany him to work. Postal workers were fond of the dog, and even when his master moved on to other employment, Owney remained a permanent fixture at the Post Office. His attraction to the scent of mailbags led him onto mail wagons and then onto mail trains. Owney began to ride along with the bags on Railway Post Office (RPO) train cars across New York State and eventually the country!

Railway mail clerks considered the dog a sort of lucky charm, because no train Owney rode was ever in a wreck. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot, marking his travels by placing medals and dog tags on his collar. Each time Owney returned home to Albany, the clerks there saved the dog tags.  Postmaster General John Wanamaker was one of Owney’s fans. When he learned that the dog’s collar was weighed down by an ever-growing number of dog tags, he gave Owney a harness on which to display his collection.

When Owney passed away, mail clerks raised funds to have him preserved, and he was given to the Post Office Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1911, the department transferred

Dog License Tags and Moving

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When moving from one state to another, you most likely have a checklist so things go smoothly

  • Hire movers
  • Organize packing
  • Research new location: cost of living, schools, housing, etc.

And if you have pets, you’ll also want to know about licensing.  Cesar Millan, sometimes called the dog whisperer, offers five reasons why it’s important to license your dog.  The most important reason is that it’s the law in many states.

Better to be safe than sorry by checking ahead for laws  and regulations in your new location.

Dog License Tags in New York City and State

If you live in New York City, it’s important to know that all dogs in the city must have licenses, and the dog license tag must be attached to their collars while in public. Dog owners may be fined for violating these requirements. Dog owners can purchase a license that is valid for one year or up to five years. The cost of the license depends on its duration and whether the dog is spayed/neutered.

A dog license can help dog owners:

  • Find lost dogs. Visit the dog eLocator system for more information.
  • Let their dog go off-leash in city parks.
  • Simplify medical follow-ups. This is especially important if your dog bites someone.
  • Support animal shelters. Licensing fees help fund shelters and pay for free and low-cost spay and neuter programs.

In New York State owners of every dog 4 months of age or older must have their pet licensed. Owners can apply for this license at the municipality where the dog is harbored. Contact your municipal clerk to find out what documentation is needed to obtain a license.  The municipality will then give the owner a dog license tag, with an identification number, that must always be affixed to that dog’s collar.

As an extra precaution for your beloved pet, you can register it here.  Even the most careful dog owner can lose a pet.  If you’ve obtained a dog license tag and registered your dog on one or more websites, you have a better chance of bringing your pet home.  In the information note section for registering your dog, you can include the dog license tag identification number.

There are some dog owners who resist obtaining a dog license tag for their pet even though it’s the law.  There could be consequences if one chooses not to.  You could drive a car without a license, and if you’re never stopped by the police or in an accident, no one would be the wiser.  It’s a risk you take.  If your dog stays under the radar, it might be fine not to have a dog license tag.  But if something should happen, the penalty for not have a dog license tag might be much more expensive than buying one as required.  Is that a risk you’re willing to take?


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Do I Have To Get My Dog Or Cat A Rabies Vaccine?

2021 Rabies Tags

Both dogs and cats, as well as ferrets, are required to have a rabies vaccination in New York State, and the veterinarian who administers the shot will give you a Rabies Tag as proof of inoculation. If you’re not a New York resident, you can find more information about your state here: Rabies Aware. You can get a rabies shot medical exemption for your dog or cat if a licensed veterinarian determines that the vaccination will adversely affect your pet’s health. If getting a rabies vaccination is a concern for you, best have a conversation with your veterinarian.

In addition, if you live in New York, you must obtain a license for your dog once it reaches the age of four months. How often that license needs to be renewed – every one, two or three years – is the option of your local government. Fees vary by county and some counties have a significantly lower fee if your dog is neutered or spayed. Cats and ferrets do not need to be licensed. And ferrets may present another issue depending upon where you reside. Continue reading “Do I Have To Get My Dog Or Cat A Rabies Vaccine?”

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10 Surprising Facts About Sheep

With lambing season right about to start, we figured it was appropriate to present some fun and surprising facts about sheep. Hope you enjoy!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a sheep?

Despite a recent decline in domestic sheep production within the US. The US still imports around 40% of its lamb and mutton from abroad. Most of the 162 million pounds of imported meat actually comes from down under! That’s right, most of our meat is imported from Australia and New Zealand, the two largest lamb and mutton exporters in the world.

Oh give me a home! Where the sheep and lamb roam!

In the U.S the states with the highest number of sheep per capita are Texas, Wyoming, and California. However, more than two-thirds of domestic sheep call the Southern Plains, the Mountain and Pacific regions their homes.

Where’s the mutton?

Did you know that lamb is the least amount of meat consumed in the US? The average American consumes 86 pounds of chicken, 65 pounds of beef, 50 pounds of pork, and only 1 pound of lamb per year. I guess why the saying is “where’s the beef?” and not “where’s the mutton?”

Like A Steel Trap

Sheep have amazingly good memories. They can remember at least 50 different people and other sheep. They’re able to do this using a similar neural process and part of the brain that humans use to remember people.

I’m not as dumb as I look

Contrary to popular belief, sheep are actually extremely intelligent for their species. They’re capable of problem solving and have a similar IQ level to cattle, and are nearly as clever as pigs. Looks can be deceiving, a farm is a smarter place than most people realize.

More sheep than people

Currently, there are approximately 34.2 million sheep on New Zealand. That’s enough to outnumber the humans living there seven to one! That’s quite the population, good thing sheep aren’t predators. However, back in the 80’s, this figure was even higher, with sheep outnumbering people 22 to 1! That’s a lot of sheep.

Top-notch vision

Sheep have amazing peripheral vision. Their large, rectangular pupils allow them to see in almost perfect 360 degree vision. They can even see behind themselves without even turning their heads. At least they never have to wonder if they have something on their back.

Spanish Sheep

In the 15th century, Spanish Merino wool was so highly prized, that the wool trade is what funded the conquistador expeditions, including Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the new world. Because this wool was so highly prized, exporting Merino sheep from Spain was punishable by death.

A Bond Between a Ewe and a Lamb

Female sheep, known as ewes (pronounced You-s) are very caring mothers and form deep bonds with their offspring. A ewe can recognize her lamb’s bleats when they wander too far away from the herd.

A gourmand’s best friend

Mutton and lamb is widely eaten around the world and is often used in gourmet dishes because of the delicateness of its taste. Additionally, sheep’s milk is widely used in gourmet cheeses (such as feta and romano).


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The History of The Easter Bunny

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Easter Sunday was originally created as a way for the Christian community to come together and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, as modern views continue to chime in and grow in popularity, the celebration of Easter has been altered. A fictional character known as the Easter Bunny has been used to brand the holiday. Now, what’s even more interesting is that the symbol of the rabbit has no ties to the Christian community. So, where did it come from?

Easter aka Eostra

Well, Pre-Christian Germany dates back to the 13th century. During this time, people worshiped several gods and goddesses. One goddess, in particular, is responsible for the branding of the Easter Bunny. Her name was named Eostra. She was the goddess of spring and fertility.

Add Rabbit, Bunny, Hare.

Ancient History has branded this animal as a symbol of fertility. These rambunctious little guys are known for their high level of energy, small bodies, and  perky set of ears.

Meet the Easter Bunny

Originally named Osterhase, this hare was brought to American when the German settlers started to migrate here. The concept behind Osterhase was to reward children for being well behaved. In exchange, they would receive bright colored eggs filled with chocolates and candies. As years continued to pass, people started to catch on and add their own personal twists. The holiday has turned into a family affair to include a big Easter dinner and an interactive egg hunt.

Spring, in general, marks a time of blossom. It’s also a pretty happy time of year.
The snow is melting, people and animals are coming out of hibernation, and we are blessed with the cuteness of newly born livestock. Keep your eye out for these furry little creatures as the continue to pop up around farms nationwide.
baby farm animals

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Understanding Accountability Tags

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Accountability systems are used nationwide and for a variety of different reasons. A common example you can relate to is using an accountability system when taking a class field trip. Teachers will hand out name tags or passes to children prior to start of the field trip, collect the passes when they exit off the bus, and then hand the passes back to the students once the field trip is over. The passes that remain will alert the teacher of who is missing.

Typically speaking, if you are in charge of another human being… it is important to have some sort of tracking and accountability system in place.

The concept of this type of system is no different for firefighters. However, instead of going on field trips, these brave men and woman are fighting dangerous fires.

Each year over a hundred firefighters die in the line of duty. It is extremely important to stress personnel accountability on the fire-ground for safety purposes. Through out the years there have been many different types of systems in place. And as technology continues to evolve, different options continue to become available.

The most common method of a firefighter accountability system is the use of identification tags. Tags are simple, efficient, inexpensive, and can be customized. They also come in different colors to assign different roles. For example, using a two tag accountability system is very popular.

One tag is used to indicate that the firefighter is on the scene, while the second tag is used, like an “entry permit”, to account for the firefighters that enter a building. Upon exiting the building, this tag should be immediately retrieved by the controller of the scene.

When correctly placed, a solid system will help the incident commander know how many people are on the scene. They also allow tracking of what each firefighter is doing and where he or she is doing it. Fire-ground scenes without firefighter accountability tags in place can result in chaos and increase chance of death.

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