Brave Brody

Hi everyone! Thank you to everyone who commented yesterday. I appreciate everyone’s input and interest in this law. From the comments, I learned that microchips go between the shoulder blades, but can move so when scanning, it is important to check down the back and sides too. I also need to find out if there is a universal scanner that reads every kind of chip and what the cost of that would be.

It also seems there are not many laws about microchips out there. The next session isn’t until January so it is going to be a while, but I am glad that I have plenty of time to research. We are also planning to send a survey to vet hospitals, rescues and animal control to see how they feel about it. I also see many are divided on whether microchips should be required or not. The law I am working on is to scan for them, not to force people to get them for their pets. Having a microchip is useless if no one scans them. Thank you again for all your help.

Brody is getting braver:

DSCF1460on the ottoman

DSCF1464 (2)stretched out on the ottomanDSCF1465 (2)as a decoration on the entertainment center

Despite his grumpy look, I think he is happy here and he is getting much braver around us. Phoebe will be here tomorrow.



  1. I love this. You are doing a wonderful thing for Brody, and I think he realizes that. HUGS. I will catch up on other posts, too. Ber patient. (Emails are always a good way to talk to me, if you want to. I make time for them as they are personal.) HUGS!

    1. Yes, it is almost like being in a cage with the door open πŸ™‚

  2. Sounds like you’re getting a lot of helpful information for your microchip project! It would be wonderful if every facility had a scanner so they would be able to get a chipped animal back to its’ owner if possible. Brody is so ADORABLE…he has a sweet face and beautiful coloring. I’m happy he’s finally finding his place within the household. I imagine it’s a bit difficult for a “newcomer” but his persistence and your help/love has paid off! YAY!

    Love, Pam and Sam

    1. Thank you, I am going to give it my all to get this law passed. Brody is a cute kitty and he is pretty sweet too. XO and love to you both.

  3. I love seeing Brody! I’m jealous, of course – wishing that MerryBelle was as brave as Brody is!!! We did make eye-contact the other day for a couple of minutes before she ran off! Keep going on your microchip-scanning project!!!

    1. Thank you , I am going to do a lot of research for the project in the hopes it will get passed. Brody has been here longer than MerryBelle so just give her patience and time ( I know it is frustrating). XO

  4. That is so awesome that you are doing the necessary work to present your case about microchips! It takes humans like you to make things happen!

  5. What a great thing you’re doing, Ellen, researching and pushing for microchip scanning. I completely agree with you, and think that a scan should have to be done when an animal is brought in. What happened to your friend should be known, and should push this in the right direction.

    And, yay for Brody! I absolutely love hearing about how brave he’s getting. He sure is becoming a part of the family, isn’t he? How wonderful!

    1. Thank you, I am trying to research it thoroughly so it will pass. And yes, Brody is doing well- I wish the others would play with him though.

  6. Brody sure is a handsome guy. Glad he’s continuing to make progress! Yeah!

  7. I remember something about the earliest chips were made one way, and later chips are made another way…the reader for early chips won’t find the later ones, but the later chip readers will read all. I may have some of this mixed up, but maybe you’ll find out more while researching. I DO know that a chip can be improperly installed, causing paralysis and even death. I struggled with getting Angel and Chuck chipped for awhile, but went ahead with it at our vet’s office. Both Patty and Sweetie are chipped too, making them technically ‘my’ cats, even if they are ferals. It’s great to see Brody gaining confidence! Yay!

    1. I had never heard of the dangers of chipping- that is scary. You were smart to have Patty and Sweetie chipped in case anyone tries to round them up and bring them to a shelter.

  8. What law are you working on? So sorry I haven’t been keeping up – it’s been challenging balancing paying writing work and blogging and visiting.

    I definitely think every animal rescue/shelter and hospital should be scanning for microchips if they don’t already! I think most of our rescues do that already, thankfully. Carmine and Lita both have microchips. Jewel didn’t have one, and it always made me very nervous.

    It is good to see Brody out and about!

    1. Not sure if you read the post about what happened to my friend’s cat- he was microchipped, but got euthanized when a neighbor mistook him for her own cat and thought he was rabid when he attacked the dog- very sad thing that I never want to happen again.

  9. Keep us in the loop about the chips. Very useful endeavor.

    Brody is going to be fine. Patience is the key.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    1. Thank you, I will give updates on the chip scan and Brody. πŸ™‚

  10. Awwww he is such a cutie. And from what we read he really does have a great, sociable purrsonality. Just a bit shy, really.

    1. Maybe, but I think Phoebe would put a stop to that- she is a media hog πŸ™‚

  11. Doin furabuluss Brody Kat!!!
    Soon you will bee rompin an playin with efurryone!
    Mee an LadyMum are so happy Lady Ellen tooked you inn.
    **Hi-5’sss** Siddhartha Henry xxx

    1. He hopes so- he sends you A HI-5 back even though he doesn’t know what that is- MOL! XO

  12. We look forward to reading more about your research about microchips. We don’t know any of the laws where we live, but it is definitely worth us looking into. It is so heartbreaking that your friend’s cat got wrongly euthanized. We applaud you for taking steps to prevent things like that from happening again.
    Brody – way to go, buddy!

    1. Thank you, I hope the law spreads everywhere to prevent anything like this from happening again.

  13. We had a similar situation with a cat adopted from the shelter where I volunteer. Her adopters returned her to an open admission shelter. They were supposed to return her to us, but didn’t follow the adoption contract. The other shelter did not scan her, but simply put her to sleep. When one of adoption counselors called to follow up, the adopters told her what they had done. We then called the other shelter and they apologized, but confirmed that had put her down. You are right, chips do not do any good if shelters, vets, etc. don’t check for them.

    1. That is very sad too. How awful that the other shelter didn’t bother to check for a chip when it is such a simple thing to do.

  14. Aaaaaaw Brody looks so cute. Glad he’s doin’ well.

    You’ll have to come up with a plan about those dat don’t microchip, cuz dat’s gonna be da next hurdle your law makers hit ya’ with. Ifin da anipal isn;t microchipped then can da vet kill them or not? Da bestest way to avoid these kinds of things is fur peeps to keep their kitties inside. We wish dat had been a case here.

    Anyways, always good to see a happy Brody gettin’ more comfy. Yous doin’ pawsum with him. Keep up da good work. He’ll be sleepin’ on your head befur ya’ know it. MOL

    Luv ya’


    1. The cat that was wrongly euthanized was indoor only and had gotten out, everything happened so quickly though. Brody can’t sleep on my head- that is Sammy’s spot and he won’t give that up- he makes biscuits in my hair πŸ™‚ XO

  15. That is so great that Brody is beginning to feel comfortable around the house. That is always so much fun to see. Interesting about the microchips. Hope they can get more to look for the chips.

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  17. We’re glad Brody is getting braver! He’s a lucky boy! Interesting info on microchips too. We’re both microchipped but nothing has been updated since we were Gotcha’d 10 years ago so thanks for reminding us about them so we can get that done!

    1. I need to get Joanie and Sam’s checked, I have had them for 6 years now. I need to get everyone else microchipped too.

  18. Yay for Brody! Question, does your vet scan every time you go for a visit? Ours does every single time. They say it’s to ensure the chip is still working, which I think is great. My previous vets never scanned, just asked if we had them chipped.

    1. I think that is a great idea to scan every time, it is such a simple thing to do.

  19. There are universal microchip scanners that can read all 3 microchip frequencies. They start at $250. The favorite of the shelters I’m working with is the Datamars Omnimax. It is $375 and finds microchips that other scanners do not. A lot of microchip programs have incentives that if a shelter or vet buys so many microchips then they get a free microchip scanner.
    You should check out the Kitty Convict Project. It is encouraging people to put orange collars on indoor cats. If they get out then people will know they are an owned cat and the orange collar will let them know it is an indoor car.

    1. Thank you for all this information. I will look into these scanners and I like the idea of the orange collar and spreading the word about that. If my friend’s cat had a collar, the other lady would have realized it was not her cat. πŸ™

  20. Great news about Brody, and he is looking meowvolous. We will be following your posts with regard to the microchipping with interest. Mau has a post about the Tooth Fairy tomorrow. Thanks again for sending the toys. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  21. So proud of you, Brody! We bet you’re taking it all in, and on the road to learning that the humans and kitties there are a-okay.

  22. We are playing catch-up! It looks as though Brody is feeling much more at home now πŸ™‚ He is a sweet looking boy πŸ™‚

    the critters in the cottage xo

    1. He is a sweet boy, I am glad he is getting more comfortable around here. XO

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