When Aled had his scan at the beginning of May they checked his microchip - and found it had a totally different number to the one on his KC Activity Register certificate. The one on his certificate was the microchip done by Many Tears and then registered in my name when I adopted him. So I rang Many Tears and asked if Aled had been microchipped when he came into rescue; no, was the initial answer. So then I rang Petrak, the firm MT use. Yes, Aled was registered to me, but the other microchip number was a Petlog one. So I rang Petlog, who told me that yes, that was one of their numbers, but it wasn't registered in my name. They wouldn't tell me who had registered him, of course, but I would really love to know! It almost certainly wasn't the owner of the puppy farm that Aled came from, so it seems that Aled was bred by someone else and kept by them at least until he was old enough to be microchipped, or sold to a new owner who had him done. But how did he then end up in a puppy farm? Did the new owner sell him on, perhaps via an ad in the local paper, and the puppy farmer snapped him up? It makes me wonder if he is actually KC breed registered, or has a decent pedigree - he is really a very pretty Cavalier.
Anyway, my vet checked that he did indeed have two microchips, so I went back to MT and they are arranging for his Petlog microchip to be transferred to me - if he ever went missing or got stolen, and a vet checked him and picked up the first microchip (the two are about 2 inches apart) I want to be sure that it will lead them to me - not some unknown breeder/first owner who hasn't bothered to change the registration more than 3 years after losing sight of their dog.
What a saga - it took me hours to sort it all out, but I'm glad the earlier microchip got picked up, as I had no idea it even existed.
Kate, Oliver and Aled