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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The United Nation of Dogs top: Abby, Maltipoo: bottom: Nellie, Black Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd (left); Lily, Irish Terrier (right) Guide on Weston's website. He advises families to create a watertight information packet and supply package for each pet and attach them to his or her crate. Suggested contents include a current photo of the pet, food and water for at least three days, bedding, a piece of your clothing, and vaccination records. All dogs older than six months old must be licensed annually in Wellesley and Weston. Both Webb and Murray advocate implanting microchips — identifying integrated circuits the size of We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 a large grain of rice — on dogs. When a stray dog is found, checking for tags or scanning for microchips is the first step an officer takes to identify the dog's owner. Microchips can be implanted by a veterinarian or at a shelter. It's a simple process that does not require anesthesia and is great insurance against losing a beloved member of the family. "Beloved member of the family" is likely exactly how the more than 3,000 dog owners of Wellesley and Weston refer to their canine pets. And for good reason. 146

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