Author Archives: Brad McIntosh

Gold Medal Pooches: Top 5 Dog Sports

A dog with pet health insurance jumps to catch a frisbee in his mouth.

Does your dog love to perform and be in the spotlight? In light of the recently wrapped-up Olympic Games, Pets Best Insurance took a look at the Top 5 Dog Sports and to recognize the amazing talents of these furry competitors. Sports in the dog world can be stressful on both dog and handler, and can take months of preparation leading up to a competition. These active dogs are loved by their owners and spectators of their respective sports, and routinely capture our attention as they race, flip, leap, and yes, even surf.

1. Dog Surfing
Hanging ten isn’t just for beach bums any more when these hot doggers take to the water. The sport of dog surfing hasn’t been around very long, but the popularity of the sport has grown immensely! According to Discovery News, healthy dogs that naturally take to water have the potential for greatness on the board, and many of these cool canines belong to owners who love to surf as well. Dog Surfing is just one more way for pets and owners to have fun on the water.

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Pet Insurance: Not Just for Celebrity Pets

Lassie, who was issued a pet insurance policy by Dr. Jack Stephens, sits with Timmy.

Nearly 30 years ago, famous TV dog Lassie was issued the first pet insurance policy by Dr. Jack Stephens. Dr. Stephens, who is considered the founder of the pet health insurance industry in North America, founded Pets Best Insurance in 2005.

“When I started Pets Best Insurance, I wanted to make pet insurance even better and more predictable for pet owners than it was. Pets Best Insurance and pet insurance as a whole continue to grow,” says Dr. Jack Stephens.

The pet health insurance industry has changed dramatically from its beginnings of insuring celebrity pets like Lassie. Now, many pet owners consider their dogs and cats to be members of their family and want to offer them protection from accidents and illnesses.

According to USA TODAY*, the adoption rate of pet insurance by pet owners is growing, though the number of dogs and cats insured in the U.S. is only about 1%, compared to around 20% of the pets in the U.K.

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