Reunited! Mikey’s Adventure

Pet Insurance Agency Pets Best Insurance found this lost dog.

Last week, thousands of Pets Best Insurance Facebook friends and other pet lovers shared our picture of an adorable found dog, hoping to help reunite him with his family. Pets Best claims adjuster Kate had found him wandering alone one night. The Pomeranian wasn’t injured or starving, but he looked a little rough and didn’t have a microchip or a collar.

Days went by and we pursued a dozen leads as the pup’s picture went viral on Facebook, but none of them panned out. Kate notified the local shelters and placed ads on Craigslist, and pet insurance employee Shirle took the little guy under her wing. He was treated to a bath, grooming, lots of treats, cuddles and playtime with other doggies. Shirle was falling in love with the dog (like so many of our friends who offered to take him), and was thinking about naming him Panda.

Mountain Getaway
Meanwhile, Idaho Falls resident Melissa was just wrapping up a long camping trip on the other side of the state. When she got home, she logged into Facebook to see what she had missed. Scrolling through her newsfeed, she saw a picture of a familiar little dog on her friend’s page. “Dang, that dog looks just like mine!” she said to her daughter. She called her dog sitter, her niece, who reassured her that Mikey was still with her in Boise.

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Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?

A cat with animal insurance tries to land on its feet.

I have always been fascinated by cats, including cat health, behavior, their agility and athleticism, and of course their amazing ability to usually land on their feet. Whether they’re overshooting windowsills on a quest for birds or miscalculating fences as they run from barking dogs, they appear to regain perfect balance without much effort.

The question of how cats do this has baffled scientists for a very long time. In 1890, famous French scientist Etienne Jules Marey dropped a cat and filmed it using the first high speed camera which he invented. Yes, you can find the (very short) clip on YouTube! This offered the first glimpse into understanding this unique phenomenon.

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Looking for a Dog-Friendly Vacation Destination?

Hairy Putter, a pet insurance enthusiast, enjoys a meal at the table.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Hairy Putter and I am a six-year-old Cairn terrier. My good friends at Pets Best Insurance have asked me to share with you some of the fabulous fun you and your uprights can have traveling together.

You no doubt have heard the old adage, “it’s a dog’s life” and maybe wondered what exactly does that mean? Well, I can’t speak for every dog but I can tell you what it means for me. You see, I have quite a unique life. For a start, I live in one of the most dog friendly and beautiful places in the country, Mendocino County, California and I have a very great and wonderful job.

I am the Director of Barketing and I work for Visit Mendocino County, Inc., the promotional arm of Mendocino County, barking to the world about all the fun activities and adventures that you can have when you visit. I also have a blog,, where I review and share pet friendly places and establishments; my Pet Friendly Travel Guide for Mendocino County is also available for download.  ­­

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Why Even “Good” Dogs Need to Obey Leash Laws

A dog with pet health insurance sits in a camping chair, wearing a leash.

I recently had a nerve-wracking experience while camping with my dog and infant son. One afternoon as we walked through the campground, I noticed two large dogs running toward us: ears alert, eyes focused on us.There were no people nearby and the closest campsite was about 100 yards away.

Working in the pet insurance industry, I understand the importance of ensuring my dog always wears her leash, but despite her barking and my commands for the other dogs to “get outta here!” the dogs continued to come at us. With my baby in a front carrier, I couldn’t help but worry I was about to watch a gruesome dog fight happen.

Just before all heck broke loose, the dogs’ owners came running. It took them a few minutes because no one had noticed the dogs had left their campsite until they heard me yelling. The dogs wouldn’t obey a single command until the owners had them by their collars.

A recent survey on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page revealed 27% of dog owners don’t always follow leash laws – and that includes the nearly 4% who think their dogs never need to be on leashes. Here are the top 3 reasons why leash laws should be followed 100% of the time:

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