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Recap: Santa Photos Benefit Local Dog Shelter

Posted on: January 29th, 2014 by
A rottweiler poses with Santa at a Pets Best pet insurance event.

A rottweiler poses with Santa at the Pets Best event to benefit a local dog shelter.

On December 18, 2013 Pets Best, a nationwide pet insurance agency, held a “Photos with Santa” event in their community to benefit a local dog shelter. The Meridian Valley Humane Society (MVHS) in Meridian, Idaho, was recently re-opened by its all volunteer staff and relies on donations to operate.

The event was a great success and raised $700, including a matching donation from Pets Best. In addition, 30 bags of food were donated to the shelter by H3 Pet Foods, where the event was held.

In total, 25 families brought 35 dogs to the event, including several dogs that had been adopted from the Meridian Valley Humane Society.

In January, several Pets Best employees visited the Meridian Valley Humane Society to see the new facilities and bring the matching donation check. The shelter has already had great success in adopting out their dogs. As a smaller shelter they are able to get to know each dog well and they work hard to ensure the dog get placed in their forever home. The Pets Best employees were happy to learn that each dog gets walked multiple times a day, some days a dog may get walked up to 7 times!

The shelter has had a very warm welcome in their new neighborhood. While Pets Best was there, an employee from a company next door stopped by on her lunch break to take a dog on a walk, which is her daily routine. MVHS said several employees around the area have become regular volunteers.

You can visit the Meridian Valley Humane Society at 191 N. Linder Rd., Meridian, Idaho 83642. You can contact them via phone at 208-794-0944 or email at meridianhumanesociety@gmail.com or visit their website at meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org.

Pets Best employees and the Meridian Valley Humane Society vice president pose together with the matching donation check.

Pets Best employees and the Meridian Valley Humane Society vice president pose together with the donation check.

MVHS is looking for donations of all kinds, including:

  • Financial donations – Any/all amounts
  • Food – Ideally grain free
  • Dog toys
  • Dog leashes
  • Blankets

Their mailing address is: Meridian Humane Society, 3313 W. Cherry Ln. #603, Meridian, ID 83642.

A couple of photos from the Santa event on December 18th:

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5 More Tips for Puppy School Success

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by

Two dogs sit at the conference table in the Pets Best Insurance office.

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

1. Wear casual, comfortable clothing

Grass-stained and muddy knees can be quite common. Not to mention scrapes and scratches from excited dogs. Stick with sneakers or other low-heeled, comfortable shoes.

2. Don’t wear sunglasses

If the class is during the day, try wearing a hat to block out the sun. Your puppy needs to see your eyes at all times to grasp your messages.

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4 Tips for Puppy School Success

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by

A puppy lays next to a chalkboard sign that reads, Back to School - 4 Tips for Puppy Training Class.

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

1. Take your puppy for a walk

Walk for 20 – 30 minutes before arriving at your class. That way your puppy will have unleashed some of their energy and excitement.

2. Arrive 5-10 minutes early

This will allow your puppy to satisfy their uncontrollable need to meet and greet other classmates (both people and other puppies) and to have time to go potty one more time. Many puppy classes have socializing as part of the lesson plan. For those that do not, this “play preview” can help the pup work through their excitement.

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6 Tips for Crate Training Dogs

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by

A happy, small white dog lays in its crate.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Do’s

1. Buy a crate big enough for puppy to stand up and turn around in easily. If you buy a crate to match your puppy’s eventual adult size, temporarily insert a divider until he gets larger.

2. Let your puppy investigate inside the crate on his own. Encourage his curiosity by tossing a toy or a few treats inside.

3. Feed your puppy in his crate. Quietly close the door while he eats and then open the door after he eats and let him go outside to go to the bathroom.

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3 Ways to be Reunited With Your Lost Dog or Cat

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by

A lost yellow lab dog sits in a field looking worried and scared.By G. Elaine Acker for Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats. Elaine is the author of the Pet First Aid and Disaster Response Guide. Elaine and Dr. Larry Newell are developing an online Pet First Aid course, which will launch in early 2014.

On New Year’s Day a couple of years ago, I was reminded how priceless an identification tag can be for pets. For a lost animal, that inexpensive, tiny scrap of metal can mean the difference between being home in time for supper, and spending the weekend (or longer) in a cold, lonely cage at the local shelter.

My husband and I were sitting peacefully in the living room watching a fire crackling in the wood-burning stove, when we heard a strange sound from the bedroom. A quick head count told us that our own dogs and cat were already present and accounted for, so my husband made his way down the hall and peeked around the bedroom door. “Um, there’s a dog in here,” he said.

Nothing was working in this poor dog’s favor. Our new arrival wore a rabies tag from an out-of-town vet, but the numbers on the surface were scratched almost beyond recognition. It was New Year’s Day. The dog was visiting from out of town. His veterinarian’s office was closed. The city’s office was closed, and there was no place open locally to help us scan for a microchip.

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