Pets Best Named Among Best Places to Work in Idaho

Pets Best awarded A Best Places to Work in Idaho for the fourth consecutive year.Honor Bestowed for the Fourth Straight Year.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for the fourth consecutive year.

“Our company values, which have built strong relationships with pet owners across the nation, are the same values that led to winning this award for four years in a row,” said Chris L. Middleton, president of Pets Best.

“Pets Best is the best place I have worked in my entire career,” said Kendra Carlson, who works in Customer Care. “The atmosphere when you walk into the office each day is positive and upbeat; the dogs running around your feet make it even better.”

Pets Best is among a select group recognized by the Best Places to Work in Idaho, an annual collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS. A survey is sent to all employees, which confidentially measures employee happiness using metrics such as performance in compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, work-life balance, workplace environment and company management.

According to Middleton, the number one morale booster at Pets Best is the pet-friendly office space that allows dogs, cats, and on occasion has hosted a pet duck and mini pig.  According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, companies that welcome pets in their offices see a decrease in employee stress levels and less absenteeism from work.

Middleton says Pets Best prides itself on policies that put its employees first. Options for remote work, baby showers for expecting mothers and fathers, and an “open door” policy to management for suggestions and concerns are just a few of the items that promote employee well-being and support a family environment.Read More…

Utah Veterinarian Named Best in the Nation by Pets Best

Pets Best president, Chris L. Middleton (right), presents to Dr. Pam Nichols (left), the 2015 grand prize winner of the company's nationwide My Vet's the Best contest.

2015 My Vet’s the Best grand prize winner to provide funds for service animals in need.

Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency, has named Dr. Pam Nichols as the 2015 grand prize winner of its nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. Dr. Nichols runs the K-9 Rehab Center, the only certified animal rehabilitation center in the state and practices at the Animal Care Center in West Bountiful, Utah.

In 2010, Pets Best became the nation’s first pet insurance agency to develop a contest aimed at recognizing the country’s best veterinarians. Each year, hundreds of veterinarians receive nominations from pet owners all over the U.S., and voting for each season’s winner is held via Pets Best’s Facebook page. Grand prize winners are then selected by a review panel composed of respected fellow veterinarians. In addition to a $1,000 grand prize, each year’s winner receives a paid trip to the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in Las Vegas.Read More…

Pennsylvania Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

My Vet's the Best winner, Dr. Corrina Parsons.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Corrina Parsons

BOISE, ID – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, is pleased to announce veterinarian Dr. Corrina Parsons as the recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. Now in its fifth year, the contest continues to acknowledge exceptional veterinarians around the nation.

When selecting finalists, a panel of judges which included Pets Best Founder, Dr. Jack Stephens, considered such criteria as: involvement in pet-related charities, how each vet made a difference in the lives of their clients and their pet patients, and how each vet goes above and beyond.

“We developed this contest to recognize veterinarians for their outstanding service, and we are again impressed by the nominations we received,” said Stephens. “In many cases, the personal stories shared by nominees prove what a deep, personal impact these vets make upon their clients. Dr. Parsons, our latest winner, is no exception.”

Dr. Parsons, who practices at Longwood Veterinary Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, won the fall 2015 contest after receiving 1,260 online votes. Her name was among 150 nominations for the seasonal award, along with runner-up Dr. Paul Sedlacek of the Animal Clinic in Morris Plains, New Jersey (who had a total of 951 votes). The contest’s seven finalists received 3,696 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.Read More…

Farmers Insurance® & Pets Best Reveal Top 5 Hybrid Dog Breeds

A dog sits.

Pet owners share why hybrid dogs are the best of both breeds.

Los Angeles, California (November 10, 2015) – Farmers Insurance®, one of the nation’s largest multiline insurer groups, and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance brand,  started collaborating together in 2014 to offer savings to those looking to purchase pet insurance for their  cats and dogs. Today, the companies revealed the list of the top five hybrid dog breeds based on a review of the company’s database of more than 140,000 dog policies.

  1. Australian Shepherd and Border Collie (Border-Aussie)
  2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and French Bulldog (Royal Frenchel)
  3. Border Collie and Whippet (Border Whippets)
  4. Labrador Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog (Labernese)
  5. German Shepherd and Poodle (Shepadoodle)

Pets Best has 246 dog breeds in the company’s database of insured dogs. Of those, the category of hybrid dogs (the offspring of two purebred dogs) represent the third most common dog breed behind Labrador retrievers at number two, and mixed breed (the offspring of two or more different dog breeds where neither the mother nor the father is a registered purebreed dog) at number one. While some hybrid dogs have become mainstream, such as the Labradoodle (a hybrid of the Labrador Retriever and Poodle), there are many hybrid dogs that are still relatively unknown.

Farmers and Pets Best encourage potential pet owners to do their research before adding a pet to the family. A pet’s size, temperament, and exercise needs are among the things potential pet owners should consider and be realistic about, to have the best chance at happiness for both the pet and their owners.

“Whether you’re insuring a home, vehicle, or adding a new pet to the family, Farmers and Pets Best offer a wide range of benefits and options to help limit the risk of hefty out-of-pocket expenses and help provide coverage for unexpected events for pet owners,” said Mariel Devesa, head of product innovation for Farmers Insurance. “We’ve seen the value that this gives our customers and Pets Best offers a discount of five percent to those who purchase a Pets Best policy after referral from a Farmers agent, or at”

Below are detailed descriptions of the top five hybrid dog breeds from Dr. Eva Evans, Veterinary Advisor for Pets Best. (Editor’s Note: Images of each hybrid dog mentioned below are available upon request)

1. Australian Shepherd and Border Collie

Dr. Evans explains that this combination makes for highly intelligent, agile dogs. These individual breeds are known for herding livestock. As a result, these dogs excel at farm work. They require plenty of exercise to run and play and need constant stimulation in order to avoid boredom.

An example of this hybrid is Pets Best member Jackson. His owner Daniel S. of Virginia calls him “The Mayor” because he’s always making new friends. Daniel says the 4-year-old dog is a fun-loving social dog. He likes to poke his head inside strollers and kiss babies.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and French BulldogRead More…

Pets Best President Middleton Named to NAPHIA Executive Committee

Chris Middleton, President of Pets Best and Secretary of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

BOISE, Idaho – Chris Middleton, President of Pets Best Insurance Services LLC, has been appointed to the executive committee of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association board of directors.

Middleton will serve as secretary of the executive committee – the decision-making core of the board of directors, according to NAPHIA executive director Kristen Lynch.

“We look for people who have a good overall grasp of the industry and understanding of the many opportunities and challenges facing us,” Lynch said. “Chris has in-depth insights into many aspects of the business due to his diverse background and years of increased responsibility and leadership within Pets Best.”

Middleton had replaced Pets Best co-founder and pet insurance pioneer Dr. Jack L. Stephens as the Pets Best representative on the NAPHIA board. He will work with other pet insurance professionals to help fulfill NAPHIA’s mission of growing and aiding the industry with various research and outreach efforts.Read More…

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