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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Myths about Pet Insurance - courtesy of Petfinder

Pet Insurance Myths and Rumors

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is a tool to help pet parents avoid a financial crisis due to unexpected veterinary expenses from accidents and illnesses. Our pets have become a part of our family, and just like the rest of our family, we want to do everything we can to keep them healthy and happy. Pet insurance makes that possible.
With the advances in veterinary medicine and the higher cost of treatments, pet insurance allows pet parents to give their pets the best care available while controlling costs. New treatments have been developed to treat diseases that previously resulted in euthanasia, but these treatments can be expensive. Pet insurance allows pet parents to not feel guilty because they are not able to afford their pet's healthcare. With pet insurance, they can seek the care their pet needs because they know they will be reimbursed for the cost of the procedures and treatments.
If there is a myth or rumor we do not address about pet insurance, please contact us. We will be happy to give you the facts so you can make the best decision for your pet.

MYTH 1: Pet insurance is too expensive

While plans with additional riders and high reimbursement amounts can lead to a high monthly premium, PetFirst offers plans that fit all pet parents' needs and budget.
PetFirst offers all visitors an exclusive, low-cost introductory plan,Standard 500, for only $5 the first month and $14.95 each month thereafter. This provides $1,000 of accident and illness coverage, up to $500 per-incident and reimburses pet parents 100% of vet bills after a $50 deductible. This plan is available for all dogs or cats, regardless of breed or age.
For pet parents who are interested in lifetime care for their pet, including chronic or hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia, diabetes or cancer, PetFirst offersLifetime Accident & Illness plans. These Lifetime plans offer $5,000; $10,000 or $20,000 limits for accidents and illnesses, which reset each year and do not have any per-incident restrictions. With customizable deductible and reimbursement amounts, pet parents will be able to find the perfect coverage for their budget.
PetFirst knows many pet parents provide loving homes to several pets and we are one of the only companies to provide multiple-pet Family Plans, to make providing coverage for your entire fur-family cost effective.

MYTH 2: Pet insurance is only for sickly pets

Pet insurance is a product that only works preemptively, and all pet insurance providers exclude pre-existing conditions. Pet insurance is meant to protect your pet against potential accidents and illnesses. Certain breeds are more predisposed than others to specific illnesses, which can encourage the purchase of a policy, but all pets have the risk of having an accident or coming down with an illness. It isn't a matter of if they will become hurt or sick, it is just a matter of when. Just like the rest of your family, pets need to be covered beforehand. The best time to purchase pet insurance for your pet is when they are healthy.

MYTH 3: Pet insurance has too many exclusions to be worth it

Pet insurance protects against countless accidents and diseases your pet may encounter. Most pet insurance providers have exclusions in place in order to keep monthly premiums low and affordable, and PetFirst is no exception. The most common exclusions are pre-existing conditions, hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions. The cost of covering these conditions greatly expands the cost of pet insurance coverage, as these conditions are not only expensive, but last the duration of your pet's life.
In order to provide pet owners with more options, PetFirst introduced Lifetime Accident & Illness plans that offer coverage for hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions. PetFirst also offers optional riders that cover several of our exclusionsStandard Accident & Illness plans.

MYTH 4: You cannot choose your own vet

While some pet insurance providers are little more than veterinarian networks or discount clubs, PetFirst is usable at any veterinarian office in the United States. This includes specialists and urgent-care clinics. PetFirst has made a public promise to veterinarians to not promote managed-care principles or animal-hospital networks because we feel each veterinarian should have the right to set his/her own price.

MYTH 5: Pet insurance is a hassle

PetFirst prides itself on making all aspects of our insurance easy to understand. From pricing and purchasing to filing a claim, we make it simple for you to manage your pet's care. Claims can be submitted via email, fax or mail, and it only takes about 10 days to process our policyholder's claims and send reimbursement.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Christmas is around the corner! shop in our WBBR store & help Boxers in need!

Christmas is around the corner! Why not help a dog in need and do your Christmas shopping in our WBBR store? 

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full – we are lost, but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,

we hope every minute that someone will care.
They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!!

But now we sit here and think of the days..
we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways.
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?
We “jump on the children:, “don’t come when they call”,
we “bark when they leave us”, climb over the wall.
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they’d trained us, if only we knew…
we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam,
now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye…
“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”

So now here we are, all confused and alone…
in a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat,

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.
We lay down and sweet dreams fill our heads..
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the Inn –
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year –
can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
and help get us something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

Please help make a difference in a dog's life.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Birdie Rescued with the help of some amazing volunteers

There are some rescues that you had to be there to believe. BRLA was there for Birdie, for as long as it took to catch her and will be there for as long as it takes to find her happily ever after.
BRLA got word about a Boxer on a golf course. The golfers were throwing her food but could not get close. She had been living in the wild for weeks in an area filled with coyotes and rattlesnakes.  But she was seen daily and she needed to be saved.
The first rescue attempt was on Sunday Oct 6th and Birdie kept her distance. She was only seen from afar and no one could get close.  She was obviously injured and thoughts of her alone out there were haunting and caused sleepless nights for all.
The BRLA troops were back out in force and on Thursday Oct 11 our volunteers were able to get close enough to feed her but Birdie was too smart to be caught.  Again all left without Birdie and could think of nothing but rescuing her.  On Friday more volunteers came to help and again Birdie would get close but bolt at the last minute.  It was heart wrenching to leave without her once again, but Birdie was gone in a flash.
Saturday Oct 13, even more BRLA volunteers came to help with Birdie. She had been living in a bramble of bushes, surrounded by rattlesnakes and was not coming out.  After exhausting every other option it was time for the bravest of volunteers to go in after Birdie.  Crawling on their bellies through the dead wood, leaves and branches, all the while listening for the rattle of a snake, our volunteers moved forward.  They reached Birdie and she did not run.  It’s like she had come to trust these people and if they were determined enough to come into her den she had to trust them.
Birdie was rescued. Her leg was horribly mangled with open wounds and she had large tumors on her head.  She allowed BRLA volunteers to carry her to safety.  When the local golfers who had come to know Birdie from afar saw her being carried they all stopped playing golf and applauded. It was one of those rescue moments.
Birdie arrived at BRLA late Saturday night and was made comfortable by Ursula who had not slept in days worrying about her out there alone. 
Her tumors needed major surgery to remove and her leg was so bad the infection reached the bone. 
All these things are fixable. Thank you to our devoted volunteers Leslie, Jen and Kerri who reached Birdie and to Ursula for NEVER giving up. Birdie is the sweetest dog and needs your support.
Please consider donating any amount to Birdie’s Medial Lifeline
Medial cost: $1400

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Halloween from Hugo!

Hey Jennifer!

I just wanted to send you a few pictures of Hugo for yourself and his foster family!
He has been doing so well! Him and my family's dog Macks (the golden cockerspaniel in the picture) have become best friends and the cutest little odd pair. Hugo copies everything Macks does.
We have done a ton of exploring around trails and parks and Hugo is getting better and better off leash. His recall is improving tremendously and his confidence is really showing. He has also lost a bit of weight!

Although we are not ones to dress a dog up for Halloween we found the most adorable little harness and Hugo is officially being a shark for when we hand out candy to trick-or-treaters with Curtis' parents next Wednesday.

Hope all is going well with you guys, happy Halloween!

Sophie and Curtis

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bella Home Sweet Home

Hi Coralee,
Here's some photos from my cell phone… first one is Bella in our office (kind of fuzzy), 2nd is of Bella at our daughter Elle's bday party in Tsawwassen..Bella likes to hold your hands, she's holding Aaron's in the photo… funny Dog! 3rd photo is of her with all of her toys she's already accumulated! Such a toy dog( we bought her a few and then I have a huge bag of doggie toys in the garage…Brasco's old toys and she periodically goes in there and drags another toy out)….she has quite the basket full beside her bed now! I know dog trainers on t.v. say don't treat them like kids and they shouldn't have a mass of toys.. but boxers seem to live for toys! The last photo is a sunday dinner, Bella, Elle and my dad were snuggling on the patio lounger.
She's fit right in!

Talk soon!