Sorry about the light blogging

After getting back from my holidays in Canada, I thought I'd get right back into the blogging swing of things but have had a few distractions behind the scenes: one to do with Embrace (I can't tell you what it is but I think you'll like it); and the other an 8-day house closing.

We bought a house last Saturday (after looking at houses the previous Sunday only!) and now we're closing the deal next Wednesday. Talk about efficiency!!! However, it does mean a few million details that need to be sorted out this week.

I know, I know, pathetic excuses indeed (after all, what is it going to be like when we're up and running - I can't wait to find out). That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Besides, perhaps you can tell me what you would like to hear about? Perhaps even share with us all some of the great pet stories I hear every time I talk to pet lovers about what I'm trying to do. You don't just want to hear me drone on all the time, do you?

Do you RSS me?

Sorry for the technical sidetrack but I just changed my RSS feed to a feedburner feed. Why? So I can see how many of you are syndicating my blog and what you are looking at and maybe serve you better with this information.

So, if the answer is yes to the question in the title, please change the RSS feed link to You can also find the link on the left at the bottom using the feedburner flames :)


Hello MBA hopefuls!

I have been getting a number of people coming to check out my blog from a referral in a popular MBA blog, which is very nice indeed. Welcome!

However, I'm sure many of you are puzzled about being directed to a blog about pet insurance when you might have been expecting something more MBA-related. Sorry about that, if that's the case for you.

Just to join the dots... I wrote the first Wharton diary when I was an MBA student from October 2001 to May 2003 - over 400 entries in all - and I update an alumni version every now and then, just in case you are interested.

So, now I'm putting my Wharton MBA and my past experiences to good use in Embrace Pet Insurance, the start up that keeps going and going. I think I'll blog a bit more about what it's like to be an entrepreneur as well as on pet insurance going forward. It might put pet health insurance in a different perspective if you see what goes on behind the scenes.

Now, back to pet insurance...

American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA)

I made a new friend through my blog today. She's called Liz Blondy and she has just started up Canine to Five Detroit Dog Day Care. I have so much respect for anyone who strides out to set up their own business. Go Liz Go!

I noticed on her website a link to the American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA) [update: this organization doesn't exist anymore; however, check the comments for other places you can learn about pet boarding] and I thought it would be interesting to learn a little more about them. Here are some of the services I found on the ABKA website:

  • if you are looking for a pet boarding facility, check out this online info pack that has some useful tips on what to look for
  • if you run a boarding facility that could use the benefits of association membership, there are four types of memberships
  • ABKA provides online kennel staff education
  • ABKA has a classifieds section with items such as kennels for sale - entrepreneurs check this out
  • ABKA are sponsoring the Pet Care Expo at the end of September where you can learn how to set up your own pet services company

All in all, it seems to be a pretty useful site with relevant information for those interested in dog boarding. There are other topics but they are covered to a lesser extent.

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