It's our 10th Blogiversary!

BarnesLaura's cat, Barnes, at our
first office.

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Embrace Pet Insurance blog!

Time sure does fly when you’re busy and having’s just staggering to think that today marks the 10th anniversary of this blog. (What should we get ourselves for the aluminum anniversary?) There have been over 500k visits, where people discussed concerns about pet health, joined with us on our entrepreneurship journey, and of course, got the straight scoop on pet insurance. We’ve shared fantastic guest posts and podcasts, had a few laughs, and said some very hard goodbyes.

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Who Rescued Who?

CamoPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Month involves a lot of very tough topics, so we wanted to finish it off with a story that shows even pets who start off in rough situations can go on to do amazing things...

Ask most rescue pet parents “who rescued who” and it’s a hard question to answer. That mutual appreciation couldn’t be more real than in the case of Kate and Camo (pictured right), a 25 pound Shih Tzu and Poodle mix, two friends that have spent the last four years helping each other through some tough past traumas.

Camo was already a year old when he was rescued from a hoarding situation, likely a puppy mill, where he was kept in small quarters. But that wouldn’t be his last stint in lock down, as he was about to do some serious time. His second detention would be for a good cause, however, as Camo’s rescue group partnered him with a service dog training program based in a nearby women’s prison. There he would hone his skills to help a human in need.

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Podcast: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Animal cruelty certainly isn’t a topic we looked forward to discussing, but as responsible pet parents, it’s up to all of us to help the animals in our community. After all, we are their voice. So, it’s up to us to advocate for animals that are being neglected or abused.

But sometimes it’s hard to even know where to begin. What are the signs of neglect? When does neglect cross over to cruelty? How can we help? This month, our friend and fellow animal advocate Dr. Patrick Mahaney helps us help those that cannot help themselves.

In our podcast we’ll answer:

  • What should I do if I witness someone being cruel to their animals? Who do I report that to?
  • How do I recognize if a "breeder" is actually a puppy mill?
  • How do you talk to someone who crosses the line from what you think is helping, to actually hurting animals?
  • What signs might indicate a pet is being abused?
  • Do veterinarians have “mandatory reporter” requirements if they think a pet is being abused?
  • If you adopt a pet that you suspect or you know has been abused in the past, what do you recommend you do to combat the long-lasting effects of that abuse, particularly behavioral issues?

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Guest Post: Puppy mills = Animal Abuse

Pet store puppiesThe FBI defines animal abuse as “Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured; transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal.” The FBI recently labeled Animal Abuse as a top tier felony, hoping to curb the ongoing problem.

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April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

It’s hard to imagine the lives that some of our pets had before they came to us. Not just hard because there isn’t always a clear picture, but because the reality was probably pretty harsh.

TahlulaBack in 2006, my then boyfriend and I adopted a Rottweiler, Tahlula (pictured right). We saw her in the shelter kennel, but curled up in the back of the cage, she seemed almost too small to be a Rottweiler. In fact, she weighed only 54 lbs., had flystrike wounds on her ears, and had just arrived at the shelter after having spent 2 days tied to a telephone pole on a busy urban street. When we took her for a quick walk and passed a noisy kennel full of puppies, her concerned and anxious reaction confirmed what her saggy belly implied: she had been a good mommy, but hadn’t had a chance to stay a mommy for very long.

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