Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Your Pup

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Happy Halloween! Looking for last minute pet costume ideas? Being the pet-lovers that we are, we’ve put together a list of our favorite doggie costumes that Fido is sure to love!

 

#1 – iPug – This could work for any breed, but it’s “punnier” with a Pug. Get ready to get crafty! You’ll need a piece of cardboard cut in the shape of an oversized iPad. Then, spray paint it black for the base. This is where you can have fun painting the recognizable characteristics of the iPad on the cardboard, like: the home button, apps, date and time icons, etc. One the paint is dry, you’ll need to hot glue the “mock iPad” to a doggie t-shirt. Voila, an iPug!

 

#2 – Superhero – These pre-made costumes are cute and are available at many retailers including Target and Party City. The characters range from Superman, Batman, Underdog, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and the list goes on.

 

#3 – Waldo – This is a simple costume to put together. Any red and white striped doggie sweater or shirt would work. And, don’t be afraid to spray paint the red stripes on a plain white doggie sweater. Head to the pet store and look for a white dog beanie and paint stripes on it. And the glasses? You can easily make the Waldo glasses out of black pipe cleaners.

 

#4 – Three Headed Dog – Venture to the toy store or anywhere that carries stuffed animals. Look for two stuffed animals that are the same breed (and coloring) as your dog. Attach the heads of the stuffed animals to your dog’s collar. The three-headed dog is funny and oh so cute!

 

Whichever pet costume you chose, we wish you and your pup a Happy and Safe Halloween!  For a quick quote on Protect Your Bubble’s Pet Insurance, visit ProtectYourBubble.com.

 

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Top 5 Myths About Pet Health Insurance

In the United States, only about 1% of pet parents have pet health insurance. This figure is abysmal when compared to 30% to 50% in other countries. Pet Lifestyle expert Kelly Diedring Harris attributes this sad state of affairs to the top 5 myths about pet health insurance. You can watch this video to find out what these myths are or read the notes below:

 

 

 

1. Pet health insurance is too expensive.

 

At some point in the past, this was true. But there’s affordable pet health insurance plans now. You can buy packages for $30/month or less, depending on the coverage that you want. When you consider this amount against a thousand dollar surgery – keep in mind that 92% of dogs will need surgery at one point or another – then paying $30 a month isn’t too much.

 

And let’s face it, veterinary surgery costs ways more than a thousand dollars.

 

2. Pet health insurance is only for sick pets.

 

Absolutely not true. As mentioned above, your cats and dogs, or any pet for that matter, will be in a pet emergency at least once in their lives. Furthermore, they’ll need routine pet care, e.g. vaccinations to keep them healthy. These procedures cost hundreds of dollars and if you didn’t budget for it, you’re going to make some very hard decisions that will affect the life of your pet. Having pet health insurance is like saving for pet emergencies and expensive pet care.

 

3. Pet health insurance has too many exclusions to be worth it.

 

Back in the 90’s it did. But nowadays pet health insurance plans cover a lot, including pre-existing conditions that haven’t shown up in the last 6 months. Depending on the plan that you’ll buy, plans may cover medical emergencies, routine pet care, alternative therapy and pet behaviors.

 

4. You cannot choose your own vet.

 

Not true at all. Any licensed veterinarian can treat your pet if they are willing to work under the plan.

 

5. Pet insurance is a hassle.

 

It’s not a hassle anymore. With just click of your mouse, it will be easy to find out exactly what plans cover and if you have any questions, you can contact the insurer to get more details.
And what’s the real hassle is not having the money to pay for expensive pet surgeries. There are many pet parents who have to make the hard decision to give up their pets because they do not have the money for pet care. With ongoing pet health insurance, you will never have to make that decision.

 

Protect Your Bubble, one of the leading providers of pet health insurance in the US, we offer affordable pet health insurance with packages that start at $30 a month. Visit this link for more info: http://us.protectyourbubble.com/pets-insurance/

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Protect Your Bubble is Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor at the 2013 Party Rock Open

 

Party Rock OpenParty Rock Open, the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit female tennis event, returns to Las Vegas this year at the Darling Tennis Center.  The event will take place September 22 – 29, and Protect Your Bubble is excited to be a part of this fantastic event.

 

Party Rock Open, originally named “Lexus of Las Vegas Open” was founded by Tyler Weekes of Courtthink, LLC. He co-directs the tournament with WTA-certified player agent Jordan Butler.  The tournament began its journey in 2009 changing its name to Party Rock Open came to be when Weekes, taught tennis to Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy), leader of the pop group LMFAO, and after some negotiations, Redfood agreed to have his Party Rock clothing line be the new title sponsor of the event.  The players will compete on hard courts in an outdoor setting in the Darling Center in the heart of Las Vegas. The tournament will feature both singles and doubles events. This year, we’re geared up to see challenging matches guaranteed to keep fans at the edge of their seats.

 

Right now, acceptance sheet shows 20 main draw players, 26 qualifying players and 87 alternates, a few of the players include Alisa Kleybanova (former top 20 player), Camila Giorgi (2013 U.S. Open Rd of 16), Andrea Hlavackova (2013 U.S. Open Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion), and Tamira Paszek (2012 Wimbledon Quarter-Finalist)…just to name a few! Indeed, quite a strong player list for this years’ Party Rock Open tournament.

 

We’re excited to be part of Party Rock Open. If you plan to attend, be sure to look for our sponsor table and come say hello! For more information about Party Rock Open, visit the official website at www.partyrockopen.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to receive VIP tickets to the event (that’s a $250 value)!

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Valentines Day Dog Treats for Your Favorite Canine

The Protect Your Bubble Team is filled with animal lovers, and we wanted to bring something extra special to BarkWorld Expo this past fall. In addition to great information on our pet insurance and pet health expenses, we also wanted to give pet parents something to enjoy when they got back home from conference with a special recipe for dog treats.

 

Baking for your pets

Baking for your pet is a cost effective, fun way to show them how much you care and homemade treats make great gifts year round for your pooch and their friends. While our “Pumpkin Squeaks” feature one of fall’s favorite foods, pumpkin, these delights can be shared year-round, including around Valentine’s Day.

 

How to make Valentine’s Day dog treats for your pet

To make Valentine’s Day treats for your dog, start out with making the “Pumpkin Squeaks” mixture:

 

Ingredients
2 cups rice or potato flour
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl until blended, then spread the dough to around 1/4 inch thick and cut it into desired cookie shapes. Use hearts, valentines, and other festive shapes to make these treats a Valentine’s Day themed present for your dog. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes then let cool before serving.

 

Tell us about your dog treat baking experience!

Pans of dog treats from Protect Your Bubble Pet Insurance about to go into the oven

Lisa made her Pumpkin Squeaks in bone shapes for her dogs, Gina and Sanchez.

We’ve heard back from several conference attendees and other Protect Your Bubble friends who have made these treats, including Lisa from Through a Dog’s Ear (You can read about Lisa’s baking experience in her blog post).Have you made treats from the Pumpkin Squeaks recipe? If so, we’d love to hear how it went! Share your experience in a comment here, or share a photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #pumpkinsqueaks.

 

Photo courtesy of Through a Dogs Ear

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3 Great reasons for getting a pet sitter this holiday season

Turkeys. Invitations. Holiday shopping. Deal hunting. Family and friends.  These are just a few phrases that come to mind as we approach the holiday festivities of 2012.  To manage all of the holiday fun – and the hustle and bustle that comes with it – we rely on baby sitters, nannies, friends, and family to help out with watching the kids.  During the holidays, the kids aren’t the only ones who may need someone to watch them; sometimes we need to think outside of the box for our pets.  This holiday season, a part-time pet sitter may be just what you need. Here’s why:

A Puppy plays with tinsel around the holidays

The holidays are fun for the whole family; make sure your pet can enjoy them as well with a few precautions.

1. Holiday travel is rough.

Travel has its ups and downs, from long lines at the airport and flight delays to packing.  Some pets love travel, but others are not as well suited for journeys outside the neighborhood. Brachycephalic dogs, or “smushed-faced” breeds like French Bulldogs and Pugs, have issues with travel, especially by air; they need better air flow and breathing room than most aircraft accommodations allow. Warm-weathered breeds, including hairless breeds, may not appreciate sub-zero temperatures, no matter how thick their sweaters are.

 

2. Holiday parties and gatherings are fun for us but stressful for pets.

Holiday events are typically filled with merriment and cheer; while that translates as fun for us, for our pets, it’s loud and intimidating, and could  increase your pet’s anxiety level. New faces, unfamiliar scents, and an unusual noise level all lead pets to seek refuge and retreat, leaving them searching for an isolated, quiet place to decompress. Is your pet on a restricted diet? Well meaning guests could sneak them little morsels under the table, posing a health risk to pets who can’t digest certain foods. In addition the stress of your guests and the music, your holiday décor could be problem for your cat or dog as well.  As much as we love our festive poinsettias and tinsel, certain plants are toxic to pets, and many decorations pose choking hazards for pets who may mistake a bauble for a ball.

 

3. Time management (holiday preparation and planning is a time suck).

Holiday shopping, party planning, home preparation and cleaning are all time consuming and physically exhausting activities.  The last thing you want to do is neglect your pet during these often hectic and draining tasks.  Engaging a pet sitter to supervise, feed, and entertain your pet during these times keeps your pet healthy and happy while freeing your mind and body to focus on holiday stuff.  When you’re not worrying about your pet or feeling guilty for leaving them in their crate, you’ll probably work faster and more efficiently – and maybe even enjoy yourself more – knowing that your pet is well taken care of by a loving professional.

 

 Pet Sitters to the Rescue

Navigate away from undue stress and anxiety raising situations straining your pet during the holidays by engaging a pet sitter.  The right pet sitter is a trusted partner who cares for your pets with the same love and consideration as you. A few services provided by pet sitters include:

  •  In-home visits to check up on your pet throughout the week while you’re traveling
  • Stay with your pet – while watching over your home and pet at the same time
  • Take your pet for walks and outdoor activities in general
  • Entertain and care for your pet in a separate room while you entertain elsewhere in your home
So how do you know that a sitter can be trusted?

Referrals from family, friends, neighbors, and vets are all excellent places to start.  But, other options exist.  For example, online communities like care.com offering background checked and screened pet sitters are now a go-to source for pet parents around the country.  For a low membership fee, you can peruse pet sitters and pet care providers within your zip code; pet sitter and care provider profiles include background check screening reviews, member reviews and references, and photos in many cases.  Another potential source is angieslist.com.

 

So, the next time you find yourself strapped for time or trying to figure out how to take care of your pet before boarding a holiday trip related flight, Think about hiring a pet sitter or scheduling your pet their very own vacation at a pet hotel or doggy spa.

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Protect Your Bubble Recaps BarkWorld

This weekend, Atlanta truly went to the dogs. BarkWorld Expo kicked off on Thursday and continued on through the weekend at the Westin Buckhead as hundreds of pet parents and their dogs showed up for “social petworking”, discussing everything from blogging tips and social media ideas to how to make a difference for homeless pets.

Protect Your Bubble's David and Alyssa ready to talk pet insurance at BarkWorld Expo.

Protect Your Bubble's David and Alyssa ready to talk pet insurance at BarkWorld Expo.

The Protect Your Bubble Team was front and center for the weekend, sharing great information on pet insurance with each person who stopped by our booth while also getting to know the various attendees and their lovely canine and feline companions.

Alyssa from Protect Your Bubble meets Norman the scooter riding dog

Alyssa from Protect Your Bubble got to know Norman, the scooter riding dog, this weekend at BarkWorld.

Alyssa got to meet one of the internet’s most beloved dogs, Norman; you may recognize him best when he’s riding on his scooter.

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Protect Your Bubble gears up for BarkWorld

The Protect Your Bubble staff is getting ready to head to BarkWorld Expo, the national social pet-working conference for pet bloggers and more, later this month. The idea of a bunch of pet lovers and their furry friends at one conference had us thinking about our pets, so we thought we’d share them with you, too (after all, you can never have too many animals on the Internet).

Kyle and Hoss

Kyle, Protect Your Bubble Product Manager, and his dog, Hoss

Kyle and Hoss like to take naps where they can both stretch out.

Hoss, a five-year-old Doberman mix, keeps Kyle on his toes. Hoss is an escape artist, and won’t stay in his crate. He’s even snuck out of the yard a few times and gone through the neighbor’s doggie door to play with their kids.

Rachel and Abby

Rachel, our Mobile Delivery Manager, and Abby, her German Shepherd

Rachel spends some time in the snow with Abby on a hike.

Rachel, our Mobile Delivery Manager, makes sure that our mobile site is running well. When she’s not keeping our sites running, she’s keep up with Abby, her 11-year-old German Shepherd Mix. Abby is living proof that you can teach a dog new tricks–Rachel taught her to “Speak” and “Shake” just this year! We believe in having a friendly staff that’s always willing to help; Abby definitely has the Protect Your Bubble spirit, as she greets Rachel at the door everyday with a squeaky toy, ready to play.

Alyssa and Minnie

Alyssa, Social Media Manager, and Minnie, her yorkshire terrier

Alyssa and Minnie like to document their adventures with Instagram.

Alyssa manages our social profiles–You’ve probably seen her tweets and Facebook posts, letting you know the latest from Protect Your Bubble, current trends, and answering your insurance questions. Alyssa carries that social spirit on outside of work, enjoying adventures with her Yorkie, Minnie, and documenting with Instagram.

Laura and Molly

Laura, our Director of Marketing, and Molly, her Border Collie

Molly may be an old soul but still still has a ton of spirit according to Laura.

Molly may be a bit older, but this retired athlete still has a lot of spirit. Molly, in her younger days, tagged along on mountain biking adventures, lake swimming days, and loved to jump. At 15-years-old and two knee surgeries later, Molly loves spending time with Laura, our Director of Marketing, in the afternoons on her lunch breaks, their daily ritual.

 

We can’t wait to meet all of the other pet people at the conference this month. If you’re traveling to BarkWorld with your pet, be sure to read up on our tips about traveling with your pets. We’d love to see your four-legged friends as well: Mention us in a tweet with a picture, share their photo on our Facebook page, or tag your Instagram with #pybpet.

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It’s Take Your Cat to the Vet Day!

Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day and Protect Your Bubble recommends that pet parents of cats participate. Routine wellness checks and early detection can enhance the quality of a cat’s life. Consumers who visit the vet more often tend to have healthier pets. According to Booth Research, one third of pet owners go to the vet twice a year. Those who do not have pet insurance are significantly more likely to visit the vet less than two times, and those with insurance are significantly more likely to visit the vet 3 or more times. Consumers with pet insurance can enjoy more frequent visits. Protect Your Bubble pet insurance provides up to 90 percent reimbursement on covered vet charges and more.

 

Protect Your Bubble Pet Insurance Plan Overview:

  • Multiple plans to help you care for the furry member of your family.
  • Plans provide up to 90 percent reimbursement for covered vet fees for  eligible accidents, illnesses, and hereditary conditions
  • Routine wellness plans are also available to help consumers with routine vet treatments
  • Protect Your Bubble pet insurance holders can go to any licensed vet in the country. 
  • Annual deductible options from $100
  • Underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company.

 

Protect Your Bubble offers pet insurance for dogs and cats and it covers vet charges for eligible accidents, illnesses, hereditary conditions, behavioral treatments and alternative therapies.  Visit ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick, two-minute quote.

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How to Bring Pets on Jets

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Protect Your Bubble understands that consumers don’t always want to leave their pet at home or at a boarding facility during their next big trip. Bringing pets on a flight may seem daunting, but it’s easier than most pet parents think. Although, the process has been carefully streamlined by many airlines there are still some things to consider before booking Fido’s plane ticket. According to airlines, there are three pet air travel options. It’s important to identify which category makes the most sense for the pet depending on size, duration of flight and the animal’s health condition:

 

Pets as carry-on

  • Pets may accompany the pet parent in the plane cabin and must be small enough to fit comfortably in its kennel under the seat in front of them. Kennel size dimensions may vary per plane/airline.

Pets as checked baggage

  • Pets may travel on the pet owner’s flight in a temperature-controlled and pressurized environment. Consumers must contact the airline to determine regulations and restrictions.

Pets as cargo

  • Pets can be shipped as cargo without its owner on domestic and international flights. Airlines have a number of regulations that should be carefully reviewed by the consumer.

 

Once consumers establish the method for travel best suited for their needs, below are some important tips for them to consider, making the process as smooth as possible:

 

  • Ensure that the animal is familiar with its crate prior to travel.
  • If traveling as cargo or checked baggage, remove the animal’s leash and muzzle, and send with a frozen block of water attached to the kennel for a continual water supply, as well as a food supply attached to the kennel.
  • Place absorbable material on the bottom of the crate.
  • Walk the animal prior to departure for a last minute potty break.
  • Always label the crate legibly and include the pet parent’s name, address and contact information, in case of separation.
  • In the event of flight delays, lost “luggage,” and cancellations, it’s a good idea for consumers to purchase Protect Your Bubble travel insurance to cover those unforeseen situations.  Additionally, if the pet is traveling with a policy holder and they are unable to take care of their pet due to a medical emergency while traveling, Protect Your Bubble will arrange for the return of the pet to its home.
  • Before booking airline reservations, consumers must read the rules and regulations for the crate/kennel sizing and measurements. Additional fees will likely apply.
  • Pets should visit the veterinarian prior to travel for an update on any needed shots and an analysis on the pet’s physical condition for travel.

 

Air travel can be stressful on pets, so it’s important for dogs and cats to be in good physical condition. Protect Your Bubble offers pet insurance with coverage plan options that include routine wellness visits.  Policy holders may also visit any licensed vet in the country, which is a great feature while traveling. Consumers can learn more by visiting www.protectyourbubble.com.

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Dashing and Daring Dog Parks

 

Just like you, pets are part of our family and vacation time is yet another opportunity to spend more time with “Fido.” If you plan to take your dog with you on your next road trip, check out these cool dog parks. If you’re in the area, investigate them for yourselves and tell us what you (and “Fido”) think. Your pup will thank you for it!

 

Crissy Field Off Leash Dog Area in San Francisco is perfect for both dogs and their owners. Not only is there a ton of room for dogs to play and splash around in the ocean, but you also get the view of the Golden Gate Bridge which is breathtaking to say the least. Location: Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA

 

Llyod Park Off Leash Dog Area is just outside of Philadelphia and really has it all! The combination of large ground to run on with a creek running through it makes this dog park a must. Location: 703 N. Lloyd Avenue, Downington, PA

 

Dog Run 105 is located at Riverside Park in New York City and has everything a dog and their owner could ever want and need. While sitting on a bench, mesmerized by the beautiful view of the Hudson River, your dog is running around under the large trees, staying hydrated with the abundance of water that is provided. Location: Riverside Drive at W. 105 Street, New York City, NY

           

Cherry Creek State Park Off Leash Dog Area is located right outside Denver and is a local favorite with grass, trails, and a stream, allowing dogs to run, swim and play as much as they want. There IS a small fee to enter but trust us, it’s worth it. Location: Chambers and Parker, Aurora, CO

 

Montrose Dog Beach is in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago and has an extremely serene atmosphere, sure to leave you in a good mood. It’s perfect for dogs who love sand and the cool water of Lake Michigan. The area is large, allowing plenty of room for you to play with your dog. Location: Wilson Avenue and Simonds Road, Chicago, IL

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