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Furry Friend Friday With Rayna!

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Happy Furry Friend Friday!  It’s our favorite day of the week, how many of you can say that you get to chat with cute animals every Friday?  Today our special guest is Rayna, a 2 year-old dachshund and terrier mix up for adoption at the Sterling Animal Shelter.  She’s been at the shelter for over a month now, which is far too long for someone with a face as cute as hers!  Rayna is ready for her forever home, so if you think she could be your new best friend pay her a visit!

So Rayna, what’s your favorite way to spend the day?

I’m just your typical pup I’d say, I love going out for walks!  I’d say that’s my favorite thing, the staff here at the shelter are awesome and bring me for about four walks a day!  After that I love playing with some toys to burn off the rest of my energy, and once I’m tuckered out there’s nothing better than a cuddle sesh with my favorite people.  I love to snuggle and jump up on laps, I’m only 20 pounds though so I’m not too heavy, I’d say I’m the perfect size for a lap dog!

Do you have a favorite toy that you like to play with?

I can’t choose one specific toy, but I love all plush squeaky toys!  Those are my favorite, I love getting a hold of them and running around and teasing my people with them, they think they can snatch it away from me, but I’m too quick for them!

Is there anything that scares you?

I wouldn’t use the word scare, I’d say loud commotion makes me nervous, and I tend to be timid around young children.  The way I see it, young children usually cause loud commotion, and sometimes they aren’t always dog-savvy and will pull on my tail and ears, which can be really annoying and even painful!

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Well, first off I think I would need to go to a home with kids that are ages 12 and up.  Other than that I would hope that my new family would be active and like to bring me on walks, I’ve always wanted to go to the beach so maybe that’s something we could try.  I don’t have any other requests, I just want to be loved and petted by an awesome family that will love me forever!

So Rayna, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well, pets can get sick just like people can, so doesn’t it make sense to get them insurance too?  I know the vet can get pretty expensive, I think sometimes it’s just as hard for people to go as it is for pets, pet insurance seems like a smart way to make sure you can get your furry friend the care they need without emptying your savings.

Rayna is as smart as she is cute!  When it comes to pet insurance, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so call one of our agents today for a free pet insurance quote and get your furry friend the protection they deserve!

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Keeno!

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It’s our favorite time of the week, and not just because it’s Friday, but because it’s Furry Friend Friday!  Today we got to chat with Keeno, a handsome guy who’s up for adoption at the Lowell Humane Society.  He’s a mastiff mix and is about 7 years-old, he’s been at the shelter since March, so he is definitely overdue to find his forever family!

So Keeno, how did you end up at the shelter?

It’s kind of a long story, but basically I was in New York and was found tied up outside as a stray, and then I was brought here, and was found as a stray again!  It’s been a rough road and I’ve been bounced around a lot, but I’m really hopefully that my new family will be my forever family!

What’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I really love to cuddle and be around my favorite people, I follow them around and sit at their feet whenever I can!  If you sat on the floor, I’d probably try and sit on your lap as well, I know I’m a big boy but I’m still a baby at heart.  I also like to go for short walks, I used to be more active but I’ve been on a restricted activity level due to a recent knee surgery.

Knee surgery? That doesn’t sound fun at all, what was wrong with it?

I had a chipped bone in my patella, I’m on the road to recovery, but I still need people to be patient with me while I recover.  I need to walk slow and have plenty of rest, I also need more mental stimulation like games and maybe even some kong toys filled with peanut butter!

Do you have a favorite toy that you like to play with?

I really love all types of chew toys, and now that I can’t move around as much I spend a lot of time playing with them!

Is there anything that scares you?

Nothing comes to mind really, I’m a pretty tough boy, can’t you tell?  I’ve seen a lot in my days and nothing really made me nervous.

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Well I’d definitely need to be the only pet, I want all of the attention for myself!  Other than that, I’d need to go with a family that will be patient with me during my recovery, which should only last another month or so.  I’d also like to go with a family that would take me on long walks and even hikes once I’ve recovered fully.

So Keeno, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well look at me for example, my surgery would have been very expensive to pay for!  Luckily the shelter and some very generous people were able to cover it, but if I had an owner who didn’t have pet insurance, my surgery would have taken a major chunk out of their savings account!

Keeno is a perfect example of why all pet owners should consider investing in pet insurance.  Call one of our agents for a free pet insurance quote today and take the first step in protecting your furry friend!

 

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Pangea!

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Did you know that June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month?  To celebrate we’re featuring this pretty kitty named Pangea, she’s 10 years-old and is currently up for adoption at the Lowell Humane Society and is a celebrity in her own right down at the shelter!

So Pangea, I hear that you’re a very popular girl at the shelter, and that you’re even the face of an upcoming event, is that correct?

Yes!  I’m actually very excited for this event! It’s called the Greater Lowell Community Foundations River Ride on Saturday, September 27th.  It’s a giant bike ride and our team is called the Phat Cat Riders, we’re aiming to raise awareness for pet obesity.  I’m the face of the campaign because I’ve had my share of weight issues, I came into the shelter weighing 26 pounds and now I’m down to 22 pounds!  I still have a ways to go, but this event is motivating me to get healthy and be looking my best!  The good news about this event is that our team is being sponsored by Anytime Fitness! so if you sign up to ride with us and commit to raise $100 for  the shelter, your registration fee will be waived and you’ll get a t-shirt with my face on it!

So besides working on your fitness, what else do you like to do in your free time?

Well, I love to be around people, so I get to spend a lot of time in the office at the shelter.  I love being petted, and I’m very vocal when I want some attention, so you’ll hear me meow a lot.  I love to sit by people’s feet too, but now that I’m losing some weight I’m a little more active and enjoy playing with toys.  I also love cardboard boxes, there’s just something about them that I can’t get enough of!

Do you have a favorite toy?

Now that I’ve lost a little weight, I’m more playful, and some of my favorite toys so far are those little balls with bells inside them!  I like to chase them around, even though I can’t go that fast yet, but I’ll get there!  I’ve also discovered a fascination with laser pointers, so if you have one of those I’m sure we’ll get along.

Is there anything that scares you?

I get very nervous during thunder storms!  They’re so loud so I always run under the bed to hide when one of them is on its way.

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

I could really fit in anywhere, I love all types of people, and I even get along with most dogs!  I love birds too, they’re so fun to watch so if you have some of those that would be great!  My only request is to go to a home that can help me continue on my weight loss mission.  I need someone who can spend time playing with me and getting me to move around so I can get in shape for bathing suit season!

Pangea, why do you think pet insurance is a good investment for all pet parents to consider?

Well, pets can easily get sick, in fact I may have had a rough path ahead of me if I hadn’t started losing weight.  Pet insurance seems like a good way to make sure your pets can get the care they need should any unexpected illnesses or accidents occur.

Pangea is right!  Pets wind up in the vet’s office all the time, and unfortunately you can’t always plan it around your pay schedule.  Pet insurance is an affordable way to make sure you can get your pet the vet care they need.  Call one of our agents today for a free pet insurance quote!

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Bianca!

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Happy Furry Friend Friday!  We’re back with another interview, and today we’re chatting with Bianca.  Such a pretty name for such a pretty girl, are we right?  This little girl is only 5 months old and has already been in the shelter for a whole month!  Do you have room in your heart and your home for this cute little lab mix? She’s up for adoption at the Sterling Animal Shelter, stop by and pay her a visit!

So Bianca, I heard that you came a long way to find your forever home, is that right?

Yes!  I’m originally from Puerto Rico if you can believe it.  I was born in a park there, my mom was a stray and did her best to take care of me and my siblings but eventually a recuse group found us and decided to give us a second chance! So now I’m here, and so far I’m loving Massachusetts but I can’t wait to see more of it.  I hope my new family brings me on lots of fun adventures!

What’s your favorite way to spend the day here?

I love to play!  Whether it’s with toys, other dogs, or people, I’m a very playful pup and love to have fun.  I love playing with squeaky toys a lot, and at the shelter we have tons of options to choose from!  How lucky is that?  I also love being petted and cuddling with my favorite people.

Is there anything that scares you?

Nothing comes to mind, being out on the streets was pretty scary but I know that will never happen again.  I’m mainly just excited to find a forever family, it’s hard to be scared when you have so much to look forward to!

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

When I say I can really go anywhere, I mean it!  I’m super friendly and get along with people of all ages, and even other dogs!  I haven’t really been around small animals like cats, so I’m not sure how I would do with them.  The only thing I would really need is to go somewhere that I can be active.  I love going for runs, playing outside, and seeing new things.

Bianca, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well in Puerto Rico I saw a lot of things, and us pets don’t always have it easy.  Accidents can happen, we can eat something that smells really good but is actually bad for us, and then next thing we know we’re at the vet’s office, which is never fun for humans or pets.  Even though we don’t intend to end up at the vet’s, it happens, but pet insurance makes sure that we can get the care we need and you won’t have to drain your savings account to do it!

Bianca’s right! Pets don’t intend to wind up in the vet’s office, but sometimes it can happen whether they like it or not.  Pet insurance is a great way to make sure they get the treatment they need without you having to break the bank.  Call one of our agents today for a free pet insurance quote and see how affordable it can be to protect your furry friend!

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Lilly!

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As if Friday’s weren’t exciting enough, today we’re here with Lilly to brighten up your day even more!  This adorable, 7 year-old girl is up for adoption at the Lowell Humane Society, and even though she loves her friends at the shelter she’s ready to find a family of her own!

So Lilly, what’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Hmm where should I start? I love playing outside, that’s probably my favorite thing to do.  What?  Did you think that because I’m 7 years old I’d be a couch potato?  I’m still very active and love playing fetch and going for walks!  Now that the weather is warming up, I love laying in the grass and soaking up some sun too.  If I had to choose my all-time favorite thing to do though, it would be to be around my people, I’m a true love bug and really warm up to people once I get to know them!

Since you love to play, do you have a favorite toy?

It’s so hard to choose!  I love all toys but I’d have to say I’m most partial to things I can play fetch with, like balls and frisbees.  Kong toys are also fun, and who doesn’t love those plush squeaky ones?  The only thing is that I tend to chew on my toys, so they have to be sturdy if they’re going to last long around me!

Is there anything that scares you?

I do tend to get nervous around loud noises.  I know I look tough, but I’m a real softie on the inside.  I can also be a little shy around new people, I just like to take my time to get to know new faces but as soon as I warm up to them, I’ll be begging them for belly rubs!

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Well I really want to find the perfect forever home, and I’ve been here at the shelter for over 2 months now so it’s taking a little longer than I would have hoped.  I do have some specific requirements, such as being the only pet.  I get a little nervous around other dogs and don’t really like small animals like cats.  I would also do best in an adult-only home just because of my size.  Other than that I would really appreciate a quiet home without loud noises that scare me and a home where I can get plenty of exercise.  I know that’s a lot to ask for, but I promise I’m worth it!  Plus I’m fully trained and housebroken, so my family wouldn’t have to deal with puppy antics, I’m way too mature for that.

Lilly, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well I know I’m no expert, but I think that as a pet part of my job is to protect my family, and I hope that they would protect me if I needed it!  Pet insurance seems like a good way to make sure your pets are protected if they ever needed vet care that would otherwise be extremely expensive.

Lilly is a very smart girl, and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!  Pets are family, and they do their best to protect us so as owners it’s our job to return the favor!  Call one of our agents today for a free pet insurance quote and take the first step in protecting your furry friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Klondike!

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Forget Klondike bars, what would you do for a Klondike cat?  It doesn’t take much, this 7 year-old girl just wants a loving home and a warm lap to sit on.  She’s up for adoption at the Lowell Humane Society and is a shy but friendly girl who’s ready to find her new best friend!

So Klondike, what’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I love being with people, and once I warm up to someone I love cuddling on their lap.  I can be shy at first, but with a little bit of time and patience I’ll never leave your side!  I also LOVE to sit in my cat house, it’s my favorite hide-out and makes me feel safe.  Sometimes I like to curl up in a blanket and just stay in there for the afternoon, but I still poke my head out whenever someone gets close, just so I can see what’s going on.

Do you have a favorite treat?

Would you believe it if I told you that I love Klondike bars? No? Well you’re right, even though my name is Klondike I’m not a fan of the ice cream bars, they’re too cold if you ask me.  I would much rather have some tuna!

Is there anything that scares you?

Well I do get nervous when there are loud noises, like loud bangs, screams, thunder, things like that.  I much rather prefer peace and quiet.  The shelter life has also been tough on me, I’ve been here since January and I’m definitely ready to be in a warm home where I get all of the attention to myself.  The shelter noises can be a little scary sometimes, but the staff here are so nice and let me hang out in the office with them, which is a big help!

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Since I’m afraid of loud noises, I would definitely want to go somewhere quiet, so that probably means no children as they would make me nervous.  I would be a great companion, so for anyone that’s looking for a new best friend, I’m your girl!  Other than quiet and adults only, I could go anywhere.  I love to curl up next to my favorite humans and relax, it’s the simple things in life that make me happy.

Klondike, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

I’m a pretty healthy girl, but even the healthiest of us need to go to the doctors.  Whether we get sick or have an accident of some kind, you can never predict these things but you can be prepared for them with pet insurance.

Klondike makes a good point, and it’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected than to be left with a vet bill that will clean out your savings account.  Pet insurance is a great way to make sure you can get your furry friend the vet care they need without breaking the bank.  Call one of our agents for a free pet insurance quote today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Lincoln!

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Ready for a Furry Friend Friday interview?  Lincoln has been excited for his turn in the spotlight all week!  This 6 year-old boy is energetic, friendly, and ready for his forever home.  He’s currently up for adoption at the Scituate Animal Shelter and has been there for about a month.  If you think Lincoln could be your new best friend pay him a visit!

So Lincoln, what’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I’m very energetic, so I love to stay active.  I like playing outside, going for walks, exploring the great outdoors, and just trying anything fun, I’m very adventurous! You might think that because of my age I might start to slow down at this point, but not me.  I’m still young at heart and am willing to prove it!  Stop by and pay me a visit and you’ll see what I mean!

Do you have a favorite toy to play with?

I absolutely love to chase balls!  I’d have to say those are my favorite toys, they’re so versatile, they can bounce, roll, or get thrown.  They’re basically a jack of all trades compared to other toys.

What about a favorite place to walk?

We’re very lucky here at the shelter, we have a ton of volunteers that come to walk us every day.  They bring us outside to these fields next to a bunch of woods and I love it there.  I get to smell the breeze, and become one with nature, it’s the best.

Is there anything that scares you?

Nope, I’m not afraid of anything, at least nothing comes to mind right away.  Beagles are a pretty tough dogs, we don’t scare too easy and make great watch dogs.

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Well I love all adults, so I would be great in a home with an active couple, or even a family with older children.  I love playing with kids, but would probably be better with bigger ones that are 10 and up.  I also get along great with my fellow canines, so if you already have a dog I’m sure we would become friends right away!

Lincoln, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Not only are beagles tough, we’re smart too, and I can spot a good deal when I see one!  Pet insurance seems smart to me because it’s inevitable that any pet will need to go to the vet, and if something’s wrong with us, the bill will be pretty big if you don’t have pet insurance.

Lincoln is right, inevitably most pets will have to go to the vet because they’re having a health issue or had an accident that injured them.  The bills associated with injuries and illnesses can climb pretty high pretty fast, but pet insurance will allow you to make a small payment each month so that your pet can be covered if they need to go to the vet, and you won’t need to break the bank.  Call one of our agents today for a free quote and take the first step on the road to protecting your furry friend!

 

 

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Wolf!

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We’re back with another Furry Friend Friday interview, and today we got to chat with Wolf!  No he’s not a real wolf, he’s actually a 4 year-old greyhound up for adoption at Greyhound Friends, Inc. in Hopkinton.  This handsome boy has been in the shelter for a few weeks and would love for you to stop by and visit him!

So Wolf, I hear you’re not originally from Massachusetts, is that correct?

Yes, you’re very right!  I’m originally from Florida, it’s much warmer down there but I’m happy to be in Massachusetts and am ready to start my new life!

What’s your favorite way to spend the day?

I’m a very laid back guy, I enjoy the simple things.  All I really need to have fun is a warm bed, one of my people petting me, and a treat or two of course!  My perfect day would consist of a long nap, a walk, and then cuddles for the rest of the day, I love being around people!

Do you have a favorite treat?

I’ll take anything I can get!  I’m a real foodie and love trying new things, so anything you have for me I’ll be more than happy to sample.

Is there anything that scares you?

I’m not really a fan of loud noises, like thunder or fireworks.  They make me a bit jumpy, but as long as I have someone to pet me and make me feel better I’ll be fine.

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Well since I love to be around people, I would enjoy going to a home where someone is around a lot.  If you work from home that would be perfect, I’ve been told I’m a very good computer helper!  I can get along with anyone, I’m a very nice guy and they say that greyhounds are the best of both worlds, meaning we can either be active or just lay around all day.  I’m definitely on the calmer side, but I still have a spring in my step and like a nice walk.  If you think I could be your new best friend stop by and say hi!

Wolf, why do you think pet insurance is a good think for all pet parents to consider?

Well, pets don’t plan on getting hurt or sick (Then again, who does?), but it still happens.  It seems like pet insurance is a good way to make sure you can get your pet the vet care they need if they unexpectedly get sick or have an accident.

We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves.  No one plans on getting sick or hurt, and pets should be covered for these situations just like the rest of your family is.  Pet insurance is an affordable investment that will ensure your pet gets proper vet care should they need it.  Call one of our agents today for a free pet insurance quote and take the first step in protecting your furry friend for life!

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Rory!

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Friday wouldn’t be complete without a Furry Friend Friday interview!  Am I right?  Rory certainly thinks so!  This girl is about 2 years old and is a pit bull/hound mix up for adoption at the Scituate Animal Shelter.  She’s been there for about a month and is looking for a family that likes to have fun that she can call her own.

So Rory, what’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I have A LOT of energy, I’m still a young girl after all and I love being outside playing.  We have a fenced in yard here at the shelter and even get to go for walks on the nearby trails!  That’s always fun.  I also love other dogs, they’re so much fun to play with!  I have been told that I play a little rough though, it’s not on purpose I’m just a bigger, athletic girl and I forget my own strength sometimes.  After a day of playing I love to snuggle with my people and relax.

Do you have a favorite toy or treat?

I love all toys and treats, I don’t discriminate!  You should see the toy basket I have here at the shelter, I think I have more toys than anyone else!

Is there anything that scares you?

Do I look like I’m scared of anything?  Only kidding, even big, tough dogs like me can be afraid!  Nothing really comes to mind, the only thing that makes me nervous is the thought that I will never find my forever family, I really hope they show up soon!

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

A family that loves to play!  I would love to go with a family that is active like me, and a fenced in yard would probably be best.  I’m good with other dogs and teenagers, don’t get me wrong, I love little kids but as I said, sometimes I forget my own strength when I’m playing and I wouldn’t want to accidentally knock over a little one!  I am very well mannered and know a lot of commands, I would be a great family pet when someone gives me the chance!

Rory, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well, people get hurt or sick unexpectedly, and pets can too.  If humans didn’t have insurance, the doctor’s office would be very expensive, and it’s the same with pets and the vet.  We may not be able to pay for it ourselves, but if you cover us we’ll pay you back by being your best friend!

Pets are our best friends, and are part of the family, so they should be protected like every family member.  Pet insurance will make sure that your pets can get the health care they need when the time comes, without breaking the bank.  Call one of our agents for a free pet insurance quote and take the first step on the road to protecting your furry friend!

 

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Bran!

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Still don’t have a Valentine for Valentine’s Day?  Look no further!  This face is about as cute as they come and Bran is looking for his new best friend!  This cute little puppy is about 6 months old and is up for adoption at the Sterling Animal Shelter.

So Bran, I hear you are not originally from Massachusetts, is that true?

You’re right, I came all the way here from Virginia!  I was a stray there and then got rescued and brought to good old Massachusetts and love it so far!  I’m sure I will love it even more once I find my forever home and can go on adventures with my new family!

What’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I have a lot of energy so I like to do a lot of different things.  I am very playful and love toys!  We are very lucky here at the shelter because we get new toys every day, so I always have tons of options to choose from!  I also love being around people and getting my belly rubbed.  The staff here are very accommodating and love to give me belly rubs, although I don’t give them much of a choice, whenever they come into the room I always roll over on my back so they can scratch my belly, they think it’s so funny!

Is there anything that scares you?

Not that I can think of, I’m pretty lucky and haven’t been around too many scary things in my time, so I think of myself as Mr. Tough Guy.

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Well I would really get along with anyone!  Dogs, kids, you name it and I’ll get along with it!  I would just need to be with a family that understands my needs as a puppy and who know how much work I can be!  I will need to go to some training classes to perfect my manners but I’m a smart puppy and can pick things up quickly.  I would also love to go with a family that likes to do fun things like play ball and go on hikes or to fun, new places!

Bran, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well I’m not too old so I don’t have much experience with things like this but it sounds like something that could be pretty important.  Family is family whether they have two legs or four, and all family members should have the same protection if they get sick and need to go to the doctor’s office or the vet.

Bran is a smart cookie, and he’s right when he says that family is family whether they have two legs or four.  Get your furry friend the gift of pet insurance this Valentine’s Day and show them how much you love them!  Call our agents for a free quote and take the first step on the path to protecting your furry friend.  You can’t prevent accidents, but you can be prepared for them with pet insurance.

If you think Bran is cute, take a look at his friend Alan!  You can read his Furry Friend Friday interview here.

 

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