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April Vacation Events in Massachusetts

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Looking for some family-friendly event ideas for April vacation week?  We’ve got you covered!  School vacation week is coming up fast, it’s April 15-19 !  There are so many events going on for April vacation,  we promise you won’t hear anyone in your family saying “I’m bored” if you bring your kiddos to some of these fun-filled events.

April School Vacation Week at the Franklin Park Zoo – Who doesn’t love going to the zoo?  There are beautiful, exotic animals which are always exciting to see no matter how old you are!  There are also some new animals to keep an eye out for during your visit, including a baby bongo calf and a Grant’s zebra foal.  There is also a (relatively) new 10,000-square-foot playground for your little ones to enjoy that was built last summer.  What’s the best part of school vacation week at the zoo, you ask?  The Aussie Aviary!  It will be opening for the season during school vacation week, and guests can explore the tropical environment while colorful birds fly right by you.  You can even purchase a seed stick to feed the birds, one of them may even land right on you!  During April Vacation week the Aussie Aviary will be open from 10 AM – 4 PM, weather permitting.  The zoo itself is open from 10 AM – 5 PM on weekdays, and from 10 AM – 6 PM on weekends.  Tickets are $17.00 for adults, $14.00 for seniors (age 62+),  $11.00 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under 2.

School Vacation Week At The Peabody Essex Museum – Want your kids to keep their minds engaged over break?  This is the perfect activity to boost their creativity and keep their brains active.  The Peabody Essex Museum is hosting a 3 day event in honor of April vacation week, called “Sounding Off: Explore Art and Movement Through the Work of Nick Cave”.  There will be many drop in activities to participate in, including creating kaleidoscopic wallpaper, using a MaKey MaKey which is a cool invention that can turn everyday items, such as a banana, into a musical instrument, interactive performances, tours, dance, and so much more!  These events will be taking place from Tuesday, April 16th- Thursday, April 18th.  All activities are included in the price of museum admission.  Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for students, and free for children 16 and under or residents of Salem.

School Vacation Week At The Ecotarium – This is another great workshop that will keep your kids’ minds busy over vacation.  This year, April vacation week is combined with Earth Week at the Ecotarium in Worcester, which will be going on from Tuesday, April 16th – Friday, April 19th.  The theme of this year’s Earth Week is “Blast Off!” which examines how humans explore the universe, whether it be with satellites, robots, or rocket ships.  There will be many different activities to celebrate, including launching stomp rockets, games, maneuvering remote-controlled robots, exploring the science behind firing space probes, and making a model Earth orbiter.  Most of these activities are free with admission!  There will also be a celebration specifically for Earth Day on Friday, April 19th.  There will be half priced admission for everyone, indoor and outdoor Earth day events, animal programs, music, planetarium shows, and the opportunity to explore the Ecotarium’s trails and woods just as spring is arriving!

April School Vacation Week at the Museum of Fine Arts – Is there a budding artist in your family?  If so, they will love these April vacation programs at the MFA!  All activities and admission is free for kids during this week!  There will be tours of the museum, a story hour, visiting artists, a film festival, and many art making activities for your little (or big) artist.  The theme is “Artists to Warriors: Celebrating Japanese Art” and the programs will be on Tuesday, April 16th – Friday April 19th from 10 AM – 4 PM (til 8PM on Wednesday).  Focuses of the workshops will include subjects such a origami, Japanese Spring traditions, painting Cherry Blossom Scrolls, and even creating your own Samurai helmet!  Don’t let your kids miss out on this amazing experience, the best part is that it’s free!

There are plenty of events that will keep your kids occupied during their vacation!  These events are not only fun and interesting, but will keep your children’s minds engaged over their break.  Tell them to put the video games or iPad down and get them in gear!  All of the above events are approriate for children of all ages, kids of any age are sure to find an event they will enjoy!

Photo By: papertygre

Furry Friend Friday With Stitch!

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Happy Furry Friend Friday everyone!  Today I got to interview Stitch, our office is full of dog people so it’s not too often that I get to interview a cat, which made today’s blog extra exciting.  And yes he is named after the character from Lilo and Stitch, in case you were wondering.

So Stitch, what is your favorite way to spend the day?

Personally, I enjoy lounging around on the sofa near the back window and gazing up at the birds.  If I’m outside, I like to lay under the trees and watch them fly around above me, there’s something about them that I find so fascinating.  It’s pretty tempting to chase after them too and take part in all of their fun, unfortunately I’ve been slacking on my workouts and have put on a few pounds so I’m not as quick as I used to be.  Any time I try to catch up with them they’ve flown away before  I barely make a move!

Do you have a favorite toy or treat?

I used to be into toys when I was a kitten, but I’ve outgrown them at my age.  I’m not that big on treats either, usually I just humor my humans by eating them, but I really think they are contributing to my excess pudge around the middle.  Honestly, I’m not really interested in much, other than myself.  I’m a cat, what do you expect?

Do you have any fears?

My sister has a pet yorkie, named Rupert, I believe you have interviewed him as well, but he is not on my good side.  He makes me VERY nervous whenever he comes over, I typically try to keep my distance.  He’s only half my size, but I wouldn’t put anything past him, he is a dog after all.

Are you an indoor or outdoor cat?

I am free to come and go from my castle whenever I want, but if I want to go outside, I just need one of my servants to open the door.  When I’m out and about I don’t stray too far from home though.

Have you had any experiences where pet insurance might have come in handy?

Well it’s a funny story actually, when I was born my front leg was a bit crooked.  I was born on a farm and the woman who ran the farm thought that no one would want me because of my leg,  I guess you could say I was the runt of the litter.  Anyways, she told my sister that if no one adopted me they were planning on putting me to sleep!  I know, it would have been such a tragedy but that’s why my sister saved me!  She didn’t want me to be put down just because of my leg so she brought me home that day.  It turned out that my leg corrected itself over time, so I would have been put down for no reason!  Even though my leg turned out fine eventually, it would have been nice to get it checked out and see what was wrong.

Stitch is a lucky cat, he has been relatively healthy his whole life and his only issue ended up healing over time.  Not all pets are quite as lucky, which is why pet insurance is so important!  Give us a call at MassDrive and get a quote for your furry friend!

 

 

 

Give Back To Your Community At These Charity Events This Month!

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Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and it’s the perfect time to take part in one of these worthy charity events!  If the warm weather we’ve been having isn’t enough to get you feeling warm and cozy on the inside, these events will do the trick.  Get your hands dirty this month and help clean up the Muddy River near Fenway, donate some old goods, enjoy a fine meal, or get out for a jog!  All of these events give you the opportunity to help others while enjoying yourself!  What could make you feel better than that?

5th Annual Susan G Komen Chefs for the Cure – Want to help fight breast cancer while enjoying a delicious meal?  Chefs from some of Boston’s best restaurants are coming together to whip up their most unique and delicious gourmet dishes for this tasting-style event!  Head over to the Residences at W Boston on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM for this worthy event that will leave you feeling full, having fun, and helping a worthy cause that aims at wiping out a disease that effects millions of families every day.   Participating restaurants include Gaslight, Taranta, Myers + Chang, Citizens Public House, Tastings, and the Granary Tavern. Tickets are $125.00 each and there will also be a raffle and silent auction during the event. Each general admission ticket purchase comes with one complimentary raffle ticket as well!  Proceeds from this event benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation which is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.

iChase The Cure 5K for Kids’ Brain Tumors – Cancer is tragic disease for anyone to face, but when children are diagnosed with it, it’s heartbreaking.   Founded by Boston University student Danielle Volman, the iChase the Cure 5k raises money to support various charities that research this disease and create awareness.  The race has been held across the United States and has raised over $55,000 dollars which has been donated to various foundations across the nation.  Make a difference in the lives of children with brain tumors by participating in the 4th annual iChase the Cure 5k race on Saturday, April 13th on the DCR Charles River Esplanade.  The race begins at noon and there will be T-shirts (sizes are only guaranteed if you pre-registered), games, prizes, and much more for the entire family!  Registration is $25.00 per individual ($20.00 for BU students), and on race day is + $5.00 and cash/check only!  Grab your friends, family, and create a team for this deserving cause and enjoy a day of fun in the sun!

15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup – Love that dirty water?  Prove it!  Show your love for Boston by participating in the 15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup Saturday, April 20th from 9 AM – 12 noon.  This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and make an immediate difference in the Boston community.  Volunteers will be helping the Emerald Necklace Association clean the area of the Muddy River by the Fenway.  Participants will be picking up trash, down tree limbs, and performing general cleanup along the river.  All volunteers will even recieve a T shirt at the event, although sizes are first come first serve.  After the event, volunteers can celebrate their success at a local park from 12 noon – 1 PM with food and music, details will be announced at the event.  Make sure you wear clothes and sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a pair of work gloves and some water!

South Shore Humane Society Yard Sale – Who doesn’t love adorable rescue animals?  Now’s your chance to lend them a helping hand!  Stop by Braintree Town Hall on Washington St. in Braintree on Saturday, April 27th for a yard sale that benefits the South Shore Humane Society!  You never know what treasures you might uncover at a yard sale, and now you don’t have to feel guilty about going because it benefits a great cause!  If you can’t make it to the actual yard sale but would be willing to donate an item or two to be sold, contact 781-843-8824.

Which one of these events is right up your alley?  Lend a helping hand this month and you’ll feel the rewards instantly.  There’s no better feeling than knowing that you made a big difference in someone’s life by only taking a moment out of yours.  Whether you want to enjoy a gourmet meal, go for a run, help the environment, or go shopping, you can do it all, all while supporting worthy causes!

Photo By: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District

 

 

 

 

Events This April!

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Looking for something new and exciting to do this month?  These local events are fun, exciting, opportunities to get out of the house and try something new!  Celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately by getting out and about, try your luck at trivia, celebrate Earth Day, stop by Comic Con, or enjoy a craft beer, as always, there is an event for everyone!

True Lies and False Facts: A Questionable Tour of Boston – How much do you know about Boston’s history?  Boston By Foot organized this trivia tour where you will hear wild and outlandish tales, some of them are true while some of them are false.  Use your knowledge of Boston’s history to discover the truth, after the tour participants will gather at the 6B Lounge where the answers will be revealed and those with the most correct will win prizes.  This historic tour takes place on Sunday, April 7th at 2 PM and costs $10 for members of the organization and $20 for non-members.  Participants will gather outside the Charles/MGH T station on the Red Line before the tour begins.  Celebrate April Fool’s day a little late this year and see if you can be fooled!  Reservations are recommended although walk-ups will be accepted if space allows, only cash will be accepted for payment on the tour day.

Spring Beer Fest – Celebrate the beginning of Spring with a crisp, refreshing craft beer!  The Spring Beer Fest will be taking place on Friday, April 19th at Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts.  There will be beers available to taste from across the globe, guests will recieve a passport (event guide) that will enable them to travel from country to country sampling brews.  There will also be music and all guests will be entered to win great items valued at $1,000.00!  Guests can either purchase tickets for the Rush Hour tasting from 5 PM – 7:30 PM which cost $49 until 4/12/13 and then costs $69 until they sell out, or can purchase tickets for the Friday night Tasting Party from 8 PM – 11 PM which costs $59 until 4/12/13 and then costs $69 until they sell out.  There will also be a sushi rolling and saki class taking place for those that are interested!  There will be two sessions, one at 5:15 PM and one at 8:15 PM, tickets are $59 until 4/12/13 and then will be $69 until they sell out.  The class is one hour long and you will learn how to make sushi rolls and then enjoy complimentary pre-rolled items!  Get your tickets for this event before they sell out!

Party For The Planet! – Celebrate Earth Day with the Franklin Park Zoo this year on Sunday, April 21st at their Party for the Planet!  The Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and the Cambridge Science Festival for this event to raise awareness for our planet!  Take your little ones to the zoo for this event where they can learn how to contribute to and maintain planet Earth in a fun, engaging environment.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the zookeepers, participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy the live entertainment on site, and of course meet the many animals that live at the zoo!  There will also be animal enrichment activities and Magic 106.7 will be on hand from 11 AM – 1 PM with music, games, and prizes!

Boston Comic Con – This event takes place across the country and on April 20-21st it will be here in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center!  Comic book fans, get your tickets while they last, single day admission costs $25.00 but if you buy a ticket for admission on both days it will run you up $40.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the door the day of the event.  Fans of the hit series “The Walking Dead” will love the fact that favorites Lauren Cohan AKA Maggie Greene and Jon Bernthal AKA Shane Walsh will be on hand for autographs, photo ops, and some Q&A.  There will also be a comic art auction, costume contest, film festival, and stars and artists from many other famous comic books at the event.  Show hours are from 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM – 5 PM on Sunday.

Which one of these events are you most excited about this month?  There is something going on to entertain every member of your family this April, so head into Boston and celebrate the warm weather at one of these events!

Photo By: NikiSublime

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Riley!

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Friday is here yet again and we’re back with another Furry Friend interview to celebrate!  Today I got to chat with Riley, a miniature black lab.  Personally, I have never heard of a miniature black lab, so I was very excited for this interview in particular.  Once I met Riley, I never would have guessed that he was 10 years old, he looks like a puppy!  This adorable guy was gracious enough to spare some time on this beautiful day for our interview, read below to see what he had to say!

So Riley, I have never heard of a miniature black lab, you must get a lot of attention from people when they see you out and about.

My breed is more common than you would think, you’ve probably seen us out and about and just thought we were lab puppies, my sister says I still look like I’m only a year old!

What is your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I love to follow my mom around the house, she is my favorite companion and I love being by her side.  Other than that, I like to play with my cousin Marty, he is also a black lab, although not miniature.  He lives next door and is only 2 years old, but he is definitely bigger than me already!  He keeps me young though, we get to hang out almost every day.

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

My favorite toy would have to be my squeaky squirrel.  When I chew on him he makes a loud sound that I love, and  I can usually find someone to play tug of war with me!

Is there anything that scares you?

The only thing that makes me nervous is new people.  Whenever someone comes to the door that I don’t recognize, it makes me a little nervous because I am very protective of my family.  I bark A LOT and sometimes my family gets mad, but I’m just looking out for them.  Once I get to know someone I am very friendly though, I am a lab after all!

What’s your favorite place to go for a walk?

We live right near Black and White Beach in Manchester and that is by far the best place to explore.  So many sights, smells, and sounds on the ocean, I can’t get enough!  We usually walk about a mile on the beach, now that I’m a little older that’s the perfect length for me, not too long but still long enough to tucker me out. 

Do you have any health concerns for the future, or have there been any instances where pet insurance might have come in handy?

Well, I do have quite a few cysts that make me a little nervous.  Most of them are fatty tumors but I can’t stand going to the vet’s to get them diagnosed!  Thinking about the possibilities of what it could be is scary, and it’s also expensive so I feel a little guilty when my mom has to pay.  I hear that cysts are common in labs though, and I’m sure my family will be keeping a close eye on me!

Riley is an older dog, and as he said cysts are common in labs and paying for biopsies can get expensive after a few tests.  Don’t let your pet’s health suffer because of finances!  Give us a call at MassDrive for a pet insurance quote, your furry friend (and your wallet) will thank you next time they need to go to the vet!

 

Free Events This April

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We’re back with one of our favorite posts, free events this month!  Who doesn’t love getting something for free?  Take advantage of these events this month and listen to a concert, attend a seminar, watch the Boston Marathon, or learn to cook, all for FREE.  How can you say no to that?  Check out this list of upcoming festivities and choose which one(s) you’ll be attending!

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Free Concert –  Head over to Jordan Hall in Boston on Wednesday, April 3rd for Berklee’s free spring concert!  There will be various musical selections performed by the Symphony Orchestra, and during the second half of the concert, acclaimed guest musicians will also perform with the orchestra including pianist Danilo Perez who serves as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival.  Many talented musicians will be performing at this event so don’t miss your chance to see these highly trained and talented artists perform for free!

First Time Home Buyer’s Seminar – First time home buyer?  Prudential Unlimited Realty is hosting this free seminar where there will be many tips, strategies, and statistics from professionals.  The seminar is in Jamaica Plain from 10 AM to 12 PM and there will be a home inspector, mortgage consultant, real estate attorney, financial planner, and buyer’s agent all on hand for discussions.  This course is an extremely valuable resource for first time home buyers and when it comes to understanding the process, while you’re at it, give us a call at MassDrive for a homeowner’s insurance quote!

Cooking Demo and Discussion with the author of ‘Homemade Summer – Take a stroll along Newbury St this April before heading to Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston on Tuesday, April 16th at 7 PM for this unique event.  Yvette van Boven, author of the cookbook ‘Homemade Summer‘ has previously found success when it comes to writing cook books, and now she’s back to share her knowledge with participants at this event.  She will be presenting her favorite recipes for spring and summer and of course there will be samples for all attendees.  For the demo she will be preparing Mint Lemmo cocktails, arugula cake with pine nuts, and feta & olive cake.  You’d have to be crazy to turn down this party, so enjoy the beautiful scenery in Boston during the spring and then head over to Trident Booksellers, you won’t be sorry!

Boston Marathon – This event is a Boston legend, and you can watch it live!  This race begins in Hopkinton, and the course runs through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and finally Boston where tired runners cross the finish line right in Copley Square.  Unlike most sporting events, spectators don’t need tickets!  Find a spot on the route where you would want to watch from and get there early.  Fans can watch the race live on TV or along the route itself.  You can view a map of the course here.  Race day is Monday, April 15th and the first participants leave the finish line at 9 AM.

Whether you’re going out on the town with friends, family, little ones, or your significant other, there’s a free event for you to enjoy this month!

Photo By: Rob React

Furry Friend Friday With Bear!

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Here we are again with another Furry Friend Friday interview!  We finally got a beautiful, sunny Friday for an interview and today I chatted with Bear, and no he’s not actually a real bear, just an adorable seven year old Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

So Bear what is your favorite way to spend the day?

I actually have a few pastimes, I’m a fan of the great outdoors, so I love going hiking or doing anything related to nature.  My absolute favorite thing to do outside is go crabbing! I’m a big seafood fan, so whenever we go to the beach I always look out for any dead crabs I can munch on.  They’re pretty good too so don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!

Do you have any favorite toys or treats?

I’m not really a fan of toys, haven’t been ever since I was a young pup.  Just because I don’t like toys doesn’t mean I don’t like to play though; I have a lot of friends both human and K-9 and we always have a great time.  When it comes to treats though, that’s a totally different story.  You know those baked pig ears? Those are my favorite snack ever! My mom thinks they’re weird because sometimes they have hair on them and are from a real pig, but I can’t get enough! I could happily eat those things all day if I had the chance.

What about any fears?  Does anything scare you?

I have to admit that water does make me very nervous, I don’t like to go near it but I always seem to get thrown in! I don’t know why people think it’s funny to scare me, they wouldn’t like it if I scared them!  I do have a life vest that is just for dogs though, so I’m safe when I go in the water, I just don’t like it.

Do you have a favorite place to go for a walk?

Well as I said, I’m very into the outdoors and I love going to the golf course near my house.  I get to run free in those wide open spaces and take in the fresh air.

Have you ever been in a situation where pet insurance would have come in handy?

Well, about four years ago I had a near death experience that cost my family A LOT of money.  It all started when I tore a ligament in my thigh, which was painful enough to begin with!  I needed surgery to fix it and unfortunately my vet messed up the procedure and I got a serious infection.  I couldn’t even go to the bathroom and eventually my family had to take me to the animal emergency room.  After that I spent two weeks in the ASPCA hospital before I could finally go home.  It was very traumatizing.

Medical issues can happen at any time, and in this situation Bear’s pain was all due to the vet’s mistake during surgery.  This whole situation cost his family thousands and thousands of dollars, a cost which would have been covered if he had pet insurance.  Give us a call at MassDrive today and get a quote for pet insurance, if your furry friend were ever in trouble, you wouldn’t want finances getting in the way of life saving treatment!

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Maya!

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Happy Friday everyone, we’re here to kick off your weekend with another furry friend interview!  Today I got to interview an adorable dog named Maya, she is the second girl that I’ve interviewed that is lucky enough to live in Phoenix, Arizona.  Maya is a very unique dog as she is both a rescue pup and deaf!  Although she’s had some challenges so far, she has overcome them and is living in the lap of luxury!

So Maya, what is your favorite way to spend the day?

Well, the first thing I do every morning is to go for a walk with my friend Bruno, he is my neighbor’s dog and we love to walk over to the park near our condo complex.  The park right inside the complex it pretty run down, so we go to the one about a block away.  The grass is beautiful and it is so clean there, they even have a doggie water fountain for us!  After my walk, I love coming home to my new bed and taking a nap!  It’s a luxury king size dog bed, I have so much room to lounge and could stay there all day.

Do you have a favorite toy?

I guess you could say I’m pretty spoiled, because I have A LOT of toys to choose from!  My favorite in particular are the ones that I can use for tug of war, as long as I can find someone to play with me.

What about a favorite treat?

My dad says I am just like him because I love to eat so much, and as I said I am pretty spoiled so I get a lot of treats.  Out of all of them, I like milk bones a lot, they aren’t too rough on my teeth and taste delicious!

Is there anything that scares you?

My biggest fear is definitely water!  I won’t go near it at all, not the rain, shower, or any large body of water.  My dad is so good to me though, he even washes me with water-free shampoo so I don’t have to get near the water at all.  Other than that, the vacuum is my other nemesis, it is always trying to chase me!  I’m deaf so I can’t hear it coming, but I always stay a few steps ahead of it because I’m pretty quick.

It’s not every day we interview a deaf dog, how did everyone find out you were deaf?

It’s a funny story actually, when my dad adopted me from the local pound, he had no idea I was even deaf!  A few days after he rescued me, we went over to his friends house to relax and watch the movie “Inception”, you may have heard of it.  Anyways, I was a little sleepy and dozed off for a bit, I guess a huge action scene came on and my dad was shocked that I was able to sleep through it.  Eventually he brought me to the vet for a check up and that’s when they told him the news.  He loves me just the same anyways, who could ever resist my cute little face?

Do you have any health concerns for the future?  Or have you ever been in a situation where you wish you had pet insurance?

Well as I said, I’m deaf so that poses an issue, however that would not be covered by pet insurance since it is a pre-existing condition.  I still worry about going to the vets though, and a month after I was adopted I had to go because I got an ear infection.  Soon after that I was also diagnosed with severe allergies as well.  I can’t catch a break, can I?  Well, it’s really my dad who can’t catch a break, he did not get pet insurance for me so he had to pay for those costs out of pocket!  If he had just signed me up for a policy, those costs would have been covered.

Maya is a young girl who has had some tough luck in the health department.  At a young age, this is pretty unusual but pet owners should always be prepared for anything!  That’s why calling us up at MassDrive for a pet insurance quote is so important.  Pet insurance ranges in price based on the age and breed of your pet, and in most cases is less than $80 per month which may sound like a lot, but when it comes to your furry friend, their health is priceless.  Coming up with a few extra dollars per month for your pet’s benefit is much easier than paying a huge bill upfront, and we don’t want anyone to have to deny their pet the care they need because of finances.  So, call us up for a quote and get your furry friend insured!

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Mya!

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We’re back again and today we’re bringing you yet another exciting interview despite the snow storm.  Today I got to interview Mya, and let me tell you she is a very lucky girl!  Mya lives out in Arizona with one of the sales representatives from our office in Phoenix, so fortunately for her she’s hasn’t had to step foot in any snow!  I let her know that those of us here in Massachusetts are very jealous of the beautiful weather they have out there!

So Mya, what is your favorite thing to do?

Well, I am a very curious girl.  Anywhere I go I love to explore my surroundings and investigating every new sight and smell.  I also love being around my people, they are so much fun and are always doing something interesting or eating something new, I’m sure you can imagine how much I love finding scraps of left over food if they spill some around the house.  After thoroughly investigating my surroundings, I like to take a nice long nap.

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

My favorite toy is my pink monkey!  She is my best friend and I try to bring her everywhere with me.  Whether I’m taking a snooze or hanging around outside, my pink monkey is by my side.  My people always play with me and sometimes they even try to throw my monkey, but don’t worry; I always run after her and pick her up as fast as I can!

Is there anything you’re afraid of?

Well I’m not afraid of much, the only thing that makes me nervous is my brother, Andre.  We don’t live together, but I still get to see him a lot because my owner and his owner are brothers!  Ironic isn’t it?  Anyways we got into a little scuffle when I was younger and he is a lot tougher than I am so I try to stay out of his way.  I’m not saying he’s mean or anything, sometimes he just doesn’t know his own strength and gets a little too rough.  I just hope people aren’t afraid of me, I’m a pitbull and we may look tough, but I’m really just a big love bug and wouldn’t hurt a fly!

What’s your favorite place to go for a walk?

I love walking all over our neighborhood, the weather here in Phoenix has been perfect for dog walking lately!  There’s a grassy field near our house that we go to a lot, I love running around and playing fetch on a nice warm day!  Even when it gets hot out, it’s not as humid here as it is for you all in Massachusetts!

Do you have any health concerns?

Not at the moment, I am a very healthy young girl!  The only time I had to go to the vet (besides yearly check-ups) was after I got into that scuffle that I already told you about.  Like I said, sometimes my brother just doesn’t know his own strength and it started off as playing but eventually I ended up at the vet’s office and needed a few stitches.

Lucky for her owner, Mya is a happy healthy four year old girl.  However, dogs of any age can get injured accidentally, whether it’s by another dog or something else, and the vet bills that follow such injuries can be expensive!  Give us a call at MassDrive for a pet insurance quote, there are no restrictions on any type of breed so all cats and dogs (including pitbulls) are welcome!

 

 

 

Be A Force Of Nature!

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Did you know that we’re in the middle of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week?  Perfect timing considering this storm that’s currently hitting the east coast!  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered up to designate the week of March 3-9th as National Weather Preparedness week and are urging Americans to Be A Force Of Nature.

There are three steps to being a force of nature; first you need to know your risk.  Here in Massachusetts, our biggest risks are from snow and flooding.  Storms can have a major impact on families across the state; from losing power, to damage caused by the wind and flooding, there are many risks that come along with these storms we have here in Massachusetts!  Make sure you are checking the weather reports regularly as well, we all know how unpredictable the weather in New England can be.  Click here to find out how you can protect your family and be better prepared for emergencies!

The next step to being a force of nature is pledging to take action!  Sign the Pledge To Prepare and take the first step to making sure you and your family are prepared for severe weather in your area.  This pledge includes filling out your family communications plan, putting together an emergency kit, and keeping important valuables and papers in a safe place.  Another tip to keep in mind; make sure you have multiple ways to get weather alerts!  You should make sure that your phone is able to receive wireless emergency alerts and sign up for alerts from different emergency management officials.  You might also consider obtaining a battery-powered radio that you can listen to for updates if the power goes out.  You can sign up for email and SMS alerts from the National Weather Service and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration here.

Finally, be an example!  Once you know your risk, and have taken the pledge to Be a Force of Nature, be an example!  This is the final step of being a force of nature and is arguably the most important.  Share your knowledge on any and all social media sites and let your friends know what you’re doing to prepare for upcoming storms!  Social media and today’s technology make it easier than ever to share our experiences and knowledge with friends and family, so spread the word!

Know your risk, take action, and be an example for friends and family!   Another way to prepare for a storm?  Give us a call at MassDrive and get a quote for homeowner’s and auto insurance! Extreme wind and flooding can cause major problems for you, your home, and your car so make sure you have the appropriate coverages in the event of any damage!  Achieving a Weather-Ready Nation is a major goal, but it’s possible with help from all of you!

Photo By: Cara StHilaire

 

 

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