It’s National Preparedness Month, your annual reminder to plan in advance for how you’d weather an emergency or natural disaster such as a hurricane, wildfire, flood or crippling winter storm. Ready.gov urges us all to prepare in advance for emergencies, and offers great tips for how to do that. Part of that planning includes preparing for your pets. Every time there’s a national disaster, we hear heartbreaking stories of pets that were left behind in the rush to safety. Thankfully, dedicated pet rescuers join the recovery efforts and manage to save many of these animals – but they are sometimes never reunited with their humans. Planning for your family includes emergency planning for your family pet.
There’s another kind of pet planning you might consider this month, too: It’s National Pet Health Insurance Month. Pet veterinary care can be costly: “A report from the American Pet Products Association (APPA) shows that Americans spent $60.59 billion on their pets last year, a quarter of which was spent on veterinary care.” (See Before Your Dog Gets Sick, Consider Pet Insurance).
Today, there are more and more pet insurance or veterinary financing options available than ever before. Why not pick up the phone and talk to your independent agent about insurance options for taking care of your pets?
And as a bit of motivation, and because it’s Friday, here are some pet videos that might melt your heart.
Anticipation … you couldn’t leave this poor fellow at home alone in an emergency, could you?
Your moment of Zen – these kittens are still in the pet store but they need your care.
“These sure are funny looking leaping puppies,” thinks Maymo …
This bird will never let you hear the end of it if you forget about him in an emergency
Without human help, cats could take over the world
While we always like to talk insurance, sometimes you need to focus on the real reason the Internet was invented: amazing animal videos. Normally, we’re partial to cute cats and dogs, but we want to give the rest of the animal kingdom equal time. Here’s a collection of a few of our animal clip finds to kick off your weekend.
Mostly when we see cows, they’re just standing around. But not on the first day of spring when the farmer lets them out of the barn – they dance and leap after having been cooped up. We know how they feel!
Seals are apparently just the doggies of the ocean!
Many of us are worried about privacy issues – this chimpanzee is taking matters in his own hands. Hope the drone was insured.
There’s a zoo in Japan that offers a spa day for its capybaras on the coldest day each winter. It looks like fun!
Since it’s the holiday season, we thought we’d bring you a few of our favorite seasonal clips. Best wishes to you and yours over the holiday – and be safe – be sure not to drive if you have any spiked egg nog!
Straight No Chaser – Who Spiked The Eggnog?
Cat Christmas Tree Disaster
Freshpet Holiday Feast – 13 Dogs and 1 Cat Eating with Human Hands
OK, Friday afternoon in the summertime? We’d say it’s time to party. What could be better than a tiny hedgehog at a tiny birthday party? Not much cuter than that … but after all those extra sweets, it might be time for some hedgehog dentistry. We hope he has dental insurance to cover that work!
And if you haven’t reached maximum cute level, then we close out with tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos.