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Kimberly Alt

Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She adopted Sally, a 3 year old hound mix, in 2017 and is loving life as a pet parent.

Embark DNA vs Wisdom Panel: Our Firsthand Experience Winner

Embark Dog DNA vs Wisdom Panel boxes

When we adopted our dog Sally we were so curious about her family history, breed makeup and any potential health concerns. Not knowing her entire history or even what breed(s) she is was a bit of a concern for us because it would make vet forms a bit more challenging to fill out plus we wouldn’t know what types of illnesses to watch out for. When Michelle (the founder of Canine Journal) asked if I’d like to do a DNA test for Sally I got very excited and immediately said yes…

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Pet Insurance Comparison 2017: Who’s Best?

Best Pet Insurance Comparison

As dog owners ourselves, we understand that the day to day expenses can add up and the cost of pet insurance is one that may appear unnecessary at first. Much like our health insurance, however, pet insurance is there when the moment comes that you need to fall back on the financial support an insurance plan can offer. And if you don’t have the plan already in place, you will likely find yourself in a tight spot…

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Petplan Insurance Reviews: Is Price Everything?

Pug with bone in mouth

Petplan was our #1 pick for pet insurance for several years in a row due to its outstanding customer service, excellent coverage and low prices. However, competitors stepped up and offered more coverage for less money, pushing Petplan down to third place. In 2016, Petplan changed its underwriter, which caused a whirlwind of complaints from existing customers. Complaints revolve mainly around premiums increasing drastically and in some cases even doubling for existing customers. Why do we think Petplan still deserves your consideration as a pet insurance provider? Read our review to see why you should still consider Petplan, especially if you are a new customer…

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Best Pet Sitting Websites: DogVacay vs Rover vs Care vs Fetch vs PetSitters

Going to be away for work or vacation and looking for an in-home pet sitting service? The dog-sitting sites in this article are like Airbnb for dogs and provide in-home dog sitting as well as other services like grooming, walking and training so you don’t have to worry about boarding your pooch while you’re away. Find out which of the best pet sitting websites provide guarantees and background checks, which ones are less detailed and why pet sitting is superior to putting your pup in a crowded kennel…

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Boxer: A Great Family Pet

Boxer in the grass

The boxer is known for its squishy face and playful personality. According to the American Kennel Club, the boxer is the 10th most popular breed. Why is this dog such a popular companion? Below we’ll go over the Boxer’s history, personality, physical attributes and more. Find out if this breed should be in your household…

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Healthy Paws vs Pets Best: A Tight Race to the Finish

Healthy Paws is our #1 overall pick this year but Pets Best has fewer limitations for senior dogs, so why is it ranked #2 for best pet insurance? We’ll explain why we think Healthy Paws is generally a better choice than Pets Best in this article. However, be sure to keep an open mind because even we will admit that there may be some instances where Pets Best is a better option for you…

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Best Automatic Dog Feeder: Guarantee Your Dog Eats on Time

Dog eating out of PetNet auto dog feeder

If you’re anything like me, getting out of bed can be a struggle at times. The alarm goes off at 6 AM and I am not enthusiastic about getting out of my warm covers. Sally, our dog, is the complete opposite. She is ready to roll because she knows it’s feeding time. Fortunately, my husband is in charge of her morning feeding, so I don’t have to rush out of bed like he does. (Sally doesn’t allow any snoozed alarms.) It wasn’t until researching this article that I realized how beneficial an automatic dog feeder with timer would be. Although we love our Sally and appreciate her enthusiasm in the mornings, it would be nice to hit the snooze alarm every now and then 😉 . We’ve researched some of the best automatic pet feeders and categorized them according to their offerings…

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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking, Hiking and Camping With Your Dog

Prior to adopting our dog Sally, the woman at the shelter told us that she would be the perfect adventure buddy. Sally was described as a dog who would love hiking, swimming, exploring new places and going on adventures — all of which my husband and I love to do. We instantly fell in love with her. As we prepare for some camping and hiking trips this summer with our new companion, we decided we needed to do some research on the best dog hiking gear to have with us. Read our reviews of the best dog camping gear…

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