Sunday, December 20, 2009


Thanks to everyone for the pet insurance advice. I spent some time reading reviews on and then I stopped by Turtle's vet in Ann Arbor to get their advice. They suggested Embrace, which is the company I thought looked best after reading reviews and the plan coverage on the Embrace website ( I purchased the "Everyday" plan, which costs $26 a month and covers accidents and illnesses up to $10,000 per year ($200 deductible).

Hopefully, we won't have occasion to use it, but I'll let everyone know how it goes if we do.

Here's a funny clip my economics professor played in class to illustrate the concept of moral hazard. Hope T doesn't get too reckless now that he's insured :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pet insurance advice

Hi friends-

Wondering if any of you purchase insurance for your pups? We've been reading more about it lately and trying to figure out if it's a good idea for Turtle. Knowing how adventurous he is (and most Puggles are), it's likely he'll get himself into a pickle one of these days.

Any providers you like, articles you've read or general advice would be much appreciated!

Maris, Tyler & Turtle

Monday, December 7, 2009

New dog park

This past weekend Turtle took me his new fancy schmancy dog park near his grandma's house.

Here we are setting out on the path. You can see all the other dogs walking nicely on the path while Turtle is off on the side eating twigs.

Here is Turtle being chased by his new friend, Sammy (poor Sammy gave up after a couple minutes--no one can catch T).

Puggle camouflage! Can you spot the curly tail?

All in a days work. Next up: bath time.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Patiently waiting

One of my favorite routines is making breakfast and dinner for Turtle. Ever since he was little, Tyler and I taught him to sit patiently while we prepared his food. It makes me smile mid-prep to look down and see my anxious diner watching my every move. Sometimes he'll even whine a little if he's really hungry and I'm taking too long.

But he never moves an inch!