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A Full Life and a Wagging Tail

Rocky-Golden-Retriever“I adopted Rocky from NorCal Golden Retriever Rescue when he was 8 months old. He was the reason I met my husband Dave. Rocky had a personality that could turn anyone who disliked dogs into a dog lover with his never ending wagging tail, and relentless love.

In June of 2014, he was 13 and we received the news he had lymphoma. My vet at at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center talked to us about treatment. There was an oral chemotherapy, which had good results for his type of cancer with minimal to no side effects. Thank goodness we had Trupanion. We decided to give it a try.
Every 3 weeks, he went in, had his blood drawn, and if his levels were good, he received his pill. So every three weeks, the vet bill was about $325. But because of our insurance, we were reimbursed for 90%.

Rocky did well and eventually we spread out the treatments. Until finally, my vet told me Rocky’s cancer was as good as cured! He finally crossed over the rainbow bridge on February 27, 2015. Because of Trupanion we were able to treat his cancer, give him a good quality of life and he gave us 8 additional months of love.

Thank you Trupanion. Those 8 months were an absolute blessing.”

Anne M.


Pleasanton, CA
Enrolled: October 2012
Condition: Lymphoma, Hypothyroidism
Trupanion Paid: $3,050.17

DIY Pet Silhouette

Pet Silhouette

This simple DIY card is a great way to celebrate and appreciate your favorite veterinarian with a personal tough. For a sophisticated personalized note for Veterinarian Appreciation Day, look no further than pet silhouettes.

DIY Pawprint Painting

Pawprint_9This simple DIY painting is a great way to celebrate and appreciate your favorite veterinarian and to involve your pet in the process. This quick craft is sure to make your veterinary hospital feel loved.

DIY Pet Treat Jar

Pet treat jar

This simple DIY treat jar is a great way to celebrate and appreciate your favorite veterinarian this Veterinarian Appreciation Day. This gift can be used in the lobby or exam rooms around the hospital. Fill it with treats for pets or people!

How to Make Your Gate Safe for Your Dog

safe-dog-fenceMany dog owners will allow their companion to roam the backyard unattended, but how can you be sure your dog fence will be safe? A simple step that any responsible dog owner can take is to secure the gates and fences on their property. With just a little planning, you can pet proof your yard so your pup can enjoy the great outdoors.

1. Close Gaps

Gaps in your gate will allow your dog to squeeze through to the other side. Do not take any chances. A determined canine can fit through spaces in the fence, which often appear smaller than their bodies. By using chain link you can add  barriers to the open spaces, and your dog will still be able to enjoy the view that they have grown accustomed to.

When you close the gaps in a gate, you also deter other wild animals that may try and enter the yard. The security that a gate offers a dog is about more than just keeping them on the property, it is also about protecting them from pests and predators.

2. Secure Loose Ground

Gravel, sand, and dirt around your gate can all be easily displaced by your digging dog. Once they have made a hole, they may be able toto slip underneath the fence. Even if the dog is not usually a digger, your pet may try to test these boundaries on the property.

The best way to secure this loose ground is to bury stepping-stones just beneath the surface of the soil. This will allow you to keep the aesthetic of your yard while still discouraging your companion from attempting to tunnel under the gate. This is a more permanent solution than moving objects to block these areas in the yard, and it will also do nothing to limit the space that your pet can roam.

3. Choose the Right Height

The decision on how tall to make your gate must take into account the athleticism of your breed. Some dogs can jump as high as eight feet, but in most cases, a fence that is just over six should suffice for your athletic pet. You know your dog best and can determine the best height to keep them secure in your yard. Keep in mind, certain stressors may lead your dog to behave uncharacteristically at times, and while they may have never jumped your fence before, it can still happen.

It is very important that the height of the gate is significantly tall enough so that the dog does not even try to climb it. They can easily get stuck on the fence or fall. The height of the fence will also deter some wild animals, but will never prevent climbing animals such as raccoons from entering the yard.


You know your dog best, and while most can be kept safe inside a fence, some are determined escape artists. Dogs can learn to climb trees and fences, which will essentially make it impossible to leave them safely unattended.

About the Author

Ralph Goodman is a professional locksmith and an expert writer on all things locks and security over at the Lock Blog. The Lock Blog is a great resource to learn about keys, locks and safety. They offer tips, advice and how-to’s for consumers, locksmiths, and security professionals.