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7 Pets Stuck in Couches

Dogs and cats love a nice, soft cushion, and sometimes their pet bed just doesn’t cut it. The sofa is a great place to cuddle up with their human (or sprawl out so the humans have nowhere to sit) but when it gets cold, they may need to improvise. These seven dogs and cats got cozy between the couch cushions– we’re just not sure if they know how to get out!
cat stuck in couch

Image via: hypocritical_crane

The Five Most Popular Family Breeds in Canada

Ever wondered what the most popular breed of dog is in Canada? The top breed insured with us is the Mixed Breed Dog. That’s right, Canadians love their crossbreeds, and rightly so! Whether you’re considering purchasing a new pet or you’re just feeling inquisitive, we’ve put together a guide of the most popular family dog breeds in Canada*, and why they make the ideal pets.

1. Mixed Breed Dog
Mutts, mongrels, hybrids, call them what you like, but there’s no denying they are the number one family breed in Canada. From the Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle), Puggle (Pug and Beagle) and Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle), there is a huge range of mixed breeds covering all shapes and sizes. They can be a mixture of two different breeds or several, making them truly unique! One reason for mixing breeds is that they combine the much-loved traits of particular dogs, and are said to be healthier and less susceptible to hereditary diseases.


2. Golden Retriever

A Taste of Another Dog’s Medicine

Lola - Leslie Metcalf - Image 1

Shortly after Christmas, I fed my dogs and had just started to make my own dinner. I heard abnormal crunching and turned around to see my elder dog’s entire bottle of pain medication had been ingested by my 1-year-old dog, Lola!

A call to poison control, my veterinarian at Timberlyne Animal Clinic, a three-day stay in The Animal Specialty Hospital in Durham, and 10 days at home with round-the clock care ensured that Lola was restored to health with no long term damage.

Thanks to Trupanion, this was not a financial disaster as well. I adopted Lola from a pit rescue in February 2013 for my husband, who passed suddenly in August 2013. I love her more than anything and am so glad I could get her the care she needed.

Kathryn F.

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Enrolled: December 2013
Condition: Rimadyl Ingestion
Total Paid: $1,263.58

Puppy Training: Tips to Overcome Chewing and Barking

Puppy Dog Training Five Tips to Overcome Chewing and BarkingA new puppy can bring so much joy to a family. They are cute and cuddly, and can make the perfect pal for their owner. However, puppies are new to the world and great at finding trouble. Chewing and barking are obstacles that need to be overcome in order for everyone to live in a pleasant home environment. When training your new pooch, use these tips.

Exercise and Structure
In order to prevent chewing, a puppy needs to realize their owner is the boss. Try not to provide accidental chew toys for the puppy, by keeping messy or chewable things put away. The puppy should start their day with some exercise and instructions or discipline. Then, after puppy has complied, they should be showered with attention. Give them constructive exercise so chewing doesn’t become a bored or nervous habit.

Labradors Rule, Boxers Drool and Schnoodles Gain in Popularity

Mixed Breeds Top The List for Most Popular Dogs In honor of National Dog Week, an annual holiday that celebrates Americans’ faithful companions, Trupanion found that aside from mixed breeds, the Labrador Retriever tops the list of most popular dogs across North America. Not surprisingly, this trusty sidekick also showed up as the most popular dog in many major cities across the country. However, when looking at particular regions, data found that each city has its own particular tastes when it comes to breeds, reflecting the lifestyle and culture of the region.

“While it’s no surprise that Labs and Goldens remain popular, we’re seeing a lot of variation by region in terms of what’s popular in that particular area,” said TJ Houk, Vice President of Analytics at Trupanion. “Mixed breeds are popping up everywhere from the Yorkipoo, to the Schnoodle, to the Labradoodle. Some are hypo-allergenic dogs because they are mixes, and their coats can vary, making them a good fit for many different types of owners.”

The top dog breeds across the U.S., according to the Trupanion database, are:

1. Mixed breeds
2. Labrador Retriever
3. Golden Retriever
4. Yorkshire Terrier
5. Shih Tzu
6. German Shepherd
7. Chihuahua
8. English Bulldog
9. Maltese
10. Boxer

And to break it down further, Trupanion found that specific regions across the country have very particular tastes when it comes to breeds. Across the nation, the breeds below are far more frequent in their respective city than the rest of the U.S.