Monday, October 06, 2008


The Rabies Challenge Fund has earned the endorsement of canine celebrities, Rin Tin Tin and Benji, and Jan Rasmusen author of the national-award-winning health care book, Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, will send an autographed copy of her book for donations to The Rabies Challenge Fund above $500. Please visit

November marks the one year anniversary since the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies began at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, and the fund has raised $120,700 of the $209,000 needed to fund the studies' 2nd year budget.

For more information regarding updates of rabies laws in your state, please visit

Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Lee Van Kirk, CEO Tartan Media Group in an interview with Animal Radio Network.

Is pet insurance worth it? Animal Radio asked Lee Van Kirk, CEO of Tartan Media Group, Inc. He has been in the insurance industry as a General Agent and consultant for over 17 years. Since 2001, he has focused in the Pet Insurance industry, consulting to some of the largest pet insurance companies in the US and Canada.

Lee states that if you decide on a savings account instead of pet insurance, be aware that your savings account is not going to reimburse you for some of the rather high costing veterinary programs that they have available today. Veterinarians today can do just about everything that medical doctors can do for humans, such as MRI’s and cancer treatment and the costs are proportionate. In some cases, they even cost more for an animal than they would for a human.

How do I choose a pet insurance company? Make sure you decide on an insurer who has a long and solid track record of being in business and paying out claims (at least 7 years or more). Avoid start up companies even if they claim to have experienced managers in the pet insurance industry because Insurance companies claim that frequently but it isn't always so. Look for stability and length of time the companies been around. Avoid newer companies because 60 companies have come and gone in the last 20 years.

What should I look for in comprehensive coverage? Some pet health insurance companies offer medical plan add-ons that reimburse for preventative care and additionally increase the monetary allowances for cancer treatments and other health issues. Find a company that is transparent in their reimbursements. If the insurance company promises to reimburse 80% of eligible veterinary fees is there a reasonable and customary limit. Look for a published schedule of benefits for your major medical expenses ...Don't be surprised. What you see on a published benefit list is what you get.

Do Pet insurance companies cover pets other than dogs and cats? Some pet health insurers cover birds and exotics such as lizards and snakes. Be careful that you apply the same diligence to those published benefits as others do for their dogs and cats.

Who is available to ask about pet health insurance? Above all ask your veterinarian about pet insurance. Although he cannot endorse a company (usually) he will know the answers. Also visit for other answers about pet insurance.

Joy's Schedule

Saturday, October 11 from 1 - 3 PM - Open Forum - Joy will be your medium for these enlightening two hours. Do you have loved ones, animals or humans, on the other side you would like to speak with? Would you like to know what your animals are thinking and feeling? Would you like the perspective of your Soul and Spiritual Guides about anything in your life? Come to Flat Majic Books And Gifts which is located at 822 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA Call (206)244-9537 or email to reserve your spot. Cost is $25.

Saturday, October 18 from 12 - 4 PM - Dooley's Dog House, 1421 Market St, Kirkland, WA - Fundraiser for Old Dog Haven -- Help senior dogs in their final years -- Adopt, Foster, Donate. To learn more about Old Dog Haven, visit Come have a mini-session with Joy. 5 minutes is $20 includes $10 donation to Old Dog Haven. To register for a min-session with Joy, please call (425)889-2200. If you are interested in adopting an older dog, stop by to visit the older dogs who are looking for a forever home no matter how long that time is.

Chuck and Marti of Dooley's Dog House adopted a 16 year old Beagle named Blaze for what they thought would be for a few months. At that time little did anyone know that Blaze would be celebrating his 20th birthday this year. Blaze brought lots of joy to Chuck and Marti and the rest of the family. He passed away peacefully on his bed during naptime this past August.

Saturday, October 25 from 11 AM – 2 PM Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA)’s most important fundraising event will be held this year at the Genesee Park off-leash area. There will be fun, food, and fashion galore with prizes, raffles, and vendor booths catering to every pampered pet. The grand finale is a costume contest where all the most creatively dressed pooches strut their stuff for celebrity judges to win great prizes! Joy will be the Master of Ceremonys for this fun event. Be sure to check out the Dog-O-Ween website at for up-to-the-minute information. 100% of the net proceeds will benefit COLA, an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which depends on donations and support from the community to fund maintenance and improvement projects at all ELEVEN of Seattle’s off-leash parks.

Radio Show

Wednesday, October 8 From 12 - 1 PM PT Joy's guest is Chuck of Dooley's Dog House, one of the wonderful sponsors of the radio show. Where they celebrate the positive impact that dogs and cats have on our lives! They strive to offer products and information that will improve our pets' lives, limit their susceptibility to disease and improve their quality of life.

Tune in to Talk With Your Animals on Wednesdays from 12 - 1 PM Pacific Time either on the radio if you live in the Seattle area or over the Internet by going to then to the radio show links page and click on the listen live button for KKNW. The show can also be heard live on The radio show replays on Check that website for the times in your area. If you are interested in calling in to ask a question of your pet on Wednesdays, the telephone number is 425-373-5527. The toll free number if you are in Western Washington is 1-888-298-5569.

Talk With Your Animals is brought to you by Optimum Choices -, Pet Essences -, The Natural Pet Pantry -, Natural Horse Talk -, Dooley's Dog House -, Nurtural Horse - and ScratchnAll -, Waggin' Tails Cookies, Inc. - www.waggintailscookies.comand our mention - Holistic Horse Magazine - Please let these wonderful people know that Joy sent you.

From The Wonderful Folks Who Support Talk With Your Animals

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