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Some celebrities make their pets a part of their brand. Paris Hilton was inseparable from her tiny, spoiled dogs in the 2000’s. Swifties go gaga for Taylor’s cats almost as much as she does. And Adam Sandler routinely performs with his comic sidekick bulldogs Matzo Ball and Babu.

Then there are the celebs who post about their pets…only to never show them again.

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Whether you've been a pet parent for a long time and have learned the hard way or you're new to this, you should be considering pet insurance.

Vet visits are inevitable unexpected accidents and illnesses, which are already full of worry and stress before the bill even comes. Pet insurance gives you the peace of mind knowing that your pet will have help receiving the health care they need when they're hurt or sick, so you both can go back to enjoying all the park adventures and lazy sofa days knowing your furry baby's health is in good hands.

But which plan is right for you? Pet insurance is not standardized and with so many dog and cat insurance plans out there, it's important to know what each one covers.

To help make your search easier we compiled a list of the top insurance providers along with what their plans cover based on the information that the licensed provider shares;

Pet insurance comparison chart

Pumpkinis our top pick for many reasons. It covers so much, here's just a sip of what Pumpkin's plan covers as provided by Pumpkin on their website;

benefits of using Pumpkin Pet insurance

Apart from their great insurance plan, their optional add-on preventive care plan really helps them shine. Preventive care is how you get the most bang for your buck, and thanks to Pumpkinwe know it's essential. Pumpkin's preventive care pack fully covers 3 yearly essentials on every vet's list: an annual wellness exam, key vaccines, and select lab tests to detect parasites and the dangerous diseases they cause.

They also don't discriminate on the breed or old age of any pet; they accept all pets 8 weeks or older.

Embrace offers a plan that covers accidents, illnesses, alternative treatments, behavioral therapy, and prosthetic limbs, as well as an accident-only plan. Their plan is flexible and easily tailored to different needs and budgets.

Figo was founded in 2012 as part of Google's Tech Hub Network so it's ideal for tech-savvy pet owners, offering the Pet Cloud which makes it easy to file and track claims and video chat. Figo offers three plans; the lowest-tier plan has standard coverage for accidents and illnesses, alternative treatments, behavioral problems, prescriptions, hip dysplasia, as well as optional coverage for exam fees. The upper-tier plans add coverage for tracking down a lost pet.

Healthy Paws offers a single policy that covers hereditary and congenital conditions, emergency care, hospital stays surgeries, hip dysplasia for pets under age six (if the hip dysplasia is not a preexisting condition), physical therapy, and chiropractic services. Their plan doesn't strictly cover pre-existing conditions. Their customers comment mostly on excellent customer service and fast claims process.

Knowing exactly what your pet's health insurance covers and doesn't cover is so important and knowing that they truly care about pets.

Pumpkin's run by pet people who truly understand what your pets need. Pumpkin's plans were built with vets and they're designed to help pet parents plan and pay for the yearly essentials that keep pets healthy, while also being there for accidents, injuries, and illnesses that may occur.

When searching for pet insurance this year, make sure Pumpkin's plan and preventative care are on your research list.

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Ok, I used to think there was no way dogs could have allergies.

My friend claimed her golden retriever, Aston, was allergic to pollen, but she gets him groomed biweekly, so I thought she was just being over the top as usual.

So when my dog Milo turned 5, and with season's change, his eyes got watery and he was sneezing more, I still didn't think he could be allergic to anything.

This is the same dog that ate my phone charger. He's not sensitive.

With the okay from the vet that he was otherwise fine, I finally had to accept that Milo had allergies. The vet recommended a few different brands for allergy pills and treats.

Oh man, Milo loves when he gets to roll around in the mud and the leaves! I asked my friend if she had any recommendations, expecting to look for a cheaper version of whatever she said.

She told me she uses AllergyImmunity Chews from PetHonesty. That was one of the vet recommendations! My friend said the treats are vet-formulated and she tried a few different brands before this one. PetHonesty's worked perfectly (and Aston apparently loves them).

I asked her about the price, and was surprised to hear that for 90 chews, it was only $25.99. She even pays less because she subscribes to auto shipments, which saves her 20% on all her orders. Plus, she never has to worry about running out!

So far, this seemed great, but I wondered if it was full of fillers or placebos. I went to check out PetHonesty myself, and the reviews were incredibly positive.

I scrolled through so many stories of other dogs who'd never had allergies all of a sudden getting them, and then feeling great after starting with AllergyImmunity Chews (or Senior AllergyImmunity for older pups).

There are also no chemicals, wheat, or "bad stuff,", and the ingredients did look pretty hearty.

Milo's not picky, but just in case he refused, I took a look at their return policy. It's unique. If Milo didn't like them, or I found that they didn't make a difference, they have a 110% money-back guarantee. So, they'd pay me an extra 10% if Milo didn't love their chews (keep reading to see if he did!).

Even if Milo's allergies were only seasonal, there's plenty of immunity-boosting properties, so it'd be safe to give these to him all the time.

I ordered one container to start, and figured I'd switch to subscription if Milo was a fan (you can do every 1, 2, 3, or 6 months). Also, if you spend over $99 on your first order, you'd get a free bottle!

When they arrived, they looked just like the website picture. I told Milo to sit, and gave him a treat, that he demolished it in about a second. He liked them, but I wanted to see if they made a difference.

2 Weeks Later…

What allergies?! After about two weeks of 1-2 PetHonesty treats a day, I almost feel like I imagined the sneezing. It's completely gone, and Milo's eyes and coat look a little healthier too, thanks to the fish oils, antioxidants, and probiotics.

I switched to the subscription since these are also one of his new favorite treats.

I'm not one to usually peddle products, but I feel like I've told every pet parent at the dog park about these; they worked so well, and the preventative immunity measures keep him safe and happy! It's great for skin allergies, digestive health, and environmental allergies, so it really applies to so many pups.

They're great for him, and I'm definitely going to try out another one of PetHonesty's treats; this truly seems like a company that puts care into every product and customer. From reading reviews, I found out that if you're signed up for a subscription and you cancel due to the death of a pet, they'll send flowers to your home.

My pet has allergies, but with these, it's like he doesn't.

UPDATE: Our friends at PetHonesty are offering our readers a SPECIAL deal. Get a FREE BOTTLE on any order over $99! Make sure to add your free bottle to your cart after your cart has reached $99 and they will discount it at checkout!

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You enter your apartment after a long day's work and toss your keys on the counter - the metal chatters and chimes against the faux-marble surface as they grind to a halt. It's a familiar sound; one so frequently heard that even subtle notes once considered irritating have now grown neutral. Dead. You begin unpacking groceries when you hear another familiar frequency. This one is different. Unlike the brief percussion of keys, this sound failed to wither gracefully into placid neutrality. In fact, it has grown more loathsome, more offensive with time. Your muscles become tense as noise paces closer still. Without moving you slowly shift your line of site downwards with disdain. It's your dog. Panting. Scratching. Blinking. Licking his jowls with his disgusting tongue. He locks eyes with you as a bead of sweat surfaces above your brow and you look back at the beast, almost certain you can see his hairs shed, one by one, each fluttering down to your kitchen floor next to small puddles of drool. You knew this moment would come, perhaps not so soon, but you anticipated it nonetheless. It's time to end it all. It's time to break up with your dog.

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Many of you likely find the mere proposition of dog-divorce as cruel or perhaps inhumane. So allow me to preface my guide by addressing the scientific facts:

  • The canine species is known in the animal kingdom as a "Stage-5 Clinger," meaning once they have a taste of dog-human relations, they sink their teeth in deeper than they do with your favorite basketball shoes. Do not be fooled. Dogs are master manipulators and will employ every trick they know to keep you enslaved while thinking you're the master. And trust me, the tricks dogs are born with are far more powerful than any you think you've "taught" them.

  • Dogs can smell fear. Why would a species without evil intent evolve such that it can smell human fear? The answer? Never.
  • Dogs can't see color - and aren't people who say they "don't see color" just the worst?

  • Dogs come from wolves! While man descended from the noble ape, and cats from the gentle lion, dogs come from one of the most ferocious, man-eating, soulless monsters Earth has ever produced. And on top of that, they have the gall to parade about with their wolf traits on full display subliminally striking fear into all people, then sniffing that fear out and using it to their advantage. They aren't even wolves in sheep's clothing, no; they are just wolves in smaller wolves' clothing!

Now that we've established the undeniable laws underlining all dog-human interactions, let us return to the matter at hand-paw: how to break up with your dog.

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1. Prepare a Large Meal

Before initiating "the talk," you're going to want your pooch well fed. Hungry dogs are prepared to activate peak manipulation at any moment: "puppy eyes," whimpering, the whole nine yards (as in canine yards... coincidence? NO). Moreover, one must remember that these are wolf-offspring, and when provoked, can tear into your fragile flesh like a mindless vampire. And what is the signature sign of a vampire? Fangs, aka elongated canine teeth. Don't become a statistic. Instead, play it safe and make sure your mutt is stuffed to the brim by serving an irresistible feast... a "final meal," if you will.

2. Get a Little Drunk

While the creature snarls and snorts atop its slop, take the opportunity to have a few libations. Your choice of alcohol isn't of import, but subverting sobriety is. Recall fact number 2: dogs can smell fear. Therefore, it's essential you mask any emotions or apprehensions with good ol' liquid courage. If unsure how much to consume, simply refer to the classic saying: "don't approach the fur, till words begin to slur."

3. Propose An Outdoor Excursion

Break ups of any kind (interspecies and other) are best done in public places to ensure your safety. With humans, it can be difficult to accomplish a "clean break" in public because the breakee often has things in your apartment they will inevitably need to retrieve. In dog relationships, this is the one moment where being a person actually works in your favor. Legally speaking, you own everything the dog considers its rightful belongings. Therefore, once the canine is off your premises, they can lay no claim to any dog paraphernalia henceforth abandoned.

4. Disorient The Beast

Remember: the dog species is a Stage-5 Clinger. Countless people who try ending their damaging dog relationships wind up waking up the next morning after their first full night's rest in years, just to find the same mangy mutt moping at their doorstep. It's important the dog loses all sense of direction before you deliver them back to nature. I recommend blindfolding them and leading them in many circles by leash before even exiting the building. You may also want to stop in front of a neighbors door (one that doesn't know you well or that you have a dog), allow the animal to catch the scent, and then say something like "boy it sure is nice to be home, here where we live! Doesn't it just smell like home in front of this door?" Here, the dog's gullibility and lack of complex reasoning will be its downfall. Others have tried things like taking the dog up and down in the elevator many times before going outside, or putting a sign outside their door saying "sorry, I moved away." These techniques have also produced fairly promising results.

5. Do The Deed

Now that you are outside, in a public place, and the dog has no idea how it got there, it's time to cut the leash. But first, request an Uber (this will make sense soon enough). The fifth and final step is, of course, the hardest, as it will require you to debase yourself. You will lie to the dog - tell it "it's not you, it's me... you are a good it... this isn't your fault." The humiliation will seem too much to bear, but you must stay strong. Make sure you have a flask of alcohol somewhere on your person. If you feel yourself sobering up or exhibiting any signs of fear, you must immediately swig it away. Being outside can remind the animal of its wolf-heritage. If it smells fear at this moment, it will likely tear your flesh wide open, kill and eat you. Drink and drink swift. Once you complete your prepared statement, allow the dog a chance to speak its part. In most cases, the dog will refuse to speak. This is known in the animal kingdom as "the silent treatment." DO NOT BE FOOLED! Instead, simply unleash the dog and say something distracting like "look over there," while pointing away from yourself. If that fails, try making vacuum cleaner sounds with your mouth or some sort of phone app. They hate that! Once their head is turned you hop in your Uber and drive off. If you try walking, running, or rollerblading the quadruped will follow you and potentially even outpace you with the agility God gave it as compensation for its dumbness. Lastly, warn the Uber driver that if they can't escape the dog you will consider rating them very poorly. They hate that!

It wasn't easy, but you did it. You broke up with your dog. Many will judge you, but you'll know you did the right thing for you and for Ralphie, or whatever the f*ck its name was. Doesn't matter. It's in the past. You are free. You both are free...

From time to time you might find yourself missing the creature. This is called "overthinking," a common behavior stemming from man's intelligent ape-heritage. The best thing to do if this occurs is to whip out your trusty flask and swig the feelings away. Just swig and swig and swig. For people prone to inordinately high overthinking (known in the animal kingdom as "females"), there is an entire television network dedicated 24/7 to reminding you why the deed had to be done. This is called "Animal Planet," and you can check your local listings, cable provider or TV guide for the channel and program schedule.

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We are not worthy of dogs.

They're loving, funny, loyal, and perfectly compatible with our desire to document and post everything on the Internet. In fact, one might argue that the Internet's surplus of dog and cat videos is one of the best things about living in our technologically overloaded 21st century. Their excesses of fluff and wide-eyed, unconditional love are salves for all our human faults.

In honor of #InternationalDogDay, here are seven of the best dog videos of all time.

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Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of May 17th

Drop everything you're doing and go see John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

Only one movie matters this weekend, and that movie is John Wick: Chapter 3.


John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

It's no secret that I'm a huge John Wickfanboy. Few other franchises in movie history have managed to take material typically relegated to blockbuster shlock––in this case, absurd, hyper-violent action fare––and turn it into high art. But from the vibrant choreography to the expert cinematography to Keanu Reeve's career-best turn as the titular hitman, both prior John Wick movies have been absolutely awe-inspiring for action aficionados. I expect the trilogy's conclusion to follow suit. If you see one movie this weekend, make sure it's this one. And if you haven't seen the first two, do yourself a favor and watch them now.

The Sun Is Also a Star


This latest big screen YA novel adaptation, The Sun Is Also a Star, follows star-crossed teen lovers Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi). He's a romantic. She's a pragmatist. Wacky hijinks ensue, mainly "will she or won't she be deported?" because, oh yeah, Natasha is an illegal immigrant from Jamaica. I doubt The Sun Is Also a Star will transcend its typical genre conventions, but it is nice to see a mainstream teen romance starring two minority characters.

A Dog's Journey

A Dog's Journey - Official Trailer (HD)

Look, I don't know who keeps watching these dog movies. Are they for children? Do children love watching Dennis Quaid playing with dogs? I have no idea, but apparently, A Dog's Purpose did well enough that it got a sequel, and this is it. Based on the trailer, the dog's purpose was to hang out with Dennis Quaid in the first movie, and now its purpose is to hang out with Dennis Quaid's grandkid. So if you fall into the cross-section of people who love dogs and people who love Dennis Quaid, I guess this franchise is perfect for you.


The Souvenir

The Souvenir | Official Trailer HD |

Director Joanna Hogg presents a memoir-esque drama/mystery about a young film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) who enters into a complex relationship with an older man (Tom Burke) against her mother's (Tilda Swinton––Honor's real-life mom) wishes. The trailer looks great and initial reviews suggest that The Souvenir is a masterful narrative work. If it wasn't coming out on the same weekend as John Wick 3, I'd definitely be seeing it.

The Professor

THE PROFESSOR Official Trailer (2019) Johnny Depp Movie

Remember when Johnny Depp was a bankable star? Remember when the quality of his roles went downhill but he was still doing mainstream Blockbuster fares like Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Well, those days are gone. Now, Johnny Depp is starring in The Professor, a surefire future entry on every bad movie podcast in existence. The premise seems to be that a professor, played by Johnny Depp, responds to a cancer diagnosis by being a big annoying asshole to everyone around him. "He's smoking weed? IN CLASS?!?!? WUUUUUUUT!"

Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at

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