January 7th, 2009

canoeing

Dog insurance 2009

Last year I was somewhat horrified by Mollydog's insurance renewal at £280 (Axa), but eventually decided to pay it.

Today I have had Az's insurance renewal from Tesco. £471.12! And that's with a 5% discount!

Az is a lurcher, so should theoretically be cheaper to insure than Mollydog, as Az is a crossbreed and Mollydog has a pedigree. But then Molls is a year younger: Tesco are quoting based on Az being 10 years 3 months, though of course I don't have any proof of that.

I'm going to get a quote from Axa for Az (IF they'll take him, most companies don't let you switch once the dog is 8 or 9). If I can't get it down a bit, I'll look for something that just covers liability insurance and set up a savings account for him instead, and hope to have a few years more before he gets anything serious.

*edit - I checked Axa for Az, and by putting his excess up to £75 I got him down to £205 pa! That's more like it!
Oldies Club

New Oldies Club website

I have been beetling away updating the Oldies Club website to the latest Wordpress (which basically involves rebuilding all the custom bits, and putting a new theme on it that does new clever things.)

I think it's the hardest site I work on because it's so fast moving. Normally I can put a site on pause for 2-3 weeks while I do stuff to it, but because we have a constant stream of dogs coming in for listing, and a constant stream of people phoning to enquire, it's a real problem if there are dogs listed that have already been homed. We had 3 phonecalls yesterday about Sid the old labrador, and his entry had only been up about a day before he was adopted.

So that ties up the phone lines, which is a pain for the rehoming team, and then we have dogs awaiting listing and they aren't getting the enquiries because they aren't listed yet! Anyway, it's *almost* done. I need to just finish off the forms - I decided to leave those and launch the rest of it ASAP.

Anyway, here it is, hurray! http://www.oldies.org.uk/