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Ask your carrier for a "waiver" on the dog, i.e. no liability on the dog, aka you self insure.

This sounded like a plan, so I called today. My current carrier gave me a quote of $1,565! This is them not including the dog, but they know I have it. Geez...

So I checked with my mortgage company because they offer insurance services. No go with the dog. The rep suggested that I call the big companies like State Farm or Allstate.

I went back to my email quotes and called one. He suggested that I fill out the forms they sent and fax them in and he'd see what they could do. The forms had a specific list of dogs they would not provide coverage for:

"Akita, Bull Mastiff, Bull, Terrier, Chow, Doberman, Pinscher, Pit Bull, American Pitt Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Wolf or Wolf breed."

I asked if the Malalute was considered a "Wolf breed" and he said no. So, I faxed the forms to him. His quote was for $581.

The last email quote was from an Allstate agent. I called her and asked if the quote was still good. She said yes. I asked what the price difference would be if I raised the deductible to $1,000 from $500 and the quote went down from $682 to $590. I said I'd take it and what did I have to do? She asked for info to confirm I had no claims in the last 5 years and I was on hold while she confirmed that. She asked if I had a dog (Aaack!). I said yes and described the one as a Retreiver/Aussie/Lab/? mix and the other as a Malamute mix. She did not flinch. She asked me to fax my current insurance dec sheet and told me I could pay by the month, send a check for the total or use a credit or debit card. I told her I needed to transfer some money and I'd call by Friday to pay by debit card. So it looks like I'll have insurance in place for a reasonable cost.

The other questions I kept getting related to type of plumbing pipe (galvanized), fuse box or circuit breakers (both) and roof (composition). The house was built in 1930. It's starting to look like I'm going to have to rip out perfectly function piping and wiring if this keeps up. Several co-workers have mentioned that their insurance prices have almost doubled if they have shake roofs.

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