Petplan Insurance | Design Your Dream Pet

Toby’s favourite teddy is a dog called ‘Eddie’. Eddie belonged to Jamie when he was younger after a family friend made it for him and Toby became quite attached to him when he was passed down. Eddie has lived on the chest of drawers, in the cot, in Toby’s bed but is currently a permanent feature in the wardrobe because Toby is very particular about where, and how, Eddie is placed on the bed at night.

Recently, Toby was given the opportunity to create and draw his dream pet which would be turned into a one of a kind, custom made and totally unique toy. With that we sat down and spoke about lots of different features that his animal might have – I had to help him draw it and he did lots of the colouring in. Toby is a huge fan of dinosaurs and so there had to be some dinosaur-esque features on there. Toby explained all the features that were on a body and I countered that by asking what shapes they should be and where he’d like them to go.

He started off by telling me he wanted a dog with spikes along the back but he hated my drawing and kept telling me ‘no’ which I can only take to mean that I was doing it wrong. Oops! We then moved to a dinosaur which wasn’t good enough, a whale that didn’t have a big enough blow hole and we finally settled on a simple owl. Toby often watches a white barn owl out the back of his Nanny and Pop’s house as it swoops around a field. He told me all of the things he’d seen the owl do and was quite pleased when I added the dinosaur spikes he’d been telling me about earlier!

Admittedly my drawing skills are a bit rubbish and I have no idea if this is what Toby really wanted but he was so pleased that we’d sat down, spoken about lots of animals and had drawn the outcome of our conversation. Oh if pictures could talk, hey? And it is with a great big (literally cheesey) smile that Toby presents the end result. What do you think? We’ve called him Ozzie and I think he’s pretty cute!

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After sending our drawing off to Petplan be turned into a toy, it was a couple of short weeks later that Ozzie arrived in the post in 3D, cuddly toy form and Toby loves it! I’ve decided that for a further activity that I’ll get some washable fabric pens so that Toby can colour in the white bits with some funky shapes. I’ll get him to tell me more about Ozzie and what he likes to do.

Petplan have been around for quite a number of years now and I’ve seen their adverts on the television and through the internet. It’s a bit sad though because it always reminds me that I’ve never actually had a pet. I know people who’ve gone their whole lives having pets; whether that be a dog, cat, rabbit or even just a fish. But I guess my siblings were my pets because some days they were just like animals, although I would’ve loved a dog I think, and with pet insurance from Petplan it would have been well looked after

Petplan’s priority is to keep the whole nation’s pets healthy and their owners happy and they do this by offering the very best pet insurance policies. After 36 years in the business Petplan continue to be the UK’s favourite pet insurance provider because they are absolute specialists in what they do. Their focus is pets, and pets only; and the benefits you receive as a policy holder makes you realise that it’s the small things that make the biggest difference when it comes to insurance policies.

By working with more animal rehoming charities than any other pet insurance provider, Petplan are absolutely committed to supporting charities and the vital work they do; they’ve raised over £8 million and have worked with over 1,200 charities in the UK. Petplan also work very closely with the veterinary community and also work with breeders and it’s things like this that champion just how dedicated Petplan are to all things animal.

I wonder if Ozzie would come under their ‘Exotic Animal’ insurance?

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Do you have pets? Have you always kept them insured? Or are you like me and have never experienced what it’s like to have ‘another member of the family’?

*This is a collaborative post with Petplan. All views and opinions are my own.



  1. March 23, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    What a great idea to turn his drawing into reality! We have a dog and use Petplan insurance, it’s great, even though she’s not been ill so far (touch wood) it gives us great peace of mind!

  2. March 23, 2017 / 10:30 am

    That cuddly toy is the cutest thing I have ever seen – and how chuffed does he look with his drawing?! x

  3. March 23, 2017 / 10:14 am

    What a lovely idea and what a cute little owl!

  4. March 22, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Ozzie is fabulous, yoru Toby did such a good job. One of my girls did this too and now has a flying horse! lol Mich x

  5. March 22, 2017 / 9:29 am

    That owl is so cute, not quite as cute as that huge grin though :)

    Stevie x

  6. March 22, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Wow! What an amazing teddy to have designed! Well done Toby. I love these bespoke making services – they create something so very special. Totally irreplaceable.

  7. March 21, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Toby done so well – Ozzie is certainly an interesting pet. I have no pets, but I’m determined to get a puppy for Harrison if I can ever get my other half to agree to it – I’d love him to grow up with a dog!

    • raisingtherings
      March 21, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Haha, interesting is one word for him! Ahh, I did say that a while ago but then my two kids act like animals most of the time so I feel like getting a puppy would be the icing on top of my insanity cake haha xx

  8. March 21, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    We used to have a cat and we always had pet insurance, which turned out to be a life-saver (literally!) I think Ozzie is brilliant. I suspect that Youngest would have created a pet with a dinosaur influence too. She adores dinosaurs!

    • raisingtherings
      March 21, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Oh it’s definitely one of those things you need isn’t it? What is it about dinosaurs hey? Kids love ’em! x

  9. March 21, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Ozzie is wonderful, what a fantastic pet for Toby. I love his spikes.

    Getting pet insurance is such a worthwhile thing to have. You never know when a beloved pet will need help. Our late dog Mikey was a little sod for doing things that required vet assistance. Our pet insurance came through!

    • raisingtherings
      March 21, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you lovely, Toby is so taken with him! x

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