A Tribute to Tiger



He was just a handful of orange fluff when I brought him home, but it was no time at all until he asserted himself as the alpha dog over our aging, laid back Golden Retriever, Baron.  Ever patient, Baron tolerated the little tiger who alternately pulled his ears or slept between his paws.

Somewhere along in his fifth year, Tiger developed Black Skin Disease (known as BSD), which seems to be seen often in Pomeranians.  His pretty pink skin turned black and he lost most of his hair, except  for that on his head and feet.  While not contagious, it did cause second glances from people he encountered.  But his adorable face always outweighed his not-so-adorable body and of course he was oblivious to how he looked.  His vet recommended a regimen of a drug called soloxine, along with melatonin and low and behold, he re-grew about fifty percent of his hair!

Tiger spent the next several  years being a consummate  lap dog.  During the warmer months he would spend hours sitting in the yard either surveying the neighborhood or watching the birds flying overhead.

The addition of other dogs to our family over the span of Tiger’s life never  bothered  him – he seemed to always know that he was special and the others were simply to be tolerated.

After a brief but severe  illness, Tiger crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on June 13, 2011.  He is now back with Baron – and hopefully not pulling his ears.

Uncertainty in Governor’s Office After Health Insurance Freeze

Business Week ran an article about turmoil and disagreement within Governor Patrick’s office regarding the freezing of health insurance rates by Massachusetts’ providers.   Our take is that while we were also affected by health care costs with a huge (20+%) rate increase in April, artificially freezing rates by government edict is no good solution.  Instead of making the market more open, it has frozen the market.  We still cannot quote alternative options for our small business customers.    Businesses don’t even know their true costs today.  If insurance companies prevail and are permitted to charge the rates proposed beginning in April retroactively, business customers will have to pay back premium for several months.  None of this is good for an open and competitive environment. See the full story here.


Gordon Insurance is watching developments closely so we can offer real options as soon as they become available.  Until we know what the rates are, shopping for a better insurance plan is an academic exercise only. Visit us at our homepage for solutions to your risk and benefits problems.