♪ How much is that doggy in the window? ♪ By Melissa Esham 3/2/2015 Can I have a dog, please? I hear this A LOT! I know one day I will give in and a puppy will arrive in my living room. The last thing I will think to do is call my insurance carrier and report this incredible news. Leash laws have definitely become stricter. Virtually all state and national parks now require them. Dog bite claims account for 1/3 of homeowner’s insurance liability claims. Sadly, fatal dog attacks are up 82% per dogbitelaw.com. In response to these statistics some insurance carriers have limited coverage to specific breeds, or excluded dog bite coverage completely. If you have a new family member of the pet variety, it is important that you notify your insurance agent. They can review your policy for any coverage gaps. Thanks for reading. There are a lot of animal lovers at Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley so don’t just call – email a picture.