Let’s Create Dog Friendly Workplaces!

Training programs that focus on reducing liability, teaching dog bite prevention, and increasing awareness of being a responsible pet owner.

Meet the Founders

Beth DeLaForest

Beth is the owner of the Aspire Insurance Group, a full service Independent Insurance Agency licensed in MN and WI, that is part of Insurance Producers Network, and Doggone Insurance, a one stop shop for animal liability insurance, breed friendly homeowners insurance, and home insurance after a liability claim.

Beth started in the insurance industry, writing for State Farm between 2001 and 2010. She became an independent insurance agent in 2010 in the MN metro area, and formed her own agencies in 2014.

Beth has been a pit bull advocate for more than two decades, and was one of three founding members of A Rotta Love, a MN based Pit Bull and Rottweiler Rescue. In 2005, she started the Dog Safety Program, which educated children about dog safety. Beth worked on the dangerous dog law in MN, to create a responsible dog owner bill in 2009. Her career has been spent combining her passions of dog advocacy and insurance, to help two legged and four legged family members through MN and WI.

Email Beth at beth@aspireinsurancegroup.com.

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Kim Merritt Butler - Good Dog in a Box

Kim Merritt

Kim is the co-founder of Good Dog in a Box, a dog products and training company that focuses on reward based dog training, dog bite prevention, and humane education, in an effort to reduce dog bites and the number of dogs abandoned at animals shelters due to bad behavior.

Kim co-wrote the Reach and Teach Humane Education curriculum. Designed for elementary school children, the program is in use by school systems, shelters, and dog trainers across the US, Canada, England, and Australia, teaching the next generation of responsible pet owner. Kim also helped developed the Dog Smart Cart Game, a dog bite prevention system for kids of all ages. Dog Smart was distributed to Head Start children in Michigan this past spring in a program funded by the American Medical Association. It was the first time the AMA had funded dog bite prevention.

Kim is a serial entrepreneur who started her first company, Kim’s Khocolate, at the age of eleven. After being discovered by Guy Kawasaki at the age of sixteen, she later went on to do business with Apple, The Rolling Stones, AT&T, and Range Rover. Kim has run e-commerce companies and is also the principle at The URL Dr, an online marketing and video/animation production agency.

Email Kim at kimmerritt@gooddoginabox.com.

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