Going Grain Free: Fad or the Future of Health?

So I’m not too happy about Ms. Boo’s post that featured a picture of me with Jackson Galaxy. She could have at least had my back(side) and maybe photoshopped me a little skinnier? Alas, it may have been just the kick in the pants to get me motivated to try my mother’s latest eating adventure: Paleolithic. This is basically an eating plan (note my deliberate non-use of the four-letter dreaded D word) that is modeled after what our pre-agricultural ancestors ate. So no grains. Sorry, new Panera Bread that just came to town… Our love affair is over…

I’ve also noticed this trend among dog and cat foods. “Grain Free” is the new buzz phrase I’m seeing splashed across ads and labels. In theory, this is a good thing because better dog and cat food recipes should contain more meat protein sources and easy-to-digest animal fats as this would also mimic their ancestral diet. And grains can produce allergic reactions in pets as they do not have as many digestive enzymes to break down starchy carbohydrates as their human herbivore guardians have. And I’m seeing discussions online about people claiming their dogs are slimming down on these types of diets. Continue reading

Surviving the Summer Storm Season with an Anxious Pet

Summer is full of wonder, but can also be a season of woe for pets with thunderstorm phobias and other noise-related anxieties such fireworks. Watching a pet tremble and shake is heartbreaking for pet owners, but for some dogs, the reaction is so severe that they even injure themselves and destroy property. Sometimes these pets are surrendered to shelters with former owners being reluctant to divulge this condition.

We’re not professionals here at BaxterBoo, but most of us are pet owners, and we are happy to pass along some of the things we’ve learned or heard about to help our friends out there in dealing with storm anxiety. Continue reading

Best of the Best: Tips for Flying with Pets

I’m going to the BlogPaws2012 pet bloggers conference in June and registrants are encouraged that the Salt Lake City hotel and conference are pet friendly. I imagined how much less nervous I  might be to embark on this adventure if I had one of my pets accompany me. But then the prospect of researching and providing for my pet’s travel needs seem daunting too! Ooh, but I work at BaxterBoo! What great travel products are at my disposal! How great would it be to test them out for my readers’ benefit?

But ultimately, my decision to bring a pet is going to have to come down to the airline policies. So here are some tips and airline resources for flying with pets: Continue reading

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe this Memorial Day

Hopefully, you’re having too much fun out with friends and family to be reading this blog! But maybe you’re just checking your email while drinking your morning brew, and we can put a bug in your ear to remind you of things to keep in mind to have a safe day today and any day worth celebrating! And we do have a lot to celebrate and honor our veterans who have made this such a great place to enjoy each other, including the freedom to dote on our pets! Continue reading

Feline Fridays: From the Desk of Ms. Boo – Dating Disaster Averted!

Dear Gentle Readers,

As you know, we cats are masters of observation. My mistress, Mary, has been acting a bit peculiar. Yesterday she was seen grooming herself excessively, and we cats interpret that as a ploy of self assurance and is even a self-soothing behavior. This was confirmed when I brought her her favorite toy (the Kong Swizzle Teaser) and she didn’t even notice! She was definitely nervous. Perhaps I am guilty of being cathropomorphic, attributing feline emotions to my human, but one of the reasons I think we get along so well is that we have similar personalities. We just click! Continue reading

Staff Reviews: Retractable Leash Collars

With folks traveling and enjoying summer activities with their dogs, we wanted to make you aware of some of our products that will ensure you have a convenient way to keep your pup safe. We’re reviewing two retractable leash collar products so you can make an informed decision: The Supercollar Dog Collar and the WalkieWay All in One Dog-Leash Collar. Plus, we have a bonus retractable collar tool you won’t want to be without this summer! Continue reading

Wellness Wednesday: Is Your Pet Food Safe?

There have been extensive pet food recalls in the last month for salmonella contamination. As of late, 16 people have also gotten sick from handling tainted pet food, infected pets, and/or coming into contact with contaminated pet feces. Diamond Pet Foods has expanded their recall list 8 times to include 39 states, and now their website has a vague reference to cat food being affected as well. In fact, two cats have died and another is ill at a shelter in Montreal, Canada after ingesting Diamond-brand cat food. Continue reading

New Fashion for Top-Notch Pets: Tattoos

We love pet fashion here at BaxterBoo. And we know you do too! In fact, when we were just a fledgling company, we thought we’d carry a few leashes, maybe some bowls, scratching posts, and call it good. But then you people just couldn’t stop buying clothes for your dogs and cats! We think giving folks something to smile about is fun and and makes the world seem just a bit more friendly. Now high-end groomers have gone beyond clothing and surpassed imagination with pet tattoos! Continue reading

Book Review – “Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean” by Jackson Galaxy

I was excited to get my copy of Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean by Jackson Galaxy. Released on May 10, 2012, it arrived in the mail a few days ago. I read it voraciously, letting the housework go, and giving the kitties the chance to lounge on my seldom-still form. And to quote Larry the Cucumber, “I laughed, I cried… it moved me, Bob.” Still, this was almost the review that wasn’t to be, because the book is so raw, it leaves its readers looking at their own vulnerability through the reflection of shared pain. At BaxterBoo, we try to keep things upbeat, so I wasn’t sure our readers would want to go there. Until, that is, someone commented on yesterday’s blog… Continue reading