A Romantic Brazilian Getaway, Doggy Style

Brazilians love their dogs, so much so that a brother-sister duo have invested $1 million into “Animalle Mundo Pet,” a hotel specifically for dogs who need a romantic place to get together while their owners are at work. The hotel launches its grand opening this week. Of the 60 staff employed by the hotel, veterinarians and biologists are on hand to ensure the well being of pets. Continue reading

European Vacationers Abandoning Pets at an Alarming Rate

Our European and Australian neighbors may scoff at the skimpy two weeks of vacation Americans typically allot themselves yearly; however, the month-long vacations that Europeans enjoy have unintended health consequences for certain members of the family: pets.

According to NPR, over 100,000 pets are abandoned during summer vacation in France alone due to owners being unwilling or unable to take their pets along and find suitable care in their absence. Consequently, shelters see an influx of animals brought in by owners who feel this is more humane than simply releasing them. Continue reading

Freaky Feline Friday: The Luckiest Cat Alive

Friday the 13th is traditionally considered unlucky, but here at Baxter Boo, Fridays are all about the felines. So we thought we would share the story of an unusual and very lucky kitty who now holds the Guinness World Record for being the most long-lived cat… with two faces. Frank and Louie the cat is now 12 years old, which is an amazing feat for a very rare and usually fatal condition. Continue reading

Honoring Lennox: Killed Despite International Campaign to Spare Pit Bull Look-Alike

Lennox, an American bulldog-Labrador mix was killed July 11, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland by city officials after a two-year incarceration in deplorable conditions. Lennox’s owners had done everything required by law to keep him as a companion to their disabled daughter. As a puppy, the Barnes family had him licensed, insured, microchipped, DNA registered, neutered, and Pet Safe registered. In spite of this, the dog was seized by the Belfast City Dog Wardens after partaking in tea with the family, chatting, and playing with their other dogs. A dressmaker’s tape was used to measure Lennox’s muzzle and rear legs and, based on that, they determined he may be of a pit bull type, which are illegal in the UK. They then seized Lennox, giving the Barnes nothing but a scribbled phone number and a first name for a reference. Continue reading

Controversial New Rules Proposed for Pet Trade Regulation

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are fighting like cats and dogs over a proposal designed to close pet industry regulation loopholes that have enabled unscrupulous breeders to dodge animal welfare regulations crafted before the invention of the Internet. Continue reading

Pets May Bring Better Health to Infants

Could there be a rush to adopt pets for newborn parents? It may sound counterintuitive to add a pet to your young family when expecting a baby, but the latest research shows a correlation between fewer respiratory illnesses and ear infections in infants in households with pets, particularly dogs. Continue reading

Is There a Link Between Human and Pet Obesity?

It seems that human obesity is on the forefront of our minds with media exposure and even political platforms. It seems we are not the only ones affected by an increase in an obesity epidemic. Apparently we are also killing our pets with kindness, giving them too many treats and sharing sedentary lifestyles with them. Continue reading

Animal Advocates, Part 3: The Tiniest Tiger

Another Animal Advocate I was gratified to meet at BlogPaws 2012 was Joanne McGonagle who founded The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club. I loved hearing Joanne’s story of how her life took a dramatic turn with a very young kitten being thrust upon her unexpectedly. She and her husband were at the local dog pound looking for a friend’s lost dog.  The assistant begged them to take the kitten since they were not equipped to handle an unweaned feline at the dog facility, and her survival was uncertain. Continue reading

Can Pet-Friendly Policies Revitalize the Economy?

Baxter and running mate Boo for president! It sounds kind of catchy, doesn’t it? With all the political drama, it might be a refreshing change with pet-friendly policies that would follow such a momentous election. Whether or not you think a government that goes (or has already gone) to the dogs is a good thing, there is evidence that enacting pet-friendly policies in the marketplace can play a part in revitalizing a sluggish economy. Continue reading