Feline Fridays: CatFest 2012 – Pawsitively Successful!

I had the privilege of attending the Denver Dumb Friends League’s fourth annual CatFest. Over 2,000 people attended which shows that there are more than a few of us crazy cat ladies around! And, surprisingly, there are quite a few crazy cat guys out there too! Gone is the stereotype of men who love cats being aberrant misfits.

Much of this reversal in perception is due to Jackson Galaxy, the “Cat Daddy” who stars in Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” television show, now in its third season. He has brought a masculine, tattooed, rock and roll edge to cat advocacy, and that is a beautiful thing to see. In fact, Jackson Galaxy himself came to the CatFest and offered one-on-one advice, autographs, and photos for fans. I was struck by the genuine concern and individualized suggestions for each issue that people presented to him regarding cat behavior. Continue reading

Could Nonsurgical Sterilization Be the Cure for Pet Overpopulation?

Traditional methods of spaying and neutering dogs and cats have been helpful in reducing the number of companion animals in our nation’s shelters. But imagine how much time, money, and taxpayer dollars could be saved if there could be a pill or injection that could be administered to prevent unplanned pregnancies!

There are some promising products on the horizon that could at least be a tool in the arsenal to alleviate shelter crowding and reduce euthanasia of perfectly healthy, adoptable animals. And nonsurgical options make a lot of sense to humanely and fiscally treat animal populations. Continue reading

Hydrotherapy: How Swimming Can Lead to Better Health for Your Dog

Swimming is an amazing way to get exercise for humans. The increased resistance from moving in water provides maximized physical benefits in a short amount of time, yet buoyancy simultaneously decreases stress on joints. So it’s no wonder that veterinarians and animal rehabilitation specialists are starting to recommend hydrotherapy for dogs.

Water therapy is also a great exercise option, particularly in the summer months, when exercise can induce heat stroke. Plus, swimming can be just plain fun! Continue reading

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