New Year, New You With Help from Your Furry Friends!

new yearsIf you’re like the folks here at BaxterBoo, you’ve had a few too many treats over the holidays, but looking at the New Year, you’re thinking about getting back on track to a healthier lifestyle and making this year the best year yet! Being the pet lovers that we are, we know that the healthier living can be even more fun when including your pets.

The are several things people consider when trying to live healthier lifestyles: eating better, getting exercise, making new friends, and making smart money choices. Read on to discover how your critters can contribute to living the healthy life you’ve always wanted. Continue reading

Top 10 Holiday Sweaters for Your Pet!

electric-knit-dog-sweater-stripes-7358What are the holidays without the classic, slightly silly sweaters? Actually, my teenage daughter specifically goes to thrift stores for “ugly” sweaters to complete her holiday look. The tackier the better! I wouldn’t go so far as to say ours are tacky, but putting a dog or even a cat in a sweater is sure to make a statement and the season toasty and bright!

Read on to see our Top 10 Sweaters for the Holidays!

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Driving Dogs Learn New Tricks for a Good Cause

190623-dogs-driving-carsThese mutts are on a mission! The SPCA of Auckland, NZ has a goal of making the public aware that dogs in shelters are highly intelligent, capable companions and decided to teach three adoptable dogs how to drive a car.

Mark Vette, the trainer, who has worked on numerous movie sets, had his doubts about being able to execute the project, even if it was for a good cause. The vehicles had to be modified to be operable by dogs, but all the controls would be done by the dogs: starting, the pedals, steering, and stopping! Continue reading

How Your Pets Can Be an Extra Dose of Cheer this Holiday!

Pets give us joy any time of year, but they also pick up on the extra excitement of the season and provide an extra boost of gladness. Now that pets have an unprecedented place in our families, they are being featured in holiday photos and get their own accessories to participate in the celebrations.

There are tons of fun things to make the season of giving even more glorious and ways to incorporate the joy that pets can bring to most any occasion. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Fun and Safety With Our Furry Friends

The holidays can be wonderful but also can be potentially stressful. Sometimes dealing with family drama makes you especially grateful for those less-complicated furry friends who nose you under the table. At least with them, you know a belly rub and a treat will be all it takes to make them happy! Their mere presence can help lower blood pressure levels and give you a graceful option for directing your undivided attention during awkward moments with probing questions from family members!

While pets add fun and a built-in reprieve to the mix of family gatherings, there are things to keep in mind for the holidays. Continue reading

How to Adopt from a Breed Rescue

As mentioned previously, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. But what if you are interested in a particular breed? Hopefully, if you’re able to open your home to a dog, you’ve already checked out PetFinder.com to see what is available in your area and in your desired breed category. You will be amazed at the number of dogs available!

Another viable option is to research breed-specific rescues. This can be a great alternative if you desire a more rare breed that isn’t likely to show up in a shelter without being placed on a long wait list. Here’s what you need to know to go through a Breed Rescue Group. Continue reading

Dressing Up Pets is Nothing New

We are having way too much fun here at BaxterBoo orchestrating daily sales with goofy themes in our 12 Days of Dogtober campaign! Apparently, upping the fun factor is a good thing as pet costumes are the largest growing market in the Halloween industry. This may be due to the fact that, while some of us may not feel comfortable dressing ourselves in ridiculous fashions, there is just something intrinsically funnier about an annoyed-looking cat or a silly dog dressed in costumes.

This got me wondering about the history of dressing pets since we’re not so self absorbed as to believe we are the first or the only ones to do so (though I must say we do have a really fun time with it, especially with all the modern tools and materials available to us.) Continue reading

Diligent Dog Travels 500 Miles Trying to Get Home

Sometimes time and space are irrelevant when it comes to the devotion that occurs between pets and their people.

Six months ago, Mark Wessells, drove his black lab mix Buck 500 miles away to his father’s property in Winchester, VA. Buck needed to have a safe, spacious place to stay while Mark was temporarily unable to take care of his dog while relocating to another home in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. One week later, the dog disappeared. After a fruitless search, the Wessells concluded Buck had probably been stolen, since he is a beautiful, friendly dog. Continue reading

Watch Out, Fido! Facebook Says You’re Fake!

Facebook has announced that they are going to be deleting 83 million fake and duplicate accounts. This includes your pets’ profile pages, and companies using the Facebook profiles. According to them, these profiles violate the social network’s terms of service by falling into one of three categories: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts, and undesirable spam-type accounts. Continue reading