Study Reveals Pets Inspire Confidence, Reduce Stress

Perhaps you’ve been aware of the studies that show how pets reduce blood pressure and are good for your health, but an Israeli study done last year reveals that a positive relationship with your pet inspires confidence as well as lowering stress and its physical symptoms. These benefits only apply, however, if the animal is viewed favorably. If the animal is considered to be a nuisance; well, let’s just say you’d better find some love in your heart for your furry friends! Continue reading

BAXTER WANTS YOU! (To be Safe this Independence Day)

Yes, folks, it’s time for my obligatory summer safety public service announcements. We know you’re looking forward to a much-needed holiday tomorrow, and so am I! I’ve been working like a dog for our valued customers. Without air conditioning too, I might add! Darn hailstorm took out the AC unit!

First things first… we four-leggers really don’t understand this celebration of Independence. Although I am a seasoned world traveler, I still love coming home to my slippers and adore my treats that my staff lavish upon me, humble though I may be. Ms. Boo and her feline cohorts seem to cherish independence a bit more, but I digress… back to the issue of SAFETY! Continue reading

Animal Advocates, Part 1: The Dog Files

I just got back from the BlogPaws convention in Salt Lake City and was gratified to meet many amazing animal advocates. These are just regular people who have found themselves on the front lines of being the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Continue reading

Best of the Best: Tips for Keeping Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Baby, it’s hot outside! And if you’re like me, it’s hot inside too since I’m probably the only person in the U.S. suburbs that doesn’t have air conditioning. Yes, I hear your collective gasp. So we have developed tips for keeping our cool. Like people, dogs can suffer from sunburns, dehydration, and heat stroke.  But for dogs, keeping cool can be especially tricky since they can only regulate body temperature through sweating through their foot pads, by panting, and drinking water.

For some breeds, like this pug and other snub-nosed varieties, breathing issues can be exacerbated during hot spells, so keeping cool for them is particularly important. But all dogs must be looked after in the heat. Continue reading

Best of the Best: Best Tricks for Teaching Your Dog to Play Frisbee!

Photo Courtesy of MelvinSchlubmanBest ways to train your dog to play Frisbee!

Since I was a little kid, I have always wanted a dog that would play Frisbee.  Of course all of my dogs growing up would play fetch with a tennis ball; yet, when it came to a Frisbee, it was a different story.  More often than not, they would run after it and then once it hit the ground, they’d run back to you, leaving the Frisbee behind.   Now, with a pet of my own, I am on a mission to teach my dog how to play Frisbee like the pros! Continue reading

Best of the Best: Best Tips for Getting a Shelter Dog!

You will never believe what you will find!

Recently I took a trip down to the local shelter.  I highly recommend you take a trip there yourself to get an idea of the reality of the pet situation in your neighborhood.  Rows upon rows of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens all looking for a warm home and loving owners.  I had no intention of getting another pet while I was there; I simply wanted to have a look for myself.  The last time I went to the shelter, I was too young to remember it, and I thought it would be a good idea to refresh my memory.

I spent a few hours taking some of the dogs out of their kennels and simply playing fetch with them, just to give them a chance to get out for a while.  Some people may call it teasing, but I think it is better to give them a little break then no break at all. 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

Best of the Best: Best Pet Names

When you name your child, it is a process.  You wake up in the middle of the night with a great name idea.  You ask friends, family, and even the neighbor about their thoughts on your names.  Every pet owner can tell you it is almost the same process for naming pets.  Sure maybe it’s not as involved, but a pet’s name speaks to his attitude and that name will forever stick with you for the rest of your life. Continue reading

Best of the Best: Best BaxterBoo Items for the Camping Season

The smell of flowers blooming and the sounds of birds chirping… ah yes, summer has arrived!  Of course with some nice beautiful weather, camping is on the forefront of everyone’s mind.  Okay, maybe not everyone, but mine anyway.  This week’s Best of the Best is dedicated to showing off some of the best camping items that BaxterBoo has to offer! Continue reading