Feline Friday: Cats Lead the Way Towards Promoting Peace

One of the things that is difficult to mend after an election is the divide created by the polarization that seems inherent to politics. So in an effort to promote peace and harmony, I give you Cats with Unlikely Friends. If the species erroneously known for being aloof can be kind to others, we can embrace each other as fellow Americans and world citizens. Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Could Bird Watchers Have an Agenda Against Your Cat?

I’ve recently been familiarizing myself with the debate about free-roaming cats and their impact on bird populations. Can I just say, this is one scary can of worms to open! No one seems to be able to track numbers of either cats, birds, or human impact on bird populations (including glass buildings, pesticides, wind turbines, etc.) I really don’t love numbers at all, but I know they are necessary. But when I start looking at estimates, and see how much they vary, depending on which camp you’re in, pro bird, or pro cat, the numbers are easily manipulated to suit your needs. Continue reading

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

How YOU Can Be an Animal Advocate During Disasters

Colorado is home to BaxterBoo.com, and fires in the area are raging out of control, creeping into the suburbs, with people and pets being evacuated by the thousands. Pets are flooding the humane societies and rescues. It’s frightening to imagine, but disasters like fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding could be a reality for areas all over the country. Continue reading

Pets in the Classroom: A Positive Learning Experience for Life

Having a pet at home is beneficial for children to learn responsibility, helps teach about caring for the needs of another being, and is a morale booster. This same thing can occur in the classroom. In fact, having pets in the classroom can be an attendence booster, increase a love of learning, and be a stress reliever. I carry these lessons and benefits with me to this day! 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

National Pet Week: Celebrating the Human-Pet Bond

As promised, to celebrate National Pet Week, we are looking at ways to elevate the joy of the bond between pets and their people. Your pet makes your life so much richer by providing you with unconditional love, entertainment, and creates an instant ice breaker with strangers just with their mere presence. This is just scratching the surface for all they do for us, so we are hoping you’ll join the conversation for ways to bless our feathered and furry companions! Continue reading