Feline Fridays: The Proud History of Storybook Cats

Dear Gentle Readers,

It’s the 5th Day of Dogtober, (I never signed off on that name, by the way) and BaxterBoo.com is doing a tribute to storybook characters. You may have noticed all that silliness with a castle, a prince, a princess, and a frog. I have to ask… where are the stories and tributes to cats? We’re lucky to have a black cat show up in one of the graphics for Halloween, and that is just so cliche. If I have anything to do with it, a cat will be making an appearance in our Dogtober themes!

This omission made me realize that I need to do a better job of educating our public. Cats have always held a prominent spot in literature, and well-known authors have said wonderful things about us, even going so far as to claim we are Muses. 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

Pet Shaming: Strange Trend in Social Media

Dear Esteemed Fans,

One of the things I can’t believe I get paid to do is surf the Internet in order to find interesting and/or funny photos to post to my fans on Facebook. It’s a tough job, being a working dog! While searching some of my favorite photo sites, I’ve noticed that there are now several photos of pets wearing signs explaining their bad behavior.

It resembles some of the human stories I’ve read about with judges requiring offenders to wear signs on public avenues explaining their transgressions in an attempt to shame them into being better citizens. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: Siamese

I asked for a Siamese cat when I turned 12, which is a logical birthday request, since a doll and makeup just weren’t quite appropriate (at least back in the old days.) The tween and teenage years can be awkward, but sharing them with a beautiful, playful, friendly cat made that season of life much more enjoyable.

My mother was able to find me a kitten from a breeder at a fairly remote location in Colorado. I’ll never forget driving to their home and seeing several curious, beautiful, blue eyes staring at me from the woods as the sun filtered through the leaves. It was stunning and almost magical to my imaginative young mind. When I saw my new kitten, I knew she must have the most beautiful name imaginable: Jessica! Continue reading

BaxterBoo Loves Fall to Bring the New to You!

Don’t you just love the cool, crisp air and the gilded leaves this time of year? It’s fun to pull out the boots, scarves, and sweaters. I even start getting a little more domestic and start using my crock pot, lighting candles, and baking more.

Here at BaxterBoo.com, we also enjoy the change in the season. Of course the pet costumes are always a treat, but we also love an excuse to send our buyers out to find the latest and greatest products for our wonderful customers! Cozy beds, sweaters, and coats will make your pet’s transition into the cooler months more comfortable. Continue reading

Wellness Wednesday: How Often Should My Pet Go to the Vet?

I’ll admit it… I am sometimes derelict about getting myself into the doctor for my personal yearly exam. I have also been lax at scheduling my pets for checkups as well. I tell myself that regular checkups could prevent a more serious and expensive problem from developing but, unfortunately, I still often rely on those friendly reminders from the vet’s and doctor’s offices that say I need to schedule a checkup. Continue reading

Celebrity Pets We Love (That May Outshine the Stars)

I’ll admit it: I am woefully uneducated about celebrities. I don’t get out much. I don’t really watch TV. I do like movies but haven’t taken the time to see many. When I do, I’m usually so taken with the story and characters that I don’t stop to think of the actors outside of the show. I often don’t even know their names. But that doesn’t mean I won’t try to meet our readers halfway and try to write about people you may or may not be interested in.

So, in an effort to gain a little more celebrity savviness, I will at least try to learn and maybe appreciate them based on their pets. Yes, I realize this is shallow, as I’m not judging them by their art or accomplishments, but rather based on their dogs, cats, or bunnies. But as many of you reiterated on a previous post, you can tell a lot about a person by the way animals react to them, and about the way a person treats their animals. So here we go: A Celebrity Pet Pictorial! Continue reading

Feline Friday: Cat Fantasy Furniture

I saw this amazing design today from a college student in Korea that seeks to satisfy both cat and human comfort simultaneously. Half of Korea’s 50 million inhabitants are living in the capital Seoul, so space is at a premium with tiny, cramped apartments. Seungji Mun designed a sofa with tubes running through it for cats to climb and explore while the human companion relaxes. This was his senior project. Mun is actually more of a dog person, but if the cats and their converts have anything to do with it, I’m sure they will encourage Mun to put his project into full production very soon!

Here are some other stunningly imaginative ideas that you won’t want to miss! Continue reading

Are Pets Good Judges of Character?

Some of our blog readers have politely requested that I not make them cry today. It was something like, “Can we pick a light and happy topic?” Of course I thought yesterday’s rescue story was happy, especially with the surprise puppies at the end, but even tears of joy can make us look rather worn down and puffy-eyed. I admit that I too could stand a few less tears.

Many of the tears people around me are experiencing have to do with relationship issues (and so were predisposed to crying with these emotional videos.) And, being in a rather pet-centric field, it got me wondering if we might avoid some of the relational drama if we would simply listen to our pets. Some people swear by their pet’s intuition, but others believe we’ve already made up our minds about people, and animals simply pick up on cues from us and reflect them. Continue reading