How Music Satisfies the Animal Soul – by Baxter

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post any blogs for my adoring fans, but this is because I’ve been working like a dog (ahem) on a new project. See, as I would travel around the world, wooing various merchants for their wares, part of the cultural norms are to share a meal and good conversation before getting down to business. Believe me, this is something we Americans could learn to savor!

Inexplicably, a lonely musical instrument would be present in the restaurant lounge during these business ventures, strategically placed within my line of sight. When I would make note of it, the host would always urge me to demonstrate my musical prowess. This became such a regular occurrence that I realized that my reputation had proceeded me. I would try to laugh it off and humbly decline, but the patrons looked so longingly at me that I couldn’t disappoint them.  Continue reading

Grandpa Saves Dog from Jaws of Florida Gator

Steve Gustafson, a Florida grandfather, age 66,  was trimming an oak tree while his West Highland Terrier Bounce was chasing butterflies. She apparently got close to the water’s edge when Gustafson heard a high-pitched yelp. He turned and saw his dog being dragged away by the shoulder into the water by a large alligator. Continue reading

“America’s Got Talent” Goes to the Dogs

It technically may not be the year of the dog on the Chinese animal calendar, but dogs have made quite a show both here and across the pond in televised national talent shows. Last May, “Britain’s Got Talent” top winner was 17-year-old trainer Ashleigh Butler with her dog Pudsey. Now appreciation for dog acts have spread to the Americas as well! Continue reading

Hero Dogs of 9/11 Legacy Lives On

In remembrance of the events of 9/11, it’s important to acknowledge the heroes that have risen up from the ashes of the tragedy. Not only were there hundreds of volunteer police, firefighters, medical teams, and other countless support responders; there were over 300 teams of dogs and handlers that worked tirelessly to rescue live victims and later to bring closure to families of relatives who did not survive. Continue reading

Death Row Girl Gets New Life as Broadway Star Understudy

Tennessee and other southern states have larger populations of strays that overwhelm local shelters. One rural Tennessee stray was endearingly named Porky by the local shelter staff. She was a big, furry, friendly, sandy-colored terrier mix that won the hearts of everyone who worked with her.  In spite of attempts to find her a permanent home, it was determined that her time was up in order to make room for the influx of new animals. 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

LA Considers Ban on Commercially-Bred Pets

Los Angeles, CA pet stores may be fined $250-$1,000 for selling commercially-bred cats, dogs, and rabbits if the committee-approved ordinance is passed by the full city council. If the law passes, pet stores will only be able to facilitate adoptions from shelters or humane societies. Continue reading

Economic Challenges Affecting Pet Ownership

Should we be dabbing the sweat off our brows with the latest numbers showing that overall pet ownership has dropped 2.4% since 2006? After all, we are a company that has been thriving on the fact that our customers love to pamper their pets!

The American Veterinary Medical Association surveyed 50,000 households from 2006 to 2011 and found that dog ownership declined 1.9% and households with cats decreased by 6.2%, though cats still outnumber dogs. Continue reading