Meet the Breed: The Affenpinscher

AffenpinscherThe Affenpinscher is a balanced and sturdy breed. They are a combination of charm and spunk, with a great deal of courage and boldness. The Affenpinscher is often considered the “class clown”. Affenpinscher is German for “monkey terrier”. In France they are called “diablotin moustachu”, meaning “little moustachioed devil.” Both names aptly describe the face and temperament.

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Meet the Breed: The Miniature Schnauzer

SchnauzerObviously, we have to give a shout out to the breed that is also one of the official mascots of BaxterBoo.com! The company was named after the owner’s mother’s pet, Baxter Boo, a black miniature Schnauzer. It was simpler to use the silver version for illustrative purposes, but he is the perfect portrayal of a sophisticated, well-bred dog.

Let’s learn if the Miniature Schnauzer is the dog breed for you!

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Meet the Breed: German Shepherd

German Shepherd DogAfter watching the last video from Hope for Paws with Biggie, the German Shepherd who was rescued after being abandoned in the L.A. river, my daughter asked me not to post the blog because SHE wanted to adopt him. I confess, I normally gravitate towards smaller dogs, but Biggie was ready to reel us both in with those sweet, soulful eyes!

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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

Could Your Dog be Suffering from SAD?

sad dogWinter can be tough on people with the colder temperatures often keeping people and their pets from their usual walks. One of the things that people also miss is the sunlight. Our pets can also be affected by seasonal changes. Less activity can create joint stiffness. Some also believe that since dogs are mammals like humans, that they can also suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Continue reading

A Christmas Miracle for Biggie, an Abandoned German Shepherd

BiggieAs you may recall, my friend Eldad Hagar with Hope for Paws, is one of my favorite animal advocates. He gets calls about abandoned animals and somehow gains the trust of these poor, sweet creatures so they can be gently apprehended. He records these rescues on film with simple, low-tech videography. The rescues show us the power of love and patience, and that hope isn’t just an empty promise.

This video is especially touching to watch with a community pitching in together to save an abandoned German Shepherd. The dog is a big, sweet, but nervous boy who is very brave to submit to the rescue efforts out of a dangerous situation. This clip also features rare footage of Eldad, who is normally hidden behind the camera, so this is a treat!

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Meet The Breed: The Chinese Crested

twin Chinese crestedI’ve always been fascinated by these elegant, yet unusual Chinese Crested dogs, especially since one of our customers began sending in photos of hers. These two are named Sassy and Allie, and they live in Miami, Florida. Somehow they look appropriate, like two starlets awaiting their yacht.

Read on to learn if this breed might be for you!

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Golden Retrievers Sent to Comfort Newtown, CT Survivors

goldensnewtonBaxterBoo friends understand the comfort that a pet can bring through times of difficulty and times of joy, so learning about a team of Golden Retrievers making the 800-mile trip from Chicago to assist in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is a bright spot in this horrible tragedy. 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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Dog Trained to Sniff Out Deadly Disease

C diff CliffIt’s no mystery that dogs can sense things about humans, their moods, character, and more. When I have an ill child, or one of us is having a rough day, our dogs and, even the cat, take note and snuggle up close. But now dogs have been trained to use their sense of smell to detect disease, specifically the highly transmittable Clostridium difficile, (C. difficile, C. diff) a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, affecting an estimated 14,000 people in the U.S. annually. Continue reading