Small But Mighty: Meet a Contender for the World’s Smallest Dog!

An adorable tiny Yorkshire Terrier the size of a can of soda is vying to be named the world’s smallest dog. Little Meysi was one of 5 puppies born in a litter in Jarocin, Poland. During delivery, she was so small that her owner mistook her for a bit of placenta and nearly discarded the tissue before noticing it moving. So far, at three months old, she is 7cm tall (2.75″), 12cm long (about 4.75″) and weighs just 150g – about the same as a hamster.

It’s clear on this video that Meysi is a healthy girl with the typical terrier feisty attitude. Continue reading

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

Dog Lovers Will Want This for Christmas!

We’ve promoted some of Seth Casteel’s amazing underwater dog photography, especially during the dog days of summer as sort of a subliminal cool-off message when it was just so dang hot! His images went viral with over 150 million views/shares this last year. (We like to think we helped a little.)

Seth Casteel has just released a new coffee-table book that we will all want to get our paws on. At $20, this will be the perfect gift for yourself and other dog lovers this Christmas! It’s available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also check out the 2013 wall calendar as well. You may be wondering why we’re promoting a book that we don’t even carry. Not only is Mr. Casteel a talented photographer with a gift for capturing animals with an amazing range of expressions, he’s just an all-around good guy and animal advocate. Continue reading

How Childhood Pets Influence Us

The Yoder kids, 1984. Ben, Drew, Jeremy (cofounder of BaxterBoo), and Me

Remember your pets growing up? I certainly do. We were a family with lots of kids, critters, and chaos, but we had a lot of fun! I’m sure people must have though my mother had the patience of Job, and she must have, because we all survived and are fairly well adjusted as adults.

One thing is for sure, allowing us the chance to care for precious creatures gave us a healthy respect for animals and for our fellow human beings. It wasn’t always easy, and there was and is still sometimes heartache, but having each other and our furry friends made the journey much better, with great stories to tell! Continue reading

Funny Pets: Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Now that the 12 Days of Dogtober is officially over, it seems as though my body finally gave itself permission to give into the cold that has been circulating around the office (sigh.) It makes me a bit reluctant to write a blog, to be honest. And perusing the pet-related news today was not helping with terrible stories of animal abuse (double sigh.)

Fortunately, a coworker sent me a cute video, and I instantly felt better (thanks Deanna!) So I thought I’d post a couple of cute videos as a remedy in case any of you are feeling crummy too. Feel free to share the love, since Mondays can be tough even if you’re you’re fit as a fiddle! You won’t want to miss these… Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Circus Cats!

Dear Gentle Readers,

It’s the 12th Day of Dogtober… I can’t hardly even choke out that word, it’s so overdone! So I’m renaming it Catober! It is Feline Friday, after all!

I do, however, approve of today’s Circus theme. The reason for that is that there are simply dozens of videos of cats in circuses that I’m dying to show you! And not just my big cat cousins either. Continue reading

Herding Dogs: Smart Workers, Wonderful Pets

We’ve been having a lot of fun with our Dogtober campaign, and today’s Western theme has us thinking about the history of herding dogs and their modern function, both as companions and as working dogs.

There are dozens of herding breeds from all over the world that have been developed to assist in the management of livestock. Herding dogs are agile, intelligent, and have harnessed their inner prey drive to be able to control herds of animals often much larger than they are including cattle, bison, reindeer, sheep, goats, and even poultry. Continue reading