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

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

BaxterBoo Experiences “Dogtoberfest” with Dachshund Style

What could be better than beer, brats, and Dachshunds? Oktoberfest in Colorado is a beautiful thing. BaxterBoo had the privilege of being apart of the Highlands Ranch, CO,  event as a sponsor of a traditional Dachshund race.

Apparently, the Dachshund racing tradition began in Australia in the 1970s. Typically Dachshunds don’t run very far, 25 or 50 yards in length. In our particular race, the track was partitioned with fabric dividers so the dogs would be less distracted. In spite of that precaution, the little wieners still managed to leap over to play with the competition.  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

“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