Feline Friday: Super Cats Weathered Sandy

Dear Gentle Readers,

At BaxterBoo.com, we’ve been concerned about our furry and non-furry friends on the East Coast and the catastrophic storm they’ve been through this week. I have heart for the stray cat populations because of my own experience of not knowing where my forever home would be… not once, but twice. So I am pleased to give you an update on some of these cats in the affected areas. Continue reading

Black Cat Adoptions Controversial in October

Some shelters specifically don’t adopt out black cats during October for fear that they may be used for ritualistic sacrifices on Halloween. Some believe this is somewhat of an urban myth that complicates cat adoptions for black cats even more than usual. Black cats often have difficulty getting adopted because they are difficult to see in their cages, and difficult to photograph.  Continue reading

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

Even Pets Can Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

The world has been painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. While pets may not understand the significance of this cause, they do love people, and a good many of them are dependent on the health and well being of nurturing women. So of course they are willing to become a visual supporter of the pink ribbon campaign! Continue reading

How to Adopt from a Breed Rescue

As mentioned previously, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. But what if you are interested in a particular breed? Hopefully, if you’re able to open your home to a dog, you’ve already checked out PetFinder.com to see what is available in your area and in your desired breed category. You will be amazed at the number of dogs available!

Another viable option is to research breed-specific rescues. This can be a great alternative if you desire a more rare breed that isn’t likely to show up in a shelter without being placed on a long wait list. Here’s what you need to know to go through a Breed Rescue Group. 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

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

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

Another Great Rescue and an Opportunity to Help Rescue More!

As you may remember, I’ve posted some amazing videos about Hope for Paws and my friend Eldad Hagar who I had the privilege of meeting at BlogPaws 2012. Eldad is such a prolific dog-whispering rescuer that it’s difficult to choose which videos to pass on!

But this latest video is an absolute winner with Melody and Macy being rescued from a construction site. This was a crucial rescue, just in time, as one of the dogs gave birth to six puppies shortly after they were captured. Find out more about them below! Continue reading