Feline Fridays: The Proud History of Storybook Cats

Dear Gentle Readers,

It’s the 5th Day of Dogtober, (I never signed off on that name, by the way) and BaxterBoo.com is doing a tribute to storybook characters. You may have noticed all that silliness with a castle, a prince, a princess, and a frog. I have to ask… where are the stories and tributes to cats? We’re lucky to have a black cat show up in one of the graphics for Halloween, and that is just so cliche. If I have anything to do with it, a cat will be making an appearance in our Dogtober themes!

This omission made me realize that I need to do a better job of educating our public. Cats have always held a prominent spot in literature, and well-known authors have said wonderful things about us, even going so far as to claim we are Muses. Continue reading

Animal Advocates, Part 3: The Tiniest Tiger

Another Animal Advocate I was gratified to meet at BlogPaws 2012 was Joanne McGonagle who founded The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club. I loved hearing Joanne’s story of how her life took a dramatic turn with a very young kitten being thrust upon her unexpectedly. She and her husband were at the local dog pound looking for a friend’s lost dog.  The assistant begged them to take the kitten since they were not equipped to handle an unweaned feline at the dog facility, and her survival was uncertain. Continue reading

Book Review – “Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean” by Jackson Galaxy

I was excited to get my copy of Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean by Jackson Galaxy. Released on May 10, 2012, it arrived in the mail a few days ago. I read it voraciously, letting the housework go, and giving the kitties the chance to lounge on my seldom-still form. And to quote Larry the Cucumber, “I laughed, I cried… it moved me, Bob.” Still, this was almost the review that wasn’t to be, because the book is so raw, it leaves its readers looking at their own vulnerability through the reflection of shared pain. At BaxterBoo, we try to keep things upbeat, so I wasn’t sure our readers would want to go there. Until, that is, someone commented on yesterday’s blog… Continue reading

Doggie Do’s and Don’ts for Your Lawn

One of the few downsides to dog ownership are the accompanying yellow spots that appear in your lawn from their urine. Before you replace your grass with artificial turf (though that certainly is an option) here are some suggestions to have a happy pet and a lush lawn. Continue reading

Sit Baxter, Sit! Good Dog! Top Ten Training Tricks to Turn Your Lil’ Devil into an Angel

Obedient dogs are the best kind, so we have taken the time to pull together the Top Ten Training Tricks!  Say that ten times fast!

Training a dog can be extremely easy or extremely hard.  All breeds are different and of course every dog has his own personality.  But, all of us want a dog that sits when we say “Sit”.  So how do you accomplish this:

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