Rare Wild Dog Caught on Camera for the First Time in 23 Years

new-guinea-singing-dog-3-510x600There have been no verified sightings of the New Guinea Singing Dog in Papua New Guinea since the 1970s, so they were considered either rare or possibly extinct in the wild until an explorer to the remote mountainous regions photographed one in August 2012. In fact, a team spent nearly a month searching unsuccessfully for one to breed in the mid 1990’s.

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Reprieve: “Woe to those who lay a finger on the cats,” Declares Mayor of Rome

Torre-Argentina-Cat-Sanctuary-in-Rome-Faces-ExtinctionThere has been a cat fight between archeologists and a cat shelter that services the colony of cats in an area of crumbling ruins in central Rome called Torre Argentina. This site was a meeting place for politicians and the place that Brutus stabbed Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Despite the area’s violent heritage, the ruins offer a peaceful reprieve from the surrounding bustle of the city. Tourists are as drawn to the cats as they are to the historical significance of the place. Continue reading

How to Choose Your Pet’s Collar, Harness, and Leash

One would think that choosing a collar or harness, and leash would be a fairly straight-forward purchase, but there are actually lots of things to consider when choosing the right walking gear and collar for identification.

We’re here to help you with this all-important decision, especially since a collar or harness is a symbol of the bond you share with your pet. It is the sign of belonging to each other, so it should suit your pet’s health needs, and also you and your pet’s sense of style. Continue reading

From the Desk of Ms. Boo: How to Help Your Human Get Ready to Travel

Dear Gentle Readers,

Mistress Mary is all stressed out. She gets this way when she has to go out into the big world. And it is a scary world out there… I really don’t blame her. I took a flying leap over one of my dog siblings who was being let outside (I was imagining I was a superhero) and found myself unexpectedly out the door.

I was so freaked out, I spent the day under the deck while she was at work. The boys tried to coax me out, but Ms. Mary makes me feel the safest, ever since that day I melted into her arms at the shelter. I wasn’t going to come out until she got me. That experience was enough to let me know that staying home is best, unless she takes me to work, of course. I love going to BaxterBoo. I mean, they need me. Who else will test out the best kitty toys?

Anyway, back on topic… Ms. Mary is going on vacation. To some strange place called Alaska. I prefer not to go. Too cold. Too wet. It seems their best feature is salmon, and I hope she brings me back some! That would make a delightful belated birthday present (after all, I just turned 1 on July 21!) Continue reading

Best of the Best: Tips for Flying with Pets

I’m going to the BlogPaws2012 pet bloggers conference in June and registrants are encouraged that the Salt Lake City hotel and conference are pet friendly. I imagined how much less nervous I  might be to embark on this adventure if I had one of my pets accompany me. But then the prospect of researching and providing for my pet’s travel needs seem daunting too! Ooh, but I work at BaxterBoo! What great travel products are at my disposal! How great would it be to test them out for my readers’ benefit?

But ultimately, my decision to bring a pet is going to have to come down to the airline policies. So here are some tips and airline resources for flying with pets: Continue reading