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

Meet the Breed: The Beagle

I have particular fondness for the Beagle as our family raised them, and I learned a lot about these amazing dogs as we grew up together. We had a non-show-quality female who was extremely headstrong. She was also extremely bright, knowing how to get what she wanted, be it food or attention.She could definitely have auditioned for the part of Snoopy!

We also had the privilege of sharing our lives with a very dignified National Bench Champion with impeccable manners. It was fun to witness the broad spectrum of the beagle personality. If your life has been touched by a beagle, it is likely that they imbedded themselves into your memories! Continue reading

What Your Dog Breed Says About You

It’s been a running joke that I will never own a Corgi simply because my physical stature tends to resemble them (stubby legs, round, fluffy derriere,) and there are assumptions about how people tend to resemble their pets or gravitate towards animals that have similar characteristics. So with that in mind, if I adopt a greyhound… will I become tall and lanky? If only it were that simple!

But there is science to support that the dogs we choose for ourselves do actually hint at personality traits. Here are what behaviorists say about your particular breed, and what it says about you… Continue reading