Feline Fridays: Cats Make a Difference for Seattle Teen Cancer Patient

Seattle’s Children’s Hospital went the extra mile for 16-year-old Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, who spent 11 months in the hospital while waiting for a compatible bone marrow donor. Because of her suppressed immune function, she was unable to have the comfort of her beloved cat Merry, so the hospital social media coordinator suggested making a post on their Facebook homepage requesting cat photos to encourage their young charge. Continue reading

Protecting Pets from Rattlesnakes

I was recently getting my van’s oil changed where I was conversing with a nice lady who had two Shih Tzus. She apologized that one of them was still learning her manners as she was just a puppy. And then she teared up saying that she’d lost her last Shih Tzu due to a rattlesnake bite at one of the local parks.

Yesterday, I heard that the neighbor’s cat had been playing with a tiny snake in her garage. The way the snake was coiling and striking, she didn’t think it was the regular garden variety. If it were a king snake, she wanted to let it live, because they are good at controlling rodents and other pests. Continue reading

National Pet Week: Celebrating the Human-Pet Bond

As promised, to celebrate National Pet Week, we are looking at ways to elevate the joy of the bond between pets and their people. Your pet makes your life so much richer by providing you with unconditional love, entertainment, and creates an instant ice breaker with strangers just with their mere presence. This is just scratching the surface for all they do for us, so we are hoping you’ll join the conversation for ways to bless our feathered and furry companions! Continue reading

National Pet Week: Responsible Pet Ownership Quiz

This week is National Pet Week! Now this is a celebration we pet lovers can get excited about that! Whether reptiles or birds make you happy, or you’re more of a dog or cat person, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. The goals of National Pet Week are to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine. We’re going to explore these ideas through the blog this week.

Take this quiz to see how you measure up as a responsible pet owner! Continue reading

Best Dogs For Apartment Living!

What breeds are best suited for apartment living?  Well that may be the wrong question to ask.  When looking for a dog that would be happy living in an apartment, you need to look for energy levels.  Even within the same litter of pups, there are ones that are more energetic then the others.

Exercise is crucial for any dog.  You have to think of your home like a dog cage, just because you let your dog outside, doesn’t mean he has gotten the exercise he needs.  Of course when you only have an apartment, your dog has an even smaller cage to live in.

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Demystifying the Feline Mystique (Baxter’s Guide to Cat Body Language)

Dear Readers,

It has come to my attention that I am not the only one who finds cat behavior somewhat difficult to understand. Ms. Boo can be charming (and purring) one moment, and nipping me the next. As an ambassador for peace and refinement, I felt our fans could appreciate my observations to better understand these complex creatures. Continue reading

Ticks: Blood Suckers Without Edward Cullen’s Good Looks

Skin like diamonds and hair that flows in gorgeous waves, Edward Cullen is a vampire that has won the hearts of many 14-year-old girls. Not as lucky in popularity are ticks. These blood suckers are tiny creatures that come around every spring and summer, reeking havoc on your furry friends. Continue reading

Feline Fridays: From the Desk of Ms. Boo

Dear Gentle Readers,

Baxter, as wonderful as he is, is a bit of a narcissist and has made our website much too dog-centric. I’ve been patient, but seeing Baxter globetrotting and bringing back mere trinkets for me… well, let’s just say cats should never scrape for crumbs, especially when we have surpassed dogs in human ownership!  And, hello, cats rule the Internet! Don’t feel guilty about it… we know how many hours you’ve spent watching our hypnotizing antics on YouTube.

To counteract the blatant dog/cat discrepancy on the BaxterBoo.com site, I, Lady Boo am going to be taking the helm of buying and featuring new, magnificent products for discriminating cat enthusiasts. Continue reading