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humble opinions and honest advice inspired by the dog who started it all

WHAT BAXTER STARTED

 

HONORING BAXTER

He was my first dog and our first dog together...we adopted him in Alabama soon after we moved there. It was because of Baxter that our eyes were opened to the plight of southern dogs, and it was because of Baxter that I began what has become my life's passion...helping dogs (and cats), raising awareness, and trying to reduce overpopulation and abuse. 


We've had so many dogs and cats in our home over the years and worked with so many rescues that I am continually asked my opinion about animal matters. I decided to start this blog to share what I have learned over the years and to honor our Baxter.


We lost Bax in January of 2018 to cancer, and it's been hard. Really hard. I still grieve. But with this blog he is still with me, and I can share him with all of you, too.


We'll love you forever, BaxMan. And I'm doing everything I can to help your kind. 

 

June 5, 2019

I’m asked some dog topics so frequently that I’ve decided to write posts about them in an effort to help more dogs. And one of the most common topics I’m asked to comment on is the issue of shy dogs.

May 26, 2019

Let’s quit calling dogs “good” and “bad.” I don’t think there are good and bad dogs. I think there are dogs that are easy and dogs that are hard, and everything in between.

January 18, 2019

Our bedroom is on the second floor, and it's getting harder and harder for our senior dogs to navigate the stairs. Try making them stay downstairs, you say? Right...like our spoiled babies are going to settle for that!

Of course it so happens that we also have slick woo...

January 11, 2019

We have a dog on two "human medicine" prescriptions. I have been getting them filled at CVS and just recently realized I have been overpaying...by a LOT. I had no idea Walmart would fill pet prescriptions. When I compared prices, I saw I could save 90% on one of the pr...

June 28, 2018

I love to share what I've learned the hard way in the hopes others can benefit from it. Here's one such tidbit: I wish I had started using dog stairs earlier for my dogs. The impact of jumping on and off the bed is not good for them, especially as they get older. I hav...

June 21, 2018

I wrote this to bring attention to the countless street dogs who aren't counted in shelter data. Rescuers fight every day to save them, with little or no support and without their work being known to the greater public. National statistics of homeless dogs (and cats) o...

June 6, 2018

So you’ve adopted a precious dog you love, but you DON’T love the name given to the dog by the rescue or former owner. The tricky part is, the dog knows her/his name...

No worries – I’ll help you change it!

This is what has worked for me. Choose the new name, then start...

May 31, 2018

A lot of people ask my advice when they want their dogs to behave differently and fit better into their household and lifestyle. While there are certainly lots of things you can do to train your dog and set her/him up for success (which starts with adopting a dog who i...

April 28, 2018

Thank you to Blackstone Valley Xpress and Yankee Xpress for helping me raise awareness about dog welfare!

April 6, 2018

Look, it's a thing. If you have cats you know it is. And if you have senior cats, you really know. I have three, and one is, shall we say...a little too plump...to clean her nether regions (pictured here, snoozing in all her plump glory). Plus, I'm not convince she rea...