October 6, 2009 at 1:02 am 18 comments

Melissa and Baxter

Taking a break with mom before I go swimming and later volunteer at hospice.


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  • 1. Julie K  |  October 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

    This is tooooo cute!

  • 2. Teresa  |  October 7, 2009 at 2:11 am


    I just want to tell you how absolutely beautiful it is to witness you with your precious Baxter. The work that the two of you are doing is something that cannot be put into words. Hospice work is something that has been near and dear to myheart since I was a young lady and I will get back to it one day! I love that you are so involved and have this wonderful way of putting him up on the bed with the people in their element, in the same vulnerable space.. heart to heart.. immediate connection made and its done. The healing I believe is going both directions for Baxter has a purpose to be here and receives just a much from those transitioning as well as the staff and families of those moving on. He will live in my heart as if I knew him once he makes his transition.. and I send you much love and light on this journey.. you both are extremely specials Earth Angels.. and I’m honored to have run across you on the net. You know my friend that you being the Angel that you are were able to see the light in this little guy early on.. you took him in, lifted him up, helped him heal and by giving him a second chance at life.. he has been able to do the same for many others including you many times along this journey.


    I have an internet show and would be absolutely honored if you would be interested in doing an hour show with me and going through all you’ve been and are doing.. and to get the word out about the book you’ve published.. so we can provide some funds to support the cause you work so beautifully at.
    Let me know.. either way.. i plan on supporting your cause by promoting the book.. and speaking and sharing about your precious and oh so handsome distinguised pooch of so many years.

    • 3. baxieboo  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:46 pm

      Teresa, I am so sorry that I’m just now getting back to you. I
      know you posted your beautiful, thoughtful comment long ago.

      I would be honored to be on your internet show when it works for you.

      Since Baxter died, Oct. 16, I have been overwhelmed with
      both the outpouring of love from others, like yourself, and
      the deficit of love without Baxter. It’s a paradox for sure.

      I was so full before from the inside and now I’m receiving all
      those love from people I don’t know. I have so much to

      Baxter was my ritual. Melissa, Baxter’s mom

  • 4. Rena  |  October 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I just want to say how wonderful Baxter is. He is truly sent from God to help others. God Bless Baxter, you and your family for touching so many lives.

  • 5. Deborah Gray  |  October 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Baxter looks like a baby lion cub in this photo. He is truly a gift from GOD.

    • 6. baxieboo  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:47 pm

      Can you believe how adorable he is? I’ve never seen a dog
      that looks like my little guy.

  • 7. pamela kay  |  October 9, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I love this moving picture of a moma with her baby, even at 19!

    A friend introduced me to your video a few days ago and I’ve listed it twice for others to see on my facebook, on my profile page on myspace and I shared it with my jr high students at school in south Louisiana.
    It was incredibly moving on many levels. I just want the entire world to know about Baxter and his unconditional love for people; and your unconditional love for him….to think that most people would have euthanized a dog like Baxter…what a tragedy that would have been. What an amazing testament to life he is. God can use people and animals in any condition, as long as we are willing to be used!
    Thank you for the gift of life that you, your hubby and Baxter share daily with others. Much love to you and yours from Cajun Country, pam xoxo

    • 8. baxieboo  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing Baxter with your students and others.
      Sorry for the delayed response. I’m having a tough time
      since I lost Baxter.

      Baxter was an all consuming bundle of joy, love and
      comfort not just to me, but to thousands of others.
      I am so grateful to have experienced his love. He
      was pure magic.

  • 9. Bammie  |  October 15, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I am sooo amazed and i applaud you for sharing your dog to help with so many people.

    i live in Canada but i was raised and born in Singapore, where hospice care still has a lot of room for improvement and i think therapy dogs are such a wonderful companion for someone who is in his/her last stage in life….My own dad just passed away in May this year and he was under hospice care for quite a while…He was very withdrawn and quiet in his last stage in life and I wish that at that point in time, he could have the companionship of a loving dog like Baxter, even if it’s just for 5 mins…..I love and applaud the things you have done. I have 2 dogs myself and will be looking to see if they can be trained as therapy dogs too…

  • 10. Lynda  |  October 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Oh Baxter–this is so perfect–cuddling with Mom.
    We all love you –you are one special little “teddy bear person”

  • 11. Nicole  |  October 20, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    What a precious, beautiful picture! You and Baxter are in my thoughts.

  • 12. Angela  |  October 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

    He is SO CUTE!!

  • 13. Rick  |  October 27, 2009 at 12:42 am

    This is the most touching story I’ve seen in quite some time.
    I’m sure Baxter is in his dog heaven now.
    If an animal has earned that spot we surely see Baxter has!

  • 14. Angie  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:01 am

    These are the kinds of priceless moments I miss the most since losing my 15 year old cat last year. I’ve been reading about Baxter since his passing made the front page of AOL. What a touching, yet heartbreaking, story. I’ve cried many many tears for both you and Baxter, as well as for my beloved Shelby … still. You both have touched countless lives in countless ways. God bless both of you.

    • 15. baxieboo  |  November 11, 2009 at 10:19 am

      I have had a dog or many dogs my entire life; however, there was only one Baxter. He had a gift that perhaps came with him. I was lucky
      enough to discover that treasure and nurture all his golden ways so that he could sparkle for all to see, touch, feel and embrace.
      He was something other than a dog; he grew into some kind of angel.

  • 16. pamela kay  |  November 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    My God grant you peace in the years ahead from this sad loss. Thank you for sharing your baby with the rest of the world and touching so many lives in beautiful, priceless ways. Baxter’s love and legacy will forever live on in the countless lives he touched, either in person or from afar. xoxo and prayers from Cajun Country, Louisiana

  • 17. Jaime  |  December 8, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    This is such a beautiful picture. I just want to snuggle up right along with you:)


    • 18. baxieboo  |  December 10, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      Baxie’s favorite thing to do was to snuggle. He was a real touchy feely kind of guy. I liked that so much about him. The more I touched him,
      the more he touched me, if you know what I mean.
      Thanks for commenting. Melissa


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