October 6, 2009 at 1:15 am 45 comments

I just love the new dog bone pendant my friend Marisol from Peru made for me.  This is how I look today October 5, 2009.

I just love the new dog bone pendant my friend Marisol from Peru made for me. This is how I look today October 5, 2009.


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Baxter’s new wet suit

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  • 1. wooffactory  |  October 6, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Baxter I heard your podcast on “Oh Behave!” a few days ago and was very moved … even more when I went to your website and saw your photos and videos! You sure don’t look like a senior dog to me – there’s so much puppy in that face! And your dog bone pendant is beautiful. Wish I could send you a big hug though I’m sure you’re getting lots of them!

    • 2. baxieboo  |  October 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

      Thank you for your kind comment, and thank you for watching my new video and being my Facebook friend.

      Today is a special day because I get to volunteer at hospice this afternoon. Before that I’ll swim 30 minutes. You can see pictures of me swimming if you scroll back into my website blog at http://www.momentswithbaxter.com.

      Did you know that all proceeds from sale of my book Moments With Baxter will be for charity?

      Love and licks,


    • 3. Renelle  |  October 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm

      You are right. Just looking at his face and his smile, he is still a puppy, no matter how old his body is.

  • 4. Jensey Bryan  |  October 6, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Baxter … You look mega handsome with your new dog bone pendant. Real style for a true king.

    I am glad to have found out about you this morning. I am blessed by your example.

    Thank you, Sir Baxter!

    • 5. baxieboo  |  October 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

      Thank you for your kind comment, and thank you for watching my new video.

      Today is a special day because I get to volunteer at hospice this afternoon. Before that I’ll swim 30 minutes. You can see pictures of me swimming if you scroll back into my website blog at http://www.momentswithbaxter.com.

      I also have a very active Facebook. You can find me by searching for Baxter Bussey in Facebook.

      Did you know that all proceeds from sale of my book Moments With Baxter will be for charity?

      Love and licks,


  • 6. Paula  |  October 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    You are sooo adorable and so inspiring. Just beautiful!!!!

  • 7. Sylvia Jaramillo  |  October 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Hi!! my name is Sylvia I am from San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America. Today a friend from Mexico send me a video of Baxter and I was truly touched by it and its story. I am dog lover too, I have three dogs of my own, one I bought for my kids right before their father died, and a therapy for all of us in those dificult moments; one I picked up from the streets after being hit by a car, and it’s the most thankful dog I have ever seen, and an oldie, a 10 year old labrador, a true princess. They are part of our family and I just can’t picture myself without them. They are a true blessing. God bless you for such a wonderful labor of love!!!

  • 8. Jackie  |  October 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I have just seen the video of Baxter that is floating around Facebook and I fell in love…what a special guy you have. Thanks so much for sharing him with all of us. Please give him a little squeeze for me 🙂


  • 9. Coleen Campbell  |  October 6, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    He is adorable. My wish is to have a Baxter at the end of my life to take me through onto my next journey. What a wobderful blog and testimony to Baxter.

  • 10. Bryan Marley  |  October 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    What an amazing life! You can see it in his eyes!

    You are blessed to share your time with him, and he with you . . . and everyone else along the way.

    Wishing you all the best!

    Bryan Marley (Sand Springs, OK)

  • 11. Aley  |  October 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Dearest Baxter and mummy:

    You are one amazing furbaby. What a blessing you are to those in need. I love your sweet little face and your dedication to loving others at the end of their lives. You are an inspiration to me, and my sheltie Chloe who only 11, but who I want to live forever!

    Big hugs teddy bear..!

  • 12. yvonne bddle  |  October 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I was sent a video from a Delaware Hospice employee about Baxter. I could not stop crying…..he is so precious. I love dogs and I am a Hospice volunteer. Do you mind if I ask why he can’t walk??? He looks so healthy and sweet. I would love to cuddle with him myself.
    Thank you for sharing his story.
    Yvonne Biddle

  • 13. sarah  |  October 7, 2009 at 12:29 am

    You are a beautiful spirit!!

  • 14. Kylie Lomman  |  October 7, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Saw a video of you Baxter from a friend and you are the most remarkable sweet, loving caring dog. I wish we have one like you here in Adelaide when mum was dying, she loved dogs and would have made her final hours so much less stressful. Keep up the good work. Lomman Family South Australia

  • 15. Bobbie-Jo  |  October 7, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I just saw a video about Baxter and it brought so many joyful tears to my eyes. Baxter you truly are an amazingly wonderful Dog. What you do for others is the best therapy out there. I wish there was a local dog like you that was around when my Grandmother could have used some therapy. She had dogs up until she couldn’t take care of them anymore. She would have loved you. Thank you for everything you do! ♥

  • 16. MaLinda  |  October 7, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Oh Baxter! My days had not been complete until I found out about your and your Mom yesterday. You are such a good and valuable boy. The work you do is to be rewarded every second of your life..you to Mom. I love your new tag..red becomes you! You’re the best! – MaLinda

  • 17. Chris Whitley  |  October 7, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Baxter, you are so handsome. Long may you continue doing such a wonderful thing. ((((hugs)))

  • 18. Sally  |  October 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Baxter, you are truly a very amazing dog. God bless all the hearts that you have touched.

  • 19. Patricia Snelgrove  |  October 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I just discovered Baxter. What an amazing dog. I am hoping to read his book very soon!!! I hope that you continue touching peoples lives!! Love you Baxter xoxox

  • 20. Pat Bennett  |  October 7, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I was sent a link to see Baxter’s video yesterday and I absolutely have fallen in love, like most of us, with him.

    I have had dear friends and family taken care of through hospice, and I know that an animal such as Baxter would have warmed their hearts and souls.

    I will be following Baxter and hope that some day I will be able to hug this wonderful animal

  • 21. Natasha Madison  |  October 7, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Baxter! I just saw your video on Facebook today and I feel in love with you!!! You are definitely my new hero dog! I have an organization called Canine Justice Network here in Cincinnati. We save dogs from kill shelters, educate and advocate. I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. I would love 15 mins of cuddle time with you! I just know I wouldn’t have any fear! I just ordered your stuffed toy and really hope that somehow you can “autograph” it for me! I will have it around everytime I feel afraid. You are more than an inspiration and I hope your long life continues into your late 20’s!! Love you from Cincinnat! xoxo

  • 22. dvorahji  |  October 8, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Darling, Darling Baxter…how very sweet and love and relaxed you are…sending all my love and good wishes and a fun video for you….your friend Dvorah and Lilly (A bichon who is your fan!.

    You know darling Baxter you really know how to Shut UP in a very BIG BIG WAY….and offer that beautiful Shut Up Space to everyone…A big lick to you from me & Lilly!
    Shut up! An Ancient Mantra for Complete Happiness

  • 23. Julie Coburn  |  October 8, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Baxter’s story is so touching. He has such a beautiful soul.

    You’re a very lucky boy, Baxter, to have such a wonderful mom who could see and appreciate your gift!

    Thank you for sharing

  • 24. Annie Cain  |  October 8, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Hi Baxter,

    I think you are just beautiful and the way you reach out to people is something that only dogs can do. You are a big ball of love. I pray that you will be around for many more years to keep on doing what you are doing.
    I bet there’s not a life that’s crossed your path that you haven’t changed.
    May God bless all that you and your Mum do.
    You’re precious Baxter,



  • 25. Veronica  |  October 8, 2009 at 4:17 am

    What a wonderful boy you are Baxter

    I saw the video on you tube and the tears are not stopping. I ordered your book too! You are an angel. Thank you! I love you <3.

  • 26. Kim  |  October 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Baxter – you are truly amazing. You give a gift that no human could. I am worried that you might be sad and ready to go, but when I see your website, I know that your mom is taking the best care of you ever. You will always be in the arms of an angel, dear pup.


  • 27. karen lyons kalmenson  |  October 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    the lives you have touched
    with ths dog so dear
    you have done so much
    to all those you were near
    and to all of us who
    read your story
    we are touched by this angel
    he is part of god’s glory

  • 28. Bolbec  |  October 9, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I just saw a video of Baxter online, and I can’t stop crying! Sometimes I love animals more than people, and this little guy has me so emotional right now. I love him.

  • 29. Carol  |  October 10, 2009 at 2:31 am

    I just happened on Baxter’s book in the library and read it in one sitting. I just had to log on to see if Baxter was still in this world since the book was written over 18 months ago. I am so happy that this perfect soul is still alive and dispensing love. God really blessed you, Melissa and Dennis, when he sent Baxter to you and I know that you know that. All 3 of you are angels. I have no doubt about that. Hugs from me and Daisy, my precious 11 year old Beagle.

  • 30. Pam Hurst  |  October 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

    This video is so touching! Your are such a caring and loving person to share Baxter with so many families and making the last of moments so special. What can be more beautiful than a smile from a loved one dieing.

    Thanks so much for sharing the world with us!

    God bless you and Baxter!

    Pam Hurst

  • 31. Nadine  |  October 10, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    God bless you Baxter & your loving family. I watched your video and couldn’t stop crying – what a touching video. I just received my copy of your book and can’t wait to read it.

    Greetings from my K9 senior Apples (14 3/4 year old rescue) and 14 month old Golden Neeli.

    Thank you for sharing Baxter’s story with the world – may he be blessed with many more hospice visits.


  • 32. Jenny  |  October 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I love Baxter. I’m wondering whether he is a jindo (they are believed to be related to the Chows…Baxter’s ears and mask from his younger days really looks very jindo-ish). My jindo dog, Marvin and I used to visit a nursing home to see my Grandma Sophie. Marvin was very good with all the residents there. The first time Marvin and I went to the nursing home, we were rushed by at least 12 residents and there was a huge crowd around us. They just wanted to touch him and many of them spoke of how they had dogs their entire lives. The experience really moved me. Keep up all the good work Baxter!

  • 33. Joann Cooper  |  October 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Baxter! What an inspiration you are and what a mommy you have to see in you your God giving purpose! I just saw your video and was so moved….I like many of your fans, am a dog lover and have two precious ones, Callie and Phoebe and have had more that are no longer with me but love them and miss them the same. There is nothing like the unconditional love our pets have for us and others, if only we humans could do that too! Blessings to both of you for the lives you are touching! Many hugs and kisses too!

  • 34. Rémy  |  October 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    just a little question, what kind of dog Baxtor is?

    thanks, he’s very inspiring

    • 35. baxieboo  |  October 14, 2009 at 2:47 pm

      Baxter is part chow and part golden retriever.

  • 36. Candis  |  October 11, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I love you so much and would love to meet you!
    I first heard about you today on a e-mail with video that someone sent me. I will soon order your book. Please know how valuable you are to mankind. It has done my soul good meeting you as I just lost a dog of my own. You have refreshed my soul.
    Much Love.
    Candis in Michigan

  • 37. Cody's Mom  |  October 11, 2009 at 11:02 pm


    I just had to write and tell you how Baxter has had a huge impact on me and my dog Cody. Cody is a 10yr old female German Shepard who use to be a Therapy dog. She has some vision problems and arthritis so about a year ago when I retired, I retired her. I think it was a big mistake. She loves people and love elderly especially. She has such a tremendous instinct for peoples needs and limitations. Since she and I have both retired we seem to be “lost”. I’m not sure that is really the word for what I have been feeling but it seems to fit how she has been. So when a friend posted your short video on my Facebook page I realized that Cody and I both need to go back to work. I am going to take her to get her certification updated and we are going to go back to work. I am sure that when see realizes what we are doing she will be the happy puppy I know she can be.

    Thank you Baxter for all you do and for what you have dome for us.


  • 38. Denise  |  October 12, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Baxter – you and your mom have touched my life. I’ve always believed that dogs are special gifts from God…afterall – that’s your name backwards.

    We have recently rescued our second dog and after watching your video, I have realized that patience is the key to loving your animals and life. It’s an amazing thing you do, Baxter.

    You are adorable and I wish for many years of happiness and health for you. Sending you hugs!

  • 39. Pam Hoy  |  October 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Hello to Baxter, with thanks for all you are doing to help others. Just seeing you is enough to melt hearts because of your adorable appearance…but I love that you want to be more than just a pretty face and a fuzzy wuzzy body to everyone! You are giving the best gift you can give…yourself. That is a wonderful lesson for us all to follow. I thank God for your many gifts to everyone…and for your presence in our lives. You are doing God’s work here on earth and that makes you a real angel! Bless you and your “people” for the love that you share so unconditionally! As another blogger wrote very wittily…you are all PAWSOME!

  • 40. Julie  |  October 14, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Baxter you are the most handsome, caring and loving little guy. It is so wonderful when you visit all these people and comfort them. I had watched your video and with Miss Sarah singing it really touched me. I have passed the video on to many friends here in North Carolina. You are very much loved here in NC. I have 2 dogs and I know what a comfort they are to me like when I have had a long day at work but when you see that face and wagging tail it is all worth it. Keep up the good work you are precious 🙂

  • 41. Julie  |  October 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    keep up the wonderful work

  • 42. loyaciplofick  |  November 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Great Article , I thought it was tremendous

    I look forward to more innovative postings like this one. Does This Site have a RSS I can subscribe to for more information concerning this?

    • 43. baxieboo  |  November 23, 2009 at 11:40 pm

      Great question. I see the RSS listed, but I don’t even know exactly what that stands for. As you know, Baxter does have a facebook page,
      baxter bussey, and I am now tweeting on twitter. I just started that.

      Thank you for your comments. Every Mon. there is a new story about Baxter and his love potion.

      Melissa, Baxie’s mom

  • 44. Katrinna J.  |  January 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Can’t forget how Baxie looks like! He still looks like he’s alive. I hope you’re doing well with Jeze. You both will make each other happy. I dunno, but I just want to know about Dennis. I think I don’t remember what happened to him. Sorry if I missed something.
    Happy New Year!


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