#AtoZChallenge X is for Baxter

My #AtoZChallenge could not pass without a mention for my gorgeous four-legged baby. He is my Boy, my first child, my darling dog, Baxter. Yes, I am a dog lover. And technically, Baxter is not my first doggy child. Before him I had Toby, a handsome Yorkshire Terrier, who died when he was 11. Baxter came into our lives at a time when I was incredibly lonely, grieving for my lost dog, desperate for something to fill the void. My Mum and sister took me to our local city dogs’ home and there he was: a cute, beard-faced, Staffordshire Bull Terrier X breed who apparently hadn’t made any fuss in the eight months he had been resident at that facility. We were smitten.

AtoZ Badge X

Baxter is a proper character. Now almost 10 (we think), he has his very own appreciation society in our home town. He accompanies me on the school run twice a day, he waits outside the school gates with other dogs, and he loves running along the canal path and chasing around in the park. Some of my daughters’ young friends overcame their fear of dogs through Baxter. He is patient, cuddly, and never retaliates to a curious toddler when she pulls his whiskers or pokes his nose. He simply moves away, or he catches my attention to intervene. Baxter is exuberant, loving, gentle and sensitive. He is our family dog. He is our Boy. We love him.


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See you tomorrow, for the next letter in the #AtoZChallenge.


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10 Responses to #AtoZChallenge X is for Baxter

  1. Kim Cleary says:

    Baxter sounds lovely 🙂 I’m a dog lover too, my fur-baby – Miles – is a Maltese/Poodle cross and a bundle of affection (sometimes infuriating) joy 🙂 Very clever idea to use the letter X for your precious Xbreed baby 🙂

    • Aww, yes I totally understand the infuriating part. This morning Baxter tried to jump in the bath with me while I was in the shower, because he got spooked when our smoke alarm beeped with a low battery. He’s been my shadow all morning 🙂

  2. Joyful2bee says:

    What a sweetheart! So cute and so wise too.

  3. jebjork says:

    Wouldn’t ever consider owning a dog on my own, but Baxter seems adorable. Love the picture!

    • Thank you, I got that photo printed in our local newspaper! My daughter randomly put the glasses on him one day while she was playing, so that he could join in her game, and he sat there for ages just playing along. He’s gorgeous! 🙂

  4. Kathryn says:

    Ah I am so pleased you found each other. It is always wonderful when an abandoned animal finds a really special home.

  5. Baxter is precious. I love dogs. I currently share my home with a pug called Frankie. And dogs play a prominent part in my writing.

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