Hi Baxter, thanks for sitting with Inside Chic. Let’s start at the beginning. Where are you from and how did you end up in New York City?
I was born in North Carolina. One day, when I was a young dog at the shelter (I never knew my mother), a person named Michelle came and picked me up in a truck. I loved Michelle right away. She had a crate for me to ride in, but I had another idea. Instead of getting in the crate, I decided to ride on her lap and she let me! I spent the whole trip looking out the window, which was so fun. I knew I was going to be happy with Michelle.
Have you always been so independent?
Definitely, I’ve always done exactly what I want to do. If I want to go outside and roam the neighborhood, I do! If I want to take a nap on the couch, I do! Some people say that we Terriers are a little full of ourselves, but in my opinion we’re just very confident. I have a lot of energy and ambition.
When did you get bitten by the acting bug?
Great question! I’ll never forget… One day, one of my dog siblings, a Border Collie named Taboo, was sitting at the kitchen table. There was a birthday cake in front of her, and she had to look at the cake and pretend that she was blowing out the candles on the cake. I watched intently from the other room, because I knew I could do that too! When she was finished, I rushed in and sat on the chair with my paws on the table in front of the cake, just like Taboo. I had never gone to drama school or been trained, I just watched and learned.
How did you get into commercials and become a dog star?
After the birthday cake episode, Michelle sent pictures of me to Taboo’s agent and let them know what I could do. They started me off like any other mutt who’s just breaking into the business with simple jobs, ones where all I had to do was sit, or stay, or speak. It was fun, but I knew I could do more! I caught on in the industry fast because I was such a quick study. They say I’ve got that adorable, endearing look, and who am I to argue?
What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time?
I love the water—I love to swim and dive off the dock. Some other favorites are Frisbee and flyball. I love being in the car. And I love to sleep in bed with Michelle, especially under the covers, because I’m always cold. I also love playing with Taboo and the rest of my dog family. We have a ton of fun!
Is there anything you dislike?
There are only two things: the bath and getting my nails done. When I see the nail clippers come towards me, I take off in the other direction.
What are your favorite treats?
I love everything! But if I had to choose, my favorites are chicken, turkey, and cheese. I also love human food, which I get when I’m working. Sometimes I’ll even try to steal the human food from the table. Okay, I admit, it’s actually one of my favorite things to do. If the people walk away, I make my move and sneak it off the plate. I know I’m not supposed to do that, but sometimes I can’t help myself. I am a dog, after all.
Special thanks to Baxter’s owner, Michelle Paulucci, and Baxter’s agents at All Creatures Great & Small. And most of all, to Baxter.