Reading with Abbey & Basil

Happy 12th Birthday Willow!!!

Hello Basil’s Travels fan and a very happy Tuesday to you! Today we are celebrating our resident fat cat, Willow’s 12th birthday! Nate, Basil, Sebastian, and I can’t believe she has hit the big one two! She is the best cat and we are so lucky she has decided that we are her family. So, in honor of Willow FC please enjoy some of my favorite photos from over the years.

Happy 12th Birthday Willow! Here is to 12 more!Happy Birthday WillowIMG_3239 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA SAM_1689 Hipster Willow Fat Cat Willow Sitting Willow SAM_1132 IMG_3044 IMG_3033 DSCF4101

Hope you like cat photos! Tomorrow we will be back to your regular scheduled Boston Terrier programing!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Reading with Abbey & Basil — Wine Dogs USA 3

HappyMonday! Today’s Reading with Abbey & Basil is a book about my two favorite things; wine & dogs!Wine Dogs USA 3

I picked up Wine Dogs USA 3 while in Texas over Christmas. We were taken to the world famous Salt Lick restaurant and winery just 15 minutes outside of Austin, TX for a family dinner. After enjoying some truly tasty BBQ and good conversation, Nate & I wandered over to the Salt Lick Cellars, right next door. Inside their tasting room/gift store I found Wine Dogs.

Wine Dogs USA 3 is the newest edition in the Wine Dogs book family. This gem of a book features over 190 wineries from North America and the dogs that call these wineries home. Each page highlights a winery dogs personality with a full color photo and a little information about what makes that dogs tail wag. Throughout the book you will also find winery dog stores written by wine and dog experts from all over North America.

Basil and I highly recommend picking up a copy of Wine Dogs USA 3. You can find it on Amazon,, and in 100’s of wineries from Napa to Rhode Island, Washington, to Texas and every where in-between.

Maybe someday we’ll hang up our traveling shoes, move to Napa and run a winery. Then maybe they will feature Basil in Wine Dogs 15! Until then we will just keep on dreaming!Basil-winedogs

Only 10 days until BlogPaws 2014 conference in Las Vegas!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil


Reading with Abbey & Basil — Photo Booth Dogs

But first… Let me take a selfie! Basil loves taking selfies!

This Monday on Reading with Abbey & Basil we are talking about Photo Booth Dogs by Cameron Woo.

First off the bat, you may look at this book and say “You only buy books with Boston terriers on the cover!” Well, that may be a little true but if you remember last weeks Reading with Abbey & Basil, that was about cats! So there! Photo Booth Dogs by Cameron Woo

This little coffee table book is chalked full of old, antique photo booth photos. Other than the intro, where the author gives us a short history of the photo booth, the book lets the photos speak for themselves. With almost all the pictures included being in black & white you can really feel the history. I look into the eyes of these like-minded dog people in some of the photos and can really feel how much they enjoyed their dogs. And even though most of these pictures are at least 30 years old, some even from as far back as the 1930’s, one thing has stayed the same; our love of man’s best friend.

Photo Booth Dogs is a great book to pick up if you are interested in photography, dogs, or just to look great on your coffee table or book shelf. I would also recommend it as a great house warming present. I can truly say this book makes me smile with every viewing and I’m happy to include it in my book collection.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Monday. Remember, if you need a Monday pick me up check out our Sunny Monday post from a couple weeks ago. It is sure to help!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil


Reading with Abbey & Basil — How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

What?! So you are telling me that for the cost of 1 book I can gain “financial freedom” by learning how to pimp out my fat cat? Now that is a deal!

In How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity you will find a large number of helpful tips such as smaller box = Bigger $$$ or cat + props = success. You will learn how to classify your cats personality and which role he or she should play online for maximum payoff.

This book is so funny and packed with cat photos I would recommend it to anyone with or without a pet. So, just ask yourself… Do you have a cat who is not yet internet famous? Do you have at least 1 box and 1 cat? Do you love cats and/or cat photos? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity is the book for you! I mean, just look at these before and after photos!




Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Reading with Abbey & Basil

Hello all! Happy Monday! I hope that each and every one of you had an amazing, fun-filled weekend. We enjoyed some time out and about making some great new friends, dog and human alike.

For the last couple of days I have been reading a new book and loved it so much that I thought I would start a new weekly book review. Focused on dog and cat books of the fiction and nonfiction variety. I give you Reading with Abbey & Basil.

Usually I stay away from books about animals mostly because of Marley & Me. That book and movie killed me! I am such an animal lover that the thought of a lovable fur baby dying, real or otherwise, is just unbearable. I’ve tried several times, with different books, but it always ends in me reading about 15 pages and just “knowing” that this is going to end badly, so I stop.

On Thursday of last week, when I stepped up to my bookcase in search of a new book to read and found You had me at woof : How dogs taught me the secrets of happiness, I was a bit wary. I had purchased the book about 6 months ago almost completely based on the unbelievably adorable Boston terrier on the cover. I fell in love with this little guy, shown in black and white with his little tongue sticking out of his mouth as if he just knows he couldn’t look cuter.

In our house buying a book you have no real plans to ever read is completely normal. My husband designs book covers for a living and just loves having good work all around our home. This is all I thought this book was going to be for me, a beautifully designed book with the cutest dog in the world (next to Basil… of course!) on the cover.

I stand there, holding this book in my hands and for some reason or another I felt like this was the right time, the right book, to take a chance. A chance that for the next few days I was going to cry my eyes out as I read a tale about this adorable Boston’s journey to the grave. Although there were parts of this book that had be fighting back tears and had me thinking about how we lost our dear old man, Nolan, this was not a sad story.

It was a story about love, and hope. Family, and compassion. It really was a story about how one woman fell in love with dogs and how that, in the end changed her life. Over the few days it took me to complete the 228 page story I found myself really connecting with the author. Finding that, even though our lives are completely different, they are very much the same. Each story in the book was beautifully written in a way that made you laugh, (out loud, at times) and feel that though some of the things that happened are completely absurd they are also completely relatable.

The author, Julie Klam, shares with her readers her experiences in the world of rescuing, fostering, and placing Boston terriers in New York City. With every turn of the page you can just feel her falling deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole of this crazy dog world and never wanting to return to the “normal” dog pee free life again.

You had me at woof: How dogs taught me the secrets of happiness will make you feel the full spectrum of emotions but its worth it. I highly recommend stopping by the book store and picking up a copy today, if you love dogs, you will not be disappointed.

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil