Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fetch Fun Fling-A-Longs

   We love all things TrustyPup® from their comfy beds to their incredible line of toys. That’s because the folks behind TrustyPup know how to meet a pet’s emotional, physical and instinctual needs. Bentley still loves snuggling in the comfort of his orthopedic TrustyPup bed. Pierre often tries to catch some extra zzz’s in it too.
TrustyPup Fling-A-Longs
   That's why when a box arrived with TrustyPup on the outside, the Bayou Boys were anxious for me to open it. They knew something fun was about to happen and boy, were they ever right!
Two dogs tugging on pink pig toy
   Boys will be boys and mine LOVE to play! They were so excited when we received a new TrustyPup Fling-A-Longs toy this week. It is an adorable pig with a sewn face which means I don't have to worry about them chewing off a button eye or nose. Pierre is always ready for action, so he grabbed the pig by the neck and gave it a fling! It makes a crinkly sound that he really loves! 
Westie with pink toy
   Don't let this innocent face fool you. Pierre is a well-known toy killer but TrustyPup is up for the fight. They use a special process when manufacturing to add a super tough and extremely durable lining to their soft plush toys. It makes them tough inside and out. This Chew Guard Technology™ has reinforced seams to stand up to the fiercest tuggers.
Westie laying down with pink toy
   Our Fling-A-Longs has two tennis balls hidden inside so playing fetch is much more fun. Pierre ran and threw this toy all over the house with Bentley hot on his trail. There were several times when Bentley almost claimed the pig but Pierre squeaked by him!
Westie sleeping with one eye open
   This little piggy seems to have worn a certain Westie down! He looks relaxed but he is still keeping an eye out for Bentley to try to steal his toy. Pierre has claimed this as his new favorite pig.
   You can find TrustyPup products at Walmart, Kroger, Target and of course, *Amazon. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Just tell them the Bayou Boys sent you! 🐶
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Monday, August 20, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News August 20, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 20, 2018. We hope you had a great weekend and are ready to start your day off with some animal news. Pierre, what’s our top story?”
Pierre Westie: “The top story is serious, but we are hoping to relieve some fears. We have received several inquiries about the scary infection that affected two people in Wisconsin over the summer. One woman died, and a man had his arms and legs amputated. Both of those infections were traced to Capnocytophaga bacteria which is commonly found in dog saliva. The truth is more than 70% of dogs and almost 60% of cats have this bacteria. It’s considered normal oral flora.
   That means a lot of pet parents are exposed to this bacterium every single day and nothing happens. It is very rare for a person to become infected with the Capnocytophaga bacteria. If you are living with a weakened immune system, you might consult your doctor on the likelihood of catching this from your puppy dog lick or kitty cat kisses. We will continue to kiss our humans here on the Bayou.”
Bentley: “It is how I wake Mom up every morning. She would be so sad if I stopped.
   I love this story and if it were a sport, I’d be training right now. Soldan’s Pet Supplies store in Lansing, Michigan held its third annual Fro-Yo eating contest for dogs. Dogs were judged in three separate categories according to weight. The winners were determined by how fast they could woof down their bowl of frozen yogurt. The event raised money for mid-Michigan pet rescue groups. This sounds like a tasty way to help some deserving groups!”
Pierre: “Have you ever watched your pet sleep and wondered what they are dreaming about? You have probably heard someone say their puppy is chasing squirrels or their cat is after a mouse when they twitch or make noise while they are sleeping. The truth is, that is probably exactly what they are dreaming. Research shows that both cats and dogs dream very similar to humans. That means they dream about the things they experience during their waking hours.
   I always hate when someone wakes me up right before the good part of a dream, don’t you?”
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Bentley: “I try not to lose my dream if I wake up so I can go back to finish it.  
   You know that scientist are always discovering new creatures that have been around but very good at avoiding detection. That is the case of the new seahorse recently found off the coast of southeastern Japan. It is a pygmy seahorse and only reaches the size of a grain of rice! The Japan Pig seahorse has been spotted by scuba divers for several years but has now been officially documented. The colorful Pig seahorse prefers the shallow waters but don’t worry about them. They are much too small for most people to ever see them. Here is a video so you can see for yourself.”
BFTB NETWoof News Sports segment
Pierre: “We want to give a shout-out to two of our favorite sports superstars!
   Bailie from My GBGV Life earned her NW(nose work) 3 Interior Title AND her RATO Barn Hunt Open Title over the weekend! What an incredible feat!
   Our friend Mabel from Idaho Pug Ranch earned her first leg in Preferred Novice Obedience and qualified for Preferred Novice. She also received a rosette for High Scoring Dog in Preferred Classes at the USRVDTC Obedience Rally this weekend.
   We are so proud of y’all. Let’s see if our forecast is a winner with Paisley the Weather Lab.”
BFTB NETWoof Weather
Paisley the Weather Lab: Well, the weather is looking nice for most of the United States this week. I know that is a welcome relief to some of you who have been inundated with rain. The northeast will have some more rain midweek while Virginia and the Carolinas can expect showers early. Floridians will have muggy weather that can bring some scattered storms.
   I have one word for all of us in the south. HOT! Please make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water and shade. Keep yourselves hydrated and if you work outdoors, take plenty of breaks. (We won’t tell the boss)
   The southwest will have more monsoonal storms. The west coast will continue to be hot and hazy due to the wildfires. We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to those on the front lines battling these blazes.
   The Pacific Northwest will be happy to hear that they are in for sunshine. Actually, most of the northern states can expect some beautiful summer days. Those of you in the center of the country will have a quiet week with a few clouds.
   Overall, it is a positive outlook and if it is rainy in your area, I know we can count on your positive outlook! Always stay tuned to your local weather station in case of severe weather.”
Bentley: “We appreciate you taking the time to visit us and hope our news put a smile on your face. The rest of the week will include a new toy review along with lots more fun so be sure to stop by! Have a wonderful day and be sure to grab yourself some happy!”
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Friday, August 17, 2018

The Last Cigarette

   There are not many dates that I remember. If birthdays aren’t written on the calendar, I forget. For years I called my brother the day after his birthday! I remember our anniversary but often have to count the years. (It’s 36) I don’t remember the anniversary of deaths or operations that I’ve had (10) and if you ask me what year something happened, I will probably be off by a decade. There is one day that I never forget to celebrate and that is today, August 17. Why you ask?
   On this date four years ago, I smoked my very last cigarette. I took a photo of it to remind me that nothing that small will ever have power over me again. After smoking over 40 years, it was not easy but it is the best thing I’ve ever done for my health.
   For me, it started as a teenager, maybe 14 years old. Stupid, huh? Back in the 70’s, lots of people smoked. There was not the stigma that is present in today’s society. You could smoke anywhere. Airplanes, buses, stores, restaurants, and the office place were often so filled with smoke it was hard to see across the aisle.
   As a country, we have not done enough to combat a lot of our problems but the battle against tobacco has been a success. I think a lot of people have quit smoking because the price has gone through the roof. According to Fair Reporters, the cost for a pack of cigarettes ranges from $5.25 in Missouri to $12.85 in New York. A pack per day smoker is spending some serious cash on a habit that is more than likely going to contribute to their own death. I know that’s harsh, but it is also true.
   I think the biggest difference that I have noticed over the past four years is the smell of people smoking. When I was a smoker, the smell used to trigger my desire to light up. The smell now makes me nauseous. I loved smoking but regret every single one of them now. Hopefully, I quit in time to give my body a chance to heal itself. If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about quitting. It can never be too soon, but it can be too late.  
   Please share this post with a smoker you love.
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Good Check Up

   Bentley had his senior wellness checkup this week. It is the first time that he has officially seen our new vet. He did go get his nails clipped a few weeks ago but he needed a refill of his heartworm medicine and that required an office visit.  He and Pierre somehow got on different schedules, so their heartworm test is three months apart. Both boys take the same dosage, so we buy the six months supply of Heartgard and they share.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Back-to-School Safety Tips for Pets

Pierre: “Bentley and I are visiting a classroom today to share some Back-to-School Safety tips. Do you think if I sit up front, I can be the teacher’s pet? School looks pretty interesting so far.  What kind of safety concerns can we find in a classroom?  I mean other than bullies, slamming our paws in lockers, falling out of my chair, and algebra?”
Bentley: “Why would algebra be a safety concern?”