Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Good Ol' Summertime

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hey, Pierre! Guess what day it is?”
Pierre Westie: “Let’s see…it’s not my birthday. Is it Westie Appreciation Day? Most importantly, does it involve cake?”
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Bentley: “I don’t smell cake and there is no such thing a Westie Appreciation Day. At least I’m pretty sure there isn’t. Anyway, today is the first day of summer! We need to remind our friends about some of our favorite safety warnings.”
Pierre: “I love everything about summer except the bugs. I am not a fan of fleas, ticks, mosquitos, or the dreaded no-see-ems. Those little monsters bite us and then we start scratching, then we get a sore which could get infected. It can just become a big bug thing that is easily avoided.
   Some dogs and cats use fleas/tick drops, others wear repellent collars, and some use all-natural sprays. Be sure that you are using something, so you are protected.”
Bentley: “Speaking of mosquitos and protection, we want to make sure if heartworms are a problem in your state, you need to get a heartworm test at the veterinarian. You can purchase a preventative at their office or have them write a prescription so you can buy them wherever you prefer.”
Pierre: “If you take your dog boating, be sure they wear a life vest. Even if they are an excellent swimmer, boating accidents can happen and dogs need to have their own floatation device. You might need to reassure them that their butts don't look big when they wear the vest. Some of us are sensitive.”
Bentley: “Don’t forget to bring some water and a bowl so they can have fresh water drink. They should be discouraged from drinking lake or pond water. You’ll also want to bring along puppy pads and poop bags. If your dog is shaved or short-haired, apply a pet-friendly sunscreen or put them in a tee shirt. Dogs get sunburned too.
Pierre: “Let’s discuss spending time in the sun. I cannot for the life of me understand how you can just lay out in the yard when it is 100°F. There are a few times that I glance over at you and could swear you had melted!”
Bentley: “Here’s the deal. You know how some dogs LOVE being out in the snow? It is the exact opposite of that. The sunshine is good for my soul and it feels so good. 
   The important thing with me is that I can always go inside where it is air-conditioned or I can choose to relax under the ceiling fan on the patio. Mom always makes sure we have plenty of fresh water both inside and out. No dog should be forced to stay outdoors without proper shelter from the sun. A backyard doggie pool is fun during the summer months and helps to keep your best friend super cool.”
  Pierre: “We still want to go for our walks during the summer months. It is important that we don’t burn our paw pads on the hot concrete. You can go on walks in the mornings or late evenings when the sidewalks have had a chance to cool down.”
Bentley: “If you decide to walk during the day, check for excessive heat by holding the back of your hand on the street/pavement for 5 seconds. If you can’t do it, the ground is too hot for your pup’s unprotected pads.
   We wear Pawz™ to keep our pads safe during summer walks. They are easy to put on and they didn’t make us walk goofy. Mom likes that you get several pairs in each container. She cuts a couple of small slits in the top of them to prevent us from sweating too much while we are wearing them. It amazes us how many dogs we see walking on the hot southern sidewalks without protecting their paws.”
  Summer weather is wonderful for spending time outdoors exploring with your best friend. A little precaution can go a long way in making it a summer to remember.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Help Wanted on the Bayou

   This is a different post from our usual banter. I’m asking for your help with a couple of things so we can make Barking from the Bayou a fun-tastic place to visit.
Basset Hound at writing desk
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Monday, June 18, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News June 18, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have some great reports along with sports and weather. Let’s get right to our top story with my co-anchor Pierre.”
BFTB NEWS set with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “Thanks! We are used to reporting on dogs doing many remarkable things, so it seems fair that we would run across the occasional mishap. That is what happened in Iowa when a Pit Bull/Labrador mix named Balew was roughhousing with his person on the couch.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Summer Survival Kit Sweepstakes

   It is summertime and we are kicking it off with a fabulous giveaway from Dr. Harvey’s
   The Dog Days of Summer can be “ruff” on a dog so we are giving you a chance to win OUR FAVORITE GROOMING ESSENTIALS. You can always count on Dr. Harvey’s to offer many topical holistic formulas, so you don’t have to expose your best friend to any harmful chemicals or preservatives.
What Is In The Summer Survival Kit?
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Various Dr. Harvey's Grooming Essentials