Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy 9th Birthday, Bentley Basset Hound

We are celebrating Bentley’s 9th birthday!!
   In honor of this milestone, I thought I’d share 9 reasons I love him so much. Okay, there are seriously a gazillion little things that he does to melt my heart but sticking with the theme of 9, I will hit the highlights. If you have never read how he came to live with us, please take a minute to check out Bentley’s Story. It explains a lot.
   Without further ado and in no particular order here are…
9 of the Gazillion Reasons I love
Bentley Basset Hound
9. He is a free thinker.
   I have had dogs that will do exactly what was asked of them. No hesitation. Bentley is not one of them. He knows what I am telling him to do; he is a great communicator but he likes to mull over his options. “What’s in it for me?” is the usual look that I get to my request that he come inside or get off my spot on the couch. It can be exasperating at times, hilarious at other times but I can’t help but love him for it every time.
8. He gets me.
   Bentley seems to know exactly what I am feeling and thinking. If I need a dog’s head in my lap, his suddenly appears. If I am sad and need to shed a tear or two, he understands. He is always near with a neck full of wrinkles to bury my face. I have had many dogs and I adored each of them. Bentley and I have a special connection. It’s like it says in those bold letters; he gets me.
7. His ears
   If you have never felt the long velvety ears of a Basset Hound, I urge you to add it to your Bucket List. They are so soft and Bentley knows how to move his in a way that turns me into putty in his paw. There have been times over the years that I have cursed those same ears because of chronic infections. Since we have been using The Purple Stuff every month, we have not had a single problem since February. I can’t sing its praises loud enough.
6. His Armpits
   Believe me, I know how weird that sounds but if you could feel under his arms, you’d understand. They feel like a baby’s underarms. He loves to have his armpits scratched and they make excellent hand warmers!
5. His Tail
   Bentley’s tail is usually wagging. When he gets really excited, it goes in a circle. If he is asking to play, it is a hesitant wag. Whenever he is happy, it can sound like a drum beating against anything that he’s near. If he is concentrating it will stand perfectly still curved over his back. His tail speaks volumes.
4. His Alert Warning
   Bentley enjoys barking for no reason other than to hear his own husky voice. However, there is one bark that signals trouble. We have only heard it a couple of times but it is very distinct and in both cases, it was his fur siblings in distress. Once our Golden Retriever became tangled in some berry bushes and could not get loose. That is the first time we heard it and my husband rushed outside with me. There was Bentley sitting faithfully next to Tucker barking non-stop for our help. Over the summer we heard it again but this time it was concerning Pierre. He was chasing a rabbit and had somehow scooted under our fence. I don’t think he even realized he had left the yard in his excitement. As soon as we heard Bentley, Skipper said, “Something’s wrong.” We ran outdoors and found Bentley at our back fence alerting us where Pierre escaped. Luckily, Pierre was still sniffing along the other side of our fence for the elusive bunny. Although I hope we don’t hear his alert warning again, it is nice to know we can depend on him in emergencies.
3. Those Big Ol’ Paws
   Bentley’s paws fill the palm of my hand. He likes me to hold his paw and I love that. Those big paws have been waking me up each day for the past nine years. When he was a puppy, he would bang the door of his kennel when he woke up in the mornings. We called it his Jailhouse Rock. Now, he puts both paws on the edge of our mattress and scratches until I wake up. He and Pierre go outside to take care of their business, get a treat, and if it is early, I climb back in the bed. When that happens, he goes around to his Dad’s side of the bed and sits up staring at him until he wakes up. Then, he likes his Dad to hold his paw for a few minutes before going back to sleep.
2. He Cracks Me Up
   I love to laugh. It is my very favorite thing in the world. It feels good and is great for your health. If you make me laugh, chances are we will be great friends because we have the same bizarre sense of humor. Bentley makes us laugh every day with the things he does. There is no doubt that he knows he is being funny. He is our lives’ comic relief.
1. I Love How He Loves Us
   Bentley is not a pet, he is family. He loves us and we love him unconditionally. He makes me a better person by being his mom. I look in his eyes and know that he is my true soul dog. I am so lucky that we found each other.
Happy birthday, Bentley!
Bentley: “Hey y’all, thanks for coming to celebrate my birthday. Enough of Mom’s mushy talk, let’s get our party rockin’. The best way to do that is to give you a chance to win this Wooftastic Birthday Giveaway
   One lucky reader is going to win a prize from all of these amazing sponsors. We are so thankful for their generosity. 
   All you have to do is enter with this Rafflecopter form below. Don’t forget to come back each day for an extra “tweet.” We will share this weekend’s party pics next week. Good luck!
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

An Interview with a Basset Hound About Being Older

   Bentley is going to celebrate his 9th birthday this Saturday, December 3rd. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been nine years since he was a wiggly long-eared wrinkly puppy. Then again, I can hardly remember life before he was in it. He has changed me in ways that I never dreamed possible. I will discuss that tomorrow.
   You might remember on my birthday a couple of years ago when he was gracious enough to interview me. I decided it was time to ask him a few probing questions.
Me: “Bentley, thank you for agreeing to this interview. I know that you are a busy Basset.”
Bentley: “Never too busy for you, Mom. Are those the treats you promised?”
I nod and slide him a piece of jerky.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 for Dogs

We are proud to present our
Christmas Gift Guide 2016
for dogs and 
the people who love them.

Here are the links to all of our gift ideas

Cooking for Sugar ~ A Doglicious Cookbook

   Do you enjoy cooking for your best friend? It is such fun to create something special for your pup in the kitchen. One of the best things about making homemade treats is you have complete control of the ingredients. This is especially important if your dog has allergies.

Monday, November 28, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News November 28, 2016

Bentley: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the last week of November 2016. Wait…can that be right? This year has really flown by, hasn’t it? We have some great news stories for you this week so let’s begin. My co-anchor Pierre Westie has our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story Greyhound wins National Dog Show
Pierre: “While everyone was gobbling up their Thanksgiving dinners, some of the most outstanding dogs were busy competing for the title of Best in Show at the 15th National Dog Show in Philadelphia. This year featured an amazing group of entrants. The winner was a fabulous Greyhound named Gia. Of course, I have to give a shout-out to the winner in the Terrier group. Rondo the White West Highland Terrier was quite stunning. We congratulate all of the dogs that qualified for this prestigious honor. I still don’t understand why I was forced to get my hair brushed after Mom saw Rondo, though.”