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.  
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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.
   I know it seems like they should be on two different sizes but the 25 to 50 lbs. cover both boys. We are working with Pierre to drop five pounds that he has picked up. He blames it on the lack of squirrel chasing here in Texas. I blame myself for overfeeding him, but he gets sick when his tummy is empty. It is a double-edged sword with him, but we will get those extra pounds off.
   As far as Bentley goes, it is time for this mama to do some bragging. The vet said that he was in great shape for a 10 1/2-year-old senior. No problems with his ears, eyes, or any of the parts she probed and pushed! He weighed in at 49 pounds which is down a pound from his normal weight. She said he was a perfect size for his age and commended us because Bassets have a tendency to get fat. We had to snicker and confess that Bentley used to weigh 69 pounds!
   That’s right, my little stud muffin used to be a tank. We fed our dogs kibble for years and never gave it a second thought. I was blind to how unhealthy Bentley looked and felt. This all changed when I met Dr. Harvey’s team. I was introduced to a new way of feeding the boys. They have tried all of Dr. Harvey's recipes, but are currently enjoying Canine Health. It took some time and discipline (no table scraps) along with exercise but the pounds disappeared. Bentley started running and playing again with Pierre. It was obvious that the extra weight was putting a strain on him. The trick now is getting Pierre moving again. We are hoping the weather cools off soon so we can spend more time outdoors.
   I’m still bragging but this time it’s about Bentley's ears. In addition to the compliments on his weight, she was very surprised with how good his ears looked. That is when I told her how we battled constant ear infections for the first eight years of my boy’s life. Once we learned about The Purple Stuff from My GBGV Life, everything changed. We use it faithfully every month and he has not had an ear infection in over three years! I never thought I’d be able to write those words. If you are fighting ear infections with your dog, check out my article, DIY Dog Allergy Hacks for the recipe and instructions for making your own Purple Stuff.
   The vet asked if we wanted to get Bentley updated parvovirus, leptospirosis and Bordetella vaccines but I declined. I was stunned to discover his rabies vaccine is good for three years because it is mandatory that they are vaccinated every year in Louisiana. That means my boys have been getting super dosed with rabies vaccine for years! If they were around other dogs, I would consider the Bordetella, but they aren’t so the more chemicals I can keep out of their body, the better. We do live where heartworms are common, so we NEVER miss a dose of our preventative. It is one illness that is completely preventable with medication.
   So, we are very thankful for a good report from our vet. I know so many of our friends are not as lucky. 
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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?”

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dr. Tim's Freeze-Dried Treats from Chewy

Chewy mascot at the front door with two dogs
Bentley Basset: “Chewy is at the front door! Let’s greet him with the song of our people. ARRRROOOO!”
Pierre Westie: “If you don’t speak fluent canine, that means, ‘Welcome! We hope you brought treats.”
Bentley: “We can always count on our friends at Chewy to deliver high-quality treats and pet supplies at the best prices around. Let’s open the box and see what Mom ordered for us to review this month.

Monday, August 13, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News August 13, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 13, 2018. We have fetched some great stories for you so let’s toss it over to my co-anchor Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News set with two dogs
Pierre Westie: “Our top story celebrates the giant leaps that have been made in veterinary medicine. Did you know that canine heart disease affects about 8 million dogs in the United States? That is nearly 10% of the population but many pet parents are unaware of the problem.
   When the diagnosis of a hole in the heart of a Great Pyrenees was made, she was able to undergo minimally invasive surgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University. The procedure mimics the human heart valve replacement surgery performed at top hospitals.