Monday, December 17, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News December 17, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We are bringing you some good news to put a smile on your face. What’s our top story, Pierre?”
two dogs anchoring the news
Pierre Westie: “Our top story involves an update on a very, very sick Westie. ME! I want to thank everyone for the love and prayers. It was a week that none of us want to live through again. In case you missed the story, you can read Our Poor Little Guy to find out what was wrong with me.
   I am happy to report that my tummy feels better and the peeps are keeping me on a strict diet of only my prescription food and some boiled chicken for a treat. Your concern made me feel really loved.”
two dogs anchoring the news
Bentley: “I am glad to have my partner back and I’m super happy that whatever you had was not contagious!
   We all love a great rescue story, and this is one for the books. Let me start at the beginning when a 10-year-old girl received a puppy from her grandmother. The two were best friends for the next four years. That is when her father began working from home. The dog, Chloe, was a barker and that did not go well with her father’s new job. The constant barking was putting his job at risk so the difficult decision was made to rehome Chloe. When that didn’t work, they took her to the local animal shelter. The young girl was heartbroken.
   Fast forward seven years and the girl has become a twenty-one-year-old and looking to adopt a dog for her own little girl. That’s when a friend posted a senior dog that looked like her Chloe. She decided to give this dog a home. Imagine her surprise when the dog’s name was also Chloe! She was also the same age that her childhood dog would be now. Weird, huh? Hold on, it gets weirder. The dog had the same energy and both loved giving kisses.
   The woman’s husband insisted those details were just coincidences, but she wasn’t convinced. Could this senior dog really be her beloved Chloe? She took the dog to the vet for a chip scan and guess what?!? It WAS her pup that she loved so much, only older with a few less teeth. How is that for a Christmas miracle?”
Two dogs anchoring news
Pierre: “We did a double-take on this story. Federal agents discovered over 70 live finches hidden in hair rollers in a duffel bag at JFK airport. The birds were detained under quarantine and the passenger was barred from entering the country.
   You are probably wondering the same thing we were…why would someone smuggle finch?  They are used for gambling purposes. People bet on which bird will chirp the loudest or how many times the bird will chirp in one minute. No matter how many humans we know, they continually amaze us with the things they do to animals for money.”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Bentley: “We had an amazing turnout for my eleventh birthday giveaway! Congratulations to Jackie P. our grand prize winner and to Rose R. our second winner. Thanks to everyone for entering and we promise to have another pawsome giveaway soon!
   Let’s check with our Weather Lab for this week’s weather.
weather report from Paisley the Weather Lab
Paisley the Weather Lab: “Hi y’all! We are welcoming winter on Friday, but it seems it might have come a bit early for those of you in the north. It will be cold with a wintry mix all week.
   Rain is in the forecast for the Pacific Northwest and midweek to late week storms along the east coast.
   It’ll be windy in the Rockies. The center of the country will be sunny and mild. The south and southwest is going to be sunny with a few clouds.
   Enjoy your week and don’t let the Christmas rush get the better of you.”
Bentley: “On behalf of the BFTB news team, I want to thank you for stopping by today. We appreciate your support and would love for you to share us with your friends.
   We are going to be catching up on some things this week. With Pierre being so sick, most of last week was spent caring for him. Stop by each day because we have some last-minute Christmas ideas and holiday tips to make this your best Christmas ever!
   Have a wonderful week and be sure to grab yourself some happy.”
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Friday, December 14, 2018

Our Poor Little Guy

Westie dog
   Hey y’all. This has been a tough week for us here on the Bayou. We are just now feeling confident enough to share what has been going on because Pierre is doing better. To be honest, we weren’t sure if that was going to be the case.
   Early Monday morning Pierre’s stomach began making noise. That is not unusual, so I gave him one Omeprazole over-the-counter acid reducer. It usually works quickly and once he eats, all is good. Not this time.
   He began vomiting mid-morning and within the hour, he was violently vomiting and having diarrhea. I called our veterinarian and they could see him at 3:00. Our poor little guy threw up so many times that we lost count. He couldn’t get comfortable and howled out in pain at one point. It was heartbreaking. We arrived at the vet early and they were able to get us right back. He got sick in the office two more times.
   The vet did bloodwork to see what was going on with him. He was already dehydrated and his white blood count was high. They gave us two choices. Leave him overnight on a drip with a catheter and cone so he wouldn’t mess with the tubes or they could administer a subcutaneous fluid (under his skin) while we were there and give him an anti-nausea shot. We discussed our options and since we know Pierre better than anyone, it was our decision he would be too stressed out if left alone overnight. They gave him fluids, a shot and sent us home with some canned food for intestinal problems and anti-nausea pills. It was going to be a long night.
Westie in dog bed
   He tried to sleep but there was no position that didn’t hurt him. We had instructions to only offer him a small amount of water at 8:00pm and then a little more in the morning. I knew he was thirsty but only allowed him a few sips. He kept the water down about an hour. The shot had him zoned out so when we took him outside, he would just lay down. He couldn’t stand to do his business or get sick so the result was very messy. There was no way we could risk trying to bathe him so we used our Quick Bath wipes and got him cleaned up. We put him in their kennel in the living room and set him up with a soft blanket. I slept on the couch so I could check on him. I have never seen a dog go from happy and playing to knocking on death’s door in a matter of hours! He was diagnosed with gastroenteritis which can be brought on by a variety of factors and is more often a diagnosis of exclusion. The vet rules out serious complications and when there are no obvious problems, they diagnose gastroenteritis.
   Since Monday, he has slowly improved. I gave him a bath Tuesday morning and put fresh blankets in the kennel. He had to rest and he seemed content with his quiet time in the kennel. We’ve continued to make sure he is staying hydrated and I check to make sure his gums are pink. He is urinating but no bowel movement. Of course, he has only had tiny pieces of boiled chicken. Pierre turned his head to the canned food but he did eat some today (Thursday). I am praying that he continues to improve. He barked at the doorbell tonight which I never thought I’d be so happy to hear in my life!
Westie dog smile meme
   I discovered that one of the saddest sights in the world is a Westie with his tail straight down. I want my happy yappy dog back. Please keep our boy in your prayers. I'm hoping that he will be terrier-izing everyone again in a couple of days.

*I’ll be catching up on my blog visits this weekend. Love y’all
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Barking from the Bayou Turns 5

   It is difficult to believe that five years have passed since we decided to become Barking from the Bayou. I have learned so much since that December 13, 2013 when we went from a writer’s blog to a dog lifestyle blog.
   Of course, that gave the Bayou Boys a job that includes testing toys, treats, and lots of other dog products. They think it’s a great gig and are looking forward to many more years of sharing their opinions with all of you. They have a few more before Christmas and are excited for 2019.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

At Home with Chewy for Christmas

Are you still searching for the perfect Christmas gift to give the pet lover in your life? Ho Ho Ho!
I found the perfect place for all my holiday pet shopping and it’s a place I already love…
The Bayou Boys are leaving milk and cookies for Santa Paws.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday Fun

We are sharing some of our favorite memes today because we all could use a laugh to help us through the day.
two dogs with their tongues out

Monday, December 10, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News December 10, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched some great stories so let’s check with Pierre for our top story.”
Two dog news anchors
Pierre Westie: “We have covered the fires in California and the devastating loss to life and home. That is why today’s top story is one that will fill your heart with Christmas magic.
   Andrea Gaylord had to leave her property in Paradise when the fires burned her home along with most of the town. Her two outdoor Anatolian shepherd mix outdoor guard dogs Miguel and Madison were left behind.

Friday, December 7, 2018

President Bush Funeral Train

   This is not a usual post for us at Barking from the Bayou but December 12, 2018, was not our usual day. President George H. W. Bush was a proud Houstonian and the city has been honoring and remembering him all week. There have been some very moving tributes by politicians, sports figures, celebrities, and regular citizens who knew him. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Where Are My Gifts?

We have finished decorating for the holidays and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the Bayou! We put the tree up in my office.