Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 Pet Blogger Challenge

   I am participating in the 9th annual Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by Amy at GoPetFriendly.com. We have joined the fun in previous years and thought it'd be awesome to check back in this year. It’s a wonderful way to discover new blogs, help and support fellow bloggers. These questions are designed to help us and our readers better understand and offer help to one another. Thanks!
 1. For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?
   Answer: We celebrated five years of blogging on December 13th and are looking forward to year six. If this is your first visit, I blog with The Bayou Boys a.k.a. Bentley, an 11-year-old spoiled Basset Hound and Pierre an equally spoiled West Highland Terrier-ist. They keep us laughing and hopefully do the same for our readers. My husband does all of our photography so Barking from the Bayou is truly a family affair.
 2. What was your proudest blogging moment of 2018? 
   Answer: 2018 was filled with new and exciting changes due to the fact we moved from Louisiana to Texas in the spring. I think one of my proudest moments was when Bissell enjoyed one of my blog’s photo that I shared on Twitter so much they sent me a free Bissell Revolution Pet Pro steam cleaner!
 3. What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2018, and how did/will you tackle it?
   Answer: The biggest challenge of 2018 was continuing to blog during our move. It was a huge undertaking since we had lived in our previous home for over 25 years! That is a lot of junk to go through and donate/throw away. I tried to stay a week ahead but also refurbished some popular older post.
 4. Which of your 2018 blog posts was your favorite and why? (Please include a link.)
Answer: I have several blog posts that I really enjoyed writing but I think my favorite is TV Shows We’d Like to Watch. One of my goals in blogging is to make my readers laugh and these alternative shows did just that.
 5. Which of your 2018 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well?
   Answer: My most popular blog post of 2018 was Life is Better With Treatibles PCR Hemp and MCT Coconut Oil. I believe it is so popular because pet parents want to know more about the use of hemp in treating their dogs and cats. I am an affiliate for Treatibles and have shared information about their full spectrum CBDs several times, but this particular post was #1 for last year.
 6. Did you implement a new series, feature, or practice on your blog in 2018 that you’re enjoying?
   Answer: I have made a number of memes this year and they always receive positive comments. It was a great way to entertain my readers while I was busy packing. They are also fun and easy to share on all social media.
 7. As the social media landscape changes, how are you promoting your blog posts and connecting with new readers?
   Answer: Things have changed so much that it is difficult to keep up with everything. I focus mainly on Facebook and Twitter but have been trying to up my Instagram and Pinterest following.
 8. Looking forward to 2019, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is?
   Answer: I hope to build my readership in our new area and make local contacts in the pet industry.
 9. What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal?
   Answer: I follow and interact with many of the local dog rescues/shelters as well as the Houston television stations and personalities. This summer we plan on attending some of the dog-friendly events to meet other dog lovers.
*Now it’s your turn! How can we help? Is there an area where you could use some advice, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on? Share it here, and we’ll answer you in comments!
Answer: I have been hesitant to change my blog over to https because I have read horror stories of people having trouble with the process. As you can see, I use Blogger and am happy with it. They recently changed where you can have an https with a custom domain name. I’m not sure how to change my Feedburner which delivers my blog via email. I’ve searched for an answer but if you’ve done it, please let me know how you did it.
Badge announcing the pet blogger Challenge January 20-26, 2019
   We hope that you join us for the worldwide Pet Parade blog hop hosted by Dash Kitten and co-hosts Bionic Basil and me! You can share a wordless or wordy post or tweet to be shared on social media. All DOGS, CATS and any other pet blog is welcome. If you want eyes on your post, don’t let the Parade pass you by!
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Appreciate What?!?

Pierre Westie: “Due to the importance of bringing you the best news around, we missed paying homage to the evil beloved tree rats squirrels. That’s right, January 21, 2019, was Squirrel Appreciation Day. Can you believe those glorified rodents have a day dedicated to them? It always makes me scratch behind my ear to think about appreciating a squirrel.
   It’s obvious that a lot of people like squirrels. Some fill feeders for them in their backyards and others go to parks with bags of peanuts to hand out to the little beggars. Did you know that NYC had its first ‘Squirrel Census’ in Central Park last October? The numbers should be out this spring but I’m guessing it is a bazillion. Central Park is huge with a gazillion trees! 

Monday, January 21, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 21, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of January 21, 2019. We have once again fetched some of our favorite stories to help put a smile on your face. Pierre, what’s our top story?”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Pierre Westie: “This first one falls under the category of lucky cats. A couple of 20-pound kitties were needing a place to stay when their human left for college. Since her father was not able to keep them with him, he decided to rent them a $1,500-a-month studio apartment in Silicon Valley! The area is experiencing a housing shortage so the cost of renting is through the roof.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Enjoying Our Quiet Time

Westie in a crate
   When we take the Bayou Boys with us in the car, they travel in their LifeStages™ crate. They love riding in it and they’re much safer than being loose in the car. We also used our crate when Pierre was so sick to keep him confined.
   In the past, we’ve always put a regular-sized dog bed in the crate for the boys’ comfort. The problem is they were too bulky and took up a lot of their room. I’ve looked at crate mats, but they all seem too thin for my spoiled babies. This bed is the perfect thickness in the crate.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ditch the New Year's Resolutions Day

Did you make any resolutions for 2019?
We are trying to take better care of ourselves which includes only healthy foods and lots more exercise. You’ll be glad to know that we are on track but…
Dad took this photo of me catching some extra zzz's the other day. I thought it would be perfect to represent
Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ready for Stand-Up

Now for your entertainment pleasure, we proudly present our comedy duo...The Bayou Boys!
Wait...they get better!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hats Off to Hat Day!

Today is National Hat Day and the Bayou Boys
LOVE a good hat.
Pierre chose a fireman’s hat because the girls like a man in uniform and he thinks he's hot! Hey, where’s the fire?

Monday, January 14, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 14, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to another week of BFTB NETWoof News and weather. We have fetched some great stories that you are going to want to share with your friends. Pierre, what is our top story?”
two dogs anchoring the news
*This "bad guy" is actually my brother! Read about this headshot and more at the end of the news.
Pierre Westie: “We have long known that dogs are excellent judges of character. A recent study by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan takes a look at how trusting a dog is after it has been lied to by a human.
   The study had participants first point their dog to a container with food. The trusting dog hurries over to the container and is rewarded. When the person points to an empty container, the dog runs over to it and is disappointed. When their human points to a third container, the dog no longer trusts the human and refuses to be tricked again. Dogs used their previous experience to realize the person cannot be trusted.
   The bottom line is never trick your dog or they will learn not to believe you. That also includes the old ‘fake” throw trick. We don’t think it is funny.”