Friday, April 27, 2018

Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens #TexasTravel

One of the great things about moving to a new state is discovering all the exciting places to explore. This week we went to Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. It is beautiful and we highly recommend a visit if you are in the Houston area.
Statue of Thelma Mercer
The inscription reads; "A visionary naturalist and innovative horticulturalist Thelma Mercer and her husband, Charles, created a charming and unique garden sanctuary on the original 14.5-acre property that would become Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on January 8, 1974. Her legacy endures in this place of beauty, serenity, and learning that is enjoyed by all who enter these gates."
Indian Pink flowers
 These Indian Pink flowers reminded me of firecrackers. They are such a brilliant color. Did you notice the lizard on the sign? It must have loved them too.
butterfly on purple flower
 Butterflies abound in the gardens. They have a Monarch Waystation that provides milkweeds, nectar sources, and shelter to help sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America. Isn’t that awesome? I thought of Princess Leah the Cavalier when I saw it.
Texas Vitex
All the flowers, trees and shrubs are labeled which is a wonderful way to remember your favorites. These are Vitex and seemed to thrive in the Texas weather.
The gardens have beautiful features including this stone archway. You’ll find benches and swings located throughout the grounds. I loved listening to the birds and wind chimes. It was a very peaceful way to spend an afternoon. 
*Notice: I'm sporting my BlueBell Ice Cream shirt! If you enjoy reading more about the fun places to see in Texas, visit my Blue Bell adventure and check out the Texas Bluebonnets post.
pinkish snapdragon
 I love snapdragons! These were such a lovely color. We have a lot of them in the gardens around our community. Maybe I should plant some for next year.
purple coneflowers with a bee
 These are purple coneflowers. They were so pretty and the bees really seemed to like them. Hmmm, maybe I should plant some of these too!
purple horned violets
 These horned violets were one of my favorites! They look so delicate and the purple trim is incredibly lovely. Okay, so I definitely need to plant these next year.
   The visitor center and some gardens were closed as they rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. The gardens are located along Cypress Creek in Humble, Texas. I can only imagine what it was like after over 50” of rain.
   Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens are open daily throughout the year except for the ‘major’ holidays. That means you can have a different floral experience each month. We were at the east side gardens today but plan on returning soon to go explore the arboretum on the west side of the street. There you’ll find picnic tables, playgrounds, a hickory bog, boardwalk and cypress swamp. There are also several miles of walking trails. The only drawback to these amazing gardens is they are NOT dog-friendly. I promised Bentley and Pierre our next excursion would include them.    There are a million more places to discover in our new part of the Lone Star state and we look forward to sharing them with y’all. 
* For more information on Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, visit their website or follow them on Facebook for upcoming events and how to volunteer. 
** We are joining our friend Rosy and the Gang at LLB in Our Backyard for Flower Friday. Visit their blog to hop along, stop to smell the roses or tiptoe through the tulips!
A HUGE congratulations to the winner of
Pierre’s Birthday Sweepstakes!
Nichole B. is from Lapdog Creations and we are so happy for them. 
We'd also like to thank everyone that took the time to wish Pierre a happy birthday and enter the giveaway. Another chance to win is coming up soon!
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Kids and Pets Day

   Today is National Kids and Pets Day. It is the perfect time to share a few facts, tips and thoughts on our two and four-legged babies. I believe that children should grow up around pets if possible. Ask most adults about their childhood and it will usually include loving memories of their first dog or cat.
Our granddaughter and Weather Lab Paisley have been best friends since the day Emery was born. 
• Studies show children get more satisfaction from their pets than their siblings.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Tasty Answer to Your Dog's Digestive Health

   Do you give your dog’s probiotics? I began giving them to the Bayou Boys after I was hit with a $700 veterinary bill. The final diagnosis? He had an upset stomach and should take some probiotics. I have added a spoonful of probiotic powder to their evening meal. It helps keep their digestive system healthy.
Barking from the Bayou received a bag of ACTIVPETZ in exchange for an honest review. We were not given any other compensation and all opinions are our own. Loving Pets is not responsible for the contents of this post. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites
   We recently received a bag of ACTIVPETZ™ from our friends at Loving Pets. They are tasty dog treats fortified with significant levels of vet recommended supplements. Bentley and Pierre love the Chicken Jerky Digestive Health + Probiotic Formula. It is always nice to find an alternative that the boys are excited about. The first ingredient is chicken so they didn’t hesitate to take them. I like that they are made in the USA without grain, wheat, gluten, soy or corn.

Monday, April 23, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News April 23, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News and weather for the week of April 23, 2018. It has been a busy week for news so let’s go to my co-anchor for our top story. Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof Dog News television set
Pierre Westie: “There are not many words that strike fear into the hearts of pet parents more than cancer. That is what a family in England expected when they took Maisy, their 8-year-old St. Bernard, in to have a mass removed from her spleen and to find out why her stomach was unusually full.