Friday, March 16, 2018

A Bevy of Blog Hops

   I usually end each Friday by inviting you to join us for the Pet Parade Blog hop. This week, I am starting at the top with a special invitation just for you! You can add any post you’d like, and our link is open all week. It is a great way to gain more followers on your favorite social media account too! I co-host this hop with my fur-bulous friends at Rascal and Rocco and Basil's Blog. Join us for the fun this week! Enter through the link at the bottom of our post. 
St. Patrick's Day themed Pet Parade Blog Hop banner
   We are also joining our friends over at 15 and Meowing along with McGuffy’s Reader for Friendly Fill-Ins and Five Sibes for their Flashback Friday blog hops. They are all fun and easy to join. Just click on the links to their post and all the information is there.
Friendly Fill Ins badge with two cartoon cats heads
Friday Friendly Fill-Ins
• When I am nervous, I squeeze my thumb but when I get REALLY nervous, I get sick to my stomach.
• When I am angry, I get on the floor and love on my dogs. They have a way to sooth me so the anger melts away.
• Today, I know for sure that amazing things are going to happen because we are exactly where we are supposed to be in our lives. Plus, grandchildren are the BEST!
• For St. Patrick’s Day, I always wear green because I hate to be pinched! LOL!
Flashback Friday blog hop badge with faint photo of Siberian huskies
Flashback Friday
These two St. Patrick’s Day photos are from 2015 and the Bayou Boys were ready to paw-tay!
Basset hound wearing St. Patrick's Day glasses and shamrock headband

Westie wearing green necklace and green St. Patrick's Day hat

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

It Takes a Village to Move

   It is hard to believe that we have been in our new home a little over a week. Our journey began over a year and a half ago. I haven’t shared too much behind the scenes of selling our home and buying a new one in a different city/state. Now that the dust is settling, I want to thank all the people who helped us get here. Believe me, it takes a village!
Sale pending sign in front of house
   There were many ups and downs as we had our home on the market. My knee blew out last spring and we took it off the market for several months. During that time, our son and his adorable family relocated to Texas. That made it a much closer move for us! We put the house back on the market in July but at the end of August, a powerful storm dropped a huge limb on our roof. UGH! We were not able to have any showings for another month but did get a new roof so that was a positive. Throughout this ordeal our realtor, Lauren West was kind, patient and supportive. I will always be thankful to her. If you want to buy or sell in Shreveport/Bossier, she is the one to contact. Thanks, Lauren!
Basset Hound in yard full of tools
   We literally went through everything we own and shredded papers, threw away items that we have no idea why we saved and made sure our adult children didn’t want their 7th-grade science notebooks! (They didn’t) It is astounding what you can collect in a 25-year span of life. Our conclusion was if we didn’t use it and the kids didn’t want it, we got rid of it. We had a rummage sale and gave tons of things to charity.
   Finally, at the first of January, we had a buyer. That meant we had to find a home. Luckily, we had been looking at every new house in the area where we were moving to online for months. We selected 9 houses and headed to Texas. Our realtor here, Justin Hart, was amazing! He showed us the houses we selected but we quickly fell in love with the one we are now calling home. He walked us through each step of the process and answered a gazillion questions. If you are looking for a home in the Houston, Texas area do yourself a favor and give him a call. Thanks Justin!
   Let me tell you that moving is not for the faint of heart. It is HARD and NERVE WRACKING! After several delays and postponements, the day came to sell our house. We signed the papers and went to pick up our U-Haul®. The people working there could not have been nicer. Thanks, U-Haul!
View of FULL U-Haul van
   Our son Dustin has helped us more than I can ever tell you. His love and encouragement helped us do what few retired couples would consider undertaking. We are so proud and thankful for the man he has become. He and a handful of his awesome friends came over and began loading all of our belongings into a 26’ U-Haul. Did I mention that we got rid of a TON of stuff? Well, as the night wore on and the truck began to fill up, we wondered if we still had too much stuff. (We did) Those young men worked their tails off in exchange for some pizza and a thank you. Say what you’d like about millennials, but this group of guys was the BEST! There simply aren’t words to express our sincere gratitude for all their help. Thanks again!
   We tried to get to sleep around 3:00a.m. on our bedroom floor. Bentley and Pierre had been gated in the laundry room all evening as we loaded the moving van, so we let them in our room where they could be with us. It was about 3:15 when a thunderstorm started. If you are a regular reader of Barking from the Bayou, then you know that Bentley HATES thunder. There would be no rest for the very weary. Our alarm was set for 4:00 so we splashed our faces with cold water, grabbed a Diet Mt. Dew and loaded up in our mini caravan. I drove our SUV with the boys in their kennel, Skipper followed me in our son’s truck and Dustin led the way in the U-Haul. It was still raining so we drove very slowly. The last thing you want to do is have an accident with every single thing you own in tow.
Rainy photo of a U-haul
   If you are wondering why we had to leave so early, we had to sign on our new home that morning in Texas! Due to the inclement weather, we arrived at our son’s home in time to change clothes and head to our closing. We made with five minutes to spare. Can you say stressed?
   We weren't going to really start unloading everything into our new home until Saturday morning although we did set up the bed to sleep here Friday night. Prior to leaving Shreveport I contacted my niece, Jaime, that lives close to us in Texas and asked if her husband and teenage son might be able to help us unload the U-Haul. Unfortunately, her hubby was sick but said that she had contacted some people from her church that were willing to lend a hand. I am not sure that I can adequately explain what happened that Saturday morning. It was the most incredible thing I have ever experienced. Her church members and some of their missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints showed up to help.  The kindness and pure joy these wonderful young people brought as they unloaded our jammed-packed truck in less than an hour took our breath away! I am so thankful for all their hard work. We seriously could not have done it without them. They are the most selfless group of folks that I have ever had the privilege of meeting. A special shout-out to my precious daughter-in-law Jackie for providing muffins and fresh fruit along with plates and utensils. I could not have found a napkin at that point of the move. LOL!

   Let me say that none of these people expected any payment or recognition for their help. It truly showed us what a difference the kindness of strangers can make. It touched our hearts in a way that I can never express. I am choked up now as I write this and think about how much we needed all these people to make our dreams come true. All we can say is thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will never forget what y’all did to help us.
We are joining Brian’s Home for his Thankful Thursday blog hop! Be sure to visit these other pawsome blogs to see why they are thankful today.
Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pi Day

Needless to say, the Bayou Boys were NOT happy to discover it was Pi Day instead of Pie Day!
Pi Day is celebrated on 3/14 all over the world.
We believe Pie Day should celebrated be EVERYDAY!
Westie and Basset looking in camera

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Just What the Doctor Ordered

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Dr. Lyon’s Hip + Joint Support. This advanced strength supplement is perfect for any size dog. Bentley and Pierre are completely different in size and activity levels but I’m concerned about both of their hips and joints. Next month both Bayou Boys will be considered seniors although you couldn’t tell by watching them! It is very important that I keep them healthy and mobile to avoid stiff joints.

Monday, March 12, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News March 12, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to BFTB NETWoof News! We are so happy to be back with y’all after our big move to Texas. It is still a work in progress but there are fewer boxes so that is a positive. We have missed reporting and I’m sure the regular dreary news has left you needing a smile. Let’s check with Pierre for our happy top story.”
dogs delivering news
Pierre Westie: “Everyone knows that a dog can cheer humans up when they are feeling sad. It seems instinctual for us to know when you need some extra love or a puppy dog smile. That is exactly what happened at an airport with Cora the Corgi.