Thursday, September 29, 2016

5 Tips to a Safe Football Season with Your Dog

   Here on the Bayou, we enjoy four seasons; winter, spring, summer, and football. People even tailgate at our high school games. We take our teams and winning seriously. This was made all too obvious earlier this week with the firing of our L.S.U. Tigers’ football coach, Les Miles. On a personal note, I think he is one of the nicest, most genuine coaches on the college sidelines. But nice doesn’t win games and winning is what brings the thousands of fans to Death Valley on Saturday nights. We are keeping our fingers crossed that a new coach can put the roar back in our favorite Tigers.
Pierre Westie and Bentley Basset sportscasters with CLINTON on the field
   Enjoying a football game whether it is college or pro means delicious food. Bentley and Pierre know it’s game day when the food hits the table. That is when they try their darnedest to cause a finger food fumble. The problem is that football fare is not ideal for their doggy tummies.  
• Alcohol is a major no-no for your pet. Even a little bit can cause respiratory depression. It is NOT funny to get your dog drunk. It is dangerous and irresponsible.
• Chicken wings are a staple on many game day menus and they are delicious! Your dogs will love chicken wings but block them and protect your blindside. Chicken bones, especially the tiny wing bones can splinter and puncture your pup’s GI tract. The sauces on them are sure to cause an upset stomach too.
• Onion rings are a touchdown and extra point in my game book but not in Bentley and Pierre’s. Onion rings are penalized 10 yards because they are poisonous to dogs! Any the batter fried delights will cause diarrhea for your pup.
• Pick it up and run! Toothpicks can cause severe and potentially fatal damage to your pet’s GI tract if swallowed. Do not let your dog score with a toothpick!
• Are you nuts? I can’t tell you how many times I have yelled that at the television during a bad play. This time, I’m talking about the nuts that are so yummy with our cold beer during the game. Walnuts and macadamias are especially toxic and can cause vomiting, paralysis, even death to dogs. Many other varieties of nuts have a devastating effect on their nervous system.
   Football season can be fun for the entire family if you keep your eyes on the food. Bentley and Pierre enjoy sitting on the couch and watching us holler and jump around. We always make sure the food is well defended on the kitchen table. Make a few fun treats for the dogs and cheer for your favorite team this weekend.  
*Thanks to Petplan for sharing these great tips with us. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5 Tips on National Good Neighbor Day for Pets

   In celebration of National Good Neighbor Day, we are rerunning one of our most popular posts on being a good neighbor. Enjoy!
Bentley Basset in floppy hat with hidey ho neighbor meme
Are you a good pet neighbor? There are a few common courtesies that will keep you from being “that person with the dogs/cats.”
      Do not let your pet roam free. Pets that are loose risk being injured/killed by a car or angry neighbor.
        If your dog takes care of its business in the neighbor’s yard, you must pick it up. This is a major complaint in neighborhoods and apartment complexes.
        Don’t allow your cat to use the neighbor’s garden as its litter box.
        Even if your dog’s voice is music to your ears, the neighbors don’t share the joy. Do not allow incessant barking.
       Never assume that other dog/cat walkers want their pet to mingle with yours. Don’t let your pet approach another animal without the owner’s permission.
   We are all ambassadors for our four-legged friends. If they are frowned upon by the neighbors, it is ultimately our own fault. By following the “Big 5” your pet will be a welcomed addition to any neighborhood.
 What is your pet peeve with neighbor’s animals? Leave a comment!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Halo Adds a Nutrition Boost to Mealtime

Halo mix 'n mores cage-free chicken
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received a bag of Halo mix 'n mores in exchange for an honest review. We only share products or services that we feel will benefit our readers and that we use ourselves. Halo is not responsible for the content of this article.
   When it is time for Bentley and Pierre to eat, they act as if they are going to starve if I don’t feed them immediately. This means that I need to have the oil and protein ready to add into their pre-mix meal. I try to have chicken, beef, or turkey browned/boiled but there are times when I need something fast and easy. Enter Halo’s mix ‘n mores™.

Monday, September 26, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News September 26, 2016

BFTB NETWooof Weather Lab
Bentley: “BFTB NETWoof News has been hard at work helping our amazing Weather Lab Paisley. As many of you know Paisley lives with my human brother, his wife, and our adorable grandbaby. This week’s big news is Paisley will now be delivering our weather forecast from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. That’s right, her family is relocating but don’t worry because she will still deliver the weather forecast that you have come to depend on for your work week. We will be back with more news, sports and weather as soon as possible. Thank you for checking in with us today and be sure to grab yourself some happy. Safe travels, Paisley! We love you and your family.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Easy Walk Harness Makes It Easy To Walk Your Dog

PetSafe Easy Walk Harness in package
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received a PetSmart Easy Walk Harness in exchange for an honest review. We only share content we feel would benefit our readers and that we use ourselves. PetSafe is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   Taking Bentley and Pierre for a walk is one of the highlights of our day. They enjoy getting out of the house and exploring while we enjoy spending quality time with our best friends. The problem is that Pierre tends to enjoy his walks a little too much. Bentley can’t wait to sniff everything that we pass on our journey so it is usually me pulling him but not Pierre. He is a spitfire on the end of a leash. This leads to a lot of pulling to get us to go where he wants to go as fast as possible. That is why I was so excited to talk with the PetSafe® representatives at this year’s BlogPaws™ conference. They had the EasyWalk® Harness on display so I asked a ton of questions.