Bentley: “Welcome to the Thanksgiving week edition of BFTB Channel 7 NETWoof News. I am your newshound Bentley and along with my co-anchor, we’ve tracked down some great stories. It has been a busy week in the wild world of pets. Pierre, I guess we should be thankful for that so we can keep our jobs!” hee~hee
Pierre: “Thank you very much and pass the gravy, am I right? *snicker * paw slaps Speaking of things to be thankful about; this first story is one to warm your heart. A dog named Buddy proved extremely loyal to his best human friend. When 85-year-old rancher J.R. Nicholson began feeling dizzy, an ambulance raced to carry him to the hospital. Around 20 miles into the ride, another driver flagged down the ambulance to inform them a dog was standing on the ambulance step. Sure enough, there was Buddy riding shotgun on the rear of the ambulance. He was allowed into the ambulance with Mr. Nicholson. Happily, they both returned to the ranch later that same day.”
Bentley: “Buddy should consider a career as an attorney. He has already aced the ambulance chasing. Did I just hear a pregnant pause? I have just the story to fill that void. A Great Dane in Pennsylvania gave birth to a ginormous litter of puppies. I am not referring to their size, but the number of pups. Snowy is a new mom to a whopping nineteen puppies! I smell a reality show in the works!”
Pierre: “Here is something that is a bit too much reality for me. Coyote attacks are on the rise here in the U.S. For the safety of your pets, do not allow them to run outside unattended. Coyotes have been seen in backyards and roaming neighborhoods. In California, a woman was walking her Yorkie when one of two marauding coyotes grabbed it and raced away. In New Hampshire, a dog is credited for saving his owner’s life by fighting off a coyote. It is best to walk in pairs and keep your dogs on a leash. If you are ever confronted on a walk, stand straight to make yourself appear larger and wave one arm over your head while holding your dog’s leash tightly in the other.”
Bentley: “This next story is one that will raise the hair on the back of your neck. The village of Moreauville, LA. has become another place to succumb to the ridiculous Breed Specific Legislation. On October 13th, the village voted to ban Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. A letter was sent to owners saying that if they didn’t get rid of their dogs by December 1st, then the pets would be taken for further disposition. This is devastating to all pet families that are being forced to choose between their home and their dog. It is particularly heartbreaking to one family. Their dog Zeus has been blacklisted as a ‘vicious’ breed. Their daughter is confined to a wheelchair and painful neck brace. Zeus is her hero dog. He knows when she feels sad or in pain and like any loving dog, he is right there to make it all better. *sniff, sniff
Pierre: “There, there Bentley. I know it is wrong, but what can we do about it? It’s not like there is a petition or something…wait a minute! There IS a petition that we can sign. Click right here and tell them that what they are doing is wrong. On a brighter note, one village isn’t missing any of their idiots. If you don’t think BSL affects you, imagine waking up in the morning and discovering it’s illegal to have your dog. If it can happen to the Pitt Bull, Rottweiler, and other ‘bully’ breeds, it can happen to your best friend.”
Bentley: “Thanks Pierre. It just really gets to me when humans shine a spotlight on a particular breed. They shouldn’t condemn an entire breed when it is a man-made problem. *shudder Let’s get back to some happy news. A soldier was reunited with the German Shepherd that saved his life in Afghanistan. A roadside bomb in June of 2013 ended both of their careers. While Army Specialist Grommet was in the hospital, he filed the papers to adopt his partner Matty. The papers were approved, but somehow the army allowed someone else to adopt the dog. Grommet has been searching to find the family that adopted his dog. It was like a dog chasing its tail, round and round getting nowhere.”
Pierre: “This is where the story gets happy. A local news station’s interview with the soldier’s father got the ball rolling. The national media picked up the story and thirty minutes after the broadcast, the situation changed. North Carolina congressman Richard Hudson, heard the story, used his contacts to find the dog, and persuaded the family that had adopted Matty to return him to Grommet. It was one of those reunions that should be filmed in slow motion. Matty ran as fast as his four legs would carry him and tackled his best friend. Army Specialist Grommet said ‘It was like a fairytale.’ We here at BFTB News love a happily ever after story.”
Bentley: “I know the northeast looked like a clip from the happily ever after movie Frozen this past week. The good news is that it will be warming up some. The bad news is also that it will be warming up some. Authorities are predicting floods in the areas with the heaviest snowfall. Please take precautions if you are in an area that is prone to flooding. The weather will be milder over a large portion of the U.S., but always check your travel route before heading out to visit for the holidays.”
Pierre: “Before we say good-bye to our Thanksgiving broadcast, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for tuning in to our weekly news. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and pets. Keep an eye on your dog and cat to make sure they aren’t helping themselves to your dinner. Happy Thanksgiving y’all. Sign off for us Bentley.”
Bentley: “When it comes to counting blessings, we count our Barking from the Bayou friends twice. Stay safe and be sure to grab you some happy each day.”
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*Don’t forget that we celebrate Bentley’s 7th birthday next Wednesday, December 3rd. We are having a party and a giveaway of Bentley’s favorite things! It’s kinda like Oprah without the cars. Of course, y’all are all invited to stop by the bayou for the fun!
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