Bentley: “Welcome to this week’s BFTB Channel #7 NETWoof News. I’m Bentley And along with my co-anchor Pierre, we sniff out the important canine/cat news you need to know. Our top story tonight concerns the month of November. It is National Adopt a Senior Dog Month. That is an entire month to list the benefits of adopting an older dog. We will be listing one reason each day for the rest of the month. Pierre, you are considered an adult like me.”
Pierre: “I believe age is just a number. At three, I still have the vigor and joy of a puppy. It is one of the things that makes me so dang cute. Ahem, what I am trying to get across is the age brackets for dogs are different for different breeds. I think just as human lifespans have been extended, dog’s lifespans have increased over the past decade. Humans consider us more like a member of the family. The vet care we receive nowadays is cutting-edge. As a medium-sized dog, you’ll be considered a senior on your Happy Birthday this December.”
Bentley: “Well, this newshound will never admit to being a senior at seven-years-old. I hope I don’t get an AARF card on my birthday. That’d be a bummer. This is our Reason #27 for adopting a senior dog; “senior” does not mean a dog is about to die. Many dogs live 15+ years, so a 7 year-old dog could very well have another 7 or 8 years of love and fun to bring someone.”
Pierre: “That is an excellent reason. One way to ensure a longer life is to make certain that we don’t eat things that will make is sick and/or kill us dead. This time of year placing a pumpkin full of prized Halloween candy can mean a very sick pup. Turkey bones are another big no-no. We recommend a great dog flavored Thanksgiving dinner. The average veterinarian bill to remove foreign objects from the belly of a dog is $1,394.00. That’s a big bite on your human’s wallet if they don’t have pet insurance. You can find a helpful chart of edible and inedible items on PetPlan’s Pet Poison Guide. We know too well what can happen when a friend eats something as innocent looking as a mushroom. *We love you Greta.”
Bentley: “Speaking of outrageous prices, you remember that King Charles Spaniel named Bentley? He lived with the nurse that became the first victim of Ebola caught here in the U.S.A. Anyway, I am happy to report that Bentley and his human had an emotional reunion on Saturday. The shocking price tag since Bentley went into quarantine is in the tens of thousands! OMD! The dog was kept in a vacant residence where officers used to live at a decommissioned naval air base for 21 days. Veterinarians in full personal protective gear checked on him daily. Granted, that protective gear can be expensive, but tens of thousands of dollars? Bentley should have been getting daily massages, aromatherapy, a personal chef, and a gold toilet to drink distilled water. Sheesh!”
Pierre: “This story is one that makes me shake my head. A family in New York about 20 miles north of Albany has been charged with animal cruelty. Rescuers spent two days in protect gear to remove 98 cats and expect to spend two more days removing 50 remaining hidden behind the walls. The cats range from newborn to six years old. You would think people would learn their lesson and get court ordered help for hoarding,”
Bentley: “Obviously, this is not the case with these humans. It is the fourth time that authorities have been to the house on charges of maltreating cats. In just two and a half years, nearly 400 cats have been removed from the family. That is a cat-astrophy! Can something be done to prevent them from acquiring any more pets?”
Pierre: “I’d like to think so, for the sake of the cats. All five people living in the house are subject to charges. Let’s move to what is happening in the world of politics. As most everyone knows, Tuesday is Election Day. That means it is time to elect a new mayor for Blogville. We have covered the campaign and it now comes down to casting your vote for either Dory or Murphy & Stanley (co-mayors). It will be a tight race and so every bloggers vote is important. Visit Sarge Speaks to cast your super-secret ballot. BFTB NETWoof News congratulates the candidates for running a nice, friendly race. Humans could learn so much from this campaign.
Bentley: “We will give the results as soon as Mayoress Madi announces the winner(s). I heard some exciting news on the sports front. Our dock-diving friend, Cello the German Short-Haired Pointer has made a big splash at Delmarva Dock Dogs “Jumping into Jersey” at the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival in Tuckerton, N.J.”
Pierre: “She turned in some impressive dives and took home several “Big Air” medals. Then, she placed 3rd in the Elite Finals Division. That means Cello dove between 23’ to 24’1”. That is incredible! Congratulations Cello!”
Bentley: On the weather front, there will be a weather front that brings cold air even down here in bayou country. Our friends along the southwest Mexican coast and the southern Baja Peninsula, including Cabo San Lucas, and Puerto Vallarta should keep an eye on Hurricane Vance. This storm is producing powerful winds that are expected to cause swells that will churn up high surf and rip currents at Mexico’s Pacific beaches. Everyone else will experience spots of rain, snow, and freezing temps.”
Pierre: “I’ll be bringing out my winter wear if it gets in the 30’s. We need our friends to check their heaters and furnaces before firing those babies up for the first time this year. I hope they stay warm.
Bentley: “That brings you up-to date on the news we have tracked. Remember, if you hear or see a news story that we need to trail, just drop us an email through our contact tab. Oh, one more bit of news from the bayou. Our recent post on Elvis & Me was shared on our local Shreveport Downtown Development Authority Facebook page. It’d be great if you stopped by to like and share it. Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win The Honest Kitchen Winter Warmers kit. Just click here to be transported to the Rafflecopter entry form. For my partner Pierre and myself, have an amazing week and be sure to grab yourself some happy.”
News Resources:Cello the Dock Diving Diva
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