Monday, June 30, 2014

Basset Hounds 101

   It occurred to me that while many of you may recognize Bentley as a Basset Hound, you may
Basset hound puppy

Bentley was an adorable puppy ♥

not know very much about his breed.  When most people think of the Basset, the first image that comes to mind is the old 1960’s Hushpuppies advertisements.  Their tagline was “Hushpuppies are dumb.”  Let me start by saying that is simply not true; at least for the breed.  The shoes might be kind of dumb, but that is another story.  Basset are definitely not dumb.  Sure, they can be stubborn and think very hard about a command before they decide whether or not it’s worth their time to obey.  When I tell Bentley to do something, I can see him pondering if the reward is worth his effort.  Sometimes he thinks it is and sometimes he doesn’t.  That’s not because he isn’t intelligent; he is just a free thinker!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Watching the Grass Grow

Bentley loves stretching out in the grass and letting the sun shine down on him.  It is very hot here in Bayou Country.  After a few minutes of sunbathing, he comes inside to the air conditioning and goes belly-up under the ceiling fan on our wood floor.


Just watching the grass grow.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Fuel the Cure

   We are doing double duty today with our co-hosting duties of the always fun Pet Parade and joining our friend Oz the Terrier in his Zuke’s #FueltheCure cancer awareness and fundraiser blog hop.
   I am very fortunate to have never heard the words, “Your dog has cancer.”  I pray that I never will.  It is the primary cause of death in mature dogs and cats.  There are many terms that you will hear if your pet is diagnosed with cancer.  You can familiarize yourself with them here.
   Do you know the warning signs of cancer in your pets?  Here are ten things to keep an eye out for in your best friend.  While these do not automatically mean cancer, if your dog or cat displays any of the symptoms, a trip to the vet is in order.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Because We're Happy

We have a lot to bark about today! 

Our friends at Following Roy gave us a beautiful Shining Through award.  It is so lovely and we thank them very much.  The rules for accepting this award is to tell seven random things about yourself.  So, here is some randomness.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We Were Walking in Sunshine

Happy Hump Day!  Over the weekend, we visited the Sunflower Trail in Dixie, Louisiana.  It was an amazing sight to behold all of the gorgeous sunflowers.  We truly felt as if we were walking in sunshine.  If you missed our first post, please check it out here.  I hope these photos make you smile.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunflower Fun



   Few things say “welcome summer” like the sunflower.  Its bright petals and huge “face” are easily recognizable.  I love everything about sunflowers from admiring their beauty to chomping on their seeds.  It seems that every part of this magnificent plant is usable.  Even the stalk can be dried and used for kindling during the winter months.  While Kansas is “The Sunflower State,” here in Bayou Country, we have an impressive trail of sunflowers.
   The North Caddo Sunflower Trail is located in and around the small town of Dixie, Louisiana.  It began back in 1996 when John Sloan and a friend decided to plant sunflowers for their fall hunting expeditions.  Mr. Sloan said that one day it was just the quiet of his fields and the next day he saw painters, photographers, and sightseers stopping to admire his field of happy flowers.  Neil Johnson captured the magic of this field in his book, “A Field of Sunflowers.”  The massive twenty-acre field is located on the Cairo Plantation, although there are rows of sunflowers along a thirty-mile stretch leading to Gilliam, Louisiana.  The friendly people of Gilliam hold a one-day Sunflower Festival to honor this brilliant bloom.  This was the festival’s fourteenth year and it is gaining in popularity drawing visitors from near and far.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Burglars Beware!


Burglars Beware!  Don’t trip over our watchdog!

 
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Baby Birds

   A few weeks ago, we posted a photo of bird eggs that a robin continually builds in one of my hanging plants.  I asked how to keep her from building the nests.  It’s not that I don’t love seeing the little birds, I do.  The problem is that bird eggs bring snakes.  It never fails that when the eggs show up; some slimy snake comes to eat them.  I enjoy the eggs and the baby birds…the snakes, not so much.  Of course, once the eggs are there, I can’t possibly get rid of the nest.  Bad karma and all that, plus I couldn’t kill an unborn bird and live with myself.  Well, you’ll be happy to know that the birds arrived and they have left the nest.  Bentley and Pierre were disappointed that the little ballerinas from the Wizard of Oz’s Lullabye League weren’t inside the eggs!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

KONG is King

*Disclaimer: Barking from the Bayou was recently contacted by KONG in regards to their new Jumbler toys.  We received a KONG Jumbler Football at no charge in exchange for an honest review.  There was no monetary compensation and we only agree to review an item that we truly believe in ourselves.

     If you are a regular visitor to Barking from the Bayou, then you are aware that Pierre is a toy-killer.  Our
sweet little granddog wouldn’t hurt a flea, although he might bark it to death.  However, if he gets his teeth
into a new toy, it becomes his life’s mission to destroy it.  For this reason, we have a lot of KONG toys.  They are practically indestructible.  When our friends at KONG contacted us to review their new Jumbler Football or Jumbler ball, I discussed both toys with the boys.  They voted overwhelmingly to put the football to the test.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints

*Disclaimer: Barking from the Bayou was recently contacted by Easy Canvas Prints to post a review of their product.  We received an 11” x 14” canvas print at no charge in exchange for an honest review.  There was no monetary compensation and we only agree to promote an item that we truly believe in ourselves.

   Have you ever taken the perfect picture of your pet?  One that you look at and say, “Wow, I need to get this one enlarged.”  Each time I say that, it is usually followed by, “Wouldn’t that look great on canvas?”  We have this conversation quite often at my house.  I think that I could cover at least one entire wall with pictures of Bentley.  Obsessed much?  Well…of course!
   You can imagine my excitement when Rebecca at Easy Canvas Prints contacted me.  She asked if I would like to receive an 11” x 14” canvas print of my favorite photograph.  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  I had a good idea which shot I wanted to use.  Since it was going to be prominently displayed, I thought it’d be best to consult with Bentley.
Bentley: “I’m glad that you did.  If you are going to hang my face on the wall, I want to be sure that Daddy captured my good side.”
Me: “I may be a slight bit partial, but I think both of your sides are cute.”
Bentley: “Aww, you have to say that, it’s in the Pet Parents’ Handbook or something.  Thanks anyway.  An 11” x 14” canvas is a nice size to hang on the living room wall, or the bedroom, or the hallway.  We may need to order several more Easy Canvas Prints.  You know, they offer wall displays with up to nine canvas photos in the same or a mixture of sizes.  That means we could include pictures of Pierre, both of us, some with y’all, and more of just me.  That would make an awesome display!  For our first one though, I really like the photograph that we chose.”

A Pet's Fountain of Youth #AntiAgingPets

   It has been over five hundred years since Ponce de León was rumored to be in search for the elusive Fountain of Youth.  Unfortunately, we are still looking for a cure to the aging process.  The same holds true for our pets.  We want them to live a long healthy life and dread the days when aches and pains start to slow them.  Is there a Fountain of Youth for our pets?  Well, it is not a fountain, but there is a bottle of restored youth available!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day Y'all

Bentley: Pierre, do you know what day it is?”
Pierre: “It’s Black and White Sunday hosted by our friends Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola.  There are cool photos on the blogs listed at the bottom of our post.”
Bentley: “Well that’s true, but not what I’m referring to in this case.  It is Father’s Day!  It’s the day we get tell our dads how much we love them.”
Pierre: “Is there going to be cake?  I love my daddy, my papaw, AND my cake.”
Bentley: “That’s a good question.  We’ll have to sniff around and find out.  I love my cake, too.  I love my daddy more than cake though.  He plays with me, scratches my belly, takes me for walks, and give me treats.  Daddy can also fix anything that breaks.  I started a list of the reasons that I love about him, but it was about a gazillion things.  Mama said I should pick the best thing, because we aren’t supposed to write a bunch today.  The best thing that he does is love me.”
Pierre: “Your daddy is my papaw.  I love him very much.  He snuggles with me, plays with me, takes me for walks, and points out squirrels in the yard.  And he gives me stuff.  He is the bestest papaw ever.  I have a wonderful daddy, too.  He loved me the first time that he saw me.  I’m double lucky this Father’s Day!”
Bentley: “We are grilling for my Dad today.  Whatever you do with your dad or granddad to celebrate them, have a great time.  Barking from the Bayou wishes a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.”


“You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” ~ Paul McCartney




Today and every day, I love and miss Paps, my wonderful father-in-law.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Our First ThunderShirt Experiences

   I tend to be a bit of a skeptic about certain claims for instant cures.  I wrote a post on Bentley’s fear of thunder a few months ago.  I received several helpful suggestions and began researching them.  Several readers told me about their ThunderShirt and that it had helped their dogs.  Honestly, I had my doubts about it working on Bentley.
   During the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose awards ceremony, we dined with our friends from Meet the Furbombers and Dr. Anna Guthrie from Ask Dr. Anna.  Our conversation ran the gamut, but it usually circled back to our four-legged family members.  We discussed some of the things our pets didn’t like and I mentioned we had recently spent a sleepless night due to a thunderstorm.  I asked Dr. Anna if she was familiar with the ThunderShirt.  Indeed, she was and felt that it might help Bentley.  She even offered to mail me one to see if it worked.  I decided to take the plunge after she told me the ThunderShirt came with a money-back guarantee.  Thanks a million, Dr. Anna!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pet Naturals of Vermont~ Our Review

   During the last days of May, we received a package from Pet Naturals of Vermont.  I was familiar with the brand and quickly opened our box.  Inside were a 45 count Hip & Joint Bone-Shaped Chews and a 60-count canister of Flea & Tick towelettes.  As usual, the boys had their noses stuck inside the delivery box.       I’ll let them take it from here.
Bentley: “Thanks Mom.  Like she said, the deliveryman brought a box to our door.  We barked out “thanks.”  We followed Mom to see what was inside.  It was towelettes and some yummy smelling treats from Pet Naturals of Vermont”

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

S'up Dawg?

Bentley wanted to show his “cool dawg” look for today’s post.
It’s all about attitude and cap tilt.


“S’up Dawg?”

*We’d like to thank Jenna from Love is being owned by a Husky
for reviewing The Returns series on her site yesterday.  If you missed it,

Two Great Adoptable Dogs

   As you can see, I have been doing more housekeeping here at Barking from the Bayou.  It is important to me that your visit with us makes you smile and is pleasant on your eyes.  We hope that you like our newest look.  I must thank Sugar the Golden Retriever for her help in getting the changes rolling and recommending Oz.  A huge thanks goes out to Oz the Terrier.  Oz’s mom helped me throughout the day (and night) while I set up the new look.  She gave me tricks that I’d have never figured out by myself.  I really appreciate both of these fantastic bloggers.
   We are joining Dogs ‘N Pawz and Talking Dogs for another Tuesday’s Tails.  The participating blogs are featuring dogs and cats from near and far that need a loving home.  Please take a moment to share these pets on your social media.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pierre Meets a Turtle

   As I promised last week, Pierre is going to tell you about some backyard mischief.  I should warn you that he has a tendency to embellish the story.  To find out what actually happened, please watch the video.
Pierre: “Thank you, Gramma.  Just the other day, I was performing my usual perimeter search.  Sometimes when I am inside the house, renegade squirrels intrude on our turf.  Anyway, I was sniffing along the fence line when I saw a UCO (Unidentified Crawling Object).  My instincts told me that it was a miniature Army tank.  I barked for back up only to remember that Bentley was sunning in the front room.  I was on my own, just one fearless Westie up against an armored tank.  From a distance, I was pretty sure that I saw a huge gun sticking out of the front of it.”
Me: “You certainly approached with extreme caution.  The way that you were barking, I was afraid that you’d discovered a snake.”
Bentley: “Seriously dude, it was a turtle.”
Pierre: “Well yes, I figured that out when I approached.  I tapped on the shell and hollered, Hey Donatello!  Hey Raphael!  Then, I started singing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles song.  I don’t guess that it was one of the famous turtles, but it still may have been a ninja.  I turned my head for just a second and it started to move.  I was on it like white on rice.  Bentley, you should have seen me.  I started with the Ali Shuffle and then I was floating like a butterfly and ready to sting like a bee.  Buzzzzz.”

Two Shades of Bentley


It’s summertime and the living is easy.


To whistle for your humans,
it is important to hold your tongue like this.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Not a Typical Thursday at Barking from the Bayou

   Yesterday turned out to be an extraordinary Thursday for me.  Let me tell you why.
I REACHED OVER 100,000 PAGE VIEWS!!
   I could hardly believe my husband when he announced that I had actually received over 100,000 page views!  Thank you all so much for visiting Barking from the Bayou.  I appreciate all of the love, support, and help that I have been given since I began Barking from the Bayou.  When I discovered the BlogPaws community and decided to become a full-time dog blogger, I had no idea that I was opening the door to so many great friends.  It was December 13, 2013 when I officially launched my new blog.  Since that time, I have learned more than I ever thought possible.  I promise to continue striving to provide you with the best dog tips, reviews, and stories that will leave you laughing or at least smiling.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Silver Paw Pet Tags

  

Karen from Silver Paw Pet Tags recently contacted me.  She asked if I’d like to receive one of their fantastic silver dog tags for a review.  Since I have all but given up on finding a regular dog tag that would last, I was happy to oblige.  When I told her that Pierre was also living with us for now, she offered to send us two tags!  I was very excited and contacted my daughter, Pierre’s mom, and asked her which design she would like for her boy.  Since we both have paw prints on our hearts, we chose the same style.  They do have several different designs to choose.  Click here to see them.  Bentley and Pierre were very happy to have an engraved name tag of their very own, but I’ll let them tell you.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bentley's Bargains

*Bentley has asked to say a few words on today’s post.  I have explained to him that it is BlogPaws’ Wordless Wednesday, which means we are supposed to limit our writing.  He has promised to keep it brief.
   Hey y’all, it’s Bentley here and I have a huge Hound Dog announcement today.  I don’t know if you have noticed anything new about our blog, but Mom and I have made some changes.  First off, we have switched from two sidebars to one and we changed our font.  Just let us know how y’all like it.  We are still kinda on the fence about it, so we need your feedback.  Just bark at us in the comments, but remember…no growling.
   My big news is that I have opened my very own store. Bentley's Bargains offers great stuff at huge discounts.  I’m all about saving money, because that means more to spend on stuff for me.  I know that you other dogs and cats know what I’m talking about here.  Anyway, I decided to call it Bentley’s Bargains on account of that is what it is, mine, and bargains.  It makes sense now doesn’t it?  Then…and this is the kicker; my tag line is “Bayou great pet supplies.”  It’s like Buy You, but I used Bayou!!  It’s pronounced the same way!  I just crack myself up whenever I am clever like that!  Mom thought it was classic and she gave me her okie dokie.  I am thinking this is how Wal Mart started out, except I don’t have long lines, and my register is always open!
   Well, as you can tell, I am just proud as a peacock.  Oh, wait!  I forgot to tell you another awesome thing about Bentley’s Bargains.  I will feature products that relate to our blog post of the day.  How cool am I?  If you’re wondering about Pierre’s role in my new business venture don't fret.  I am hiring him to be my accountant! Mom is hurrying me, so let me just say, you’ll be howling the praises of my low prices and quality products.  Sniff around and get your paws on fabulous goodies!   You'll find my new store at the bottom of each blog post. Thank you for shopping at Bentley’s Bargain and have a fantastic day!


This is my executive look!

Spring Naturals Dog Food Review & Adoptable Dogs

   We recently were surprised to receive a free bag of Spring NaturalsGrain Free Turkey Dinner dog food.  As usual, the boys were very excited to see the delivery truck stop in front of the house.  Since this was an unexpected delivery, I have to admit to being pretty excited myself.
   I had been considering trying a grain free diet for Bentley and Pierre so this was a great way to try a new type of food.  Both of them are thrilled to be able to give their honest opinion on this tasty new food.  Boys, the blog is all yours today.
Bentley: “Thanks Mom.  Just like she said, we were all thrilled to try a different type of food.  The Spring Naturals blend that we received was turkey with chickpeas, carrots, and berries.  I didn’t know what a chickpeas was, but I do love my carrots and berries.  I asked Mom why the turkey was not mixed with dressing and gravy.  She said dressing and gravy wasn’t good for dogs.”  *Sigh*
Pierre: “I explained to Bentley that a chickpea is a garbanzo beans or a legume.  They are very tasty and full of protein.  Of course, there are a lot of other tasty ingredients in the bite-sized food.  Since I like to know what I am eating, a quick check of the label told me all that I needed to know.  The first ingredients are turkey, then chickpeas, peas, and dried eggs.  They also add sun-cured alfalfa, flaxseed, sweet potatoes, and spinach.  As you can see, it is chocked full of nutritious veggies.
Bentley: “That’s all true Pierre.  They also add lots of yummy fruit.  I could taste blueberries, cranberries, apricots, carrots and dandelion greens.  At least I got my cranberries with my turkey.  That is sort of like a Thanksgiving dinner.  I know that I was giving thanks for this food.”

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hurricane Preparedness for Pets

   June is an exciting month for many summer events.  School is out for summer, blushing brides are preparing to walk down the aisle, swimming pools open, and families hit the roads for vacations.  Unfortunately, not everything about June is wonderful.
   The Atlantic hurricane season officially kicked off June 1st.  According to Federal
Hurricane season
June 1st thru November 30th
forecasters this will hopefully be a slower than usual season.  They are predicting eight to thirteen tropical storms and three to six hurricanes.  Of course, there is no way to tell whether any of these potential storms will strike the U.S. coastline.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hiking With Your Dog

   The weather is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors with your dog.  We live in the suburbs so most of our walks are around the neighborhood.  There are no trails or mountains to explore, but we enjoy just getting out and moving.  Bentley manages to find quite a lot of interesting scents and loves to meet the neighbors.  Pierre is thrilled to get a chance to explore and maybe spy a cat or squirrel.
   Many of you do have areas where you can go on an actual hike.  Here are a few tips to help make your journey safe for your companion.