Bentley: “Thank you for joining us for BFTB NETWoof News. We dig up the stories that you need to know. It is our job to start your week off with a smile as we bring you up to date on dog happenings. I’m here with my co-anchor Pierre. And this little chocolate Lab cutie is Paisley, our weather girl.”
Pierre: “Happy Monday y’all. We all love a lost dog story with a happy ending. I’m glad to report a Pit Bull that was stolen from its home in Galveston, Texas is back where it belongs. Blue was turned in to a shelter forty miles outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. That’s 1,100 miles away! It’s another case of the microchip being responsible for a happy reunion.”
Bentley: “I really have to get me one of those chips on my shoulder. They say it doesn’t hurt at all. Let me jot that down so I can nag Mom about it after the broadcast. This next story is really important to homeowners. Connecticut State Representative Brenda Kupchick, R-Fairfield wants to make it illegal for insurance companies to ask about or discriminate against breed-specific dogs when they issue a homeowners policy. Here at BFTB, we feel this should be a NATIONAL law. There are families that are in jeopardy of losing their home insurance because of the breed of dog they love. I hope the dog owners of Connecticut rally behind this bill.”
Pierre: “Speaking of politics, don’t forget to send in our R.S.V.P. for Blogville’s Heart-2-Heart Valentine’s Day Dance that the Mayor Doods are hosting. Everybody is going to be there. If any of our viewers are interested, visit Murphy & Stanley for the details. One dog that won’t have trouble getting a date is Bella Mia, a three-year old Maltese from Queens, New York. This little lady is set to inherit a Florida vacation home, jewelry, and her incredible doggie wardrobe. The trust fund pup will have a caregiver to tend to her needs, which include strolls in her baby carriage. Hmmm, I don’t see Bella’s phone number on these notes. I’m sure she needs a cute curly-haired Westie to lounge around the Florida crib with her.”
Bentley: “Pierre, you are nothing if not selfless. Nudge Paisley and let her know it is time for the weather. In the meantime, let’s look at some winter safety tips for pets. Of course, we strongly urge everyone to bring their dogs and cats indoors during the cold weather. If that is impossible, please take the following precautions:
1. Provide proper housing. Be sure it is elevated off the ground, dry, and draft-free. Dogs and cats are susceptible to hypothermia just like humans. Thick fur helps, but most dogs are not blessed with a coat that will shield them from the extreme temperatures.
2. Place bedding material like fleece, thick carpet pads, blankets, dog beds, or even clean hay in house to provide extra warmth. Adding a flap door make from towels, mats, or rugs can help block the cold wind.
3. Make sure your dog is able to turn comfortably around inside its house. Do not let snow or ice collect on top of the house.
4. Be sure to keep extra dog food on hand in case storms keep you off the roads.
Paisley: “Hi y’all. I’m ready for my weather report. How have you enjoyed the lovely temperatures this past week? It’s been nice, huh? Well, that is sure about to change! Our friends in northern New Jersey to Massachusetts are expecting a possible blizzard. Heavy snows and blowing winds could make for a miserable couple of days with up to 24 inches of snow. Folks living north of Boston might get buried under 3 feet of the white stuff.”
Pierre: “Wow! There are going to be some pup sicles if humans don’t bundle their dogs up before trudging out in that mess. How about here in the south? Are we going to be building snowmen?”
Paisley: “Not this week. The weather in the rest of our country will be mild with temps reaching the low 60’s in many states. The west may see some rain clouds and storms this week. The main worry is this humongous snow in the northeast. Please take care of yourselves. No pets should be outside during this weather event.”
Bentley: “Thanks Paisley. You are getting to be quite the meteorologist. We appreciate everyone joining us today. Please visit throughout the weeks for more fun and information. Don’t forget to nominate your favorite blog for BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose awards. . It is fast, easy, and means so much. Click here for our post with the information. On behalf of Pierre, Paisley, and myself; have an awesome day and be sure to grab yourself some happy.”