Bentley: “Thank you for joining us for this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. I am your News Hound Bentley. Joining me at the news desk is my co-anchor, Pierre the Westie and our ever-growing Weather Lab, Paisley. Together we sniff out the top pet stories of the week and let you know the weather forecast. We always strive to bring you the happiest news stories. What’s our top story this week, Pierre?”
Pierre: “Try as we might Bentley, sometimes there is bad news that as reporters, we are obligated to share. Unfortunately, that is the case this week. Our friend’s in the Chicago area need to be very careful, as the “Dog Flu” or Canine Influenza has reached near epidemic proportions. There have been over 1,000 cases of the infectious respiratory disease and several deaths. Cook County is urging pet owners to avoid the dog parks, group dog training activities, traveling, and boarding. If you notice your dog is coughing, has a runny nose and fever, contact your vet immediately. There is a vaccine available for approximately $100, but it needs to be administered prior to any exposure. One hundred dollars is much cheaper than trying to treat the disease. Take very good care of yourselves.”
Bentley: “We want to make sure to tell everyone that the dog flu is not contagious to humans. It’s time to uncover a feel-good story and I think I have just the one to do it. A black Lab mix found herself surrounded by her nine puppies and a raging forest fire in Chile. With no way to remove her pups from the fire, she dug a hole under a metal container and put all nine puppies inside. An eyewitness alerted the firefighters of the dog’s actions and they uncovered the pups. They were able to rescue the mom and her little ones. I guess that a mother’s love is another way we are all the same. Can we top that story?”
Pierre: “It’s funny that you mention ‘top’ because our next story is about an animal on top of things…like a building. New Yorkers are pretty blasé when it comes to looking up at the tall buildings, but the sight of a coyote changed that. Residents in Queens spotted the large animal on the roof of a local bar and alerted authorities. The coyote escaped through the window of a vacant building. Nobody knows how or why it was up on the rooftop.
Bentley: “It was probably Happy Hour and it had heard that the bar’s drinks were on the house! I’ve seen cartoons where the coyote is a wily critter! *snicker This last story sounds like make-believe. A man in central China was speeding along a country road when a dog ran in front of his car. The driver continued, assuming the dog either died or ran away. He had driven 248 miles when he suddenly heard barking. After pulling over and checking his car, he discovered the dog was inside the grill of the car. He returned to his car and drove carefully to the vet where they extricated the dog. Miraculously, it was not harmed. Deciding the event must be fate, the man decided to keep his new best friend.”
Pierre: “Wow! You don’t think that dog was running a scam to be adopted, do you? Nah… Where is our Weather Lab? Paisley?”
Paisley: “Hi y’all! Did the Easter Bunny come to see you and bring goodies? Did you have a bonnet? Hmmm? Did ya? Isn’t it a great day? I am soooo excited!”
Paisley: “Yippee! Nothing special, I’m just a six month-old puppy. Extra happy and soooo excited is what I do best! Anyway, I do the weather really super-duper too. You have heard the old saying, ‘April showers bring forth May flowers.’ If that is true, then we should be a country of vibrant flowers in a few weeks. It looks like by mid-week, it will be raining from sea to storming sea. The temperatures will be in the upper 70s and 80s across most of the U.S. and a lot of the snow should begin to melt. Don’t forget to play lots and lots of fun games with your pets when it is too wet to play outdoors. Here ya go, Bentley. Slide me some paw.”
Bentley: “What’s this? Our little Weather Lab has learned how to shake paws. Very good sweetie. Let’s hope that our readers shake some paws, or hands with each other and play nice. Have a great week and be sure to grab yourself some happy.
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