Bentley: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. It’s the news that you can use start the day with a smile. I’m joined by my co-anchor Pierre Westie and our ace Weather Lab, Paisley. We try not to report the bad news, but humans keep doing bad things to each other and helpless animals. On behalf of all the dogs and cats everywhere…stop it, please. The solution is really simple, just be nice. Sorry, I didn’t mean to be a Bummer Basset. Pierre, what’s our top story?”
Pierre: “This week’s explosive story is the big 4th of July holiday this weekend. There will be a lot of families grilling and lighting fireworks. This brings up some safety issues for pets. I tend to bark at fireworks. Every. Single. One. Bentley on the other paw, is pretty sure that we are under attack from enemy forces. Did you know that more dogs are lost on this holiday than any other? It is good idea to follow these safety tips:
1. Make sure your pet has proper identification. A microchip is a great idea.
2. If your dog gets nervous, try The Anxiety Wrap or some other anxiety reducing method to calm them. *We are also big fans of the PetSmartLove 4-in-1 Harness with the simulated heartbeat.
3. Play your television or music a bit louder than usual.
4. Divert your pet’s attention with games or a long-lasting chew.
5. When cooking outside, always watch your pets around the hot grill.
Bentley: “I cannot believe it is time for fireworks again. I may have to double up and use my Anxiety Wrap and my harness. Some of those explosions sound too close for comfort. Keep it safe out there, friends. I think that I’ll stay indoors and read a good book. Blogville has a new library and we all have our new cards! Miss Sally Ann the head librarian is issuing them. You just need to send a photo along with your name to get your official Blogville Library Card. Click here for the address. Sally Ann is very helpful and we all know that reading is FUN!”
Pierre: “A good book and a pile of pillows on a summer afternoon is a beautiful thing. This next story is about ugly. Actually, it is about this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest. Quasi Modo, a Pit Bull-Dutch Shepherd mix won the title on Friday. The dog was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by his veterinarian owner. Quasi Modo has a spinal defect that gives him the appearance of being hunch-backed. His shape along with his winning personality helped him fetch the $1,500 prize!”
Bentley: “Wow, being ugly can really pay! Speaking of winning, let’s take a look at sports. Our buddy Hooch has jumped an Elite Division jump in the Senior Division finals. Hooch is only one-year old and will be competing with his big sister Limon”Cello” at the Dock Dogs World Championship in November. Hooch jumped an astounding 23’2” to win first place. He wasn’t satisfied though, he earned a personal best with 23’8”. We are so proud of them both.”
Paisley: “Isn’t Hooch just the dreamiest?” *Puppy swoon
Pierre: “Hello, Paisley. Are you ready for the weather report?”
Paisley: “Oh, yes sir. I’m ready to tell ya’ll that you should all close your eyes and think about that freezing cold winter. Think about how your nose froze and you had to layer your clothes. Okay, hold that image because it is going to be hot as all get out this week. Those of y’all up in the northwest are breaking heat records. There’s not much relief for the east coast either. I hope that little cool down over the weekend didn’t trick you. It’s going to be hot for the next week. The center of the country will probably see some more storms. I know you are sick of the rain, but it is just that time of the year. Those of us in the south and along the Gulf Coast know that we will be hot with a good chance of mosquitos. Bentley, back to you.”
Bentley: “Great job, Paisley. Due to excessive heat warnings, we have to issue this PSA (Puppy Service Announcement) 1. Make sure your pets always have access to fresh water. 2. NEVER leave them in your car. 3. Do not assume they can swim, always watch them around swimming pools. 4. Enjoy your walks in the morning or evening when the sidewalk or streets are not so hot. End of PSA. We hope that you visit us through the week for reviews, contests, and fun. Take care of yourselves and be sure to grab some happy!”