Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dogs Add Color

Dogs add color to our world.

Feeling the Chewy.com Love

Chewy.com and Basset Hound at front door

Bentley: “Guess who came to see us.  It was our buddy from Chewy.com and he brought us some super fun stuff this month!  We have been waiting to tell y’all about it.”
Pierre: “Nothing gets my tail wagging like seeing that blue box arriving at the door.  When you order something from Chewy, it will arrive at your house lightning fast.  As a matter of fact, if you place an order before 4:00pm ET, it will ship out that same day! I know I just blew your mind, didn’t I?”
Bentley: “Yes, you did.  That means that I still have time to order any of the over 18,000 items they have in stock.  Let’s do a little shopping after we finish telling our friends about what was in this month’s box.”


Monday, June 29, 2015

BFTB NETWoof News June 29, 2015

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?”
BFTB NETWoof News week of June 29th

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.
6.   Don’t give them the bones from the meat that you grill.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Hound Dog's Daddy #52Snapshots

Bentley: “I don't want to shock any of y'all but...I am adopted.  That’s right; my mom and dad have always told me the truth about how I came to live with them.  I don’t remember my Basset Hound parents.  As far as I am concerned my humans are my parents.  That is just how I feel about them.  Most of you know that I am Mama’s Boy, but did you know that I am also my Daddy’s Big Man?  He is a Hound Dog’s Daddy! We do guy stuff like wrestle, play tug-o-war, explore the yard, and play in the grass.  He is my guardian during thunderstorms.  I sit under his desk or stick to him like glue when it is thundering.  He gives great belly rubs.

We are participating in the Lazy Pit Bull’s #52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge.  This week’s word prompt is Father.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to tell my father how much I love him.”

Friday, June 26, 2015

PrideBites Placemats Help Messy Eaters

Me: “It is a fact around our house that dogs are messy eaters.  Well, one dog is a messy eater and the other one is Pierre.”
Bentley: “That sounds like you are calling me messy.  Hey, what is this on the table?  Your attack on my eating habits wouldn’t have anything to do with this package from PrideBites™, would it?”
Me: “Aww, it wasn’t an attack.  It is just that I need to make sure our floors are protected when you eat…or drink.  And yes, this does have something to do with the package.  Are you ready for it?  Ta-da!  I ordered you a customized PrideBites placemat!”
Bentley: “This just might be the best looking placemat that I have ever seen.  How did they know exactly what I look like and my favorite colors?  Look, it is me…on a PLACEMAT!  I LOVE IT!  Did you design this yourself?”
Pridebites Placemat

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Barkworthies Bully Sticks - Naturally Healthy

Bentley: “Hey Pierre, do you see what I see?  There is an envelope from Barkworthies® on the counter.  Their bully sticks are the natural chews and I naturally choose you to try to jump up there.  ”
Pierre: “What? No way!  I’ll do the “Lassie” routine where I go stare at Gramma and then race back in here to the counter.  She is always so impressed with that old standby.”
Bentley: “Hee-hee!  You’re right, Mom is so easy.  I think I’ll use the “stop working and entertain me” method.  If she is busy, she will use the Barkworthies as a distraction.” 
Me: “I can hear y’all.  It just so happens that there are two bully sticks in there.  I wish that I knew two dogs that weren’t manipulative to share them with…”  *Opening envelope
Two Barkworthies Bully Sticks with two dogs

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Art of Dog Tags #DogTagArt

Are you a fan of dog tags?  I’ll admit that I have a number of tags for the boys.  I love to change out the boys’ name tags as often as I change their collars. Dog Tag Art™ was another awesome sponsor of the BlogPaws conference. They have over one hundred designs to choose from or you can upload your own photos or artwork.  When I went to the Dog Tag Art website, I wanted most of the tags they offer.  Then, I saw them…the absolutely, positively perfect tags for Bentley and Pierre.
Dog Tag Art dog tags
Do they actually know Bentley and Pierre?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuggo Toys are Terrific!

One of the sponsors that we were anxious to meet at BlogPaws 2015 was the Tuggo™ Toys team.  Adam Harrington is the inventor of the award-winning Tuggo Dog Toy.  He is a graduate of MTSU and lives in the Nashville area.  Like most of us, Adam was tired of spending his hard-earned money on a tug toy that only lasted one good playtime.  That is when he decided to create a destruction-resistant toy that would promote exercise, build muscle, and be extremely entertaining for his dog.  The result is a tug-o-war toy that is like no other. 

It is available in the hard plastic 10” ball or the 7” Tuggo Mini.  Both can be filled with water, gravel, or sand, so it is customizable for every dog.  That means that you can add a little or a lot depending on your dog’s size and ability.  When it is empty, it only weighs one pound. If you fill it to the maximum with water, you have a twenty-pound toy!  That makes it a great toy to entertain your dog when you can't play.  You fill the Tuggo through the recessed screw cap.  It is easy to open with a coin so there are no tools required.  The unique patent-pending design allows the rope to be pulled through the ball.    
After visiting the Tuggo display, they offered us our very own 10” Tuggo Dog Toy.  We had a choice of sizes and three colors.  I knew this was going to be a special souvenir for the third member of our BFTB NETWoof News team, our “granddog” Paisley (the Weather Lab).  She is a huge fan of tug-o-war.  We visited her this weekend to see if she was enjoying her new toy.
How to tell if a dog loves the Tuggo Dog Toy:

A boy and Labrador puppy playing tug-o-war
All you need is the Tuggo, an active 8-month-old puppy, and an equally active 8-year-old boy.  Luckily, we had all three this weekend.  It was the trifecta of a good time!

Monday, June 22, 2015

BFTB NETWoof News for the week of June 22, 2015

Bentley: “Greetings and welcome to another edition of BFTB NETWoof News.  My name is Bentley, your newshound extraordinaire.  I’m joined at the anchor desk by Pierre and our Weather Lab, Paisley.  We have sniffed out some important stories for you this week.”
BFTB News featuring hot car temperatures
Pierre: “That’s right, Bentley.  Our top story is one of the most important.  Yesterday wasn’t just Father’s Day, it also marked the first day of summer.  Now, we all know how much dogs enjoy going for car rides.  It is one of the highlights of our day.  What you have to remember is that we don’t like sitting in a hot car.  If you are going to be shopping or any activity that will involve leaving us in the car, do us a favor and let us stay home.”

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day Plans

B & W photo of a tired Bentley Basset
“It’s Father’s Day so I am letting Dad sleep late.  I need extra belly rubs for being so considerate.  I love my Daddy.”


Pierre Westie close-up in B & W
“Happy Father’s Day to my Daddy and my Papaw, I love them both.  Now, let me bark at nothing in particular and wake Papaw.  He enjoys that.”


Happy Father’s Day!

We are joining Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola for their 
B & W Sunday's blog hop.
You can join in or enjoy these other B & W posts by clicking the links below.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Seeing Double #Westies

Each time that we go anywhere with the boys, people always tell us that Pierre looks like the Cesar Canine Cuisine mascot.  I was so excited to discover they were one of the sponsors for the BlogPaws conference.  There was no way that we were missing THAT photo opportunity.  What I didn't realize is how cute they would have their display.  It was set up with fine china and a huge Flat Cesar.  
Westie meets Westie for tea

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bravo for Special Moments

If you are fortunate in life there are many times where you can say, “Bravo for special moments.”  I consider myself very lucky in that respect.  When Oz the Terrier asked for bloggers to join in a secret “Special Moments” blog hop, I had to make the choice of which moments I would share.  Everyone knows that I share special moments with Bentley and Pierre all of the time, so I decided to do something different.  Consider this a Flashback Friday complete with a Rick Springfield tee shirt!
Madison Von Schloss Clinton
I still remember the very first time that we decided it was time to add to our family.  We had just gotten married and yearned for the pitter-patter of four tiny paws.  I had three cats but wanted a puppy very badly.  We decided on a German Shepherd and set out to find our new best friend.  Let me tell you, we found a gem.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dogs Know the Difference #JonesNaturalChews

Variety of Jones Natural Chews
Bentley: “Psst…Pierre, come here.  Mom and Dad went into the spare bedroom treat room.  Maybe they are finally going to get the Jones Natural Chews that they’ve been hoarding since the BlogPaws conference.”
Pierre: “Hot diggity dog!  Let’s whine in our most pitiful tone.  It’s bound to help.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"Dogs are Loyal" ~ The Returns

The Returns book series quote by M. K. Clinton
"Dogs are loyal."

If you are looking for a funny dog adventure to read this summer, my book series is available on Amazon.com.  Recommended for ages 12 to 112.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bravo! Makes Good Happen

Over the past few months, I have become very conscientious about the food I feed Bentley and Pierre.  Gone are the days of buying a bag of dog food with pretty colors and ingredients that only a nutritionist can pronounce.  It is important to know what goes into our dog’s bodies to ensure that they are living a healthy life.  That is why most of their meals are prepared in my own kitchen with the help of some awesome products. 
Bravo! Pork and Beef Freeze-Dried Dog Food
In many cases, I provide the meat protein.  It is not always convenient and when I find a company that makes my life simpler, I am all for it.  Who doesn’t like knowing that you’re feeding an awesome food that doesn’t take an hour to make?

Monday, June 15, 2015

BFTB NETWoof News

Bentley: “Welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of June 15, 2015.  I am your news hound Bentley and this is my co-anchor, Pierre.  We team up to sniff out the news that you need to know.  As always, our awesome Weather Lab Paisley has the forecast.  We always try to bring you the happiest of news, but sometimes we must share something sad.  Isn’t that right, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News June 15

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Definition of Comfort #52Snapshots of Life

If you look up comfort in our Barking from the Bayou dictionary, you will discover this definition:
Comfort (kum’fƏrt), noun: 1. a state or situation in which you are relaxed and do not have any physical or unpleasant feelings caused by pain, heat, cold, lack of treats, or the need for belly rubs. 
*See also: Bentley or Pierre
Basset Hound comfort
Example A ~ Bentley

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dr. Harvey's Healing Cream

Bentley: “I have been waiting patiently since we returned from the BlogPaws conference for my turn to tell you about someone special.  Don’t get me wrong, I met many awesome humans during our trip, but I was looking forward to a certain friend.”
Me: “Are you referring to Ms. Wendy from Dr. Harvey’s?  You sure did cozy up to her.  What’s the deal?  I know that you ended up with some major hugs and goodies from her.”
Bentley loving the attention from Dr. Harvey's Ms. Wendy

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wet Dogs and Muddy Paws

This has been an exceptionally rainy spring here along the bayou.  That means dealing with wet dogs and muddy paws.  These are not two of my favorite things.  I have tried to reason with the boys, but the conversations are usually unproductive.
Brown paw print Luv & Emma's Dry Pets towel





Me: “Are y’all sure that you have to go outside now?  It is pouring down rain!”
Bentley: “I can’t hold it another second.  I’ll hurry and try to dodge the raindrops.  I promise.”
Pierre: “If Bentley gets to go, then I want to go too.  OMD!  It’s a squirrel in a mud puddle.  Hurry!”
Me: “Seriously boys, stay out of the mud.  Do your business and get back up here.  Try not to get super messy.”








Of course, they return after Pierre has chased the squirrels through several mud puddles and Bentley’s ears have been drug through the mud.  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Do You Have a Hot Dog?

*Disclaimer: I am neither a veterinarian nor a dietician.  The information contained in this post is being shared as a service to my readers  Please contact your veterinarian before making any changes in your pet’s food.
Do you have a hot dog?  How can you tell? Look for these signs: *seeks cool places to rest *actually hot to the touch *excessive panting *red skin and eyes *allergies *ear infections
Cool foods chart to help with dog allergies and infections

Monday, June 8, 2015

BFTB NETWoof News for June 8 2015

Bentley: “Welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News.  My team and I are here to retrieve all of the news that we have fetched over the past week.  Since there is enough bad news out there, we specialize in bringing you the nicer news whenever we can.  What’s our top story this week, Pierre?”
Barking from the Bayou News Team

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Grand Dog Mischief

We had a visitor this weekend.  Our grand dog, Paisley joined us for a sleepover.  It was the first time that we have had her alone with Bentley and the other grand dog Pierre.  They ran and wrestled and ran some more.  There was no shortage of mischief! Paisley is a chocolate Lab so even at six months, she towers over the boys.  It was fun to watch them play.  Pierre felt the need to show Paisley how to chase a squirrel properly.  I hope they took the time to discuss Monday's BFTB NETWoof News!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Purina Makes #MyPuppyhood Easier

  

 There is not much that excites me more than a new puppy. It has been seven years since Bentley was a bouncing boy stepping on his own ears and four years since Pierre came into our lives.  Never fear though, I am now the proud Grandmother of two new little four-legged bundles of joy.  Paisley is my son’s six-month old chocolate Labrador Retriever.  Our newest addition is Pierre’s baby sister Clementine.  She is only eight-weeks-old and is a German Shepherd/Husky mix.  As the “Gramma” it is my duty to not only spoil them, but to answer emergency questions like “Why does she bite my feet?” and “How do I get her to love the kennel?”  These are important things to know when you bring home a squirming curious pup.  After all, you only get one chance to get their first year right!  Thankfully, Purina® has provided a great new website to find these answers.  The best part is that it is free and very user-friendly.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Snuggle Puppy to the Rescue

   If you follow Barking from the Bayou, you are aware that Bentley is terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks.  In other words, this dog won’t hunt!  We have been using the SmartPetLove Safe and Sound Harness™ on him at the first inkling of thunder approaching.  It has a heartbeat that immediately calms Bentley.  It is nothing short of amazing.  I highly recommend it.
PetSafeLove Snuggle Puppy and heart

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PetSafe's Pet Park

   Our trip to the BlogPaws conference in Nashville was filled with firsts for Bentley and Pierre.  It was their first long road trip and the first time to ever stay in a hotel.  I will admit to being a little bit anxious as to how they would react.  To say that I was super proud of them is an understatement.  They traveled in their kennel like champs and slept a good deal of the way going and the entire way returning!  We did stop for a couple of potty breaks, but after five days of fun, they were exhausted.
PetSafe pet park sign
Photo courtesy of bybecka.com via BlogPaws

Monday, June 1, 2015

BFTB NETWoof News 6-1-2015

Basset Hound, West Highland Terrier, Chocolate Lab delivering the news
Bentley: “Welcome to this week’s segment of BFTB NETWoof News.  I am your newshound Bentley Basset.  Pierre Westie is joining me as co-anchor and we also have our lovely Weather Lab, Paisley.  As many of you know, Pierre and I were roving reporters last week as we traveled to Nashville, Tennessee.  I have many tales to tell and things that we learned. We will share these over the span of the next few weeks.”
Pierre: “That’s right, Bentley.  It was our first road trip and we have concluded that it was a blast!  You know how I hate to blow my own horn, but our top story is how dashing I look in a tuxedo.”