Bentley: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 15, 2016. I’m your newshound Bentley Basset and joining me at the desk is my co-anchor Pierre Westie. Our Weather Lab Paisley has fetched the forecast for the United States. You won’t find any bad news or political rhetoric here. We do what dogs do best; we cheer you up and put a smile on your face. What’s our top story, Pierre?”
Pierre: “You know how we enjoy reporting on scientific studies that relate to dogs. In a recent study, researchers scanned the brains of 15 dogs to see if they reacted more positively to treats or to praise and belly rubs. Their scans revealed equal or greater brain activity in the region that controls decision-making and signals they’ve received a reward than when they were only given food. Personally, I’d rather have a treat and my belly rubbed, but that’s just me.”
Bentley: “I will always choose a belly rub. Dogs thrive on attention everywhere. This next story is a prime example of that. A German flight attendant with a regular route to Buenos Aires learned the power of a little attention with a homeless dog. On a recent visit, she encountered a street dog that decided to follow her. The pup finally wore her down and she spent time playing and giving him some food to eat. It’s no wonder that the dog was waiting at her hotel each day. The next time work took her there, the dog showed up at the hotel looking for her. This became routine until she decided to make it official and adopt her persistent friend. He is now living in Germany with the mom that he chose to make his own.”
Pierre: “Some dogs can really turn on the charm. I’m glad that he will have a happily ever after. Speaking of ever afters, the Greenland shark is now the oldest living animal with a backbone. The gray shark in question was living in the icy waters of arctic until recently when it was caught. Its age is determined by the tissues in the eyes. This shark was 16 ½ feet long and approximately 392 years old. Can you imagine the underwater candles on its cake? Wow!”
Bentley: “Umm, yeah. Underwater candles. Okie Dokie, let’s move on because it is another big week in sports. The Blogville Pawlympics summer games have been incredible and many gold medals have been awarded. You can fetch all of the events by visiting Dory’s Backyard and following the links. Pierre and I have won a lot of gold.
|Photo courtesy of Sugar the Golden Retriever|
Pierre: “Our friend, Sugar the Golden Retriever was a golden correspondent at the 11th Unleased by Petco Surf Dog Competition on July 30th. There were 55 surfing dogs that rode the waves at Imperial Beach in San Diego. You can read Sugar’s report on “11 Things You’ll Learn From A Surf Dog.” We appreciate her help in bringing us this report.
|Photo courtesy of Cello's Corner Facebook|
Bentley: “It is time to check-in with our favorite Dock Diving Team, Cellos' Corner's The Liver Killers. They are having an incredible season. The team competed in Cabela’s Dog Days of Summer with Delmarva DockDogs in Christiana, Delaware this past weekend. Limoncello earned a 2nd Place in the Big Air Elite Division with an amazing 24’5”. Lager was flying high with a 3rd place in the Senior Division at 19’3” and a leap of 19’11” won him a Senior 1st Place! Hooch showed why he is considered one of the best Doc Diving Dogs in the world. He won the 1st Place Super Elite Division by jumping 25’3” and 2nd Place with a 25’0” jump. It was his first Super Elite Jump!”
Paisley: “Hooch is so dreamy. He told me that his humans are having a fundraiser for the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of New Jersey. It is a totally awesome shirt for $20. Sigh…it has Hooch’s silhouette on it. I think I’d better focus on the weather! Our Dock Diving friends aren’t the only ones that will get wet this week. Most of the eastern United States is going to receive some rain from the system that has been pounding south Louisiana. It is a slow mover and leaves a lot of rain in its wake. Some of the storms could be violent. Our high temperatures are like a match to kindling this time of year. Thunderstorms can pop up with little warning so keep an eye to the sky. Our friends in the west will enjoy sunny weather with highs in the upper 90’s and a few triple digits. The middle of our country will have a few hit and miss showers but should remain nice for most of the week. As always, consult your local weather for any updates and warnings. Back to you, Bentley.”
Bentley: “It’s always sunny when you are around, Paisley. I want to remind everyone to enter our Pet Parade 3rd Anniversary giveaway! We are going to have three lucky winners of a variety of dog & cat goodies. We have a terrific week ahead so be sure to stop by each day because we’d hate for you to miss something. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Have a wonderful day and grab yourself some happy.”