Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched the good news that sometimes falls through the cracks with all the bad stuff out there. Everyone needs some stories to make them smile, especially around the holidays. What’s our feel-good top story, Pierre?”
Pierre Westie: “This one will have your tail wagging, Bentley. Actually, it is good news for all of the dogs, cats, and other pets that are hanging their stockings this year. A survey shows that 95% of pet parents have purchased gifts to put under the tree for their best friends. We have our stocking hung with hopes that Santa Paws knows how good we have been this year. Have you made your Christmas wish list?”
Bentley: “We have so much that I am not asking for much. A few treats, some toys, and a winning lottery ticket. I’m just joking. We will write our letters to Santa later this week.
The dog in our next story received the gift of friendship from an unlikely source. As we all know, losing a loved one is difficult and that goes for animals too. When a dog recently lost his best buddy of 12 years, his human became very concerned. George mourned Blackie’s death and nothing seemed to cheer him until a duck showed up at his house one day. George didn’t chase him away and seemed to enjoy the company. Nobody knows where Donald the Duck came from but he has lifted George’s spirits. The two even share a bed. It just goes to show you that friends come in all shapes and sizes.”
Pierre: “We don’t have any real life cat friends, but after reading how awesome their tongues are, I might need to make friends with a feline. A lifelong cat lover that is a doctoral candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology began researching the surface and function of a cat’s rough tongue. Alexis Noel and her team filmed cats’ tongues as they moved cat food around on a fur mat. Their tongues have tiny claw-like spines that can dig into objects. That is why cats can lick themselves clean with this Velcro-like surface. The team made a 3-D replica four times the size of a cat’s tongue to test a number of ideas. This could lead to a better hair brush, carpet cleaners or a robot with more dexterity. How cool is that?”
Bentley: “It’s very cool and that segues right into our last report. Have you ever wondered what happens to the critters that live outside year round? Many animals grow a winter coat to help protect them from the bitter cold while others hibernate until spring. That is not the case with the wood frog. The resilient amphibian will bed down in leaf litter and freeze solid. Once the weather warms up, the frog thaws out and hops back as good as new. The reason is that wood frogs are freeze-tolerant and can survive ice forming in portions of their bodies. They have chemicals like glucose and urea that protect their cells. I get cold just thinking about it.
Paisley: “Our friends in the north have a great chance of having snow on the ground for Christmas day. It is going to continue to be blustery and extremely cold across the northern states but they should stay above zero this week. Of course, that doesn’t take wind chill into account. Colorado and Utah will also have more snowfall. The west coast will be fair and sunny with warmer temperatures. That trend will move along the southern states as well. I know when the temps plunged on the bayou from 80° to 39° overnight, it was quite a shock to your systems. It will gradually get warmer staying mild and sunny throughout the week. The middle of the country will be sunny. Our east coast readers will be cool to mild with possible rain showers in Florida and Georgia. Those in the upper northeast will be cold with a mix of snow and rain. As always, keep tuned to your local weather stations for updates and warnings.
I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas filled with love and laughter. Back to you, Bentley.”
Bentley: “Excellent report, Paisley. We appreciate everyone joining us for BFTB NETWoof news. Please share us with your friends and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. There will be a lot of fun things happening as we countdown to the holidays so stop by to see us each day. Of course, Pierre, Paisley and I will be back next Monday with more good news to send your 2016 out with a smile. Until then be safe, stay healthy, and be sure to go out and grab yourself some happy.”