Monday, February 29, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News February 29, 2016 #Dog News

Bentley: “Happy Leap Day, my friends and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News. We have some fun reports to kick your week off with a smile. My co-anchor Pierre has our Top Story.”
BFTB NETWoof News desk with macaw's 3D beak in background
Pierre: “Thank you, Bentley. This week’s top story is for the birds; a rescued Brazilian macaw to be more exact. The bird known as Gigi has a rare disease that causes her beak to continually grow. It was interfering with her ability to eat. Experts fitted her with the first 3D printed beak made from titanium and attached it with bone cement and orthopedic screws. The hope is that a zoo will adopt Gigi since she would not be able to forage for her own food out in the wild.”

Friday, February 26, 2016

Once Upon a Time on the Bayou ~ A Fairy Tale

   Once upon a time on a bayou far, far away lived a Basset Hound and a Westie.
Woman reading a fairy tale to a Westie and Basset Hound
Bentley: “Hey, is this story about us? You forgot to say that we were handsome. Can you make me the king, maybe? I’ve always thought I should be a king.”

   Once upon a time on a bayou far, far away lived a handsome Basset Hound and Westie. These kings were loved by all of the bayou animals.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

How to Combat Ear Infections in Dogs

   Do your dog’s ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? If so, you probably have dealt with the dreaded ear infections. They are painful and in most cases require a visit to your veterinarian. It is best to get to the vet at the first sign of an ear infection. Left untreated an infection can lead to not only excruciating pain but in some cases, deafness. It is time to declare war and combat ear infections in our dogs.
Basset Hound with long ears out beside him in a heart frame
   There are certain breeds of dogs that are more prone to infections. These include those with an abundance of hair in or around the entrance of their ears and those with floppy ears. Dogs have an outer, middle, and an inner ear just like a human. It is the shape of a dog’s outer ear that is so different and that is where the trouble begins. Where our ear canal is horizontal, a dog’s ear canal descends vertically then takes a sharp turn only to proceed horizontally to the eardrum. Most dogs are able to vigorously shake their head and dislodge any foreign matter, but that is not always the case. Dogs with long drop or folded ears have a difficult time ridding their auditory canal of water and debris. This makes it a hotbed for infections.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dr. Harvey's Coconut Smiles ~ A Treat that Dogs Love

Disclaimer for Dr. Harvey's reviews as an ambassador
Bentley: “People always think that Basset Hounds are sad. Little do they realize it is a ploy to get more Smiles.”
Me: “I smile at you all of the time. I don’t understand what more you could want.”
Westie with Dr. Harvey's Coconut Smile in front of his mouth
Pierre: “Pssst, he isn’t talking about one of your smiles. He is trying to get more Dr. Harvey’s Coconut Smiles. As you know, I am the happiest dog around but I can always use more Smiles.”
Me: “Oh, I get it now. You both want these single ingredient 100% pure organic dehydrated coconut treats from our friends at Dr. Harvey’s. They are wholesome and delicious.”

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Celebrating International Dog Biscuit Day

Bentley: “Hey Pierre, guess what we are celebrating today.”
Pierre: “Is it my birthday? Will there be cake?”
Bentley: “It is not your birthday and there is no cake. It is International Dog Biscuit Day so there will be treats!”
Pierre: “That is almost as exciting as my birthday. I love dog biscuits. I wonder who invented these tasty morsels of goodness.”
woman feeding Basset a treat and Westie with his tongue out.

Monday, February 22, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News February 22, 2016 #DogNews

Bentley: “Hello! It is Monday and that means it’s time for BFTB NETWoof News. I am Bentley Basset and joining me, as usual, is my co-anchor Pierre Westie and our fabulous Weather Lab Paisley. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. We have fetched some tail wagging stories to get your week started with a smile. Take it away, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof Dog News anchor desk with top story of albino kangaroos
Kangaroo photo courtesy of Riverglen Marina Houseboat Hire Facebook
Pierre: “Our top story has the internet buzzing about a rare sighting in Australia. A few weeks ago a woman was driving in South Australia with her husband when they spotted a rare albino kangaroo. Rosemary Faehrmann hopped out of her car and snapped a photo. She said there were many normal grey roos around, but of course, this one stood out from the crowd.”

Friday, February 19, 2016

F'lint Retractable Rollers Mean the End of Lint

   If you look at my wardrobe, you would think my favorite color is dog hair. There are days when I think I have more dog hairs on me than Bentley and Pierre have on their bodies! This is why I always lug around one of those ginormous lint rollers. You know the ones that I’m talking about where you have to cram them sideways into your car’s glove compartment to make it fit. They are a pain, but what’s a pet lover to do? Don’t go chasing your tail trying to find a better solution. Think Product Lab™ has invented one for us.
Six F'lint retractable lint rollers
   Let me introduce F’lint; the retractable lint roller that is compact enough for most purses. It won the 2015 Red Dot Award for design concepts! You can choose from a rainbow of colors making F’lint not only functional but fashionable. It is perfect for tossing in your luggage, briefcase, dog bag, or backpack. Now you no longer have to coordinate your outfit to match your dog’s hair.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

5 Puppy Mistakes to Avoid

   There are not many things more exciting than welcoming a new puppy into your home. They are roly-poly bundles of fun and energy. It is easy to become overwhelmed if you don’t have a game plan to begin training. Even though your new best friend is still young, an eight-week-old puppy is capable of learning the basics.
Basset Hound pup with caption 5 puppy mistakes to avoid

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PrideBites Hoodie Pride

   Is it cold where you live? Here on The Bayou, we have not had much winter weather. We have had a few days where it was freezing, but it’s been mostly “Sweater” weather. That is fine with Bentley and Pierre since they both have lightweight coats. I reviewed Bentley’s new Dog Coat Made By De recently. It is great if you have a hard-to-fit pup.
White West Highland Terrier wearing purple PrideBites hoodie

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

5 Ways Dental Chews Help Your Dog's Teeth

   February is National Pet Dental Care month and the perfect time to give some extra attention to your best friend’s choppers. There are a number of ways to help you dog’s teeth stay healthy. I gave some tips to Take Care of Your Dog's Teeth Naturally earlier in the month.
Basset and Westie standing at opened door to greet cartoon Chewy .com dog
"We love to open our door and see our pal, Chewy!"
 

Monday, February 15, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News February 15 2016

Bentley: “Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of BFTB NETWoof News. I’m your news hound Bentley Basset and joining me at the desk are my co-anchor Pierre Westie and our Weather Lab Paisley. We fetch the good news to start your week with a smile. What is our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof dog news with 3 dogs and a photo of dog with possums

Friday, February 12, 2016

Dr. Harvey’s Miracle Dog Food Pre-Mix is Canine Health

Disclaimer for Dr. Harvey's sponsored post
 Let’s face it; there are so many different dog foods on the market that it is easy to be confused. We have tried more brands and recipes than I could possibly remember. We have fed expensive prescription food from our veterinarian and grabbed a bag at the grocery store when we ran out of our regular food. 
   As a dog blogger, I am often asked to review a multitude of brands. I’ll admit that for the first year and a half, I let the boys try a wide variety of foods for sponsored posts. Most of them I liked and the dogs enjoyed. Bentley and Pierre are not finicky. Thankfully, I have become more selective about their food. That means I know the importance of reading labels, avoiding artificial preservatives, fillers, and chemicals. The more that I read and learn, the more I know that Dr. Harvey’s is the best food for my boys.
Dr. Harvey's Canine Health, a piece of beef liver, coconut oil and measuring cup of water.
For this meal, I chose to add beef liver and coconut oil.
   

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Letter to Mom

Basset Hound in library writing a letter using a pen and quill.
Dear Mom,
   I hope that this letter finds you well. There is something on my mind and I thought it’d be better explained in writing. February is chock-full of holidays including Groundhog Day, Fat Tuesday, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. You will notice that those are all single days and really have nothing to do with pets. Not to say that we don’t appreciate a little something on February 14th. Just sayin’…

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How to Make Banana Button Treats and DIY Container

   It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air…or is that the smell of bananas? Here on the bayou, Bentley and Pierre love bananas. It is one of their favorite snacks. I am not kidding when I tell you that Pierre can hear us peel a banana even if he’s asleep! I decided that they would make a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Bananas are a healthy source of fiber and vitamins B6 and C. My boys enjoy sharing pieces of our fresh bananas but their favorite way to eat them is as dehydrated chips. These are simple to make and perfect for snacks, training or on walks. They are also perfect for Valentine’s Day!
This is how we make
♥ Bayou Boys Banana Buttons
Red stuffed toy monkey hold a bunch of bananas

Monday, February 8, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News February 8 2016 #DogNews

Bentley: “Hello and welcome to this edition of BFTB NETWoof News. We have some great news to start your week off with a smile. Here on the Bayou, we are celebrating the end of Mardi Gras. Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday or the last night to party before the official end of the carnival season on Ash Wednesday. So, Laissez les bons temps rouler or let the good times roll! My co-anchor Pierre the Westie has our top story.”    
BFTB NETWoof News desk with 3 dogs and Dr. Harvey's treats on back screen.
                         
Pierre: “Hold on to your hats for this one! Barking from the Bayou is teaming up with My GBGV Life and Dr. Harvey’s for a fun-tastic Instagram contest! That’s right; together we are hosting a Hound Huggles Valentine’s Day contest. Here is how it works; you post a photo of you and your dog hugging, follow and tag @mkclinton, @MyGBGVLife and @DoctorHarveys then use our hashtag #houndhuggles. The complete rules can be found at the bottom of this newscast. One lucky winner will receive a Dr. Harvey’s Treat Prize Package! That includes Coconut Smiles, Le’Dogue Bites, Power Patties and Sweet Potate’rs. Bentley, can you take over? I’m drooling on myself.”

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dog Coats Made By De

When it comes time to buy clothes, I envy people with normal shaped dogs.
Bentley: “Wait just a minute, Mom. I don’t like how this post is starting. I have a feeling that your next words were going to be something about my shape NOT being normal. Sigh, you cut me to the quick.”
Basset Hound wearing blue winter jacket

Thursday, February 4, 2016

10 Things You Should Know About a Westie

   As I was mulling over what to write about for my Thoughtless Thursday post, Pierre came over to me. It was clear there was something on his mind. He pointed out the fact that I’ve not written a post about things people should know about a Westie. I have done several about a Basset Hound so to be completely fair; here is my list of things I've learned from Pierre.

10 Things You Should Know About a Westie 
Pierre the Westie with Mardi Gras tulle collar.
1. Their proper name is the White West Highland Terrier. Westie is their nickname, but Pierre prefers “His Fabulousness.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Clowns, Jokers, Basset Hounds

Bentley Basset Hound in a trio of photos. He is sitting up looking left, right and forward

Take Care of Your Dog's Teeth Naturally

   February is Pet Dental Health Care month. That means it is time to look at how we can help our best friends have healthy teeth and fresh breath. It is always best to start a dental hygiene routine as soon as your pup moves in with you. Once they are used to having their teeth brushed, it can become something they enjoy. Bentley loves to have his teeth brushed. If you have tried everything to get your dog’s teeth brushed and nothing works, don’t fret. There are other things that you can do to help prevent decay. Today, we are going to look at some dental problems and holistic ways to help.
 Bentley Basset Hound brushing his teeth in a mirror
         

Monday, February 1, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News February 1, 2016 #dognews

Bentley: “Welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News for the first week of February 2016. We have some great stories as well as our own Weather Lab; Paisley with this week’s forecast. My colleague, Pierre Westie has our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News set with military dog in background.
Pierre: “Our top story is perfect for the first day of the month of love. The Humane Society is sending 200 Super Bowl care packages to military K9’s and their partners. Joining with Military Working Dog Team Support Association (MWDTSA), the Humane Society is furnishing our deployed military heroes items to help raise their spirits for the Big Game. In addition to the human treats, each care package will include a blanket, dog toothbrush, nail trimmer, Bowser Beer™, Pet Chatz®, Dynamo Dog Treats®, a Nerf ball, and styptic powder. We send our best to these brave K9s and thank them for their duty. If you would like to help or send a care package, you can contact MWDTSA to volunteer. The United States War Dogs Assoc., Inc. also takes donations. It is a terrific way to spread some love this month.”
BFTB NETWoof News set with Bloodhound wearing a medal
Photo Credit: Elkmont's Hound Dog Half Facebook page
Bentley: “I do admire those military K9’s. The dog in our next story isn’t a working K9, but she might consider it as a career. Ludivine, an Alabama Bloodhound has done what few dogs have done before. When she was let out to take care of her business, she decided to join a group of runners at the beginning of a 13.1-mile half marathon. That’s right, without a leash or a human, Ludivine kept pace with some of the leading runners as they wound their way along the course. Sure, she stopped to catch a whiff of dead stuff or splash in the water, but that’s to be expected from a hound. After running almost 1 ½ hours, Ludivine finished in 7th place out of 165 runners and was first place among the female participants! After receiving her medal, someone phoned her humans to come get her. We’d like to thank Sweet William the Scot and Dustin for this story. Remember if you dig up a news story, let us know and if we report it, you’ll get a shout-out!”
Pierre: “That is one impressive run. In another racing story, Norman, a German Short-Haired Pointer entered in the Swedish Ski Dog National Championship won in spite of having to take a doody break during the race. Of course, the puparazzi was there to capture it on film. I wasn’t familiar with this sport, but it appears to be a race where the dog is tethered to a human that is wearing skis and the dogs must pull them through the snow. Norman can flash his gold medal at anyone who might laugh at the embarrassing poop video.”
BFTB NETWoof News set with pig in background
Photo Credit: Sara Kenigsberg/Getty Images
Bentley: “Well, you know what they say about ‘when doody calls.’ Our last story will lead us to the weather forecast. Last week during Winter Storm Jonas, a family found a piglet freezing on a snowbank. They stopped and rescued the wee pig and took it to Popular Spring Animal Sanctuary. After an examination, they believe the bruised piglet fell off a truck on its way to a slaughterhouse. Thanks to the kindness of these strangers, this little piggy will not go to market, but will live its life with 50 pig friends at the sanctuary.”
BFTB Weather desk with forecast map and NYC snow scene.
Photo Credit: Uncle A
Paisley: “Thanks for the Winter Storm Jonas intro. That was one gnarly snowstorm! We have some photos from our Uncle A in New York City. You can see the snow was super deep. The snow will be in the center of the country this week, but it won’t be that much! The west coast will see scattered clouds with cool to warm temperatures. Those cloudy skies will bring rain to Washington and Oregon. The north will be cool to chilly and the northeast states will be mild. Our friends on the east coast will experience some storms midweek. Florida will be cool and dry but the surrounding states will have some storms. Texas and Louisiana will be warm but should see a few thunderstorms roll through early this week. It will be better than last week but remember Tuesday is Groundhog Day. That means we might still have six more weeks of winter weather.”

Bentley: “I like groundhogs but I will never plant my garden on the word of a rodent. Just sayin’. A quick reminder to our Blogville residents; your photos for the big Valentine’s Day parade must be sent to with Frankie and Ernie or Beechnut and Shelldon by this Friday, February 5th. You can get more information on their sites. It is going to be a lot of fun so join us.

   Thank you for joining us on the Bayou for this week’s news. We’d appreciate you telling your friends about us by retweeting our tweet. You can also follow us on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. Have an awesome week and be sure to grab yourself some happy.”
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