Monday, April 24, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News April 24 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and thank you for joining us at BFTB NETWoof News. We are happy to be back this week and have some great reports. What’s our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News reports on April the giraffe giving birth to son
Pierre Westie: “Well, as you probably all know by now, April the giraffe finally delivered her baby. It’s a boy and they are both doing fine. April’s pregnancy has been closely followed by people around the world for months and there was a live stream set up on the Adventure Park’s YouTube channel. An estimated 1.2 million people watched the birth! Isn’t that amazing?”

Friday, April 21, 2017

Flowers for Dory

Red tulips at Skagit Valley Tulip and Daffodil Festival in Washington at the Roozen Gaarde®
   I love blogging and over the past three years, I have become friends with many other dog and cat bloggers. It is a wonderful way to meet people that love their pets as much as we love Bentley and Pierre. The part of blogging that I hate is saying goodbye to the wonderful dogs and cats that cross the Rainbow Bridge. It doesn’t matter how old they are, it is always too soon.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Where Have We Been?

   You might have noticed that I haven’t been on social media very much over the past week. I have a very good excuse. We went on vacation and spent a week with our children in Washington. It was seven days of fun-filled adventures.
Granddaughter with her smash birthday cake
   Emery, our precious granddaughter, celebrated her first birthday while we were there. I made her a “smash” cake and she loved it. Can you believe that she is already one? She is absolutely the best little girl in our world.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday Pierre

Pierre Westie in his tie and sunglasses
Happy 6th birthday Pierre
   I can’t believe Pierre is already six-years-old. Time flies by us so quickly. It occurred to me while I was thinking about his big day that many of you might not know how he came to live with us. Here is his story.

Monday, April 17, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News April 17 2017

BFTB NETWoof News set
Bentley Basset Hound: “Your BFTB NETWoof News Team is in hot pursuit of a long-eared fella that was seen yesterday on the Bayou. This rascally rabbit is believed to have colorful eggs and treats. We will be back with all the news next week. Be sure to stay safe and grab yourself some happy!”

Friday, April 14, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News April 10 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Greetings and welcome to this week’s edition of BFTB NETWoof News. We are so happy that you have joined us today. My co-anchor, Pierre has our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof Dog News top story on dog and cat memories

Pierre Westie: “Topping the news is a study on how long dogs and cats remember things. Results seem to show that both species remember anything having to do with food quite well. It is a matter of survival for them. They also recall tricks when used in repetition. Both dogs and cats will know their humans after years of separation. I personally can remember which trees have the most squirrels!”

Friday, April 7, 2017

Reasons for Smiles

Dr. Harvey's Coconut Smiles
   Have you jumped on the coconut bandwagon? It is one of the most popular superfoods around. I add organic coconut oil to Bentley and Pierre’s food daily. They love to lick it right off the spoon too! Coconut and smiles are two of their favorite things. Luckily, Dr. Harvey’s understands and has a perfect solution in their delicious Coconut Smiles.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5 Truths About Scooping Poop

   It is International Pooper Scooper Week. I appreciate my friends at Golden Daily Scoop for the reminder. A person not picking up after their dogs is one of my biggest “pet” peeves. You wouldn’t let your child take a dump outdoors and walk away so why would you let your dog? Both are gross!
Bentley Basset Hound scooping his poop.
Let’s look at some facts and fiction about dog poop.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DGP for Your Pet's Mobility

DGP All Natural Joint Supplement
Barking from the Bayou received two bottles of DGP tablets in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel will benefit our readers. DGP is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   As we age, our joints ache more and we just don’t move as well as we did in our younger years. The same is true for our dogs and cats. Getting old is NOT for sissies! The time to take care of your pet’s joints is now.

Monday, April 3, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News April 3, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched some great reports to share with you for this first week of April. My co-anchor Pierre has our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story: Kittens rescued in a Walmart deli
Pierre Westie: “They say that you can find anything at Walmart and this story proves it’s true. Employees at a Phoenix store

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Magic of Dr. Harvey's Healing Cream

Bentley Basset Hound loves his Dr. Harvey's Healing Cream
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    If you have a dog, spring means they're spending lots of time outside chasing squirrels and butterflies. It is also the time when they come indoors with scratches and cuts from unknown sources. That is why it is so important to have a jar of Dr. Harvey’s Healing Cream in the first aid kit.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How to Look Good in the Rain

   Here on the Bayou, rainy days used to mean a lot of wet towels and one stinky Basset Hound. That was before Bentley's new PrideBites raincoat arrived. Now, he can go outside to do his business or take a walk without getting drenched. This makes both of us very happy.
Bentley Basset Hound wearing his Tribeca PrideBites raincoat
PrideBites affiliate disclaimer
   It is not easy to find clothes that fit Bentley. It is a common complaint among many pet parents. That is one of the things that I love about PrideBites. They offer sizes from XXS to XXL so it is easy to fit almost any size and shape.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Westie Spring Cleaning

   Pierre: “When Mom mentioned it was time for spring cleaning, I had no idea that she meant me! I was taken to my favorite PetSmart groomer, Miss Ann. She loves me and always does a terrier-rific job on my fur. I feel so soft and since it is already in the upper 80’s here on the Bayou, it is much cooler without all that extra fluff. Bentley brags that he has wash and wear hair because he never has to get a haircut. He does shed like crazy though so he has to get brushed every day. I am not a fan of brushing so I avoid it as much as I can. So tell me, do you take your dog to the groomer for a haircut or are they wash and wear too?”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

RedBarn Treats are Simply the Best

Bentley Basset Hound and Pierre Westie beg for RedBarn Choppers
Barking from the Bayou received RedBarn products in exchange for our honest review. We only share products that we feel will be of benefit to our readers. RedBarn is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   Bentley and Pierre are so excited to share their newest loves. They are a wide variety of treats from RedBarn Naturals. We met the representatives of RedBarn last year at the BlogPaws conference and the boys loved their samples. When our big box full of treats arrived last week, they went berserk! Their noses hit the box and they were jumping up and down in excitement. I was excited to get an awesome RedBarn tote bag!

Monday, March 27, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News March 27 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have kept our nose to the ground sniffing out the best stories to share. Let’s turn to my co-anchor for our top story. Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story of a hero dog rescuing a small child
Pierre Westie: “You know how much we enjoy a hero story and this one is incredible. A mixed-breed dog named Peanut was rescued a little over a year ago from a shelter. She was in terrible condition but with the love of her new family, she is doing great.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oh My Dog! It's a PrideBites Giveaway!

Pierre: “I am super stoked to be able to take over write today’s blog post. Mom placed a PrideBites order and one of the things she selected is this amazing microfleece blanket. I was quick to show Bentley that it has MY name on it. He wanted to stretch out on it as soon as it arrived. I can’t blame him because it is the softest blanket that I’ve ever felt.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Five Cures for Puppy Fever

   It’s National Puppy Day and if you are like me, puppy fever is easier to catch than the common cold. All I need is one whiff of puppy breath and I’m in the throes of an uncontrollable desire to hear the pitter patter, pitter patter of four tiny paws.
   What’s not to love about a puppy? They are adorable furry balls of fun and kisses. It is difficult to think of any reason not to add a new puppy to the household, right?
   Now that I think about it, there is a cure for puppy fever. You just need to remember your last puppy. Puppies are HARD WORK!
Love a puppy! Happy National Puppy Day with Paisley the Lab sleeping
1. They don’t sleep through the night which means you don’t either.
Accidents happen a lot and you will need plenty of time, paper towels, and patience to house train your new bundle of joy.
2. Everything that fits goes into a puppy’s mouth and possibly their tummy. Large objects such as shoes or furniture become expensive chew toys.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to Celebrate Goof Off Day

Guess what we are celebrating today.
Let me give you three hints.
Bentley Basset Hound sunning himself in the yard.
Bentley Basset Hound is catching some sun and ignoring all of the troubles in the world. #NoWorries

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Going Bananas in Memory of Sugar #TastyTuesday

Thank you for all of the lovely birthday wishes yesterday. I am blessed with wonderful family and friends.
In loving memory of Sugar the Golden Retriever
Photo credit Golden Woofs: Sugar the Golden
  We are honoring the memory of our friend, Sugar the Golden Retriever today with a special Tasty Tuesday blog hop. Sugar co-hosted the yummy hop for a long time with her friend from Kol’s Notes. I always loved joining in the tasty fun and couldn’t be prouder to help honor Sugar today.

Monday, March 20, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News March 20 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched some very interesting pet reports to share with you. What is our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story is a goldfish with a wheelchair
Pierre Westie: “It was easy to select the best feel-good story this week. A goldfish was brought into a San Antonio pet shop by its owners because it couldn’t swim. The problem was a defective swim bladder. The awesome employees devised a type of “wheelchair”. They used a counterbalance on the bottom of the device so that the fish could swim around. You can enjoy the video to put an extra smile on your face.”

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Luck o' the #ChewyInfluencer

Primal turkey liver treats and Fromm Salmon & Sweet Potato treats from Chewy on a bed of clover Influencer disclaimer
Bentley Basset Hound: “Top o’ the morning and happy St. Patrick’s Day. We are so excited to share this month’s Chewy reviews on such a special occasion. The luck of the Irish was with us because Chewy’s Ms. Natalie sent us two treats for reviewing!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cigarettes and Pets

   March is Poison Prevention month. Instead of the most common household poisons; I want to share one that you might not think about when it comes to your pets. Cigarettes.
   There are countless reasons to kick the cigarette habit. You know how bad they are for your health. The price of a carton has risen to ridiculous prices. If you pay $7 for a pack of cigarettes, and smoke a pack per day, in ten years you will spend $25,550! Your clothes, hair, and breath smell like stale tobacco. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shreveport's Once in a Millennium Moon

Shreveport's Once in a Millennium Moon mural

   If you drive through northwest Louisiana via I-20, keep an eye for downtown Shreveport. In addition to our mixture of ornate old buildings and modern architecture, you will see the largest publicly funded art murals in the country. The Once in a Millennium Moon mural is on two sides of the AT&T building at the corner of Cotton and McNeill Streets. It is an incredible 30,000 square feet mural and was the brainchild of artist Meg Saligman.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Ultimate Way to Help Pets with PetSmart

PetSmart™ Buy a Meal Give a Meal® logo
This post is sponsored by PetSmart® and the BlogPaws™ Pet Influencer Network™. 
PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article. Photo credit PetSmart®
   How is PetSmart® celebrating their 30th anniversary? They launched their biggest philanthropic endeavor to date! It’s called Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ and you can participate by doing what you do already…buy your favorite bag of dog or cat food from PetSmart. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News March 13 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for March 13, 2017. We have some great stories for you this week so let’s get right to it. Pierre, what is our top story?”
BFTB NETWoof News top story is National Puppy Day Giveaway from PrideBites
Pierre Westie: “As a PAWtner affiliate, I am super excited to share a PrideBites contest. As you may know, National Puppy Day is March 23rd and what better way to celebrate than with winning a “Puppy Starter Kit” from PrideBites? One lucky winner will receive a bed, blanket, placemat, collar and leash! You can personalize all of these pawsome goodies too. Entering is so easy; just visit the PrideBites giveaway page. We’d love for one of our readers to be the big winner!”

Friday, March 10, 2017

Signs You Are Obsessed With Your Dog

Are you obsessed with your dog? Here are some tell-tale signs…
Telephone photos of dogs
• Your telephone has 10,000 photos and 9,996 of them are of your dog.
• Before you leave the house, you explain to them where you are going and about what time you’ll be home

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Drama Mama Memes

   Today we are sharing a few of our favorite memes. Mom is having some issues with her knee and spent the day at the doctor. She got a shot and some meds so hopefully, she will feel better soon. Until then, she is going to be whining and walking with crutches. #DramaMama
A friend with bacon is a friend worth makin'

Monday, March 6, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News March 6 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for March 6, 2017. We have fetched the good stories from across the globe to start your week off with a smile. What is our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story is a collapsed snow fort rescue
Pierre Westie: “A dog is being credited with saving his Nova Scotia family when their snow fort collapsed on top of them.  The father, his two sons and a friend were inside their fort when the roof suddenly fell, trapping the man’s arms and legs. He heard barking and felt this five-year-old Golden Retriever tugging on his jacket. Once the dog had pulled him out, he hollered for neighbors to come help him dig the children out. He shared his story to warn others of the dangers of homemade snow forts.”

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Time on the Bayou

   Spring has sprung here on the bayou. Our flowers are blooming much earlier than they normally do and temperatures are already in the upper 80’s. I have to admit that we didn’t have much of a winter at all. Seeing all of the freezing weather in other places makes me wonder what happened here. We don’t usually get snow but at least have days where we need a coat. Not this season, I think we had one really cold weekend. We are ahead of schedule but we have to say, “Welcome Spring!”
Bentley Basset Hound whispers to Pierre Westie

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lead Belly ~ A Louisiana Music Legend

   Louisiana is known for many things including Mardi Gras, Cajun cooking, bayous, and music. Today I want to share one of north Louisiana’s most influential musicians. His name is Huddie William Ledbetter but he is better known as Lead Belly.
Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter statue in downtown Shreveport LA
   Born on the Jeter Plantation in Mooringsport, Louisiana in the late 1800’s, Lead Belly was a folk-blues singer, songwriter and the King of the 12-String Guitar. He led a colorful life that included time in prison.

Monday, February 27, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News February 27 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for February 27, 2017. We have fetched the good reports that other news outlets sometimes overlook. Nobody needs to read only the depressing news and that is where we can help. What is our top story, Pierre?
BFTB NETWoof News reports on The Animal Adventure Park giraffe baby watch
Pierre Westie: “We are joining people around the globe awaiting the arrival of a baby giraffe at The Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. April, the mom-to-be is 15 years-old and this will be her fourth calf. The baby is expected to be around 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth. You can watch the excitement on their live feed. April is doing fine and showing no discomfort at the time of this newscast. The baby will be born hooves first followed by the head. Once the hooves show, the birth will be complete in approximately one hour. We wish them the best of luck for a safe delivery.”

Friday, February 24, 2017

Turn Bath Time into Spa Time with Caprine Artisan Soaps

   I recently discovered a homemade soap company and quickly fell in love with them. What started out as a hobby of making soaps using all natural and organic ingredients quickly turned into a Caprine Artisan Soaps, LLC.
   Each bar of soap is made individually using fresh natural organic goat milk, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, and essential oils. Then, they select oils that are pleasing such as lavender, tea tree, etc. Goat milk soap is great for people with sensitive skin. They don’t just make soap for people, they also make a soap especially for dogs.
Schatzie's Suds is goat milk soap for dogs!
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received Caprine Artisan Soaps in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we use and feel will benefit our readers. Caprine Artisan Soaps, LLC is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   We received their pawsome dog soap, Schatzie’s Suds. It’s a thick soap bar that makes wonderful suds. I bathed Bentley with it and his fur feels incredibly soft. It made him smell great and it washed out easily. I prefer the bar but you can also buy their soaps in a concentrated liquid. It is recommended that you allow the soap to air dry and then wrap it in paper instead of putting it in plastic. That is because natural and organic soaps need to breathe.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

How My Dog Likes His Steak

PrideBites steak toy is perfect to sink your teeth into and save 20% with code MKCLINTON
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Bentley: “Hello and happy International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. I’ll admit that I love a tasty dog biscuit as much as the next canine but when given a choice, I prefer steak. Can I get an ‘arroooo’ for steaks?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to Keep Your Dog Golden in Their Senior Years

   “Hello everyone, this is Bentley Basset Hound and today I will be revealing my secret to feeling golden in the senior years. It actually isn’t a secret; it is Dr. Harvey’s Golden Years. Mom adds it to my food each day and I gobble it right up. I've been using it for a couple of years now and I can’t say enough about the positive changes it has made in my body.
   You might have read our post the other day about my PetMedella Pet Wellness Analysis Kit where we shared how awesome my results were. The consultant Mom spoke to couldn’t believe how healthy I am at nine years old. We credit Dr. Harvey’s Fine Foods and Golden Years. Seriously, I scored in the upper 90% in almost all areas of health!