Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's Almost Time for Remember Me Thursday

                                                         Orange badge with dog and cat silhouette with candles burning
   Next Thursday, September 28, 2017 we will participate in the fifth annual Remember Me Thursday®. It is a day set aside to remember the pets that don’t make it out of the shelters and rescues across the world. Each year over 2.7 million shelter pets will lose their lives without finding a forever home. That is simply heartbreaking. 
   There are ceremonies and events across the globe to shine a light of the plight of these pets. Visit the Remember Me Thursday Events page and see if there is anything planned in your area. If not, you can organize a candle lighting ceremony along with shelters in your hometown.
   Tweet and post pics of your adopted pets with the hashtag #RememberTheRescue. This challenge is a social media contest and participants can nominate their favorite pet adoption organization or facility for a chance to win one of three awesome prizes.
   You still have time to be a part of this amazing day of remembrance. Together, we can make a difference!
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How To Keep Your Dog Healthy

   One of the most helpless feelings for a pet parent is when our pups aren’t feeling good. They can’t tell us where they hurt and we are left to guess or take a trip to the veterinarian. The question is, “What can we do to help protect our best friends from illness?”
How To Keep Your Dog Healthy
Dr. Harvey's Paradigm
• Feed high quality food
We feed the Bayou Boys Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm. It is a “green food” pre-mix that is specially-blended as the perfect base for a low carb diet. Holistic vets believe this can help prevent, manage and overcome serious problem like obesity, immune issues, diabetes and even cancer! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News September 18, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of September 18, 2017. We have some fun reports for to put a smile on your face today. Let’s get to our top story with my co-anchor, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News reports on Highland calf

Thursday, September 14, 2017

One Houndations Nation

Barking from the Bayou, LLC received Houndations dog treats in exchange for an honest review. We only share products/services that we love and believe in. Loving Pets is not responsible for the contents of this article. *Amazon affiliate links included.
   We have something new on our leash when we go on our walks and it is making life easier for me. It is Houndations™ treats from our friends at Loving Pets®. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because we recently reviewed their beautiful dog dishes. The boys really enjoy eating out of them. Now we can add their yummy treats to our list of favorites.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Whale of a Fishing Tale

   We had a laid-back time this summer and our big vacation was moving our son and his family from Washington to Texas. We had a great time driving from the top of the country to the bottom! Bentley and Pierre were not able to join us on that trip so they stayed at the Bed & Biscuit. 
   When they heard today was the day that all their friends in Blogville were sharing vacation stories, they did not want to be left out. Here is their fish story and like all fishermen’s tales, this one is a whopper!”
Westie and Basset Hound driving a boat

Monday, September 11, 2017

Memories Old & New


   Skipper took this photo from the top of the World Trade Center when we visited in July 1999. Its shadows stretched all the way into Brooklyn.
World Trade Center Shadows "We Will Never Forget"

Friday, September 8, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Is That Pumpkin Spice On Your Breath?

   September means the leaves are about to change, football is kicking off and everything turns to pumpkin spice! It is a wonderful time of the year. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I Am Feeling Awesome!

    One of the coolest things about writing my book series, The Returns, is how popular some of the quotes have become with pet lovers. It is a great feeling to know that my words have struck a chord. 
   I was recently contacted by Penguin Random House Australia concerning my most popular quote:
“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Bayou Boys Found Wild Boar & Kale Treats

Pierre Westie: We had two deliveries from our pal Chewy in August. Our first was my super cool Flexi Leash that we reviewed a few days ago. I love it but Bentley insisted on getting something to snack on too.”
We received a bag of Canidae treats in exchange for an honest review as a Chewy.com influencer.
Bentley Basset Hound: “That’s because Chewy.com has all of the best treats at the best prices! We chose Canidae® Bakery Snacks in their Wild Board & Kale formula. It is a great way to snack and stay healthy with their Life Stages Natural & Holistic treats.”
Pierre: “Let me tell you these babies don’t just taste fabulous, they help clean our teeth with their crunchy texture. Each treat has a convenient “snap” feature so Mom can make them last twice as long.”
Bentley: “I prefer the entire treat but I understand that Mom likes to be savey savey. It’s strange that she doesn’t half her treats but I digress. Our Canidae Bakery Snacks include only seven ingredients. That makes our tails wag with delight. They use brown rice, steel cut oats, wild boar, kale, oat fiber, chicken fat and natural flavor to create a drool-worthy taste.”
Pierre: “It’s obvious the Canidae family wants us to live long healthy lives! They bake nutritious treats to nourish our bodies without adding any junk that we don’t need! Plus, they are made right here in the good ol’ U.S.A. Each bag has at least 40 treats and when you break them in half…it’s 80 times the fun!”
Bentley: “You don’t have to take our word for how yummy these treats are. Order a bag for yourself from Chewy.com. I’m sure your humans won’t mind since everyone LOVES Chewy!
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Monday, September 4, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News September 4, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to the first BFTB NETWoof News for September! We hope that you are enjoying your Labor Day holiday. Of course, we are working like dogs to fetch the best stories from around the world to bring some fun to your day. What is our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News Australian Opossum
Australian Opossum photo credit: Creative Commons

Friday, September 1, 2017

After the Hurricane #PetTips

    Hurricane Harvey has left Texas but what remains is a catastrophic mess. There are many dangers lurking in and under the standing flood water. I wanted to share some tips to keep your pets safe to those trying to restore some semblance of normalcy.
   These ideas are good to keep in mind in the event of any water disaster.
Standing Water
• High waters pose a danger to all animals. It is important to make sure your pet is safe. Never leave a pet tied up or in a cage where they can’t get to higher ground.
• Floodwaters may contain toxic chemicals and bacterial disease like Leptospirosis. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

It's GoDog Time

Two GoDog Roosters from GoDog™ with farm in background
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received GoDog™ toys in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel would benefit our readers. GoDog is not responsible for the contents of this article. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Bentley Basset Hound: “Being a senior dog, this confession might surprise you. I love toys, especially toys that squeak! Imagine our surprise when we received a box of GoDog™ toys. Our tails were wagging and we shamelessly begged for them.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

God Bless Texas and Louisiana

    I want to thank everyone for their concern and prayers for our son and his family during Hurricane Harvey. The sun finally came out yesterday afternoon. They were very blessed to not receive any water in their home.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CBDs the Treatibles Way to Pet Health

     I have written several posts on the use of CBDs in pets. It has been shown to be harmless even when taken in high dosage for extended periods of time. CBDs are also LEGAL in all 50 states for humans and pets. I am a firm believer in the benefits of cannabinoids and that is why I recently became an affiliate for Treatibles®.
  

Monday, August 28, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News August 28, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News and weather. We have some much-needed good news for you so fetch your favorite beverage and get ready to smile. Pierre, what is our top story?”
BFTB NETWoof News reports on two cats inheriting $300k
Cat photo credit: anartfuldogger.com/creativecommons
Pierre Westie: “Two cats in New York City will be well taken care of thanks to their late owner. Troy and Tiger were left $300,000 for their care in her $3,000,000 will. She did not have any children and her cats were her babies. We are sorry for their loss but feel certain they will continue to live a good life.”

Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Keep Your Senior Dog Heart Healthy

   One of the greatest joys in a pet parent’s life is the love of a senior dog. We would go to any length to ensure our furry family members live a long and healthy life. Many times, that means as our dogs and cats age, we need to add certain supplements to their diets. Thankfully, Dr. Harvey’s has many helpful ways to make sure we are doing our best to keep our pets going strong!
   Coenzyme Q10 is essential for the cells in dogs and cats’ bodies. It is used for cell growth and to help protect cells from damage. Their bodies naturally produce this antioxidant but may need supplemented as they age. It is recommended for them after the age of six. That means both Bentley and Pierre are getting the daily dosage Dr. Harvey recommends.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Flexi Your Leash #ChewyInfluencer

Flexi Classic Retractable Leash
   Retractable leashes. The very mention of them brings on an age-old debate. While it is true that in the wrong hands, a retractable leash can be dangerous for dogs and humans, when used properly they can be terrific. It is important to know how to operate your leash and to make sure that you have a high quality retractable leash.
   I have had a Flexi Leash for the past three years and love it. That is why when Chewy.com offered a Flexi Leash for review this month, I jumped at the opportunity. Let me explain…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ride the Wind Day

August 23rd is 
Ride the Wind Day

Here on the Bayou we have had several windy adventures over the years. We thought today was a great time to look back on the fun.
Bentley and Pierre offered Hot Air Balloon Rides over Blogville during the annual picnic. The next picnic will be September 22nd so we are expecting another great time!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Paws Up for Pawmetto Barkery

                                     Pawmetto Barkery logo
   I have met some of the nicest people on Facebook. Many are small business owners that have shared one of the quotes from my book series. Whenever I am tagged, I always thank them for sharing. It means a lot to me and helps promote my books.

Monday, August 21, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News August 21, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We are so glad that you dropped by to fetch some good news. Let’s get to our top story with my co-anchor, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof Newswith Top Story about a lioness
Lioness photo credit: c2.staticflickr.com/creative commons
Pierre Westie: “This is another great story to show humans that it is possible for everyone to get along no matter how different we are from each other. A lioness

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ooh La La It's Le Bōl

Bentley: “I'll admit it, we are rolling-in-stinky-stuff, squirrel-chasing, licking-where-we-can kind of guys. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the finer things in life.”
Lilac and Seine Blue versions of Le Bol bowl from Loving Pets
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received LeBol bowls from Loving Pets in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we enjoy and believe will benefit our readers. Loving Pets is not responsible for the contents of this article. 
This review contains Amazon affiliate links.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to Help Your Dog Stay Calm and Quiet

Therabis Calm and Quiet Treat Supplements
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received a bag of Therabis Calm and Quiet in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we trust and  believe will benefit our readers. All opinions are my own and Therabis is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   Last month we introduced you to Therabis™ Stop the Itch. The difference in Bentley’s scratching is incredible. He continues to get one sachet added to his breakfast each morning with wonderful results. The review that I wrote was sponsored by Therabis through the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network. I was so happy to find an all-natural product that is controlling his itching that I decided to reach out to Therabis and thank them personally. They offered to send me their Calm and Quiet Treat Supplements to see if they helped Bentley during thunderstorms and other stressful situations. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News August 14, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News for August 14, 2017. It has been a busy week here on the bayou but we fetched some great reports for you. Let’s go straight to my co-anchor Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News reports on Heroes help distressed cow deliver its baby
Cow w/calf photo credit: Creative Commons/Wikimedia
Pierre Westie: “I think this is the first time that a cow made our top story but we believe that you’ll agree it is worthy. We all know that sometimes all animals need help when delivering a baby and a cow is no exception. A group of bicyclists were passing a cow in labor when they noticed she was in distress. One biker took off his shirt and went straight to work turning the breech calf. It took teamwork but they could turn the calf. They tied some rope around its front hooves and helped complete the delivery. After a few scary moments to get its heart beating, the mama cow began cleaning her baby as it opened it big eyes and nuzzled close.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

In the Heat of the Moment

   The heat is on and we need to do everything in our power to protect our pets. I know most people are aware of the dangers of leaving pets in the car and still we hear about dogs dying from heatstroke. Leaving a window cracked is not good enough. Dogs and cats are safer waiting at home while you go shopping or running errands. This infographic shows just how hot a car can get during these dog days of summer.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fetch bioDOGradable Bags for Your Dog

   One thing that we can all agree on when it comes to dogs is that poo happens! It is incredibly important that you don’t leave it on the ground. The question is how do we dispose of it without feeding the ever-growing piles of garbage at our landfills? 
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received bioDOGradable wWaste Pick-Up Bags in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel will benefit our audience. bioDOGradable is not responsible for the contents of this article.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

We Love Book Lover's Day

    We always enjoy Book Lover’s Day because that describes us perfectly. Before Mama began blogging, she would read an average of one book every two days. She worked in a high school library so books were her life. Her first adventure into blogging was all about writing. 
My original blog header was a card catalog
   Some of her all-time favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Nora Roberts. That’s a weird combination of scary and romance. She has hundreds of books and we were happy when she started reading on her Kindle or we’d have to open our own library!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

When the Thunder Rolls Fetch a ThunderShirt

   If you have a dog that hates thunderstorms, chances are you are familiar with the ThunderShirt®. I have used the original heather grey one on Bentley for several years. It was recommended by a veterinarian to help calm his anxiety during storms. I have always loved the results but not how the shirt collected his hair!
A close-up of the ThunderSnap leash connector
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received a ThunderShirt Sport, ThunderEase Diffuser and Spray in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel will benefit our readers and all opinions are our own. ThunderWorks is not responsible for the contents of this article. Our post does contain Amazon affiliate links. 
   We recently reviewed the ThunderSnap® and when reading about the leash, I noticed they had a new ThunderShirt Sport®. It is just like the original ThunderShirt but is made from polyester. I wondered if this would be better for a Basset Hound that sheds 24/7. They offered to send me one to try. Of course, I jumped at the chance.

Monday, August 7, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News August 7, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched the best reports for you to enjoy so sit back with your favorite beverage and let’s get the top story from my co-anchor, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News reports on Flying Fur Animal Rescue
Pierre Westie: “Greetings! In our top story, we salute an army veteran Paul Steklenski of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. As a hobby pilot, he started the non-profit Flying Fur Animal Rescue to fly animals from high-kill shelters to rescues where they can be adopted into forever homes. His license allows him to transport several animals at a time so it is very efficient. He used his own money to buy the plane and spends about $1,000 on his monthly rescue flights. Steklenski has helped save the lives of over 700 dogs so far. We say he is a V.I.P or very special pilot!”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Blankety Blanks and Bountiful Blooms

Blankety Blanks
We really enjoy participating in McGuffy’s Reader 15 and Meowing Friendly Fill-Ins blog hop! We are very excited to share our answers and look forward to reading what others share.
1.         Meetings are something that I don’t miss from my working days.
2.         Rules are important to prevent chaos but some are silly and made to be broken.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Treat Your Pet with Treatibles CBD Chews

Treatibles Hemp Wellness Pumpkin Grain Free Dog Chews
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received a bag of Treatibles in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel will benefit our audience. Treatibles is not responsible for the contents of this article. All opinions are our own.

I am a firm believer in the benefits of CBDs for dogs. When I was asked to review Treatibles® Hemp Wellness Dog Chews, there was no hesitation. Bentley and Pierre were so excited when I told them they could review our new Hemp Wellness Dog Chews!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trapped

*My new laptop and I are becoming good friends. Thank you for your support. Barking from the Bayou Tip: Back up your work! Fortunately, I had mine backed up or this would have been tragic.
The Bayou Boys have their daddy trapped while they wait for chicken samples

Friday, July 28, 2017

How Much Water Does Your Pet Need?

Bentley Basset Hound loves our PetSafe® Sedona Pet Fountain
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received a PetSafe Sedona Pet Fountain in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel will benefit our readers. PetSafe is not responsible for the contents of this article.
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   Did you know that your pet needs one ounce of water for each pound of body weight every day? Just like in humans, drinking enough water is important for your pet’s health. July has been designated as Pet Hydration Month by PetSafe® so it is a great time to see if your pet has a drinking problem!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Paws Up for PAWtechnologies

PAWtechnologies logo
Barking from the Bayou LLC received two tags and memberships in exchange for an honest review.
PAWtechnologies is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   We all know that dogs and cats get lost but we hope that it never happens to our own pets. The truth is that 10 million pets go missing every year and millions of those are euthanized in high kill shelters. Those are staggering numbers.
   How can we keep our four-legged friends from becoming a statistic? There are several things that you should be doing to ensure your best friend doesn’t disappear.
PAWtechnologies tags can help you reunite with your pets

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Why Is Pierre Dog-Tired?

   We are so happy that our son, daughter-in-law and grandbaby are visiting us. Of course, the boys are thrilled to have them here. Pierre is certain that it is his responsibility to monitor the baby’s every move. He barely slept last night because he was listening for her to wake up. Of course, like any new “mother” he is dog- tired today!
Pierre the Westie is relaxing after babysitting all night