Friday, December 29, 2017

How to Survive a New Year's Eve Party

   We are off for the weekend so we won’t see y’all until next year! Here are some important tips on how to survive a New Year’s Eve party.
Know when to say “when!”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top 10 Favorite Pet Products of 2017

   This is the time of year where people look back at the year. Our 2017 had some exciting times, fun road trips, great BFTB NETWoof News reports and hopefully, made y’all laugh! We also discovered some fantastic new products. The following is our list of products that made our lives better. You can find our reviews by clicking the link at the end of each of our faves. We numbered our favorites because it's a Top Ten list but we truly love them all!
Top 10 Favorite Pet Products of 2017
*This post contains affiliate links and if you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission. There is no charge to you, only savings! Thanks for your support.
#10 Houndations is a bite-sized treat that are perfect for training or walks. Each bag comes with a free carabiner that attaches to your leash. Available in a variety of flavors and quantity on Amazon. One Houndations Nation 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Celebrating Gifts from Friends

   “Hey, it’s me, Bentley. Mom and Dad sprang us from prison picked us up from the Bed & Biscuit on Tuesday afternoon. Thanks for all of the tips on how to handle our reunion. We practiced what we were going to tell them about how horrible it was and how we were mistreated. Then, the lady who helps take care of us bent down to say “goodbye”. Pierre and I gave her some serious kisses so it kind of blew the whole “mistreated dogs” routine.
   Once we were home, we hurried into the living room where our presents were waiting to be opened. Pierre and I joined our Blogville friends in a gift exchange. He sent a present to Hailey from The Hailey and Zaphod Chronicles. We have been enjoying their adventures for years! My gift was for MaddieThePug. She helps her Mom with their blog, Military Wife and Pug Life. They make us laugh until we cry with some of their posts. It seems their blog and social media are not working right now. We hope everything is okay.
Box of dog toys and treats

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Day Late

Basset and Westie on suitcase
Dear Friends,
    We wanted to let you know that we have been in prison the pet resort for the past few days. Mom and Dad deserted left us in very good hands while they went to spend Christmas with the grandbaby. That means we get ripped

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Memories and Traditions

   We are joining our friends in Blogville to share our family Christmas traditions. I’ve been thinking back to the days when our kids were young. It really was the most wonderful time of the year. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or spirits and let me tell you about Christmas on the Bayou.
Our home decorated for Christmas
   When our children were young, we loved to have Christmas decorations both inside and out. Skipper decorated the house with over 5,000 lights. Our home was beautiful and drew quite a crowd of light lookers! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dear Santa, In Case You Were Watching...

Dear Santa Paws,
   We have been greatvery…pretty good this year. As Pierre and I reminisced about 2017, we discovered a lot few things that might need to be explained. Just in case you were watching and misunderstood.
   Pierre dug a huge hole in the backyard trying to catch a mole. In case you were watching, he was actually trying to introduce himself to the chief rodent in hopes of helping them in a relocation plan. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, you know. #PierreIsAGoodBoy

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DIY Christmas Paw Print Ornament

  There is nothing like a homemade ornament to make your Christmas tree special. I wish that I had made this easy salt dough recipe years ago. I would have captured the paws that have left their prints on my heart.
DIY Salt Dough Paw Print
   It was fun making these and I think next year, we will add food coloring to make some in red and green ornaments along with some festive ribbon. These are going to hang in our BFTB office all year.
Here are the Easy DYI Instructions

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

T'was the Week Before Christmas

   T’was a week before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except Pierre because well, he’s a Westie and they are always stirring.
Bentley is dreaming of Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks
Barking from the Bayou is part of Chewy.com Influencer program. We receive monthly products to review in exchange for an honest review. 
   Most good dogs were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of Santa Snacks® Crunchy Dog Biscuits from Chewy danced in their heads.

Monday, December 18, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News December 18, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of December 18, 2017. We have fetched more feel-good reports to help put a ho-ho-ho in your day. What’s our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWOOF News Top Story of a cat training dogs
Cat/Dog photo credit Creative Commons By NC-ND
Pierre Westie: “This is a great report on how your life can change in ways you never expect. A Missouri barn cat has become a V.I. C. (Very Important Cat) at the Support Dogs, Inc where they train dogs to assist people with hearing or mobility issues. This black and white feline goes by the name D-O-G and is not afraid to run with the big dogs. His job is to teach the future service dogs not to react to a cat. Rumor has it that he is purr-fect for the job.”

Friday, December 15, 2017

Flying High Over the Bayou

Basset Hound and Westie flying airplane
   On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. To celebrate Wright Brothers Day, Bentley and Pierre took their first successful flight over the bayou.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sleep in Heavenly Peace with Petlinks

Pierre Westie: “I have been more than patient while Bentley celebrated his birthday on our blog but when my new bed from Petlinks® arrived, it was time for me to put my paw down.
Barking from the Bayou received a Petlinks bed in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel our readers will love. 
I have included an Amazon link in this post and if you purchase via this link, I will receive a small commission. 
   Let me start by saying this is the most comfortable bed that I have ever laid on in my entire life. As some of you might know, I have trust issues with new things, so it took me a minute or two to climb in the bed. Now, I refuse to move because Bentley is chomping at the bit to steal it. Let me tell you more about this amazing bed. I’ll try not to doze off but I am really comfy.
   It is the Rejuvenate Supreme Soother™ Gel Memory Foam Pet Bed. That means that cats will love this bed too. My bed is extra-large measuring a whopping 42”x30”.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Confessions of a Squeakaholic

Bentley Basset Hound LOVES his new Hear Doggy Cow
Barking from the Bayou received Hear Doggy toys in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we like and we love these! I do have Amazon affiliate links in this post and will receive a small commission if you make a purchase through those links. It will not affect your cost at all. Thank you.
“My name is Bentley and I am a squeakaholic. Toys that squeak make me extremely happy. It is not unusual for one of my squeaky binges to last five or more minutes. There is nothing quite like that shrill sound of a toy well-squeaked. The problem is some grumpy people Mom and Dad get tired of hearing my marathon squeaking.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Is Your Doormat Tired?

I am a Chewy Influencer and received this Apache doormat in exchange for an honest review. Barking from the Bayou only shares products that we love and think our readers will enjoy. Chewy and Apache Mills is not responsible for the contents of this post.
Bentley Basset Hound: “Do you remember last month when Mom showed off her desk calendar from Chewy.com? Well, you are not going to believe what else she found.”
Pierre Westie: “A doormat?”

Monday, December 11, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News December 11, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof news. We have once again fetched some excellent stories that should make you smile. Pierre, what’s our top story?”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story on adoption
Pierre Westie: “You know we love a sweet rescue story, so we chose the story of a man’s travels to rescue his best friends. Michael Henn is a member of Nebraska’s National Guard and went to the island of St. Croix to help after Hurricane Maria. That is where he met two dogs and knew he had to make them part of his family. The dog’s owners had recently passed away and Henn was assured that he could adopt them. It wasn’t quite as simple as he was led to believe but soon the two dogs were waiting for him in a North Carolina shelter. After a twenty-hour drive, he was reunited with the dogs. We know they will be having a very happy holiday season this year!”

Friday, December 8, 2017

Two Awesome Giveaways and Friendly Fill-Ins

   We had two awesome giveaways happening but The 4 Gifts for Pets giveaway is closed. We want to give you plenty of opportunities to enter The Decade of Bentley Giveaway below our Friendly Fills Ins. Thanks for all of your 4 Gifts entries and to our hosts and co-hosts.
The 4 Gifts for Pets Giveaway Logo

Thursday, December 7, 2017

5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Pets

Basset and Westie decorating Christmas tree Copyrighted MKClinton
Bentley and Pierre always hang up their stockings with hope that Santa Paws will leave some extra special goodies hiding in them. I decided to share some of their favorite Christmas stocking finds.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Decade of Bentley Giveaway

The Decade of Bentley Birthday Celebration continues as we look at all the amazing prizes in his giveaway! We want to give a huge thank you to our sponsors. They were so generous that we decided to have one grand prize and two great prize winners. Bentley believes in sharing the love!
The Grand Prize consists of
• Choice of (1) bag of Dr. Harvey’s Fine Food &
All-Natural Treats
PrideBites Customized Canvas Bed & Classic Toy
Loving Pets Le Bol Bowl & Bella Spill-Proof Mat

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Puppy Cake Mix Review

I purchased this Puppy Cake kit for Bentley's birthday. This review is our own opinions and does  contain affiliate links. If you order from these Amazon links, I will receive a small commission with no effect on your price.
Bentley: “As we continue with coverage of my birthday, I want to shine a spotlight on one of the most important elements. The birthday cake. It just howls party! Mom usually makes us pupcakes or cookies for our birthdays but this year she went with a ready mix. She bought the kit on Amazon which included a silicone bone-shaped pan, the mix, the icing and candles. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News December 4, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News Top Story Bentley's Birthday
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Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News and weather. This is where I normally toss it over to my co-anchor Pierre for our top story. Today, I’d like to change things up and take the lead with a huge thank you for all the birthday wishes across social media!   I’d love for everyone to take a minute or two and enter our Giveaway of My Decade. We have prizes from PrideBites, Dr. Harvey’s, Chewy, Einstein Pets, Treatibles, Sit Stay Go, One Fur All and more! I really appreciated all the love from you. We will share more of the party and have a look at the prizes you could win over the next few days. Stay tuned!”

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy Decade, Bentley

Happy birthday, Bentley! Our boy is turning ten today and we are celebrating with a look back at 
The Bentley Decade
Baby Basset Hound Bentley Copyrighted mkclinton
Bentley came into our lives after a friend received him as a surprise birthday party gift. As I’m sure most of you do at parties, I spent the entire time loving on the 10-week-old Basset Hound. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Celebrating With a FREE eBook & Friendly Fill Ins

   Bentley will be celebrating his birthday on Sunday, December 3rd. I will be publishing a special post on that day to share his day along with our biggest giveaway ever!
Woman and Basset Hound copyright mkclinton
   Having a dog is supposed to change your life. You are welcoming another member of the family when you bring home that wriggly wrinkled puppy. If you are really lucky, that pup becomes your “heart dog.” To me, that means a connection that goes beyond the normal human/dog bond. Bentley is that dog for me. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Take a Hike with Grab n' Go

Sit Stay Go Grab n' Go Pet Dinette & Leash
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received a Grab n' Go Dinette and Leash in exchange for an honest review. Sit Go Stay is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   One of the best parts of being a pet lifestyle blogger is getting to test the latest dog products. Today, I want to introduce you to the Grab n’ Go Pet Dinette and Leash by Sit Stay Go™. It was designed by Michelle, a pet mom in New York City. She knows what a hassle it can be to carry water, treats, keys and hang onto a leash with an excited pup on the other end. Her solution is this handy all-in-one leash and bowls combo. I say “Bravo!”

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Puppy Kisses and Bow Ties

Bentley: “It is hard to believe but I will be 10 years old this Sunday, December 3rd. Pierre told me Mom and Dad are planning a party with cake and presents. I do know that I am having a HUGE giveaway to celebrate the Big 1-0. Mark your calendars now. Anyway, about my party…I must look sharp as the guest of honor. You never know when the puparazzi will be hiding in the bushes to snap a photo! #PartyHound
Puppy Kisses.com Handsome Hounds Bow Tie
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received an Alex Bow Tie from Puppy Kisses.com in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we like and believe will benefit our audience. Puppy Kisses is not responsible for the contents of this article.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

What's Your Whimzees?

Basset Hound sitting up
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received these bags of Whimzees in exchange for an honest review. We only review products that we like and feel would benefit our audience. Whimzees is not responsible for the contents of this post. There are Amazon affiliate links and if you make a purchase, we will earn a small commission, but your order will not cost you any extra.
Bentley Basset: “It’s a known fact that Pierre and I enjoy a good chew. We also cherish our brilliant smiles so healthy teeth and gums are important. When we get the opportunity to review Whimzees™, it is a no-brainer. They make a great chew that helps remove plaque and tartar. You can count on me sitting at attention whenever Natural Dog Treats are being offered.”
Pierre Westie: “Why aren’t you offering one to me? You are being mighty selfish this close to Christmas. Santa Paws knows, he ALWAYS knows.”

Monday, November 27, 2017

4 Gifts for Pets 2017

the 4 gifts for pets badge and disclaimer
The 4 Gifts for Pets Giveaway hop is sponsored by CleverPet. All gift card prizes were funded by contributions from the participating bloggers. 4 Gifts posts contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase we will earn a small commission, but your order will not cost you anything extra.
The 4 GIFTS FOR PETS BLOG HOP is Hosted by:
Kol's Notes & A Dog Walks Into a Bar - like a crime fighting duo, only ridiculous.
Joining in the fun is a team of fun and fabulous bloggers:

Kol's Notes logo
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We are so excited to be a part of this year’s
4 Gifts for Pets Blog Hop & Giveaway. 
The idea is to share four things that would be pawsome Christmas presents for our pets. Selecting one gift they want, one to wear, one thing they really need and of course, something to eat will keep me from spending too much on one area. It also gives Santa Paws a variety of gifts to bring down the chimney! 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Savings for Your Best Friends

We work with the most amazing companies and they are all offering some pawsome deals for

 Black Friday thru Cyber Monday!

Before and after eating Dr. Harvey's photos of Basset

Dr.Harvey’s is offering 20% and free shipping on orders over $79. Use code:
FRIDAY17

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving! We have so many things to be grateful for each day but today is a time to express thanks for all our blessings.
We Give Thanks for You
We are thankful to all of you who visit, laugh, comment and share our blog. Our success is 100% thanks to you. It is hard to believe that we are about to celebrate our fourth year of Barking from the Bayou! We hope to continue to grow our audience and help spread smiles across the miles.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Say YES to EQyss Pet Products

   Have you heard of EQyss Pet Products? They began manufacturing the highest quality grooming products for companion pets such as horses and dogs. All their ingredients are sourced in the USA and made in their own factory in San Diego, California.
EQyss Complete Line of Pet Grooming Products
We received these EQyss products in exchange for an honest review. Barking from the Bayou only shares products that we enjoy and believe will benefit our audience. EQyss is not responsible for the contents of this article All opinions are my own. This article also contains Amazon affiliate links. If you purchase through this page, I will receive a small commission but it will not effect your price whatsoever. Thank you!
   We were recently sent a variety of their grooming products for Bentley and Pierre. I am always excited to try new shampoos, conditioners, and fur care sprays. The first thing I do is give everything the smell test. Some products are too strong for Bentley’s sensitive nose. He likes to smell good but not overpowering. I’m happy to report that EQyss understands a dog’s and a human’s olfactory organs. Everything smelled fabulous!

Monday, November 20, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News November 20, 2017

Bentley Basset: “Hello and welcome to Thanksgiving week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched some great stories so let’s get right to our top story with my co-anchor Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story woman with dog on backscreen
Pierre Westie: “In a huge scientific study it was concluded that having a dog is good for your health. The study showed people who live with a dog are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease. That is because we help people be more social and get exercise. We can’t walk ourselves, you know. This is another one of those in-depth ‘Duh’ research projects that pet parents have realized all along.”

Friday, November 17, 2017

Everything You Need for a Pawsome Puppy Party from Amazon

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   Bentley is preparing for turning ten-years-old on December 3, 2017. I cannot believe my boy is almost two paws full. He is very excited and has let it be known that he is expecting a huge party. What is a pet parent to do? 
   There is one place to find everything we need to make our party a howling success. AMAZING AMAZON
   Seriously, what did we do before Amazon made shopping so easy? As a member of Prime, I get free shipping on most products and believe me, it saves us a bundle. If you haven’t joined Amazon Prime yet, I highly recommend it. 
Amazon Has It All

You need to send out invitations with an R.S.V.P. so you can get a reliable tail count. Check with the post office for their dog stamps for extra snail mail cuteness.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Paging Dr. Tim's Freeze Dried Treats

Westie and Basset answering the door to Chewy's mascot.
Chewy.com disclaimer
Bentley Basset Hound: “You might remember earlier that Mom stole claimed our new Texts from Dogs desk calendar from Chewy. It seemed as if the Bayou Boys were going to lose out this month. We were majorly bummed because we depend on our friends at Chewy.com for our favorite treats.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

We Missed It

Bentley: “Oh my dog!! Pierre, wake up…WAKE UP!!”
Pierre: “I’m awake and ready to bark. What is the problem? A burglar? A squirrel? Cheese? Tell me what’s got your hackles up?”
Bentley: “We missed one of the most important days of the year! I cannot believe it. I feel soooo bad.”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Your Dog has Cancer. Now What ?

   There are few diagnoses from the vet that strike fear in the hearts of pet parents more than the words, “Your dog has cancer.” What are you supposed to do now?
   November is Pet Cancer Awareness month and a great time to take another look at Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm. It is the first choice of holistic vets when a dog is diagnosed with cancer. That is because this revolutionary base-mix dog food is formulated on the principles of an anti-cancer diet. It can be your first line of defense to improve your dog’s quality of life, help promote healing and maintain a strong immune system.
Dr. Harvey's Paradigm

Monday, November 13, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News November 13, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for November 13, 2017. We are tail-wagging happy to have you here and have fetched some great stories to start your week. Pierre, what is our top story?”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story: Dog playing sick
Sick dog photo credit: Creative Commons
Pierre Westie: “It is a hilarious story of Sullivan, a dog that lives with his humans in Utah. His mom came home to see him on her lunchbreak and he was excited to spend time in the middle of the day with her. He was running around and playing but when it was time for her to return to work, Sullivan seemed to come down with a horrible cough. She couldn’t take off to stay with him, so she called her husband who hurried home to keep a watchful eye on their pup. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekend Fun

We are joining our friends McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing for Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to hop around and see everyone’s answers.
• The best part of where I live are the mild winters. It rarely snows and when it does, the entire city shuts down!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Explaining Daylight Savings Time to Dogs

Dear Bentley and Pierre,
    I just want you to know that daylight savings time was not my idea. It is obvious that this entire “Fall Back” business is messing with y’all. It’s not that I mind you waking me up at 5:00a.m. to go outside and take care of your business. I’m thankful that you claw on my side of the bed to rouse me out of a perfectly happy dream. It is always fun to drag myself to the back door to put your leashes on and go stand around while you both find the perfect place to take poop. The best part is when we go back to bed and I hear you snoring before I can resume my dream.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wordless in Black and White

There is something special about black and white photographs. They seem to bring out the true personality of your subjects and I love that.
Bentley is mellow and loving.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

I'm a Calendar Girl

   There’s a secret that needs to be shared. I’m a calendar girl and it is time to admit it. Oh, don’t get me wrong…I’m not actually on a calendar but if you thought that for even a moment, thanks! What I am trying to say is that I LOVE calendars. Each year I have two wall calendars, a blogging calendar notebook and a cute day-by-day desk calendar.

Monday, November 6, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News November 6, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have some great news for you today so let me have my co-anchor, Pierre, fetch the top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News report on humans' love for dogs
Pierre Westie: “I enjoy this report because it reveals that some humans really do love their dogs more than other humans. In an experiment involving 240 people, participants were given a fake newspaper report describing an attack on a human or a dog with a baseball bat. The article described the victim being left with several lacerations, a broken leg and unconscious. They were told the victims were a one-year old baby, a 30- year-old adult, a puppy, and a six-year-old dog. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

November's First Fill Ins, Flashbacks and Pet Parade

    We are joining our friends McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing for Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to hop around and see everyone’s answers.
• My favorite part of November is cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my husband. We always have so much fun baking and his cornbread dressing is the best!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Do You Want Fries with That Order?

Save 20% on PrideBites Pup Fries with code MKCLINTON
Bentley Basset Hound: “We all know dogs love fries, am I right? That is why we are so stoked about PrideBites newest toy! It’s a large order of Pup Fries and you are going to want to add these to your Christmas list.”
Pierre Westie: “I love all of PrideBites' toys and the Pup Fries look delicious. Don’t worry about me killing them either. These toys have 55 pounds of pull pressure so even my jaws of Terrier steel won’t spoil them. It’s a shame we can’t order an entire meal to go with the Pup Fries. That’d be pawsome.”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Those Cotton Fields Back Home

Louisiana cotton fields
   Cotton fields were such a part of Louisiana’s landscape in the 60’s and 70’s that I admit to taking them for granted. Everyone had their photos made in the fields growing up. They went on for miles and miles before schools, universities, and shopping centers took their place.