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
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Something's Fishy Around Here

Bentley: “I’ll admit that there is something fishy about today’s post. There is a very good reason. As most pet parents know, fish oil is a great supplement for your pup’s skin and coat. We get it added to our food every single day. I can’t imagine how dry my coat would be without this tasty oil.
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   Today I am reviewing Lipiderm® Fish Oil Soft Gels. We received the bottle for large dogs which are for those weighing over 31 pounds. Mom puts them in my dinner and I gobble them right up. They can be given as a treat too.

Monday, July 24, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News July 24, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. You can always count on us to fetch the good news that other broadcasts overlook. What is our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story on a street dog
Pierre Westie: “This is a great story to start off our news. As we all know, homeless dogs have a rough life on the streets. One pup in Alabama was struck by a car and broke his leg. He was picked up

Friday, July 21, 2017

When Someone You Love Has Cancer

   Let me start off by letting you know that this is not my regular fun blog post. I have thought about what I wanted to say today for over half a year. There really aren’t words to express the combination of love, pride, and sadness that I want to convey but I am going to try.
   How do you express your feelings when someone that you love is faced with cancer? My first reaction was disbelief but that was quickly replaced with anger and extreme sadness. I’m sure that most people experience those same feelings. I don’t know if I would react differently if the person affected were older or lead an unhealthy lifestyle but that is not the case. 
   My beautiful, sweet, funny 28-year-old niece Kelsey was diagnosed with colon cancer in January. How could someone who is just starting their adult life have to face such a cruel diagnosis? It is simple. Cancer has no age limit. Cancer sucks. Cancer is not fair. Cancer is stupid.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blue Lightning Strikes the Bayou

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   I first met the awesome people from Lucy Pet Products at the 2014 BlogPaws™ conference. Lucy Pet is family-owned and the founder, Joey Herrick started The Lucy Pet Foundation. They are so nice and when I learned about all of the amazing work they do for pets, I knew that I’d be a lifelong fan. You might have seen their free spay/neuter and adoption mobile clinics as they travel across the country. They were also one of the stars of this year’s Rose Bowl parade with the longest float which featured surfing dogs! It is easy to fall in love with Lucy Pet for all of the great things they do but the fact that they make incredible pet products makes it even easier.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

America Is Beautiful

Yesterday I posted 7 States, 5 Motels, 2 Cars and 1 U-Haul as we moved our son and his family from Washington to Texas. Here are a few thoughts that I took away from the trip.
1.  I would have never survived the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon. As I looked out the car window I couldn’t help but think about what the pioneers must have endured as they trudged across the mountains and valleys. They were so brave and determined.
2.  The words to America the Beautiful are some of the most accurate of any song.
3.  The political landscape of our country might be a mess, but the actual landscape is breathtaking.
Here are a few more photos from our trip.
I hope that you enjoy them.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

7 States, 5 Motels, 2 Cars, and 1 U-Haul

   Our Weather Lab/Granddog Paisley has been patiently waiting to tell you about her big moving adventure. As you may know, she is our son (Dustin) and daughter-in-law’s (Jackie) Labrador Retriever as well as our grandbaby’s (Emery) best friend. Last year they left Louisiana for Washington State. Dustin wrote a guest post about it titled The Long Winding Road or How to Move Across the Country with Your Dog for me after that experience. A new job offer brought them back down south so my husband (Skipper) and I flew up there to help them move. It was another long and winding road but a lot of fun. I am going to interview Paisley so we can share our experience.
This is basically the way we traveled

Monday, July 17, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News July 17, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Greetings and thank you for joining us this week. We have rounded up some great reports so let’s get right to it. My co-anchor Pierre has our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story of an eel spill in Oregon
Pierre Westie: “The BFTB NETWoof News top story will have us all feeling a little eel. That’s because a truck in Portland that was carrying 7,500 pounds of slime eels had to make a sudden stop which caused the freight to overturn. What happened next will give me the ‘willies’ for a month! The surrounding cars were covered in slime and eels! A total of 13 shipping containers destined for Korea ended up causing a four car pile-up. The highway was closed for several hours as crews cleaned up the mess.”

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fetch Relief For Your Dog's Itching #GrabTheLeash

   We all know our dogs scratch but when the scratching becomes out of control, it is time to take action. Your best friend could have allergies or hot spots which make them itch. When your dog’s itching becomes a problem, what is a pet parent to do?
Sunbathing in the grass makes Bentley happy and itchy
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   My Basset Hound, Bentley suffers from allergies. He loves stretching out in the grass and catching some sun rays. Unfortunately, when he does this, it makes him itch like crazy. On more than one occasion I have been awakened at night by his scratching. That disturbs his rest and mine. Sleep is one of a Basset Hound’s favorite hobbies so waking up due to itching is a major problem. He has even scratched some of the hair off his sides! I am not a fan of using chemicals on him so when I began reading about the benefits of Therabis Cannabinoids or CBD supplements for dogs, I was extremely interested in how hemp could provide Bentley some much needed relief.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ark Naturals Breath-Less Brushless Toothpaste #ChewyInfluencer

The Bayou Boys are always excited to see Chewy at the door
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Bentley Basset: “Guess who came to our door this week? That’s right; it was our good pal Chewy and he came bearing one of his famous blue boxes!”
Pierre Westie: “I always love seeing him at the front door. We were super excited to see what he brought us to review this month. Of course, we had to thank him for the pawsome Fourth of July surprise box he brought earlier. It was chocked full of fun things to make our holiday more exciting.”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Visit from the Cheese Fairy

Bentley is a very sound sleeper but being a Basset Hound, his nose never rests. He was asleep when my husband placed some cheese near him. He woke up just as I began to film. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Life's a Snap with ThunderSnap

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   When night falls on the bayou, Bentley and Pierre are only allowed outside on a leash. It is not that it’s dangerous but Pierre seems to think there are monsters in the corner of our yard that simply aren’t there during the daylight. He starts barking and since it’s always monkey see, monkey do around here, Bentley joins him in the ruckus. That is a good way to make your neighbors hate you and your dogs so it is a leash for both of them after dark.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News July 10, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Greetings and welcome to another week of BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched the best news from around the world to start your week with a smile. What is our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News story of the arrest of four duck for loitering.
Pierre Westie: “This story quacked us up! Four ducks were ‘arrested’ in Great Bend, Pennsylvania on the Fourth of July. The troublemakers were charged with loitering in front of a local gas station. The group was enjoying handouts from the station’s customers and didn’t seem to be in any hurry to waddle away. They were returned to their owners and are once again content to swim in their pond.”

Friday, July 7, 2017

Our Follow-Up on Dr. Harvey's Paradigm Green Superfood Pre-Mix

Dr. Harvey's Paradigm Green Superfood Pre-Mix
Bentley: “We have been eating Dr. Harvey’s new Paradigm Super Green Food Pre-Mix for a couple of months. I thought it was high time that we let you know how it is working and how we feel about it.”
Pierre: “Our initial review was very formal so in case you missed it, be sure to read ‘Introducing Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Green Superfood Pre-Mix’ for all of the important information. This review is strictly for the dogs!”

Thursday, July 6, 2017

How to Take Your Dog from Drab to Fab

   If you have a dog that needs to be professionally groomed, there is nothing more important than to find a groomer that you trust. We have taken Pierre to several different shops to have him spruced up. There have been some successes and some definite failures. You would think that grooming a Westie would be a simple cut. Obviously, it is not. We have picked him up to find his ear hair sticking out like Gizmo or his feet shaved super close. Don’t tell him that I said this, but he looked ridiculous!
Pierre Westie looking "ruff" before his grooming at PetSmart

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A 4th of July Out of this World Adventure

The Bayou Boys on window patrol
Bentley: “Here at Barking from the Bayou, Pierre and I have gotten used to the deliveryman stopping in front of the house. We used to think that he was a chainsaw killer and would give him a good barking. Now that we are bloggers, he is usually bringing something really cool for us to review. We have given him permission to enter our perimeter as long as he is carrying boxes.”
Pierre: “I’m pretty sure that he considers himself a very lucky guy. I had to restrain myself on more than one occasion from using my karate skills on him. These paws may look sweet and fluffy, but don’t be fooled. I have a black belt.”

Monday, July 3, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News July 3, 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Greetings and welcome back to the best feel-good news on the web! We have had quite an adventure over the past two weeks but things are settling down and we are back in the newsroom. I’m sure we will have a post to tell you all about what has been going on with us and Paisley but for now, let’s get to our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News warns of 4th of July dangers

Friday, June 30, 2017

It's Fill-Ins and Flowers

   Friendly Fill-Ins
   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. My next book series will be children’s books so my granddaughter can enjoy them.
2. Fireworks should be left to the professionals and not allowed in neighborhoods. This is Bentley Basset Hound’s honest opinion.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Where in the World Have We Been?

Bentley Basset Hound and Pierre Westie are happy to be relaxing on their couch
   Bentley and Pierre are glad to be home after spending the past nine days at the Bed & Biscuit Pet Resort. It is a great place where they share a private room. They never mind going but this was the longest we have been separated. We were all happy to be together again.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy Anniversary

   The BFTB NETWoof News team is still on assignment. I’m sure they will share the trial and tribulations that they have endured over the past week. The crew will be back with lots of good news next Monday!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Visit from the Rainbow Bridge

   I have mentioned before that the hardest part of pet blogging is saying good-bye to our friends when they cross the Rainbow Bridge. It happened again last week when Bilbo from Da DB Boyz left us. He has joined his sister Dory who just went to the Bridge a few weeks ago. We want to send our deepest condolences to their family.
A tribute to Bilbo from Da DB Boyz
Photo credit: Da DB Boyz
   This made me think about the beloved pets that have left paw prints on our hearts. Our first puppy, Madison the German Shepherd crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 1997. I shared this story a few years ago but thought it would be appropriate to tell it again. As often happens when I start writing, I lost myself in my memories. It started out happy and as I went through the years, it eventually came to the time she had to leave us.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We All Scream for Ice Cream

It’s Ice Cream Soda Day and I am bringing the ice cream!
Bentley Basset Hound is in the driver's seat of the Good Humor truck!

Have a super cool day!


Friday, June 16, 2017

It's the 200th Pet Parade Blog Hop

Welcome to the 200th Pet Parade Celebration Party!

Your favorite blog hop for all pets and animal lovers.

It's where all your favorite pets and animals are found!

Thanks for coming! We'll be pawtying it up here all week long.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer Lovin' with Chewy #ChewyInfluencer

  
   It is summer and the boys wasted no time hitting the beach for some fun in the sun. Of course, no trip is complete without first a visit to Chewy.com to order some snacks. This month they decided to order a Natural Balance Duck and Turkey Food Roll. As with anything you desire from Chewy, it was delivered as quick as a wink.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stars and Stripes Forever

   Today we celebrate Flag Day in America. I love the flag and we proudly fly it in front of our home. To me, it stands for all the wonderful things about living in the United States. It flies to represent our freedom and strength as a nation.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Introducing the Eazee Deshedding Tool

Eazee by Foolee Deshedding Tool
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received an Eazee Deshedding Tool in exchange for an honest review.
   Here at Barking from the Bayou, we have two completely different dogs. Pierre the Westie doesn’t shed very much and hates being brushed. Bentley the Basset Hound sheds so much that we often wonder why he isn’t bald! The good thing is that he loves to be brushed. In the past, I have limited the amount of brushing for fear of harming his skin with the sharp metal teeth of my deshedding brushes. That is why I was so anxious to try the Eazee Deshedding Tool by Foolee. It has plastic teeth so it is much gentler to use. Enjoy this quick video to see how easy the Eazee truly is to use.

Monday, June 12, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News June 12, 2017

   Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to this week in BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched the best feel-good reports to start your day with a smile. Pierre, what is our top story?”
BFTB NETWoof News top story on German Shepherd pup
   

Friday, June 9, 2017

Dr. Harvey's Herbal Protection Spray & Giveaway


   Summertime is here and if you've read the headlines, you already know it is going to be a record season for fleas and ticks. That means everyone needs to be extra diligent in protecting their dogs. We have been lucky not to have to deal with the little bloodsuckers in the yard but that doesn’t mean the boys can’t pick them up on walks. A single tick bite can cause tick fever, paralysis or Lyme Disease.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Best Friends Day

Scratching bellies with Bentley Basset Hound and Pierre Westie
Me: “Hey boys, guess what day it is?”
Pierre: “Is it my birthday? Will there be cake?”
Bentley: “It’s Thursday. Can we have cake?”
Me: “Never mind, I’ll just tell y’all so there is no brain strain. It is Best Friends’ Day! Since you two are best friends, I thought it would be nice to tell everyone what makes a best friend.”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How Pets Improve Our Lives

   The first week of June is set aside for Pet Appreciation Week. While we should appreciate our pets all year, this is a great time to acknowledge the difference a pet can make in our lives.
Bentley Basset Hound and Pierre Westie make me happier
     How do pets affect mood and health?
   While most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals, many remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of playing with or snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond.

Monday, June 5, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News June 5 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have a lot of great reports so let’s go to Pierre for our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News reports on the dog flu
Pierre Westie: “Thank you, Bentley. Health officials in Florida have confirmed seven cases of dog flu. I’m sure you remember the outbreak that hit in Chicago back in 2015 that infected almost 1,000 dogs. The H3N2 is a highly contagious virus that can be serious if not treated. Symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, and lethargy. There is a vaccine to protect pets so if you are aware of the virus in your area, please speak with your veterinarian.”

Friday, June 2, 2017

Welcome to the Weekend

   We had so much fun participating in McGuffy’s Reader & 15 and Meowing Friendly Fill-Ins blog hop that we had to join them again! We are very excited to share our answers and look forward to reading what others share.
1.  A law I would like to see passed is mandatory jail time for animal abuse.
2.  My favorite card game is Uno.
3.  With summer unofficially here, I am looking forward to backyard barbecues!
4.  A favorite summer memory is thirty-five years ago when I married my amazing husband.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wrestle Mania

Bentley Basset Hound gives me a look of love during this bath.
Bentley: “I’m not going to lie, I love getting a bath. Seriously, have you ever smelled a dirty hound dog? Let’s just say that it is not pleasant. We have some amazing smelling shampoo and it leaves my coat feeling fur-bulous!”

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Ultimate Fidget Spinner

You have probably seen those Fidget Spinners that all the kids are playing with this summer. Bentley loved his new toys so much that he is now spinning and juggling three at a time! He warns not to try this at home as he is a professional. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Snake Bites and Your Dog

   With the weather getting warmer, along with the flowers and butterflies comes something not so delightful. Snakes. I don’t know how you feel about them, but I am not a fan on any level. They give me the creeps and I am terrified that Bentley or Pierre will be bitten by one. It is not unusual for us to see several in our backyard during the warm months because we have woods close by us.
Pierre Westie searching garden
   Both of the dogs have a very distinct “Snake” bark. Unfortunately, I heard it this past weekend when Pierre was outside. He loves chasing lizards in my gardens and often dives headfirst into them. I looked out the door and saw him on full alert barking like a mad dog. He came inside when I called him and sure enough, I saw a snake stick its head out of the grass. UGH!
   First of all, you need to know that all snakes are not venomous. The king snake is actually helpful and will kill other snakes that might come for an uninvited visit. Most snakes are not aggressive unless provoked by something like a barking dog. If a snake has a triangular head, it is poisonous. You can also tell by the shape of their pupil. A poisonous snake has an oblong or slit pupil. You won’t find me getting close enough to see into a snake's eyes but it’s a good thing to know.
Rest area warning signs
How to keep your dog safe from snakes
As with any trouble, it is best if a snake encounter can be avoided.
1.  Keep your yard clean and mowed. Do not let your dog go near woodpiles or rock piles.
2.  When walking, stay on paths and keep your dog on a leash.
3.  Keep nighttime walks to a minimum. Rattlesnakes are active during that time.
4.  If your dog seems unusually interested in something in the grass, move them away until you know what it is peaking their curiosity.
What to do if your dog is bitten by a snake
If your dog is bitten by a snake, you will need to act quickly. Here are some steps to take as soon as the bite occurs.
1.  Try to identify the type of snake by noting its markings, size, and shape of the head.
2.  Check your dog for fang marks. These are usually on the dog’s snout but could be anywhere including their legs.
3.  If the bite is on the leg, you can tie a tourniquet above the marks. It should be snug but not over tight.
4.  Call your vet and let them know that you are on the way with a snake bite emergency. Remain calm so that your dog does not get over-excited.
Four Common North America Venomous Snakes

   Until you are certain, always assume a snake is venomous. Snakes can blend into their environment which makes spotting them difficult. Know the areas that you take your dogs and what types of snakes are native to that region.
   You might not be able to prevent your dog from an encounter with a snake. However, knowing how to react in the event that your dog is bitten can make the difference in life and death.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

BFTB NETWoof News May 29 2017

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News. This Memorial Day we would like to start the newscast by giving our heartfelt thanks to all of the men, women, and dogs who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom. They are all our heroes.
   Pierre, what is today’s top story?”
BFTB NETWoof News story on Florida Panther
Pierre Westie: “This report is right up my alley since the family depends on me to alert them to predators in our yard. Just yesterday I let them know there was a snake in our backyard.