Bentley Basset Hound: “Happy New Year and welcome to the first BFTB NETWoof News of 2017. I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. We have been busy fetching the good news to put a smile on your face. Let’s not keep our friends waiting, Pierre. What’s today’s top story?”
Pierre: “Happy New Year! We have a story of true friendship to kick off the broadcast. A dog in the Ukraine was injured and stuck on railroad tracks. His best friend stayed with him and would protect him when a train came over by holding his head down. The dogs were successfully rescued and returned to their owner. Both dogs are recouping well from their ordeal. Bentley, I’m sure that I could count on you for such protection, right?”
Bentley: “Of course, just don’t go playing on any train tracks. I don’t need the stress, especially after reading this article about gray hair and dogs that are have undue stress. According to a study conducted partly by Northern Illinois University, dogs that are stressed can become prematurely gray. The result of the research was published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science’s December issue. They looked at questionnaires filled out by 400 dog owners asking if their dog displayed signs of stress. The dogs were photographed and the photos were rated on the amount of the dog’s gray hair. They concluded dogs with anxiety or impulsivity had premature muzzle graying between 2 and 4 years old. I have earned all of my gray hair but don’t need you adding any with talk of train rescues.”
Pierre: “Have you ever wondered how many other dogs there are named Bentley? The RSPCA just released the most popular dog and cat names for 2016. Neither of our names made the list. The top five cat names are #5~ Jess/Jessie, Molly, Charlie, Bella and the #1 is Bob. For dogs the #5 name is Charlie, then Alf/Alfie, Poppy, Max and the number 1 dog name is Ben/Benjamin. Let’s hear from our readers; do you have a new dog or cat with one of these names? Tell us in the comment section.”
Bentley: “Bob is a cool name for a cat. They could say, ‘The name is Cat…Bob Cat.’ I’d love that! Our last report of the week is one that has been a long time coming. China has announced they will ban all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. This will close the largest ivory market and should cripple the senseless elephant poaching. Many advocates feel this could be a game-changer in the survival of elephants.
It is time for our favorite Weather Lab with her forecast Paisley, how is the first week of the year going to feel across the country?”
Paisley: “As usual this time of year, it depends on where you live. We will have frigid sub-zero temps in the north and it’ll be in the 70’s in Florida. Winter is dumping more snow in the northern states down through Colorado. The forecast is so wacky this week that y’all actually have flurries predicted later this week in Oklahoma and Louisiana. I wouldn’t go buying a snow shovel if I were you. I doubt that you see any of the white stuff on the bayou. The west coast will be rainy but temps will stay pleasant. Our friends in the southwest will see the sunshine and daytime highs in the 60’s. The center of the country will be cloudy and cool but the further east you live, the better the chance of scattered storms. Be sure to tune into your local weather stations for updates and warnings. From the Pacific Northwest, this is Paisley wishing you and yours a very happy New Year.”
Bentley: “I will take rain over all those fireworks we had this weekend. Don't forget that today is the big Blogville mayoral inauguration of our pal Arty! Stop by Dory's Backyard for all of the excitement and to say congratulations to our new mayor! We appreciate you starting your year off with us and hope to see you for the next 51 weeks of 2017. Stop by all week for fun, facts, and new products. We would appreciate you sharing today’s news on your social media. Enjoy your week and be sure to grab yourself some happy.”