Friday, December 28, 2018

A Look Back at 2018

   As 2018 draws to a close, can’t help but reflect on all the things I’ve learned this year. It has been one of the most changing years of our lives.
   We sold our home in Louisiana and moved to Texas. That meant cleaning out and going through 25+ years of stuff. It was overwhelming and cathartic at the same time. People must forget how stressful moving is because they do it so often. It’ll be some time before I forget. I did learn that we could not have done it by ourselves. You can read about the move in my post, “It Takes a Village to Move.”

Thursday, December 27, 2018

3 Ways to Calm Your Dog's Anxiety

   In Bentley’s world, the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve go from Peace on Earth to OH NO!! WE ARE UNDER ATTACK!!!!
   I’m talking about fireworks. Those fun and beautiful pyrotechnics are absolutely terrifying to him. There is not a lot you can do about others celebrating with fireworks but there are a few things you can do to help your dog.
   We have used all these products with Bentley during thunderstorms and fireworks. His anxiety level can get pretty high and includes pacing, panting, trying to climb in our laps or bathtub. Over the years I have found using them together to be a winning combination.
Basset hound resting with Dr. Harvey's Relax

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Our Picture Perfect Gift

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. 
We were able to spend it with our grandbabies so it was a very exciting holiday. I wanted to share one of the very special gifts that our children and their spouses bought us.
It is a custom photorealistic watercolor portrait of Bentley and Pierre. The extremely talented artist is
Roz Thompson from the south coast of the UK. She did an amazing job of capturing the boys’ personalities. Needless to say, I cried lots of happy tears when I opened it. We will treasure our picture perfect gift forever.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Wishes

Pierre Elf: “I’m telling you that I left the sleigh parked right here.”
Bentley Claus: “Rudolph probably hid it again. He is always playing reindeer games. Ho ho ho!”
Merry Christmas
The Barking from the Bayou Gang

Friday, December 21, 2018

Tummy Tips from Santa Paws

Santa Paws wishes you a safe and happy Christmas. Having recently battled a very serious case of gastroenteritis, Santa wants to share some tips for keeping a healthy tummy this holiday season.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Dear Santa Paws

Two dogs writing Santa ©mkclinton.com
Dear Santa Paws,
   We hope that you had a terrier-ific year. Pierre and I have tried to be good boys since your last visit. You do know that we moved to Texas, right? We wouldn’t want you going to the wrong house!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Yappy Howlidays with goDog Toys

goDog Holiday collection Santa
Bentley Basset Hound: “Ho ho ho! We are so excited to tell you about our newest toy from goDog®! It is part of their furbulous Holiday collection and more fun than any old reindeer games. You hear me, Rudolph?”

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Oh, Christmas Tree

Two dogs decorating tree
Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches.
Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree
Why do we suddenly need to pee?

Monday, December 17, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News December 17, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We are bringing you some good news to put a smile on your face. What’s our top story, Pierre?”
two dogs anchoring the news
Pierre Westie: “Our top story involves an update on a very, very sick Westie. ME! I want to thank everyone for the love and prayers. It was a week that none of us want to live through again. In case you missed the story, you can read Our Poor Little Guy to find out what was wrong with me.
   I am happy to report that my tummy feels better and the peeps are keeping me on a strict diet of only my prescription food and some boiled chicken for a treat. Your concern made me feel really loved.”

Friday, December 14, 2018

Our Poor Little Guy

Westie dog
   Hey y’all. This has been a tough week for us here on the Bayou. We are just now feeling confident enough to share what has been going on because Pierre is doing better. To be honest, we weren’t sure if that was going to be the case.
   Early Monday morning Pierre’s stomach began making noise. That is not unusual, so I gave him one Omeprazole over-the-counter acid reducer. It usually works quickly and once he eats, all is good. Not this time.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Barking from the Bayou Turns 5

   It is difficult to believe that five years have passed since we decided to become Barking from the Bayou. I have learned so much since that December 13, 2013 when we went from a writer’s blog to a dog lifestyle blog.
   Of course, that gave the Bayou Boys a job that includes testing toys, treats, and lots of other dog products. They think it’s a great gig and are looking forward to many more years of sharing their opinions with all of you. They have a few more before Christmas and are excited for 2019.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

At Home with Chewy for Christmas

Are you still searching for the perfect Christmas gift to give the pet lover in your life? Ho Ho Ho!
I found the perfect place for all my holiday pet shopping and it’s a place I already love…
The Bayou Boys are leaving milk and cookies for Santa Paws.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday Fun

We are sharing some of our favorite memes today because we all could use a laugh to help us through the day.
two dogs with their tongues out

Monday, December 10, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News December 10, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched some great stories so let’s check with Pierre for our top story.”
Two dog news anchors
Pierre Westie: “We have covered the fires in California and the devastating loss to life and home. That is why today’s top story is one that will fill your heart with Christmas magic.
   Andrea Gaylord had to leave her property in Paradise when the fires burned her home along with most of the town. Her two outdoor Anatolian shepherd mix outdoor guard dogs Miguel and Madison were left behind.

Friday, December 7, 2018

President Bush Funeral Train

   This is not a usual post for us at Barking from the Bayou but December 12, 2018, was not our usual day. President George H. W. Bush was a proud Houstonian and the city has been honoring and remembering him all week. There have been some very moving tributes by politicians, sports figures, celebrities, and regular citizens who knew him. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Where Are My Gifts?

We have finished decorating for the holidays and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the Bayou! We put the tree up in my office. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Fabulous Furballz

goDog multi-color Furballz
Bentley: “The Bayou Boys love a good toy. One of our favorites has to be the Furballz from the amazing goDog® division of Worldwise. They make the best most durable toys that we have ever tried and believe me, we have more toys than most pet shops! (Pssst...Don’t tell Mom I said that, or she might get some silly idea about clearing out the toy box)"

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Welcome to My 11th Birthday Party

Bentley: “Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes. It really means a lot to me. My 11th birthday was a lot of fun. We all went for a walk in the afternoon around our neighborhood. Mom brushed me for an extra-long time because she knows how much I love it. Mom and Dad both gave me lots of hugs and belly rubs. Add some yummy cookie with ice cream and it was a perfect day!
Basset wearing birthday cake hat
 I promised to share some of the pictures from my birthday party so I hope you enjoy these. I’ll be your moderator for the festivities.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Happy 11th Birthday Bentley

   It’s my birthday and as you can tell, I’m thrilled to be turning 11 years old.
   Seriously, this senior dog still feels like a pup most days. Mom and Dad make sure I always have great food from Dr. Harvey’s which is very important to my overall health. Playing is an important key to staying young so I get some running and chasing in each day. Having Pierre around has definitely helped keep me spry! He can sometimes be a typical little brother but I don’t know what I’d do without him.

Friday, November 30, 2018

How to Help Your Squeak-oholic Destuffing Dog

   As you know, most self-help groups keep their meetings private. The Bayou Boys wanted to share their recent testimonials in hopes that it will help fellow dogs.  
Bentley: “Hello, my name is Bentley and I’m a squeak-oholic. I love the shrill sound of squeaking when I sink my teeth into a toy. The problem started when I was a pup and has continued for almost 11 years.
   I know the noise drives my mom and dad crazy but once I get started, I cannot control myself. I will walk through the house squeaking non-stop. It feels so good and the sound fills me with happy vibes. You can’t fault a fellow for that, can you? I need help.”
Group Leader (Mom): “Thank you for sharing. I have the perfect solution for you and it doesn’t involve going cold turkey on squeaking. That would be too much for you. Check out this new Hear Doggy! ultrasonic toy.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Visit from Santa Chewy

T’was a month before Christmas and all through the bayou,
not a creature was stirring except Pierre because he’s a Westie and hyper times two.
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 BlueSanta Snacks® Crunchy Dog Biscuits from Chewy danced in their heads.
They dream of oatmeal, cinnamon, whole grains, and fruits.
Pups may smell carrots and pumpkins with their snoots!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Every Dog Deserves Fresh Kisses

Bentley Basset Hound: “There comes a time in every dog’s life where they no longer have that sweet-smelling puppy breath humans love. That doesn’t mean we have outgrown kisses though so what’s a dog to do?”
Merrick Fresh Kisses for Christmas with Santa hat
Pierre Westie: “I have the perfect solution to howl-itosis! We need our Fresh Kisses every day.”
Bentley: “The problem is without fresh breath there can be no fresh kisses.”
Two dogs wearing scarves
Pierre: “Exactly! You do know I’m talking about Fresh Kissesdental treats from Merrick®, right? Mom ordered them from Chewy.com and they are delicious. They are all-natural and infused with coconut and botanical oils including mint, lemongrass, and rosemary. They do not contain any potato or grain and are easy for me to digest. That can sometimes be a problem when you have a sensitive tummy.”
Bentley: “I can feel the double brush action cleaning my teeth. It is so important to stay on top of plaque and tartar. A lot of senior dogs end up having teeth pulled due to poor dental hygiene. I don’t know about you, but I need all of my chompers!”
Westie eating dental chew
Pierre: “Fresh Kisses are made in the USA and are available in small, medium and large according to your weight. We have the medium size for 25-50 pound dogs. The box is decorated for Christmas so it would make a perfect present for your best friend. Mom loves that the Fresh Kisses come in a resealable bag. She always counts on Chewy to have the most awesome things. They deliver our orders fast and their agents of awesome are available 24/7 to lend a paw. The Bayou Boys recommend Chewy for all the goodies on your Santa Paws list.”
Basset Hound with head in treat box

Bentley: “Be sure to add Fresh Kisses to your next order because every dog deserves a fresh kiss.”
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Murder on the Bayou

Bentley Basset Hound: “The photo above is from a happier carefree time. As you can see, I am sharing my PrideBites bed with one of my very favorite toys, Lamb Chop. She is soft, cuddly, and has a squeaker. I love my Lamb Chop. Little did I know that our time together was limited.
   Last week, I came upon a gruesome scene. Lamb Chop had been brutally murdered. It appears her throat was cut and her tongue was almost pulled out of her mouth. There were no witnesses to this heinous crime but I have my suspicions. Let me just say that Pierre has always been jealous of my relationship with Lamb Chop. This was clearly a crime of passion.
   Pierre claims that he has an ironclad alibi for the time this killing took place. Far be it for me to accuse someone unjustly but everyone knows he has a long rap sheet of terrier-ist acts including de-stuffing innocent toys.
   I ask for a moment of silence in honor of my dearly departed Lamb Chop. Sigh…R.I.P. my snuggly friend.”

**Don’t tell Bentley but I ordered him a brand new Lamb Chop for his birthday which is December 3rd.
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Monday, November 26, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News November 26, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the last week of November. Did you brave the stores on Black Friday? We are planning on doing a lot of our shopping today on Amazon’s Cyber Monday! For your convenience, we have added a few links to some popular gift ideas. We had better check with Pierre for our top story before he starts his Christmas wish list.”
Pierre Westie: “Thanks Bentley but you know I started my Christmas list in June! One thing that is always on my wish list is for all animals to be treated with love and respect. That is why we are against using wild animals in the circus.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday Deals

   I used to love staying up all night and going to the 4:00a.m. Black Friday doorbuster specials. That was when stores stayed closed on Thanksgiving and online shopping was not a thing. Some of you remember those days, right?
   In recent years not only has Black Friday shopping turned into black & blue Friday because of all the fighting but stores open on Thursday and that killed the thrill for me. It’s why I prefer to do most Christmas shopping from the comfort of my recliner.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

One Tough Donut

Barking from the Bayou received a Trusty Pup Donut toy in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel will benefit our readers. Trusty Pup and Propel Communications are not responsible for the content of this article.
   The Bayou Boys love to play and Trusty Pup® makes some of their favorite toys. They were very excited to review this new Chocolate Donut toy. It is made with Chew Guard Technology™ which means our new donut will last a long time. As a matter of fact, all of our Trusty Pup toys have held up to our resident plushy toy terrier-ist!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

5 Reasons to be Thankful for Senior Pets

   November is National Senior Pet Month and Adopt a Senior Pet Month. This month is set aside to shine a light on older dogs and cats that are often abandoned and then overlooked for adoption. That is such a shame because senior pets rock!
   The Bayou Boys are both considered senior dogs. Pierre is 7 years 7 months and Bentley will turn 11 years old in a couple of weeks. Being older dogs has not fazed them at all. They still play, run, and wrestle like when they were young. I am very thankful for my senior boys. 
5 Reasons to be Thankful for Senior Pets
• Older pets’ personalities are set so it is easier to find one that will fit your family.

Monday, November 19, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News November 19, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Let’s check with Pierre for our top story.”
Puppy & lady photo credit
Pierre Westie: “We have the perfect job for someone that enjoys cuddling puppies. Mutts® Canine Cantina in Ft. Worth just offered a position to pet and cuddle puppies. The “puptern” would earn $100 per hour!
   This combination restaurant and dog park is a very popular destination for dog lovers with locations in Dallas and Ft. Worth. All we can say is if they open one in Houston, we know a certain Mom that will be applying!”

Friday, November 16, 2018

Feelin' Friday

   Well, it seems that I blinked, and another week has flown by. Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving?
   We are finishing our week by joining some friends for their blog hops. You can click on the host's names and check out the other fun bloggers that are on each hop.
 Fill-In the Blanks
We are joining 15 and Meowing along with Four-Legged Furballs for Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to hop over and visit everyone participating.
I can’t wait to have my husband’s cornbread dressing on Thanksgiving. (For those not from the south, that’s stuffing but doesn’t go inside the turkey)
• I am thankful for my family.
• When it comes to pie, it’s pumpkin all the way!
• A feast is not a feast without baked rolls.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

We Messed Up!

Me: “Bentley…Pierre…Come here quick! We made a BIG mistake and have to correct it right away.”
Bentley: “OMD! What happened. Let me just say that I’m sure I didn’t do anything wrong. It must have been you and Pierre.”
Pierre: “Hold it right there, Bentley. It wasn’t me. I’m pretty sure that I was not even in the country when whatever happened occurred. There is no need for actual witnesses, is there?”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Totally Grainless Smorgasbord

Barking from the Bayou received Loving Pets Totally Grainless treats in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we love and believe our readers will enjoy. Loving Pets and Propel Communications are not responsible for the contents of this article.
   The Bayou Boys are huge fans of the Loving Pets® company. They drink their water from a beautiful purple LeBōl bowl and love all the treats they’ve ever sunk their canines into. That is why they were super excited when our new box of Loving Pets Totally Grainless™ goodies arrived for their review. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News November 12, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and thank you for joining us on BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched more animal news so let’s check in with Pierre for our top story.”
Photo credit for Star & Elsa 
Pierre Westie: “We all know how important organ donors can be in saving a human’s life. Did you know the same can be said for animals? A dog named Star was found three years ago with a litter of thirteen puppies. When they arrived at the vet, it was discovered Star was in kidney failure and having seizures. After a few weeks of medication and love, she bounced back. She along with nine of her puppies survived and were adopted. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Blank Spaces and Places

   We are finishing our week by joining some friends for their blog hops. You can click on the host's names and check out the other fun bloggers that are on each hop.
Fill-In the Blanks
We are joining 15 and Meowing along with Four-Legged Furballs for Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to hop over and visit everyone participating.
• I just got to rock my new grandbaby and she smiled at me.
• My next dog will be a senior rescue.
• The sound of a dental drill makes me cringe.
• Right now, I am craving shrimp fried rice.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Joking Around on the Bayou

Talking Dog 4 Sale
A guy is driving through town and sees a sign in front of a house: "Talking Dog for Sale."
He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy walks into the backyard and sees an old dog sitting there.
"Do you really talk?" he asks. "Sure do," the hound replies. "Sooo, what's your story?" The guy’s curiosity is peaked.
The dog looks up and says, “Well, I discovered my gift of talking pretty young and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies eight years running.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Stress Busters

   The first Wednesday in November is National Stress Awareness Day. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, there is no way to avoid stress in life. Let’s face it, adulting can be very hard.
   It has been proven that having a dog or cat can be a great stress buster. Being a pet parent does come with stressful situations but for the most part, our furbabies make life better.
How Pets Help Reduce Stress
• Petting a dog or cat can relieve stress by lowering your blood pressure. It helps your body release a relaxation hormone and reduces the levels of a stress hormone.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Our First Starbucks Puppuccino

Bentley Basset Hound: “Oh my dog! Y’all are not going to believe what we discovered the other day.”
Pierre Westie: “It started when Mom and Dad loaded us up in our car kennel and drove us to our favorite walking path. The day was perfect with temperatures nice and comfy for a long walk.”


Bentley: “We got back in the car and instead of going home, they went to get a frappuccino from Starbucks. This time though, they ordered something called a puppuccino. It sounded like something we might enjoy.”

Monday, November 5, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News November 5, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to our first BFTB NETWoof News of November. I know we’ve said before, but WOW! October was gone in a wink. This is the month to give thanks, so we want to start off by saying how thankful we are that you join us each week. Let’s get to our top story from my co-anchor Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs reporting
Pierre Westie: “We all know that a dog’s nose is second to none when it comes to sniffing out trouble. British entomologist, Steve Lindsay noticed the sniffer dogs at an American airport looking for fruits or vegetables coming into the country. He studies malaria and decided it was worth a try to train dogs to sniff out malaria and help combat its spread.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Glow Dog Glow

   If you live where daylight savings time is a thing that happens twice each year, then you know we “fall back” this weekend. That means our daylight is very limited. If you work a 9-to-5 job, chances are you are going to work at the crack of dawn and coming home at dusk. Ugh!
*We received two illumiseen collars and leashes in exchange for our honest opinion. Illumiseen is not responsible for the contents of this article. We are sharing information on these products because they may benefit our readers.
Charging illumiseen collar with USB port on laptop
   Walking your dog is still important and whether you walk them before work or after, it is going to be dark. That’s why I am so excited about the illumiseen™ collars and leashes. When you turn on the LED battery-powered light the collar emits a bright glow. Drivers or other walkers will see you and your dog well in advance. No more worrying about losing sight of your dog when they go out in the backyard after dark. Plus, the Bayou Boys look super cool in the yard with their collars aglow.