Friday, July 20, 2018

Quotes with Flowers

   We are joining the adorable Rosy from LLB in Our Backyard for Flower Friday. I “picked” some quotes to add to today’s flowers. Enjoy. 

 Today, 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 tried a carb-friendly pizza and I liked it.
• Am I the only one who can drink coffee at night and still have no problem sleeping?
Skipper (my husband) is my hero.
• If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would be chili cheese hot dogs.
Have a beautiful weekend!
We look forward to you joining us for the Pet Parade Blog hop. It's a great way to discover new blogs and visit your favorites like my pawsome friends and co-hosts 
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

More TV Shows We'd Like To Watch

   Last week we had a lot of fun with TV Shows We’d Like to Watch. There were even some requests for more shows featuring the Bayou Boys. As always, your wish is our command. We hope you enjoy!
Basset Hound with Hawaiian lei

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Born in the USA Goody Box

Barking from the Bayou received a Chewy Made in the USA Goody Box in exchange for an honest review. 
Bentley Basset Hound: “Pierre! Hurry, our friends at sent us something extra special!”
Pierre Westie: “Oh. My. Dog. That is the cutest box that I have ever seen. What a wonderful thing for them to send us. I love boxes.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How to Find the Perfect Dog Groomer

   If you have a dog that requires regular grooming like Pierre, it is so important to find a groomer that you trust. Since moving to Texas, we have only had Pierre groomed one time. That means that it is past time to find our boy a groomer that we love. It is not easy, but we do have some tips that will help. I have several groomers that I am checking on but really need to make a firm decision soon. After all, nobody wants a bad hair day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News July 16,2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have a lot of news to cover let’s throw it over to my co-anchor, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dog anchors
Pierre Westie: “I have to admit this is one of my favorite top stories. A senior health center in North County San Diego is using robotic pets to help some of their residents with memory impairment. The program was implemented six months ago when the center bought 12 robotic pets for $100 each.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sitting Pretty

   Nothing adds fun to a car ride like bringing your best friend along. The problem is you don’t want to deal with the shedding hair and dirty paws on your seats. PrideBites understands and has come up with the perfect solution to have your dog sitting pretty.
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Introducing PrideBites Car Seat Covers
   Now, I know what you are thinking. There are lots of car seats covers on the market. What makes PrideBites so special? The answer is simple…you do! That’s right, these car seats covers can feature your fur baby’s beautiful face and name. Have more than one best friend? No worries. Look how cute the Bayou Boys look together on my new car seat cover!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Peanut Butter That Doesn't Stick to the Roof Of Your Mouth

Two dogs at door with cartoon character Influencer disclaimer
Bentley Basset Hound: “Woohoo! Chewy is at the door and that means something yummy for my tummy!”
Pierre Westie: “I think you mean yummies for OUR tummies.”

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

TV Shows We'd Like To Watch

Bentley Basset Hound: “Let’s face it, most summer tv viewing is BORING! We enjoy listening to music and Mom can’t wait for Trial and Error to begin this month. She happened upon it last summer and thought it was hilarious.”
Pierre Westie: “We would be amazing tv stars. Maybe we could start a reality show or revamp an old show. I can think of several television shows we’d like to see…”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What Are the Differences in the Bayou Boys?

Two dogs with one tiger toy
• Pierre is fast as greased lightning. Bentley is slower than frozen molasses. If a toy is involved, Pierre will always get it first but when it comes to food, Bentley will win every time.

Monday, July 9, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News July 9, 2018

 Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News and weather for the week of July 9, 2018. We have scoured the world for the best animal news and as always, we have avoided politics 100%. Let’s check in with my co-anchor Pierre for today’s top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News with mail truck on screen
Pierre Westie: “This one had us all laughing in the newsroom. It seems two 6-year-old Lab/Mastiff dogs that live on a five-acre farm in Virginia tend to get themselves into mischief. It happened again in June when their owner found a hand-written note in their mailbox from the neighborhood letter carrier. It explained that both dogs had crawled into her truck and ate her lunch which consisted of an egg, some carrots and pumpkin seeds. The letter went on to express concern over the boys’ tummies. She knew her dogs had done wrong, so she bought the letter carrier a gift card to Subway along with an apology from the boys.
   In my opinion, letter carriers could pose a threat but if they have edibles on board, then they can’t be all bad! I also think these two dogs will strike again!”
BFTB NETWoof News set with dog anchormen
Bentley: “Karma can be deadly. That is what a gang of poachers who illegally entered a reserve in South Africa intent on killing rhinos for their horns recently found out. A pride of lions killed two, possibly three of them. The poachers were armed with high-powered rifles equipped with silencers, an axe, wire cutters and food to last several days.
   Rhino horns are used in traditional Chinese medicines and prized for their medicinal value. There is no science to back up these claims but the belief is killing rhinos. Poachers cut off their horns causing them to bleed to death or they just kill them and take the horns. Karma and a pride of lions said, “Not this time.”
Pierre: “We know this embedded Twitter clip is unusual for us but after you watch it, we think you’ll agree that it was necessary! This is a shout-out to all of our feline pals. Stay awesome my friends and always show your human who rules the roost!”
BFTB NETWoof News set with dog anchors
Bentley: “Speaking of our cat buddies, there is always so much talk about dogs during the summer months but remember, cats get hot too! Ideally, cats should be indoors during the hottest part of the day. If that isn’t an option, make sure your cat has access to fresh water and shade. An elevated bed under a patio is nice since it will allow air to flow around your kitty and be out of the direct sun. How does your feline bestie stay cool during these scorching days?
   Let’s check with Paisley to find out if any of us get a reprieve from the heat.”
BFTB NETWoof Weather with Weather Lab Paisley
Paisley the Weather Lab: “Hello everyone! Unfortunately, it is going to be another week of high temperatures but some areas will get some rain to help cool things off a bit.
   If you look at the map, you’ll see the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest is going to be nice and sunny. The temps will be cooler in Washington state so enjoy yourselves! Across the northern states, it will be warm with isolated storms. Those of you in the Northern Atlantic area will love your nice sunny week.
   So where are the storms, you ask? The east coast will see midweek storms and Florida can expect it to be muggy with scattered storms. Most of the southern states will be sunny and hot but scattered showers are always possible along the Gulf Coast. Those of you in the southwest know you are in the monsoon season so keep an eye to the sky for thunderstorms. You also want to be careful during those crazy dust storms! The center of the country will be mostly sunny and hot too. What can I say, it’s mid-summer in America.
   Have a great week and always tune into your local stations for weather updates or warnings in your area.”
Bentley: “Thanks for joining us for BFTB NETWoof News. We hope to see you all week as we explore more fun topics and discover new products. In the meantime, have a wonderful day and be sure to grab yourself some happy.”
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Poaching Karma
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Weekend Fun & Flowers

   Hey! Did y’all miss us yesterday? We had some heavy rains during the day on the Fourth of July which caused the cancellation of the holiday parades and concerts. The sun came out in the late afternoon, so we went to our son’s house for ribs. When we arrived home that evening, no power! I didn’t have a post scheduled and the power did not come back on until after 3:00a.m. I will share that post next week. We are also happy to report that all of our neighbors (except for 2) obeyed the no fireworks rule. It was a MUCH quieter holiday.
   Today, we are joining 15 and Meowing along with Four-Legged Furballs for Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to hop over and visit everyone participating.
• When it is hot, I like to stay inside where it is not hot! Bentley on the other paw loves the heat!
I am looking forward to barbecuing this month.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How to Clean Your Pet's Bowl

Westie drinking from water fountain
Pierre Westie: “MOM!! Bentley is yucking up our water bowl. He is definitely backwashing and it is grossing me out.”
Bentley Basset Hound: “Oh, for crying out loud! I was thirsty before I finished my last treat and if a few crumbs got in the water, you should be grateful. Extra treat bits for you!”
Pierre: “I am not trying to be a whiner, but I would prefer fresh drinking water and that includes washing the bowl. You can’t just swoosh the water around and call it clean. I am talking soap and HOT water to clean the bowl inside and out. After all, I have seen some of the places you stick your tongue and it is rather disgusting.”

Monday, July 2, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News July 2, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the first week of July 2018. Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year? It has certainly flown by for us. Let’s get straight to our top story with my co-anchor, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News set with dog anchors

Pierre Westie: “As you mentioned, it’s July and that means it is time to remind everyone that leaving your pet in the car could be the death of them. Seriously, I hate to be so harsh, but it is the absolute truth. When it is 95°F outside, it only takes 10 minutes for temperatures to rise inside a car to 114° and in 30 minutes the temp can reach 129°. That kind of heat is deadly to a dog or cat. We do hate when you leave us at home, but the risk is not worth the ride and we forgive you the instant you come back!”

Friday, June 29, 2018

5 Awesome Pet Products for 2018

woman sitting on bench
   I was sitting out on the back patio yesterday thinking of some of the awesome new products that we’ve found this year. Since we are halfway through 2018, I thought it’d be fun to look back at some of our favorites. These are things that I wish I’d thought of but am very glad someone else invented them!
5 Pet Products I Love in 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer Sizzlers

Blue Buffalo Sizzlers
Bentley Basset Hound: In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime. Strollin’ through the shady trails with Blue Buffalo Sizzlers® mine. ♪ I’ll hold yours and I’ll hold mine, and that’s a very good sign. These Sizzlers are yummy in my tummy in the good old summertime! Arrrooo!”

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A Different Kind of Love Story

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hey y’all! We have given Mom and Dad the day off so they can celebrate their anniversary. Those two crazy kids went off on an adventure and left us at home to work.”
Pierre Westie: “That is really sweet of us but what are we going to do? Mom usually helps us with a subject and Dad takes the photos. 
   Hey, I know! We can tell a story and draw our own pictures. That sounds like a Terrier-ific idea!”
Bentley: “I see what you did there and I appreciate the idea. Since it is the peeps' anniversary, why don’t we tell their story? We've certainly heard it enough times!”

Monday, June 25, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News June 25, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of June 25, 2018. We’d like to thank everyone for selecting our news as one of your favorite things we do here on the Bayou. I am happy to say that there was a lot of good news to choose from so let’s get to our top story. Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News with Yorkie story and two dogs reporting
Yorkie Photo Credit: PD Pics
Pierre Westie: “When we think of hero dogs, the first picture that usually comes to mind is a larger breed dog like Lassie. The truth is, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Take Fat Heath, a Yorkshire Terrier in Missouri who followed his three-year-old human sister into the enormous cornfield next to their home.

Friday, June 22, 2018

It's a Fun-tastic Friday

   We are joining our feline friends 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs for Friendly Fill-Ins blog hop. Visit their blogs and others for some great answers.
1. My favorite scent is hard to say because it depends on what I am smelling. My favorite flower aroma is Night Blooming Jasmine. When we buy scent chips for our burners we usually get Sugar Cookie. Of course, my favorite smell of all is puppy ears and breath.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Good Ol' Summertime

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hey, Pierre! Guess what day it is?”
Pierre Westie: “Let’s see…it’s not my birthday. Is it Westie Appreciation Day? Most importantly, does it involve cake?”
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Bentley: “I don’t smell cake and there is no such thing a Westie Appreciation Day. At least I’m pretty sure there isn’t. Anyway, today is the first day of summer! We need to remind our friends about some of our favorite safety warnings.”

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Help Wanted on the Bayou

   This is a different post from our usual banter. I’m asking for your help with a couple of things so we can make Barking from the Bayou a fun-tastic place to visit.
Basset Hound at writing desk
• Do you get my replies to your comments? (There is a Notify Me you can check under the comment box)
• Which of our posts are your favorites?
(a)      BFTB NETWoof News
(b)     Humor stories
(c)      Pet tips
(d)     Memes
(e)      DIY
(f)       Reviews
(g)     Contests
• Would you be interested in more Texas travel posts?
• Do you watch embedded videos?

Monday, June 18, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News June 18, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have some great reports along with sports and weather. Let’s get right to our top story with my co-anchor Pierre.”
BFTB NEWS set with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “Thanks! We are used to reporting on dogs doing many remarkable things, so it seems fair that we would run across the occasional mishap. That is what happened in Iowa when a Pit Bull/Labrador mix named Balew was roughhousing with his person on the couch.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Summer Survival Kit Sweepstakes

   It is summertime and we are kicking it off with a fabulous giveaway from Dr. Harvey’s
   The Dog Days of Summer can be “ruff” on a dog so we are giving you a chance to win OUR FAVORITE GROOMING ESSENTIALS. You can always count on Dr. Harvey’s to offer many topical holistic formulas, so you don’t have to expose your best friend to any harmful chemicals or preservatives.
What Is In The Summer Survival Kit?
I’m so glad you asked!
Various Dr. Harvey's Grooming Essentials

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Can Hemp Infused Treatibles Help Your Pet?

   Have you ever wondered if phytocannabinoids could benefit your pets? The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that CBD has “been demonstrated as an effective treatment for epilepsy” in adults, children, and animals. They even found “preliminary evidence” that it could be used in treating Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, psychosis, and Parkinson’s disease. The report went on to state that naturally occurring CBD is safe and not associated with any negative public health effects. [PDF]
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   Treatibles® was the first company to infuse products with phytocannabinoids. The phytocannabinoid oil is extracted from medicinal grade hemp grown in the USA. The all-natural hemp contains more than 80 cannabinoids but less than .3% THC. What that means is your pet is not going to get “stoned” or “high” from ingesting Treatibles.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wrap It Up

Bentley Basset Hound: “You know it is always a great day when Chewy stops by the Bayou. We were running pitifully low on treats, so our paws were crossed as Mom opened the box.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

World Pet Memorial Day Memories

   World Pet Memorial Day is celebrated on the second Tuesday in June each year. It is a day to remember the amazing animals that have been part of our lives. We’ve been blessed with wonderful cats and dogs over the years. It is way too easy to dwell on how much we miss them or our final good-byes. I know they would much rather I remember the smiles and laughs they gave me instead of the tears. Today, in honor of some of my best friends, I am sharing funny stories so they can make you laugh too.
   Meet George. He was my very first dog when I was in junior high school. A dog all my own. The ad in the newspaper was for FREE Cocker Spaniel puppies. I know Cocker Spaniels. I have seen Cocker Spaniels. George was no Cocker Spaniel but he was a great dog. 
   When I lived on my own in a tiny trailer, George joined a motorcycle “gang” down the street. It was really a garage where they worked on cars and motorcycles. He loved to hang out there with them while I was gone during the day. He’d come home with grease on his head after “work.”

Monday, June 11, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News June 11, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to BFTB NETWoof News and Weather. We have fetched some good news along with a bizarre scam alert. Let’s get to our top story. Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “Today we are adding our voice to the Just One Day movement. The idea is to get kill shelters and rescues across the country to agree not to euthanize ANY adoptable animals for 24 hours on June 11, 2018. You can see if your local shelters are participating by checking the list of shelters who have taken the pledge. This day could potentially save the lives of 10,000 companion animals that are killed each day in the USA. We are better than that. To quote founder Mike Fry; For you, it is Just One Day. For them, it is the rest of their lives.”

Friday, June 8, 2018

How to Reduce Your Dog's Shedding 90%

   I belong to a couple of Basset Hound Facebook groups where pet parents come to show off their furbabies. Many of the posts are seeking answers to medical issues. I never give medical advice other than “Go to the vet immediately.”
   There is one question that pops up almost every single day and that is about shedding. "How can I control my Basset's shedding?" Basset Hounds shed A LOT. Most people are not aware of just how much until they live with one. I ALWAYS answer this question with one word,
FURminator in package
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 Why the FURminator?
• It reduces shedding up to 90%
• Helps to encourage natural oil production
• Removes loose or dead undercoat
• Can reduce airborne allergens
• Recommended by veterinarians and groomers
• Easy to handle

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Father’s Day Ideas for the Pet Dad

I’m not trying to make you panic but Father’s Day is a little over one week away! There is still plenty of time to order something totally terrific from Amazon. Since we do most of our shopping there, it was no problem to come up with some great ideas for the Pet Dad in your life.
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Who could resist this fun tee shirt?
Give him a gift he couldn’t refuse.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Doggone Funny Dedication

   Bentley and Pierre eat twice a day at pretty much the same time. Actually, Bentley sets the time that best suits his belly and will hound me relentlessly until he is fed. I can adjust his dinner time a little but when the boy wants his breakfast, nobody is going to stay asleep. This is usually at 7:00a.m. They eat and we all go back to bed for a little while longer. I’ve been gradually feeding them later in the evening, so Pierre doesn’t go too long without something on his stomach. I have worked the time up from 3:30 to 5:00. The time slipped away from me yesterday and it was almost 6:00 when I went to start their Dr. Harvey’s.
   If they gave dogs Academy Awards for drama, these two would have statuettes. Instead, they had this special dedication for me.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

So Unappreciated

Westie and Basset Hound
Bentley Basset Hound: “Pierre, we are going to have to talk with Mom. This is Pet Appreciation Week and I’m just not feeling very appreciated. Are you?”
Pierre Westie: “Now that you mention it, I barked at a guy riding his scooter by the house today. She did not even say thank you. As a matter of fact, she told me to be quiet!”

Monday, June 4, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News June 4, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to another pawsome week at BFTB NETWoof News. I am your ace reporter, Bentley and along with my co-anchor Pierre and our Weather Lab Paisley, we have fetched some of the best pet news around. Let’s get right to our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News desk with two dogs reporting
Pierre Westie: “The Aloft Orlando Downtown hotel has partnered with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to help find adoptive homes for shelter pets. It is the first hotel foster program in Orlando as it joins only a handful of similar programs across the country.

Friday, June 1, 2018

How to Dispose of Pet Waste at Home

   There is nothing like enjoying a summer evening sitting on your patio. I love ours and couldn’t wait to start enjoying it. That means no dog stink. You might remember when we first moved, I wrote a review on Frisco Dog Waste Bags that come in a convenient box for home use. With a smaller backyard, it is important to pick up the boys’ poop as soon as it happens.  
How to Dispose of Pet Waste at Home
small garbage can
   This little garbage can is what I bought to dispose of the used bags. The white bag you can see is a scented trash bag. When it is closed, no problem, no smell but when you lift the lid to add another bag…UGH! There had to be a better way.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Funny Thing Happened on the Bayou

   I was in my office earlier today working on this post. It was going to be a serious post and to be honest, I was not happy with it. That is when I asked Skipper to sneak in and take pictures of the boys hanging out with me. Once they got settled, I gave him the all clear. That is when the Bayou Boys rewrote today’s blog.
Woman at home desk with two dogs on the floor
   This is the picture I wanted. Bentley and Pierre are always in the office “working” when I’m at my desk. Skipper has to sneak because as soon as Pierre senses him, he is up and ready to play.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Pierre's Tummy Update

   You might remember that earlier this month we had to take Pierre to the vet with tummy troubles. They gave us two types of medicine and recommended we buy Prilosec or Pepcid when the meds ran out. As I mentioned in the previous blog, Pierre has always had a sensitive stomach. If he goes too long without eating, it makes all sorts of weird noises. This has been going on his entire life and I explained that to our vet. We have had him checked and there is nothing wrong with him. He is healthy as a horse other than his tummy issues.

Monday, May 28, 2018

BBQ at the Amusement Park #Blogville

Bentley Basset Hound: “We are taking the day off at BFTB NETWoof News to go enjoy the fun and excitement of a BBQ at the Blogville Amusement Park. Paisley the Weather Lab is back at the studio keeping an eye on Subtropical Storm Alberto. Please check with your local weather stations for any warnings or updates in you live along the northern/eastern Gulf Coast. Fortunately, the skies are sunny with a light breeze in Blogville so let’s head out to the Amusement Park!”

Friday, May 25, 2018

Flagology Forever

   I’ll be honest with you, nothing excites me more than picking out new things for the house. Decorating is the best way to make a place your own. Adding your personal stamp to the inside and outside is what changes a house into your home. We have hung photos, paintings and put out our knick-knacks so it looks like us. Skipper has shaped up our shrubs and has the yard looking nice but something was missing.
   There was no question what we needed…a cool new garden flag with the boys’ photo on it. Luckily, I knew just where to turn. Flagology is my go-to site for all flags. We have several garden flags in their seasonal and holiday themes along with some personalized house flags. It never failed that when I changed my flags, my neighbors would smile and come over to admire them. A cute flag is the perfect conversation starter to meet our new neighbors.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bayou Boys in Black & White #Photography

I love black & white photography. There is something about them that draws me in and gives me a peaceful feeling. Over the years, Skipper has taken some wonderful pictures of the Bayou Boys that I wanted to share with you in beautiful black and white. #ThrowbackThursday
We hope you enjoy these with a smile.
Basset Hound profile in B&W

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Chip Chip Hooray!

Me: “Boys, May is almost over, and we have not done our annual Chip Your Pets Month reminder post!”
Bentley Basset Hound: “An entire month devoted to giving your pets some chips. I love when you accidentally drop a chip on the floor for us. The nacho cheese ones are exceptionally tasty.”
Pierre Westie: “Chips are good, but I prefer her to drop some cake.”