Monday, April 23, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News April 23, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News and weather for the week of April 23, 2018. It has been a busy week for news so let’s go to my co-anchor for our top story. Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof Dog News television set
Pierre Westie: “There are not many words that strike fear into the hearts of pet parents more than cancer. That is what a family in England expected when they took Maisy, their 8-year-old St. Bernard, in to have a mass removed from her spleen and to find out why her stomach was unusually full.
   Imagine their surprise and relief when the veterinarian informed them after the surgery that the mass was four stuffed teddy bears! The toys belonged to the family’s Chihuahua and Maisy was apparently playing keep away from its little friend. She has recovered and is doing fine. Hopefully, she won’t be BEARY hungry again!”
BFTB NETWoof News television set about a cat
Bentley: “Let that serve as a lesson to you about trying to kill and eat my stuffies. It can be hazardous to your health.
   Did you know that Disneyland® is home to approximately two dozen feral cats? The cats have been given free rein of the park since they were evicted from the Sleeping Beauty castle back in 1955. The cats that live on the grounds today are not part of the concerted effort to control the rodent population, but we feel certain they earn their keep. The ‘Cats Members’ as they are known is looked over by a team of Disney employees and are spayed and neutered to prevent overpopulation.
   Although they are mostly hidden among the lush landscape of the Disneyland grounds, if you look very closely you might just spy one of the lucky felines. Of course, visitors are urged not to interact with the cats since they are feral.”
BFTB NETWoof News team with photo of them flying plane behind
Pierre: “I bet they make Mickey and Minnie pretty nervous! Speaking of nervous, if you are trying to get your pet on an Alaska Airline flight as an emotional support pet, you had better make sure they are the real deal. The airline already requires a letter from a mental health professional and a health certificate for the animal. Beginning on May 1, you will also need a signed affidavit stating your animal is trained to behave in public and you are responsible for their actions. All this information must be submitted 48 hours before your flight.
   This all stems from the trouble with people bringing ‘fake’ emotional support pets on flights. There have been reports of passengers and flight attendants being bit and uncontrolled animals running up and down the aisles. It’s a shame that the airlines must resort to this extra paperwork but as long as humans try to skirt the law, we all pay the price.”
Bentley: “I’ll just keep my paws on the ground. You know we like to bring you feel-good stories and this last one is truly aww-inspiring. 
   A 17-year-old Blue Heeler is considered a hero after following a 3-year-old girl into the mountains when she wandered away from her grandmother’s home. Although partially blind and hard of hearing, Max stayed close by the toddler and was able to hear her granny’s voice the next morning, ran to get her attention. The girl was found with only minor scrapes. Max is now an honorary police dog in Queensland, Australia.
   Paisley, you know what it’s like to keep up with a toddler. It’s not an easy job, is it?”
Paisley the Weather Lab: “Awww! That is such a sweet report. My little sister just turned two and she can wear me out! Of course, I wouldn’t think twice about staying outside overnight to protect her either. It’s what any good dog would do!
   Hopefully, all the dogs and cats will be inside this week since there is a lot of rain in our forecast. We have showers in the north with mild temperatures. It will remain cold and breezy in the mountain states. The Idaho Pug Ranch could have had snow over the weekend, but it looks like our friends at My GBGV Life in Minnesota are finally feeling more spring-like temperatures in the 60’s.
   The entire east coast will have rain or scattered showers with thunderstorms down in Florida. The south is expecting isolated showers and a few storms while the middle of the country won’t get wet until midweek.
   If you live the southwest, you can break out the sunscreen because you are in for some warm and sunny days. The west coast should be nice from California all the way up to Washington!  
   Tell me in the comments what the weather is doing in your neck of the woods. As always, stay tuned to your local weather for any warnings or updates.”
Bentley: “It’s that time of year where the weather can be very unpredictable. Who could imagine snow at the end of April?
   We hope that you have entered for a chance to win Pierre’s birthday sweepstakes. Don’t forget to get your daily free points by visiting our Party on the Bayou post. *You can also click on the photo above. Some lucky reader will win, and we hope that it’s you.
   This week is going to be fun with reviews, memes and more excitement than you can shake a tail at. Please invite your friends and join us each day.
   On behalf of the BFTB NETWoof News team, stay safe and be sure to grab yourself some happy.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Talkin' About the Revolution Pet Pro

   The greatest thing happened this past February during Puppy Bowl XIV. I’m not talking about the puppies being adopted or hours of adorable television although those things are fantastic! No, what I am referring to happened to me after the Puppy Bowl halftime show. I was doing what I love to do during this show and that is joining my friends on Twitter to discuss the cuteness overload. After the kittens performed, I sent out the following tweet: 
   You can imagine my surprise when I received a response from Bissell®. They are sponsors of the annual Puppy Bowl and were offering me a Revolution Pet Pro carpet cleaner. I’m sure my neighbors heard me squeal! We were in the process of buying/selling homes, so I asked them to wait until we settled in Texas before they shipped it. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

How to Take Your Pet Anywhere as a Flat Pet


   Do you love sharing Instagram and FaceBook pics of you and your pets in wild and crazy locations? They are always fun, and I have seen dogs travel to some incredible places. If you are traveling by car and your pet is up for a road trip, that’s great. But let’s face it, there are some places where your best friend is simply not allowed. Neither of the Bayou Boys are able to fly in the cabin of an airplane. That means if our vacation is by plane, they get left behind because we refuse to put them in cargo. Still, I can't help but think of all the fabulous photo opportunities I’m missing!
   If only there was a way to bring them…but how? 
I have two words for you 
FLAT PETS

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Birthday Sweepstakes...What's In It For You?

Pierre Westie: “Thank you so much for all of the birthday wishes! I am one lucky dog to have so many friends. Have you entered to win my birthday sweepstakes? One lucky reader will win a fabulous prize package that could be used for a dog or a cat!
What Can I Win or What’s In It For Me?
That is an excellent question and I am here to tell you what you could win.
Chewy.com mascot at front door with Basset Hound and Westie
If you are the lucky winner, you will receive
A beautiful blue box from Chewy.com containing $25 worth of goodies!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Party on the Bayou

Westie wearing a birthday cake hat
Pierre Westie: “SQUEEEE!! Today is my 7th birthday and I’m so excited to show you pictures of my party. We celebrated a day early so my mom could be there. I can’t tell you how tail-wagging happy I was to be able to spend this momentous occasion with her. Best. Day. Ever.

Monday, April 16, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News April 16, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of April 16, 2018. We appreciate you joining us. Pierre is very excited to share the top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News set with Pierre's newborn photo
Pierre Westie: “I hate to say that the top story is all about me, but this just in…tomorrow is MY birthday and we are celebrating in a big way! I will be seven and wanted to share the fun by hosting a giveaway. You are ALL invited to stop by here tomorrow to see party pics and fetch the details of the contest. I sure hope there will be cake and ice cream.”

Friday, April 13, 2018

Texas Bluebonnets Will Brighten Your Day

   We are joining Rosy and the gang from LLB in Our Backyard for Flower Friday! Hop over and see what else is blooming in Blogville.
   Texas and Bluebonnets go together like peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs or chips and salsa. The beautiful bluebonnet flower has been loved in the Lone Star state since cowboys settled the land. In the early days, Spanish priests gathered the seed and grew them at their missions. That is why some people believed the plant originated in Spain. This is not the case since the two-predominant species of bluebonnets grow naturally in Texas and no other place on earth.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Bayou Boys Choose True Chews

Bentley Basset Hound: “Yee Haw! Chewy showed up at our door with another blue box. My nose immediately went to work trying to decide if it was something good to eat.”
Chewy mascot standing on box at the front door of two dogs' home
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Pierre Westie: “Mom opened the Chewy.com box and I was thrilled to know that it was something GREAT to eat. We were drooling over these True Chews® Premium Jerky Cuts made with REAL SIRLOIN STEAK! Yes, you read that correctly, we are talking made in the U.S. with beef that is both satisfying and nutritious. They don’t add corn, wheat, soy or any artificial ingredients so Mom knows we are getting a high-quality treat.”

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I Scream for Ice Cream

   The Bayou Boys took the day off so I could share with y’all a most amazing adventure! As we announced on this week’s BFTB NETWoof News, our daughter is visiting us this week. That seemed like the perfect opportunity to hit the road and discover some new places. We hopped in the car and headed to Brenham,Texas. It is the home of Blue Bell Ice Creamery where "they eat all they can and sell the rest!"  
Blue Bell Creamery antique delivery truck
   The Brenham Creamery Company began in 1907 making butter from excess cream the local farmers brought. A few years later, they decided to make ice cream. They delivered in town by horse and wagon. In 1930, the company changed its name to Blue Bell Creameries in honor of the native Texas bluebell wildflower. They continued to make butter until 1958 when they started making ice cream full time. We are so glad they did!
Girl and cow statue representing the Blue Bell logo
Here’s the Scoop on Blue Bell Creamery
They churn out 240 little cups of ice cream and
50 half gallons of ice cream per minute!
It takes 50,000 cows to produce the milk for one day’s worth of ice cream.
The work area is kept at a cool 62°.
The ice cream is sent to the blast freezer overnight where the wind chill is -100°
Blue Bell Creamery elevator looks like a barn
We could have taken the stairs but how do you resist this adorable elevator?
Women in Blue Bell barn photo op
 💗 A duo, it’s true-o, it’s forever me and you-o 💗
Woman with head in ice cream tester cut out
   I have found my dream job!
three cups with scoops of Blue Bell ice cream
Heaven in a cup! Skipper and I had a scoop of the pecan pralines ‘n cream and Jessica chose mint chocolate chip. 
I will admit to moaning out loud with the first few bites until I caught myself!
Wall of Blue Bell ice cream cartons
   Blue Bell is only available in 22 states but ranks as one of the top-selling ice creams in the country. If you just can’t resist the urge to try some of the country’s best ice cream, you can order it to be shipped anywhere in the USA, but it will cost you a pretty penny. Check their website for prices but don’t panic, it also tells you how to have a friend ship it to you.
   If you are ever in the Houston area, Brenham is a little over an hour away. The Blue Bell Creamery is worth the drive and fun tasty way to spend a couple of hours.
Blue Bell has some wonderful commercials but this is one always made my father-in-law laugh so it is my favorite.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

National Sibling Day Means...

Bentley Basset Hound: “Today is National Sibling Day and even though Pierre is my brother from another mother, we consider ourselves siblings.”
Pierre Westie: “Having a sibling means having a best friend that loves and tolerates you…most of the time! We thought today would be a great time to look at what having a sibling mean to us.”
Having a Sibling means...
Basset hound and Westie walking on leashes
You never have to walk alone.

Monday, April 9, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News April 9, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of BFTB NETWoof News. Our broadcast is a little different this week because most of our stories revolve around the BFTB family. Let me toss it over to Pierre for our top story.”
Pierre Westie: “I can barely contain my excitement with our top story. As many of you know, I didn’t always live with Bentley. As a young dog, I lived with his human sister, Jessica. You can read more about how I came to be an ace reporter on our Pierre’s story tab. Anyway, my mom a.k.a. Bentley’s human sister is visiting us from Washington state. It has been almost two years since I’ve seen her, but one look and I knew! You could say that I lost my mind and couldn’t hold my licker. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Talkin' Towels

Pierre Westie: “You probably remember Bentley bragging about his new PrideBites canvas bed the other day. He made a big deal out of it having his name on it. I’ll admit that I might have been a little bit jealous. Good old sibling rivalry had me needing to one-up him. That is just what I would happen with a new towel from PrideBites! All I needed to do was convince Mom.
Purple towel from PrideBites with Pierre and Westie picture on it
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   No problem! She loves to visit the PrideBites site and design things like collars, clothing, and blankets. Once I gave her my sad puppy dog eyes she was putty in my paws. She jumped at the chance to make my wildest towel dreams come true.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

How to Make a Pet First Aid & Evacuation Kit

Do you have an emergency first aid kit for your dog?
   No matter how careful we are with our pets, illness and accidents happen. It’s always best to be prepared so you’re less likely to freak out. If your dog is anything like mine, they only seem to get sick in the middle of the night on the weekend or a holiday. I think we can all agree that nothing gets you out of bed faster than the sound of your dog vomiting!
White dog with meme: I don't always get sick
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

If Your Dogs Can't Do This...

   There are few things that irritate me as much as people that refuse to pick up after their dogs. It is International Pooper Scooper Week and I am once again climbing on my soapbox to preach to the choir. I say that because I feel sure that most of my readers are responsible pet parents who always pick up after their dogs. Since this is the case, please feel free to print this post out and share it with those who are shirking their doodie duty.
Basset Hound using a pooper scooper with meme. Copyrighted MKCLINTON
No Excuses
There is NO excuse for not picking up your dog’s doo. It is just that simple. It’s your dog and unless they can clean up after themselves, the job lands squarely at your feet. Bend down and put it in a dog waste bag. If you don’t have doggie bags, use a grocery store bag, a bread bag or anything you can carry. Don’t walk away and leave it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Limited Ingredient Treats with Unlimited Taste

Westie and Basset answering front door to Chewy.com mascot
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Bentley Basset Hound: “We love when Chewy visits and were relieved that he had no trouble finding our new house! You can always count on him bringing the very best things for us. Today was no exception. Am I right, Pierre?”
Pierre Westie: “You are barking the truth, my long-eared friend! We received a bag of Natural Balance® L.I.T. treats for dogs. Ours is the Potato & Duck formula but there are five other varieties to choose from including Sweet Potato & Venison.”

Monday, April 2, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News April 2, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the first week of April 2018. We hope that you had a lovely weekend. We have fetched some great reports so let’s get right to our top story with my co-anchor, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News set with Westie and Basset
Pierre Westie: “Our first story serves as a warning to all of our furry friends in Britain. Authorities are urging dogs to avoid getting in the mud due to a deadly disease known as Alabama Rot. There have been 29 deaths so far this year, so it is necessary to take some precautions. Avoid mud if possible but if your dog does get muddy, wash it off as soon as possible. Check for any lesions or wounds and if you find one, go immediately to the veterinarian.
   While the exact cause of Alabama Rot is not known, it could lead to kidney failure if not detected early. Figures show 80% of all cases result in death if the diagnosis comes too late for proper treatment. That is a scary statistic!”