Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Day After

The Bayou Boys are ready for it to be all about them again! 

   Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! The outpouring of love was overwhelming and made turning 60 very special. 
   I had a wonderful day and my husband spoiled me by taking me shopping for a new purse and perfume. Those are two of my favorite things! My son and his family treated me a wonderful dinner. 
   My plan was to come home and write a fun post for today. What actually happened is that I received phone calls from my family that is scattered from New York to Washington and several states in between. Of all the amazing things that have been invented in my 60 years has to be the ability to FaceTime with people. It is wonderful to talk and see my mother, brother and daughter even though they are so far away. 
   Anyway, that is why I don’t have a fun-filled post today, but I am so thankful and blessed beyond words. 
*Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a container of Treatibles Soft Chews for your dog or cat!
Visit our “Let’s Talk Treatibles” post to enter!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Doing 60 on the Bayou

Pierre: “Today is our Mom’s birthday and for the past few years, Bentley has interviewed her about growing up and getting older. Some of his questions seemed kinda harsh so I thought it’d be a good idea to join him this year. At her advanced age it might not be a good idea to get her all riled up.”
Bentley: “I am never harsh with her. She knows a good journalist has to dig in order to separate fact from fiction. Our readers want to know if she actually rode a dinosaur to school or if she trudged 5 miles one way in the deep, deep snow. Heck, I want to know!”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

What's In the BFTB Office?

Two dogs laying in a room
This is the typical scene in the Barking from the Bayou office. Bentley and Pierre like to keep me company. This is how they usually sleep with Pierre on the Kuranda bed and Bentley under my card catalogue. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News March 18, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome once again to BFTB NETWoof News. I hope nobody is feeling green from too much celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day! We have fetched some feel-good stories to ease you into the new week. Pierre, what’s our top story?”
Pierre Westie: “It was a tough choice because all of this week’s stories are awesome. We decided to lead in with the most bizarre and we think you’ll agree it is definitely tops.
   The town of Fair Haven, Vermont has a new mayor and she is the GOAT. I’m not talking about the Great Of All Time…nope, this 2-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln is the town’s new pet mayor! The idea started as a fundraiser for a new playground. Residents could enter their pets as candidates for mayor in the town meeting day ballot for $5. Lincoln will make appearances in the local parades and festivals.”

Friday, March 15, 2019

Let's Talk Treatibles

   One of the biggest new trends in pet care is the use of phytocannabinoid infused products. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the onslaught of products that all claim to help your pet. Let me help you wade through the confusion surrounding the use of full spectrum hemp oil for companion animals. I'll also tell you why I trust Treatibles® Full Spectrum Hemp Oil and Chews for the Bayou Boys.

What is Phytocannabinoid?
   Phytocannabinoids are naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis and hemp plant. All animals have an endocannabinoid system that helps maintain the physiological neurological and immunological systems in their body. When there’s a deficiency in the body, receptors will use the phytocannabinoids to help create balance as well as provide support for relaxing, repairing or restoring.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Bayou Boys' Bond

   I was thinking about how lucky we are that Bentley and Pierre get along so well. They are both so different but make the perfect duo. Who would have thought a lovable Basset Hound and a feisty Westie would become inseparable? I know that isn't always the case with dogs. One of the things I am most thankful for is the tight bond the boys have formed. Let me explain further. 
The Bayou Boys’ Bond
They are best friends.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Waiting For the Walk

   The Bayou Boys love to go on their walks. We never say the word “w-a-l-k” in front of them or they begin their “We are going on a walk” dance. This dance makes preparing to leave the house a challenge. 
Bentley: “I wouldn’t hound you so much, but you are sooooo slow! All we need is our harness and leash. Why do you insist on packing a bag?”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A Conversation with a Basset Hound

   Bentley and I were discussing the Basset Hound breed the other day. I thought he’d enjoy learning about his heritage as I brushed the usual ton of hair off him.
     Here’s your chance to be the “fly on our wall.”
Me: “Did you know that your sense of smell is second only to the Bloodhound? I guess that is why you are so busy sniffing everything on our walks.”
Bentley: “That is true and why you should never let me go out without a leash. I’ll be the first to admit that when I pick up a scent, it’s total tunnel vision until I discover the source or the scent fades. That could be a long way and then I’d be totally lost. Of course, you’d be ugly crying. It’d be a bad scene.”

Monday, March 11, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News March 11, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of March 11, 2019. We missed you last week but have fetched some primo news to make up for our absence. Let me toss it over to my co-anchor, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News set with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “Thanks! Our top story is going to give you all the feels. 
   A man drove his diesel from California to New York a total of 2,800 miles one way to rescue a pit bull that was scheduled for euthanasia. He had been making a routine delivery in California when his wife sent him the link to a dog that looked like their dog, King, that they’d recently lost to cancer. Mario felt an kinship with the dog. He said, “I couldn’t save King, but I can save a couple in his honor.” That’s when he asked his boss to find him a delivery in New York and he called the shelter and told them he was on his way and begged them not to put the dog down. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Spring Forward 4 Flowers

Tulips in Washington
This weekend most of the United States will set their clocks forward one hour. Daylight savings time officially begins Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2:00 AM. That gives us more daylight in the evenings and less in the morning.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Howling Over Mutts Gone Nuts

   You might remember when I told you about the gorgeous painting our children gave us for Christmas in the Picture Perfect Gift  post. What I didn’t reveal at the time was this was only part of our gift. 
Tickets for Nuts Gone Mutts
   They also gave us tickets to see the hilarious dog comedy show, Mutts Gone Nuts. (We raised some awesome kids!) 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Introducing Chewy's Pharmacy

Bentley Basset Hound: Chewy stopped by our house to deliver a package. We were super stoked because Chewy brings delicious treats and other goodies.”
Pierre Westie: “Each time the blue box arrives on our doorstep, our tails begin to wag, and our noses begin to sniff. There was something strange about this delivery, so we decided it was time to investigate.”

Monday, March 4, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News March 4, 2019

The BFTB News team was called out on an important assignment but will be back next week with more news and weather!
Our regular posts will continue tomorrow.
Have a wonderful day.

Friday, March 1, 2019

To Think That We Saw It on

This is a weekend of great jubilation
It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration!
We want to join in the whimsical fun
But there is a * review to be done.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

How to Make a Tulle Mardi Gras Collar

Mardi Gras season is in full swing and if you are looking for a quick and easy costume for your pet, this is it! A tulle collar looks great and wearing it didn’t bother Pierre at all.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tips on Being a Responsible Pet Owner

woman with two dogs on a responsible pet owner poster
February is Responsible Pet Owners month. Before the month becomes a distant memory, let me share some of my favorite tips for being a responsible pet owner.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

What is a Snood?

Basset hound wearing a snood
   One of the questions I am often asked after posting a photo of Bentley eating is, "What is on his head?".
   It is a tube-like covering that keeps his ears from getting in his food. It is called a snood and for long-eared dogs, it is a miracle.

Monday, February 25, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News February 25, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of February 25, 2019. There are some great stories so let’s throw it over to Pierre for our top story.”
two dogs hosting newscast
Pierre Westie: “Thanks, Bentley. We are starting out this newscast with a report about a truly remarkable woman. Her name is Maisie Green and she is 89-years-young. Dogs Trust rehoming in Basildon, England has recognized her for knitting and donating around 450 blankets and sweaters for their shelter dogs. It takes her three days to knit a blanket, but she can whip up a doggie sweater in one day! What a wonderful way to turn a hobby into a gift for others.”

Friday, February 22, 2019

How to Feed Your Dog a Raw Diet When You are Super Busy

   Many pet parents are interested in feeding raw but the thought of adding extra work to their already full schedule scares them away. Believe me, I understand. Your day is already full of being an adult and all that is involved in doing grown-up stuff. How in the world can you prepare a healthy raw meal for your dog when you are usually microwaving a frozen meal for yourself?
   Well, fret no more and begin feeding your best friend an amazing freeze-dried raw complete diet.
• Freeze-dried fresh high-quality meat is first ingredient (chicken or beef)
• Fresh vegetables & fruits
• Contains NO chemicals, preservatives, additives, fillers, dyes, synthetic ingredients, or by-products
• Made in the USA without salt, sugar, soy or wheat

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Love Your Pet Day 2019

Happy Love Your Pet Day!

Bentley: “Wait a minute! Don’t you love us every day of the year?”
Pierre: “Shhh, this could mean treats, toys, and belly rubs all day! You know they can’t resist celebrating a howliday with us.”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Am I Being Manipulated by My Dogs?

   When I am looking at stories for the Bayou Boys to report on BFTB NETWoof News, it always amazes me how many studies are done to prove what pet parents already know. Dogs and cats are super smart and can be very manipulative. 
Here are some of the ways I am manipulated.
 Every. Single. Day.
This is the exact look I wake up to every morning.
• Wake Up ~ Bentley wakes me up around 6:00 each morning so he can go outside. He noses the cover back and gives me a kiss. It is so incredibly sweet. Then, he begins scratching the sheet until I get up. Of course, Pierre gets up and joins us because they get a treat when we come back inside. We usually sleep another hour or so before he is ready for breakfast. There is no snooze button on a Basset.

Monday, February 18, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News February 18, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof news and weather. We hope you are ready for some good animal stories because we have fetched some doozies! Let’s check with Pierre for our top story.”
Pierre Westie: “You know everyone loves a wedding and the SPCA Tampa Bay in Largo, Florida turned that love into a furbulous fundraiser! They recently hosted wedding-like ceremonies for animals to help raise much-needed funds. 
   The ceremonies ranged from $30 to $100 and included their special timeslot, a checklist, a digital save-the-date card, a wedding toast, and marriage license. All the new couples were entered in a chance to win a honeymoon package too! From what we understand, none of the participants got cold paws and the weddings were lovely.”

Friday, February 15, 2019

Barking About Hallmark's American Rescue Dog Show

   Something happened over the Christmas holidays that I haven’t really talked about, but I am here to set the record straight. I was surfing through the tv channels when I stopped on the Hallmark channel. It was a romantic Christmas movie and just like that, I became addicted to Hallmark movies! If you love romance and happily ever afters, tune to the Hallmark channel and enjoy the sweet love stories. Most of them only last 90 minutes so they don’t take up your entire evening.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Choose Sweet Potate'r Chews from Dr. Harvey's

   Happy Valentine’s Day! Since the Bayou Boys aren’t impressed with flowers and they can’t have chocolate, their gift was a no-brainer.
   When it comes to treats, it doesn’t get any simpler or tastier than Sweet Potate’r Chews. That’s because it is made with one ingredient, dehydrated sweet potatoes! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Exploring the Neighborhood

Yesterday we showed you how the Bayou Boys enjoy their Backyard Shenanigans. Today, we are going to show you where we go for our walks.
The sidewalks on our main streets are beautifully maintained and the gardens are overflowing with flowers.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Backyard Shenanigans

Do you ever wonder what the Bayou Boys do when they are running around in the yard? Well, this is basically how they spend their time. Of course, when the Texas sun is shining, they love to lay in the grass and absorb some rays.
Bentley Basset Hound
Bentley is listening for someone to move so he can bark and let them know these premises are protected by a Basset Hound.

Monday, February 11, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News February 11, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have some great stories for you so let’s throw it over to my co-anchor Pierre for the top story.”

Pierre Westie: “For Valentine’s Day week, we have some stories about love and rescues starting with a dog that was labeled ‘Britain’s Loneliest Dog’ after spending over five years in a rescue shelter.
   Freya is a six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix that is described as a sweet and friendly bundle of joy and affection. The shelter’s deputy kennel manager voiced her concern after over 18,000 visitors and not a single adoption offer for Freya. They weren’t sure if her diagnosis of Epilepsy was a deterrent or not, but she is such a great dog that it seemed so unfair for her to spend years waiting. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Memories in Black & White Day #2

Welcome to Friday and the weekend! We are continuing a look back through some of our favorite black & white photos of the Bayou Boys.
Enjoy Day #2
Bentley can look so serious sometimes that I have to wonder what he is thinking. My bet is that it has something to do with food or world peace.  

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Memories in Black & White Day #1

   I was looking through some photos and realized it had been a long time since we posted any black and white photos. As we looked through the endless pictures trying to select a few, I realized that there were many favorites. We decided that we could make two days of black and white fun!  
Enjoy Day #1
Dog nose
This nose knows…

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February's Love Letter

Dear Mom,
   Can you believe it is already February? I was perusing our calendar and noticed we will be celebrating a number of human holidays. In addition to Make a Friend Day, there’s Groundhog Day, Fat Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day. You’ll notice that those are all one day celebrations and really have nothing to do with pets. Not to say that we don’t appreciate a little something-something on February 14th. Just sayin’…
   Pierre and I set about trying to dig up some special howlidays for pets and guess what we discovered? 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Help! My Dog Has Diarrhea

   Today I want to discuss something that nobody wants to talk about, but everyone has to deal with it. I’m referring DIARRHEA. No matter how careful that you are with your dog and their digestive system, it is going to happen. Loose, liquid or frequent stools are not uncommon in dogs of all ages. There are a multitude of reasons and can be as simple as a change in their diets.
   No matter what the cause might be, there is one question on every pet parent’s lips; “How do I make it stop?” In the past, you might have tried an emergency diet of boiled chicken and rice with some canned pumpkin mixed in for good measure. Then, it is a wait and see situation. In the meantime, your dog feels yucky and there is good chance that your carpet is going to need steam cleaned.

Monday, February 4, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News February 4, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to our first BFTB NETWoof News for February. This is the month of love and there is nothing we love more than sharing the good news with our readers. What’s our top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News set with two dog anchors
Pierre Westie: “We are excited to report that after more than 100 years without a single baby tortoise sighting on the Galapagos island of Pinz√≥n, a group of tiny, shelled babies have been found.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Just Joking!

The Bayou Boys are still working on their stand-up routine. We hope you enjoy these jokes and don’t worry, we’ll let you know before their Vegas debut!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Collar Warning

   PrideBites Collar
   Do you leave your dog’s collar on all of the time? I’d read that they could pose a danger but to be honest, I’ve always left my dogs’ collars with their id tags on them. Most of the horror stories I’ve read involved the dogs fighting or getting the collar caught on furniture. Since we are usually home with the boys it didn’t seem to pose a problem. The main reason I’ve always left them own is for identification should they ever get lost. Yes, they are microchipped but most people immediately look for a collar. Did I mention neither of the boys has a strong recall? If they get out, they will take off like greased lightning.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Corn Chip Paws

Basset on dog bed with Westie watching
Pierre Westie: “Ugh! Are you eating corn chips? You know that I can’t eat that kinda stuff. Actually, no dogs should eat corn chips but I definitely smell them. It’s just you and me here so…”
Bentley Basset Hound: “What are you yammering about? You woke me up from a sound sleep to ask me if I was eating corn chips? Have you ever seen me eat a corn chip? Think about it while I finish my nap.”

Monday, January 28, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 28, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News and weather. We hope that you enjoyed the weekend and are ready to hear this week’s good news. Let’s fetch our top story from my co-anchor and best bud, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “This first story is a reminder that we need to always keep an eye out for our smallest pets. A hungry hawk decided to swoop down and pick up a tiny Chihuahua. The bird must have gotten tired of carrying the squirming pup because he dropped him in mid-air.
   Thankfully, the little guy wasn’t hurt too badly and was treated for wounds to his head and chest. The damage from the talons was minimal. The pup is recovering from the traumatic experience with his foster family for the next few weeks.”

Friday, January 25, 2019

Gator Alert on the Bayou

Pierre: “As we have previously mentioned, due to my stomach issues, Bentley will be reviewing our treats and I am in charge of toys. I am super excited to share my newest Strong ‘N Silent™ toy from our friends at Trusty Pup®. They realize that play is a vital part of a dog’s life and have a great line of fun toys. This is their gator and he is built to last!”

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hey Good Looking

Basset Hound and Westie
Bentley: “Pierre, have I told you lately that you’re a very handsome Westie?”
Pierre: “Thank you very much! I try to take care of myself and even though I loathe grooming, I tolerate it to maintain all of this magnificence.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 Pet Blogger Challenge

   I am participating in the 9th annual Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by Amy at We have joined the fun in previous years and thought it'd be awesome to check back in this year. It’s a wonderful way to discover new blogs, help and support fellow bloggers. These questions are designed to help us and our readers better understand and offer help to one another. Thanks!
 1. For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?
   Answer: We celebrated five years of blogging on December 13th and are looking forward to year six. If this is your first visit, I blog with The Bayou Boys a.k.a. Bentley, an 11-year-old spoiled Basset Hound and Pierre an equally spoiled West Highland Terrier-ist. They keep us laughing and hopefully do the same for our readers. My husband does all of our photography so Barking from the Bayou is truly a family affair.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Appreciate What?!?

Pierre Westie: “Due to the importance of bringing you the best news around, we missed paying homage to the evil beloved tree rats squirrels. That’s right, January 21, 2019, was Squirrel Appreciation Day. Can you believe those glorified rodents have a day dedicated to them? It always makes me scratch behind my ear to think about appreciating a squirrel.
   It’s obvious that a lot of people like squirrels. Some fill feeders for them in their backyards and others go to parks with bags of peanuts to hand out to the little beggars. Did you know that NYC had its first ‘Squirrel Census’ in Central Park last October? The numbers should be out this spring but I’m guessing it is a bazillion. Central Park is huge with a gazillion trees! 

Monday, January 21, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 21, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of January 21, 2019. We have once again fetched some of our favorite stories to help put a smile on your face. Pierre, what’s our top story?”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Pierre Westie: “This first one falls under the category of lucky cats. A couple of 20-pound kitties were needing a place to stay when their human left for college. Since her father was not able to keep them with him, he decided to rent them a $1,500-a-month studio apartment in Silicon Valley! The area is experiencing a housing shortage so the cost of renting is through the roof.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Enjoying Our Quiet Time

Westie in a crate
   When we take the Bayou Boys with us in the car, they travel in their LifeStages™ crate. They love riding in it and they’re much safer than being loose in the car. We also used our crate when Pierre was so sick to keep him confined.
   In the past, we’ve always put a regular-sized dog bed in the crate for the boys’ comfort. The problem is they were too bulky and took up a lot of their room. I’ve looked at crate mats, but they all seem too thin for my spoiled babies. This bed is the perfect thickness in the crate.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ditch the New Year's Resolutions Day

Did you make any resolutions for 2019?
We are trying to take better care of ourselves which includes only healthy foods and lots more exercise. You’ll be glad to know that we are on track but…
Dad took this photo of me catching some extra zzz's the other day. I thought it would be perfect to represent
Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ready for Stand-Up

Now for your entertainment pleasure, we proudly present our comedy duo...The Bayou Boys!
Wait...they get better!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hats Off to Hat Day!

Today is National Hat Day and the Bayou Boys
LOVE a good hat.
Pierre chose a fireman’s hat because the girls like a man in uniform and he thinks he's hot! Hey, where’s the fire?

Monday, January 14, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 14, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to another week of BFTB NETWoof News and weather. We have fetched some great stories that you are going to want to share with your friends. Pierre, what is our top story?”
two dogs anchoring the news
*This "bad guy" is actually my brother! Read about this headshot and more at the end of the news.
Pierre Westie: “We have long known that dogs are excellent judges of character. A recent study by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan takes a look at how trusting a dog is after it has been lied to by a human.
   The study had participants first point their dog to a container with food. The trusting dog hurries over to the container and is rewarded. When the person points to an empty container, the dog runs over to it and is disappointed. When their human points to a third container, the dog no longer trusts the human and refuses to be tricked again. Dogs used their previous experience to realize the person cannot be trusted.
   The bottom line is never trick your dog or they will learn not to believe you. That also includes the old ‘fake” throw trick. We don’t think it is funny.”