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.
   The cats named Tina and Louise are living the good life in San Jose, California. They don’t even complain about not having a kitchen in their tiny place. They aren’t much for cooking anyway. The dad feels bad about using the much-needed space for the cats but had to do what he could to help his daughter’s beloved furbabies.”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Bentley: “It’s amazing what people will do for dogs and cats. A police officer in Brooklyn rescued an emaciated puppy he and his partner found chained to a fence. It was shivering in the freezing rain outside of a park only a couple of days after Christmas.
   When he found out the pup would be put down by the city shelter, he made the decision to save him one more time. The newly adopted Joey is clean, warm and looking forward to a wonderful life with his new dad.”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Pierre: “We are traveling to the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest for this next story. A baby orca has been born and appears to be healthy. That is big news for killer whales since no calves have survived in this particular group since 2015. The group has shrunk from 100 strong in the in the mid-90s to 75 now. The decline is blamed on pollution, the loss of Chinook salmon and noisy boat traffic.
   Orcas are one of the most powerful predators in the world and are found in all of the world’s ocean. Let’s hope that the United States will do its part to keep them swimming along our coast.”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Bentley: “Our last story is one we found really interesting. Did you know the Conservation Biology Institute at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has an amazing claim to fame? It houses the largest and most diverse exotic animal milk samples in the world!
   Why is that important? There are many reasons but the one we thought was awesome is they can analyze the make-up of each animal’s milk and replicate it as near as possible for infant animals that lose their mothers or can’t nurse for some reason.
   Animals are never forced to be milked but several of them like the chimpanzee will allow it in exchange for a treat. Other milk samples are taken from lactating animals if they are sedated for some other procedure. Isn’t that cool?
   Speaking of cool, let’s check in with Paisley for this week’s chilly forecast.”
Labrador Retriever forecasting the weather
Paisley the Weather Lab: “Chilly doesn’t begin to describe the temperatures in New England. Our friends up there are going to experience below 0°F as their highs this week. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. Most of the country is experiencing freezing weather due to an Arctic front that decided to visit. It even dipped down into the low 30's here in Houston!
   The south is about your only chance to be warm and dry. I send my apologies to Ruby in California because she will be getting more rain and they are already waterlogged. Along with the Rockies, ice and snow are on tap from Oklahoma to Maine. It will be snowing in the north, so I know My GBGV Life girls are racing around and having fun.
   I hope everyone stays safe and enjoys extra snuggles to warm up. Many dogs love the cold weather and beg to stay outdoors while others need to be brought inside during these super cold nights. No matter what your situation, make sure your dogs and cats have a place out of the elements.
   As always, stay tuned to your local stations for any updates or warnings.  Back to you, Bentley.”
Bentley: “Thank you, Paisley. I don’t mind saying I love winters in the south. Short legs and deep snow are not a good combination.
   We have a busy couple of weeks ahead and might not be around to visit very much, but we’ll be back on schedule soon. Have a wonderful day and be sure to grab yourself some happy!”
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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.”

Friday, January 11, 2019

Houston's Zoo Lights

   As I promised you, this year we will be sharing more of our travels around Texas. Last night we took advantage of one of the last chances to visit Houston’s Zoo Lights. It is the seventh year the zoo has transformed itself into a winter wonderland. We decided to wait until the holiday crowds dwindled before strolling through the gorgeous lighting displays.
   There are fifteen miles of LED lighting illuminating the ancient trees and shining our way along the path. We enjoyed a story from an interactive talking zebra, wound our way through the Enchanted Forest and watched the Holiday Village Train chug around a quaint village.

Here are some of my favorite Houston Zoo Lights   
Houston's Zoo Lights

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bandanas On the Bayou

   I have been a PrideBites *PAWtner affiliate since September 2014. The reason is simple, they are a fantastic company that hasn’t gotten too big for their breeches! You might remember when PrideBites appeared on Shark Tank and got a sweet deal with Robert and Lori. Since then they have expanded their line with some incredibly cool products.
Red chili peppers and green fronds bandanas
   I love bandanas! Everyone wants their dogs to look cute when they take them out and I am no different. Tying one around Bentley and Pierre’s necks increase their already over the top cuteness to a whole new level!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Bayou Boys' Backyard

Basset and Westie in yard
 Bentley Basset Hound: “Pierre, you know that we haven’t shared too many action pics of us in our backyard lately. I don’t want people to think we’ve slacked up on our patrols. It’s been rainy, you were sick, and the holidays hit but most days we make sure our backyard is safe from intruders.”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Nuts Over Green Coast Pet Pawnut Butter

Green Coast Pet Pawnut Butter
Bentley Basset Hound: “Since this is our first food or treat review of 2019, I need to let you know that I will be in charge of all edible reviews. Pierre will be our go-to expert on toys. We are making this change due to Pierre’s dietary restrictions. It works out well because I love treats and he loves toys. #Win/Win
*We received a jar of Green Coast Pet Pawnut Butter in exchange for our honest review. Barking from the Bayou only shares products that we believe in and use ourselves. All opinions are ours.

Monday, January 7, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 7, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Happy New Year! Welcome to the first BFTB NETWoof News of 2019. We certainly hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. It’s time to get back to the business of reporting good animal news so let’s throw it over to Pierre for our top story.”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Pierre Westie: “I’m so excited for our first report of the new year. California has become the first state to only allow rescue pets to be sold in pet stores. That includes dogs, cats, and rabbits. One state down and 49 more to go. Let’s take a stand against pet stores that sell expensive puppy mill puppies. This is a great step forward. Way to be awesome, California!”
Two dogs reporting the news
Bentley: “You might notice more floppy-eared dogs working as TSA sniffers. Officials report that the agency is replacing the retiring pointy-eared canines (German Shepherds) with Labrador Retrievers. They claim it is because the passengers accept floppy-eared dogs better. It is believed they are friendlier looking and don’t scare children as much as the pointy-eared dogs.
   There are about 1,200 TSA dogs and consist of seven different breeds. They include Labs, Golden Retrievers, German Short-Haired Pointers, Wire-Haired Pointers, and Vizslas. The two pointy-eared breeds are German Shepherds and Belgian Malinoises. It’s hard to believe not a single Basset or Westie is being used.”
Two dogs reporting the news
Pierre: “Researchers at East Tennessee State University are going hog wild over two extinct prehistoric, pig-looking species of fossils recently found. It is a first for the Appalachian region. The university reports the species identified in the clays of the Gray Fossil Site date back some 5 million years!
Two dogs anchoring the news broadcast
Bentley: “Speaking of really old things, among all of the ancient ruins in Rome there is the Largo Di Torre Argentina. It dates back to the 4th century BC and includes four temples and the Theatre of Pompey. It is also where Julius Caesar met his famous end.
   Excavation efforts in 1929 revealed the sunken ruins. Visitors have flocked to this important historical place since that time. It’s not just the history that brings tourists but also the residents who have claimed the ancient ruins as their own…feral cats! They estimate over 250 cats live there today. It’s been over 60 years that the cats have been fed, spayed, and neutered by Roman caretakers. In 1993, two women stepped up and formed the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. Volunteers have helped support the sanctuary and visitors can even apply to sponsor a cat. I think these felines have a really great thing going on in Rome!
And now let’s check in with our favorite Weather Lab, Paisley!”
Black Lab forecasting the weather
Paisley the Weather Lab: “Hey y’all, happy New Year! We have a pretty good forecast for the first full week of January. You are getting normal weather for this time of year in your area, so it makes this report easy.
   The west coast should see sunshine with a few clouds. Our friends and family in the Pacific Northwest will be wet while those across the northern states can expect a wintry mix of rain, snow and really frigid temps.
   Over in the northeast, there will be showers but those along the coast should enjoy sunny days. It’ll be warm along the Gulf coast with some showers. Most of the area is going to have nice weather with temperatures in the 60’s. The Rockies will have snow but the middle of the country will bask in the sun.
   Always stay tuned to local weather stations for any updates or warnings. I hope 2019 is your best year yet!”
Bentley: “Well, that does it for this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. I did want to explain that Mom was not feeling well last week and that is why we did not blog on Friday. Thank you for your concern. She is fine now and we are looking forward to a full week of fun. Please join us! Have a fantastic day and be sure to grab yourself some happy!”
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Speaks

We hope that you join us for the 2019 Pet Parade hosted by Dash Kitten and co-hosts Bionic Basil and me! You can share a wordless or wordy post or tweet to be shared on social media. All DOGS, CATS and any other pet blog is welcome. Don’t let the Parade pass you by!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy 2019

Two dogs celebrating 2019
We hope that you had a peaceful New Year’s Eve and we wish you the happiest 2019!
I will be busy cooking our traditional New Year’s Day meal of ham, black-eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread.
Why have we eaten this every year for as long as I can remember? Here is your answer: