Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Back-to-School Pet Safety

*This post originally appeared on Barking from the Bayou August 14, 2014. A few updates have been made. 
Bentley: “Hey Pierre, it’s time our annual back-to-school safety post. We are at our local school so we can share some important information with you. It’s close enough to walk from home and that sure beats riding the school bus.  Mom even packed us a lunch.”
Pierre: “This is a great classroom. I’m going to sit up front, so I can be the teacher’s pet. We are learning about School Supply Safety today. It looks pretty interesting so far.  What kind of safety concerns can we find in a classroom?  I mean other than bullies, slamming our paws in lockers, falling out of my chair, and algebra?”
Bentley: “Why is algebra a safety concern?”
Pierre: “I heard Mom say that Algebra kicked her butt.  I am steering clear of that ruffian. Just look for me in the reading circle during recess.”
Bentley: “Ummm, Okie dokie. Maybe we can examine a couple of the kid’s lunch boxes and backpacks for safety hazards. There is the Lost and Found box. Go rummage around and find something we can use. We are going to talk about the dangerous things that pets can get into this time of year. School kids are very sometimes messy. It’s amazing what trouble a dog can find in their stuff besides uneaten homework.”
Pierre: “I found an old backpack in the Lost & Found. The weight alone could cause me a severe injury.  It’s a good thing that I’ve been working out or I may have gotten a hernia just from lifting this bag! Let’s dump it; I smell some kind of fruit candy.”
Bentley: “Good sniff job; but it’s not what you think.  *unzipping backpack  You smell this box of scented markers. If you eat one, it can make you very, very sick.  Trust me; they don’t taste good. They are like the vanilla extract of school supplies. Your nose thinks it smells tasty, but it really makes you gag and spit.  The main difference is that marker spit is really colorful!”
Pierre: *Hee Hee! “The spit would be cool, but I’m not a fan of gagging. You know if it got on my white fur, it’d stain. Okay, cross the delicious smelling markers from the taste test. What else do you see?”
Bentley: “Holy moly! Is that a breakfast cheese Danish? It is covered with green fur. Let’s eat it. Hurry, I hear Mom’s footsteps!”
Me: “Bentley! Put that down this instant. Ugh! That could have made you sick as…well, a dog. It’s important that all leftover food be emptied from lunchboxes or backpacks. Old food can cause stomach problems like vomiting and diarrhea. The bags and wrappers can also pose a choking hazard. You can’t have those raisins either. Gross, those ARE raisins, aren’t they?”
Bentley: “I’m not sure, lemme try it, and I’ll tell you. Ha! You almost gave them to me! Raisins are bad for dogs!”
Pierre: “Check it out, Mom! I used paperclips and built myself some braces. *Cheesy grin Do they make me look like a 6th grader?”
Me: “Yeah, you look really mature. Here, let me get those off your teeth. Paperclips are another school supply danger. They can cut your gums, or you could swallow them. If you managed not to choke, your insides would be in jeopardy.” *Removing faux braces
Bentley: “Aww, you won’t let us put anything in our mouths. What about these pens and pencils? Surely, no harm can come from chewing on a pencil. If I accidentally swallow one, I’ll just eat an eraser and they would cancel each other. Let me show you.”
Pierre: “If Bentley gets to eat a pencil, then I get to eat one too.  No wait, I want to eat a pen.”
Me: “Neither of you is eating a pencil. Those little splinters can become lodged in your mouth and esophagus. Erasers are definitely not digestible. I’ll put these out of your reach. No pens either, especially not the caps. What else is in there?”
Bentley: “There’s some small stuff at the bottom. *Snuffles head into bag SCORE! I call dibs on the money.  There must be at least 58¢ down here. Finders keepers, losers weepers. *Shifts into reverse and backs out with a mouth full of coins. Mhrmph.”
Me: “Spit that nasty money out of your mouth!  *Bentley spits and sputters out coins  It’s important that dogs never put coins in their mouths. Coins come in a variety of sizes, but any of them can cause choking. Some coins can even lead to zinc poisoning. If you eat coins and they don’t come out the other end after a day or two, you’d need to be x-rayed. That would not be fun.”
Pierre: “What about this glue stick? I’ve heard that little kids eat paste. This is just in an easy-to-lick dispenser.”
Bentley: “The idea of you gluing your mouth closed is kinda funny, but don’t lick that. It says on the tube Do Not Eat…that probably means licking too. Look, it’s a jumbo pack of gum. Pierre, do you know how to blow a bubble?”
Me: “Sorry. You can’t have gum either. Several sugarless gums contain xylitol. Even a little bit can cause a life-threatening drop in blood sugar. In large amounts, it can cause liver failure. That’s really scary.”
Bentley: “I guess that it is a good thing we went through this backpack. There are lots of things in here could hurt dogs and cats. It’s important they are kept zipped and out of reach.”
Pierre: “Just in case; it’s a great idea to have your vet’s number handy and Poison Control. The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-800-213-6680. A fee of $39 per incident applies.  ASPCA Poison Helpline is also 24/7 at 1-888-426-4435. They charge a fee of $65. You can check to see if there is an Animal Poison number in your area that is free.”
Me: “There are more items to be aware of like scissors, electronics, crayons, and rubber bands. Library books and textbooks are expensive. They need to be kept away from pets.”
Bentley: “If your pet and children have spent their summer days playing, the start of school could leave your pet bored. Be sure to leave your dog in a secure area with toys, water, and a place to rest. Extra after school playtime is recommended for pets and children.
Pierre: “We wish all of the furless kids in Blogville a super school year. A few precautions can help keep your pet safe.”
Bentley: “Don’t forget to kiss your dog or cat good-bye before you leave for school each day! School Supply Safety Class is dismissed.”
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Monday, August 19, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 19, 2019


Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have mostly personal news today but I’m going to let Pierre share the top story.”

Friday, August 16, 2019

Snoozing on the Original Dog Pillow

The Original Dog Pillow
Pierre: “As the official toy expert, I really lucked out when we received The Dog Pillow Company’s Original pillow. Although it is fun to run around with it in my mouth, it is so much more than a toy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Why I Don’t Take My Dogs to the Dog Park

   Let me begin by saying that I think dog parks are a wonderful place. I encourage people to use them and feel like it makes communities more desirable to dog parents. We have never taken the Bayou Boys to a dog park for a number of reasons. The first being where we used to live didn’t have one and then when they opened it people dropped their dogs off and kids swam in the dog pond. Thanks, but no thanks. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 12, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 12, 2019. We have some good stories to help put a smile on your face today so let’s toss it over to my co-anchor, Pierre, for our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “Thanks, Bentley and welcome to all of our friends! Our top story made me grin when it came across my desk. It is from Switzerland which is known for its wonderful people like our friends, The Swiss Cats.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Cruising Along with My Pet DMV License

Bentley Basset Hound: “They’re here! They’re here! Pierre, hurry!!”
Pierre Westie: “What are you barking about? What’s here? This had better be good because I was having a great dream.”
Bentley's licenses from MyPetDMV.com
*Barking from the Bayou received two sets of license from MyPetDMV.com in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we love and think will benefit our readers. MyPetDMV is not responsible for the content of this article.
Bentley: “Well, this is a dream come true. We finally have our very own driver’s license. Mom ordered them from My Pet DMV, and they are absolutely incredible. We selected our Texas license, but you can pick from ALL 50 states and Canada! They look just like the real deal and only take about 5 minutes to create on their website.”
Pierre: “Oh my dog! I’ve been wanting my own license since I was a pup. They fixed us up with one wallet size and three keychain/collar ID tags. It’s hard to believe they only charge $19.95 for all of those and you can order additional pets’ licenses for only $9.95 at checkout. That kind of savings makes it easy to order licenses for the whole family…even your feline siblings. Cats like to drive too!”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Trip to the Vet

Westie at vet
Pierre Westie: “Y’all are not going to believe what we were forced to endure on Monday. Mom and Dad took us to the V-E-T. It all started a few days ago when I began scratching and rubbing my right ear. Mom examined it but didn’t notice anything unusual and there was no foul odor. Still, after watching it over the weekend, they decided I needed to see the doctor. I feel better sitting in Mom’s lap in the office.”

Monday, August 5, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 5, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 5, 2019. Well, if there was ever a need for some good news, this is the week. Humans have not made it very easy here in the United States. Pierre, what do we have to put a smile on our readers’ faces today?”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “We actually have the purr-fect top story that had tails wagging in our newsroom. 
   There is a Maine Coon cat living in Pennsylvania that is kicking litter over the myth about cats not liking water. Tissy is a five-year-old rescue who enjoys a dip in the family’s pool at least once a week.