Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Thoughtless Thursday Conversation with Bentley


When I decided to start writing a blog, I knew it was important to share the news with my family.  My husband was supportive and the kids thought it would be cool.  Since I’ve spent the last year writing books loosely based on my dogs, I thought it was important to explain blogging to my Basset Hound, Bentley.  The following is how that conversation went…
     Me: “So Bentley, mama is thinking about doing a daily blog.”
     Bentley: “Well, you had better not do it on the living room floor cuz you can’t cover it up and Daddy might step in it.”
     Me: “No, that’s not a blog.  That’s poop and something completely different.”

     Bentley: “Can I eat this blog?”
     Me: “No, a blog is writing a small story where I’ll write reviews, give opinions, maybe some recipes, and some funny stories.”
    Bentley: “Let’s talk more about the recipes.  Recipes lead to food, which could be important to my stomach and me.  What kinda reviews and opinions are you gonna be doing, maybe restaurants offering doggie bags?”
     Me: “I was thinking about writing book reviews, give opinions about life, recipes for desserts, and things to make people laugh.”
    Bentley: “Yeah, I don’t like the idea of book reviews, you only read those mushy books.  Plus, you never say anything mean and we both know humans like to read about people’s failures.  What about dog stuff, everybody loves dog stuff!”
     Me: “I was going to add daily pet tips at the bottom of every blog.  Why would you say humans like to read about people failing?  Not everyone is like that, you know.”
    Bentley: “I watch TMZ and have you ever seen those fashion chat shows?  Seriously, you humans can really be vicious to each other.  How about writing about dog products?  You can buy me stuff; I’ll test it and give you a dewclaw up or dewclaw down.  We can be canine critics!  Everybody enjoys a dog’s opinion.”
      Me: “What are you doing watching those shows?  Besides, you have plenty of stuff that we can review now.  Maybe we can write about your shampoo, toothpaste, or dog treats.”
     Bentley: “Pierre watches those shows and I hear them while I sleep.  Don’t get me started on ‘The Bachelor’.  Good grief, I love the Westie but he does enjoy some drama!  I like my shampoo, love my toothpaste, and if you’ll notice, my treats are running low.  I think that I should write this blog then companies can just send me their latest and greatest products for the best in Basset care.”
       Me: “You paws are too big to use the laptop.  Anyway, you are already in The Returns and getting a bit of an ego.”
      Bentley: “It’s hard to be humble being me.  This conversation is making me hungry.  Can you scratch my belly before you fetch me a treat?  Hey, do a blog on making sure your dog is well-fed and getting lots of treats.  Everybody loves making their dog happy.”
         Me: “Ok, how about I try a general blog to get used to the process and see how that goes.  Roll over and I’ll scratch that itchy tummy.”
        Bentley: “Ok, a little to the left and under my arm…yeah right there.  Oh YES, see how my leg is jerking?  That’s how you know you hit the right spot.  You should blog about scratching a dog’s belly, that’s information everyone needs to know and embrace.  Humans love to make their dog happy.”
After a couple of months writing generic blogs on a variety of subjects, I discovered the joy of dog blogging and the great people associated with the pet blog genre.

           Me: “Bentley, I think that I am going to start writing strictly about dogs.  You know, review some dog products, health tips, and maybe a few dog treat recipes.  I’ll call it Barking from the Bayou.  What do you think?”
            Bentley: “Wow, mom!  It seems some handsome hound mentioned that in the beginning.  Hmmm, yep I am pretty sure it was ME!  You could blog about how to help all of the dogs in shelters, too.  Just saying, those pups need to have homes like Pierre and me.  Can I test the treat recipes?”
            Me: “You’re right.  I think writing about shelter dogs is a brilliant idea.  Ok, that settles it.  I’ll change over to ‘Barking from the Bayou’ dog blog and cover homeless dogs, great pet products, and feature some dog recipes.”
            Bentley: “Can I eat this blog?”

As you can tell, Bentley has a one-track mind and stomach.  Now, he insists on credit for inspiring my books and my blog.


I am joining two of my great blogger friends, Ruskie the Eskie and Love is being owned by a Husky, who are hosting the brand new blog hop, Thoughtless Thursday!  Please show them some love and hop around to these other blogs.


29 comments :

  1. Bentley! You wanna eat the blog? Hahaha. And ooh my. ..how close you get to your sapien. Such a great photo!

    Thank you dear friend for your support and encouragement for Thoughtless Thursday! I can't wait to hear more of Bentley's convo.

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  2. You are more than welcome! I love the idea of getting to legitimately be thoughtless! LOL! Bentley wants to eat everything. : )

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    1. Bentley, you and I are going to be good friends...especially with that mentality! I love to eat and I am always hungry for treats!!!

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  3. Cute! Maybe Bentley need his own blog and social media accounts. If I can manage it, he could too! with the new touchscreens pawing out a post is a snap for us dogs!

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    1. He would become addicted to Pinterest with all of those food pins, then expect me to actually cook the ones I have on my Yummy and Dog Yummy boards.

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  4. I think it was actually ANOTHER handsome dog who told you to name the blog "Barking From The Bayou"....that was Dakota...oh wait!!! It was his MOM hehehe...glad to see you took the suggestion!!!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you like it. There are so many great names already being used like Dakota's Den and Cat Chat....haha : )

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  5. Haha! Great conversation, you had me smiling the whole way through it!
    Especially when bentley said, "you can't do that on the floor! Daddy might step in it" LOL :))
    Too funny!
    Thanks so much for joining Ruckus and I in the new hop!
    Happy TT!
    ((Husky hugz frum da pack!))

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    1. Thanks! I hope that it is a huge success. I certainly enjoyed being thoughtless!

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  6. Haha! I think your tv might need some parental controls! I can see where they'd get a certian opinion of people after watching that stuff! Maybe restrict it to shows with dogs: The Littlest Hobo, Fraser, Full House, the upcoming Puppy Bowl... (clearly couldn't think of any recent tv).

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    1. Isn't that a reality check on the state of programming these days! It is difficult to even find a cartoon suitable for my dogs to enjoy! LOL!!

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  7. I love it! Thank you for sharing your conversation. ;) (oh and Cooper says to feed Bentley even more treats since it is exhausting being such great inspiration) Meghan from 2catsandacattledog.com on Thoughtless Thursday

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    1. Bentley said that he and Cooper could be great friends! Thanks for stopping in to my Thoughtless Thursday!

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  9. Brownie likes Bentley's thoughts and thanks Bentley for the great belly rub he received while we were reading this thoughtless Thursday conversation. Brownie is all for any new recipes for dog treats.

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    1. I'm so glad that you and Brownie enjoyed our blog. Belly rubs are a must while reading and tell Brownie that we have several great recipes on our Pinterest Dog Yummies board! http://www.pinterest.com/mkclinton/dog-yummies/

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  10. Actually he has a point, anyone from Mars watching reality TV would have a very unflattering view of how people treat each other…he he he don't blog on the floor BOL

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    1. Isn't that the truth. Maybe I should just let them watch TV land with all the old tv shows!!

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  11. I think that talk about the belly rub is really important. You can blog about that. All we dogs do like a good belly rub.

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    1. Food, treats, water, play, and bellyrubs...life's essentials!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I am so happy to have you visit!

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    1. I'm glad that we could share some laughter! Thanks for hopping in to see me!

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  14. LOL!!! Tooo funny! I read it out loud and Bella is wagging her tail and snorting. Colin is just giving me the big eye "Momma, let's go to bed!" look . . .

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    1. Bella understands the importance of food, treats & belly rubs! Poor Colin must be exhausted...I hope you are getting some sleep!

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  15. Beautiful conversation and photos. Bentley you can't eat the blog! Have a great night.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have yourself an awesome weekend!

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  16. Sounds like Bentley has some definite ideas about how to write a blog!

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