Friday, February 28, 2014

Rope Toys for Fun & Fitness

   Happy Friday!  I’m jumping on the Fit Friday blog hop.  I appreciate my BlogPaws friends, Slimdoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place, and To Dog with Love for hosting.  All three blogs work diligently at urging humans to get their dogs in shape.  I’m sure you’ve heard that if your dog is fat, then you’re not getting enough exercise!  Be sure to visit each of them for great information mixed with a healthy dose of fun!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

And That's a Quote

Hello, thanks for dropping by to visit.  I’m joining my friends Love Is Being owned by a Husky and Ruckus the Eskie for Thoughtless Thursday
 I appreciate them hosting this “anything goes” blog hop.
I have been working on adding some of the quotes from my books on pictures.  I hope to incorporate them in a YouTube video soon.  Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve come up with so far.
**The last two pictures are for my friends in the north who are still enduring mountains of snow.
Have a fun Thoughtless Thursday!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Let the Wordless Wednesday Roll!

I’m joining my friends at BlogPaws Community in the Wordless Wednesday blog hop.
No words are necessary.  If you aren’t familiar with BlogPaws, you should definitely visit to discover the greatest pet bloggers from around the world.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PetBox and Tuesday's Tails

Our 2nd PetBox was pawsome!
Bentley and Pierre received their second winning PetBox of goodies!  They were so excited to sniff out what was inside the box.  Oohh, Bentley could pick up the definite smell of cinnamon.  His eyes lit up and his tail was wagging furiously.  Each item captivated them as I removed it from the box.  We had two toys, two bags of treats, and a perfumed spritz.  It was another great selection.  I’ll let the boys tell you how they liked each gift.
Bentley: “I want to tell everyone about Little Eatz Cinnamon Crunch!  They are fantastic!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mardi Gras Mischief Madness

   What do you get when you combine thousands of dog lovers and over 500 dogs with the spirit of Mardi Gras?  The Krewe of Barkus & Meoux annual pet parade.  This year’s theme was “A Wonderland Tea-pawty.”  A “Krewe” (pronounced the same as “crew) is an organization that puts on a parade or ball during the Mardi Gras carnival season.  The Krewe of Barkus & Meoux was established in 1999 to benefit neglected, abused, and homeless animals.  They work throughout the year helping shelters, pet education, and promoting charitable functions.  One of their programs is the “Spay a Pet & Save a Life” which focuses on spaying and neutering.  All of the money raised during the pet parade stays in our local area to benefit local pet

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Central Park Lake in B & W

Happy National Dog Biscuit Day!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Are you ready for some cool black and white photos?   I’m joining Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever's B & W Sunday blog hop.  You know what that meansclick and hop on the blog icons below to see other great photographs.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

LSU Southern Live Oak

It's Sepia Saturday!  Ruckus the Eskie established this blog hop to entertain our readers with the beauty of sepia photography.  I love to discover the creative ways bloggers transform their favorite photos.  Have a wonderful day and enjoy hopping.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Indigo Fresh & Giveaway

Indigo dog dental treats by PetSafe
 Bentley and Pierre have come to love our postal carriers.  After a few deliveries for them with boxes of goodies, they have decided the mail carrier and FedEx deliveryman are in fact, NOT chainsaw wielding murderers.  Obviously, that is just a dog urban legend.  Earlier this week, two boxes arrived full of indigo Fresh Floss Dental Bones, Fresh Dental Sticks, and minty Fresh Dental Sauce.  The boys were very intrigued (nosey) as I opened the boxes.  The conversation went something like this…

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ready for Mardi Paw

It’s Wordless Wednesday with my friends at the BlogPaws Community.

Pierre is ready for the Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

May I Have The Envelope Please?

Bentley wanted to dress-up to host and
present the awards.
Happy Tuesday everyone!  This is an exciting day at Barking from the Bayou.  We are handing out our first awards.  Last week I received three awards from one of my favorite bloggers, Jenna from Love Is Being Owned By A Husky  It was the first awards that I have received for my blogging so it really meant the world to me.  The rules for bestowing these awards on others seemed pretty loose with no set number of recipients.  I had a very difficult time choosing whom to honor because there are so many great bloggers in my community.  If I awarded all of my favorite blogs, my list would be ridiculously long!  The only stipulation was with the Liebster Award, which is for new blogs. 
The Liebster requires me to share five things that most people don’t know about me.  Well, that’s kinda awkward but rules are rules so…

Monday, February 17, 2014

Scoop That Poop

   This is my first post for the Scoop That Poop campaign.  It is a blog hop hosted by my good friend Sugar, the Golden Retriever 
   I have always scooped the poop from my backyard since the boys do their business there.  For years, I used a shovel and stick to scoop that poop.  It was yucky, but it did the job.  One Valentine’s Day several years ago, my husband gave me the greatest gift ever.  (Disclaimer: We have been married a very long time and he’s given me jewelry, flowers, and candy on every Valentine’s Day)  So what could be better than sparkles, blooms, or sweets?  I came home to a brand new shiny Pooper Scooper with Mylar balloons tied all over it!  Now, I know this may not seem like the perfect romantic gift to some of you.  For me, it was the most thoughtful gift that he could have given me.  Remember, I have used a shovel and stick for 20+ years!  He said the man at the pet store laughed when he explained his purchase was for a gift!
After getting the hang of using my spiffy new Pooper Scooper, I’d bring out my grocery store bag and get to work scooping.  That’s when he came up with this ingenious aid for me.
He took a plastic ice cream tub and cut out the bottom.  Then, he attached handy hangers upside down on each side of the bucket.  I just stick the grocery bag through the center and attach the bag handles to the hooks.  It keeps the bag open and I have the bucket handle to tote around the yard.  When I’m finished, I set it down and unhook the bag.  Then, just raise the plastic container off and tie the bag up tightly.  Voila!  There’s no mess, no fuss!
Eventually, he added screws to the hooks so they stayed on firmly.  It is one of the best inventions that he’s come up with so far!
I’m featuring an infograph from Sugar the Golden Retriever and to illustrate the importance of Scooping That Poop!  Remember, poop happens but you don’t have to step in it!

This is the “Scoop That Poop” blog hop!

Be sure to check out the other blogs for more insightful scoops!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Amos...Black & White

Happy Black & White Sunday!  Dachshund Nola is our host for this fabulous blog hop.  Be sure to hop over to her blog today.

This is a photo of Amos, our solid black Manx.
He was possibly the coolest cat that ever lived.

Thanks Dachshund Nola!

Have a fun Sunday.  Now, onward through the blogs!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sepia Vegas

It’s time for the entertaining and beautiful Sepia Saturday hosted by my friend, Ruckus the Eskie.  Be sure to hop over to their page today!

 I thought I’d get into the spirit of the BlogPaws convention in Las Vegas!
This is a view of the Paris hotel.

Sepia Saturday
Hosted by Ruckus the Eskie

Everyone is welcome to join.  Please share your best sepia pics or videos! 

Simple Rules:

Any Sepia-Related images ~ not only pets!
Grab the badge, link back to your host
Have fun and enjoy!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Special Moments for Valentine's Day

   Nature’s Recipe for Moments along with the BlogPaws Community are sponsoring a Blog Hop to highlight the special bond between humans and their pets.  I thought that Valentine’s Day would be a great time to gush over my special bond with Bentley.  He will still be expecting treats and belly rubs to celebrate the holiday.
   I have loved dogs my entire life.  I don’t believe there has ever been a time when I couldn’t hear the pitter-patter of four feet.  The dog breeds that I’ve enjoyed living with truly run the gamut of size, temperament, and overall “dogginess.”  We had a Beagle and a mixed breed when I was a child.  Barney the Beagle lived to be almost 20 years old!  Since being a married adult, we have had three cats, four German Shepherds, one insane Schnauzer, a Golden Retriever, and our current love, Bentley the Basset Hound.
   I have had a special connection with each of these great animals.  My heart is crisscrossed with paw prints from them.  Every one of them has affected my life and we all shared so many special moments.  Like most pet parents, I could brag about my fur children for days on end.  Since nobody has time for that, I will share some magic
moments I’ve spent with Bentley.
   All dogs bring certain changes to a family.  Bentley is the first dog in my life to give me a career.  That definitely makes him the dog that has been the biggest influence in my life.  He is the reason for my book series The Returns.  Many authors write about life with their dogs but Bentley doesn’t fall into that group.  In my books, he is former FBI Agent #7 Bentley Clanton.  He arrives in Heaven after an arrest goes bad and discovers he is too early.  The Returns Department sends him back to earth in the body of a Basset Hound.  He still has all of his human characteristics and abilities, just in a short hairy body.
Bentley is my cover model
 How did I come up with the idea?  To explain, I need to tell you about my funny Basset.  He is the most human dog I’ve ever seen.  He sits like a scholar, hugs like a man, and loves like a mama’s boy.  There are times when he looks deep in my eyes and I believe he can see all the way to my soul.  He gets the most serious look in his big brown eyes when he locks them on me.  Bentley loves to snuggle and will climb up on the couch to lay his head on my lap or laptop if I’m writing.
   There are many moments that I love sharing with him.  I wake up with a smile every morning because of Bentley.  He sleeps next to our bed and when he wakes up in the morning, he uses his nose to push my covers back.  Then, he takes his ginormous paw to tap my arm.  I open my eyes and he is sitting up staring at me.  As soon as our eyes meet, he puts his paws back on the edge of the bed and gives me kisses.  Now, who could possibly wake up grumpy with that kind of welcome to a new day?
   One of my other favorite times with him is bath time.  He climbs in the tub and after
we brush his teeth, he stands and lets me wash him from head to tail.  Once he is towel dried, I put a towel in the bottom of the tub.  He will sprawl out while I brush and blow-dry him.  He has been known to nod off during this special spa treatment.  When he needs drops in his ears, he will put his head on my lap to allow me to drop the medicine down in his ear canal.  I know that he doesn’t like it but he doesn’t complain or fight the process.  He never fails to give me a hug after anything we do, whether it’s playing, grooming, feeding, and just hanging out together.  Before he goes on to his next activity, I get a hug.  We enjoy our special Mama and Bentley time together.

   He has a perfect number seven on his hip, which is where the story idea originated.  As far as the seven goes, it has always been my lucky number, and he is the seventh dog in our family.  Even though Bentley has a number seven on his coat, he will always be number one with me.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is a blog hop of Special Moments from other loving pet parents.  
Hop over to read more touching stories.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Awards and Reunions

   Happy Thoughtless Thursday everyone!  This is a great hop where you can post on a hodgepodge of topics.  My friends Love is Being Owned by a Husky and Ruckus the Eskie host it.  Their advice on this hop is “Don’t think, just link!”
   I must start this post off with a very thoughtful event.  On Tuesday, Jenna of Love is Being Owned by a Husky presented me with three awards!  I know, right?!  I was so excited!  They are the first blogging awards I’ve received.  She presented me with the Liebster Award, an award of Excellence and the Best Blog Around the World award!  How exciting is that?  I have proudly displayed them on my sidebar.  I will be passing them on to other bloggers in a few days.  I have been so busy nominating blogs for the Nose-to-Nose awards that I will need to go back through and select some for these awesome awards! 

   Thank you from the bottom of my heart for these incredible honors, Jenna.  It means so much to me.  Everyone be sure and visit her blog.  She has three hilarious Huskies and since she has already received these awards, I can tell you her blog is awesome.

   Earlier this week I wrote a post about my daughter, Jessica and her new husband, Keith coming for a visit.  We have been keeping Pierre, her Westie with us since last June.  He and Bentley have become best buds!  When they arrived, Pierre was so excited to see everyone.  I took him out front on his leash so Bentley wouldn’t knock him over to get some kisses of his own.  I don’t really think that it dawned on him that it was his mama.  He is always so hyped whenever we have company.  He was just kissing and greeting my daughter, my son –in-law, and my son.  
   Once we came inside, Jessica sat on the couch and Pierre jumped in her lap.  It was at that moment he discovered it was his MAMA!!!  He went completely nuts.  He jumped on her head, laid down on her, jumped back up for a million rapid-fire Westie kisses, and his tail was spinning like a helicopter propeller!  It was such a wonderful reunion.
   He loves Mom and Dad and stays beside them constantly.  He sleeps on them, performs all of his tricks, and is even happier than usual.  That is not an easy thing since he is the happiest dog that I know!
   Bentley was thrilled to have his sister back home.  He loves her husband and not because he gives great belly scratches.  He does, but he also loves dogs!  Bentley throws himself belly up every chance he gets.  They became great friends in a matter of minutes.
   I’m still working on the YouTube videos but I hope to have the reunion posted soon.  Until then, I have a photo of my daughter, Jessica and Pierre.

Thanks for stopping by for Thoughtless Thursday.  
Enjoy hopping to these other great blogs and have a great day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday

   It is BlogPaws Community Wordless Wednesday Blog hop!  Hopping from one blog to the next is quicker when you don’t have a long post to read, so hop through all of the great blogs featured below.
   I try to keep inside the rules but today is the last day for the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose award nominations.  I did step outside of the line and post some information concerning this at the bottom. 
Thanks to all of the great people at BlogPaws for hosting this hop.
Happy Hopping!

Bentley is such a Snuggle Bug Basset.  

3rd Annual Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging Awards
Today is the last day to nominate a blog for BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose awards that is presented in Las Vegas during the annual convention.  Anyone is able to nominate a blog for an award.  You don’t have to be a blogger or a member.  If there is a blog that you enjoy, please take a couple of minutes and nominate them for one of the prestigious awards.  Here is a list of the categories that you can nominate your favorite blog.
*Best Cause Blog             *Best Post Blog             *Best Dog Blog              *Best Cat Blog
*Best Other Pet Blog      *Best Pet Blog Photo      *Best Pet Blog Video
*Best New Pet Blog        *Best Humor Blog          *Best Pet Micro Blogger
*Best Use of Media by 501(c) 3                          *Best Design
You can nominate as many blogs as you’d like.  It was brought to my attention that I need to provide information here in the event that someone wants to nominate me for any of these categories. No matter whom you nominate, the important thing is to get online today before the nominations close.  Here is the link:  I truly appreciate everyone’s support in helping me grow my blog!  If you have the urge to nominate me in any of these categories, here’s my information they form requests. 
Blog Writer’s Homepage:
Contact Name for Blog Owner: M. K. Clinton
Contact E-mail for Blog owner:
How long has this New Blog existed: 2 ½ months
Twitter Account: @mk_clinton

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Doin' Double Tuesday

Love is in the air… or is that dog treats cooking?  To your dog, it’s the same thing.  I am participating in my first Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop hosted by two awesome bloggers, Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kolchak Puggle.  Be sure to hop over to their posts.  You’ll love them!
I am posting three tasty treat recipes today.  Your best friend will know how special they are when they taste a homemade treat.  Remember, nothing means lovin’ like something from the oven!

  I have had this Liver Dog Cookie recipe for years.  My German Shepherds loved them.  I used them in training for the show ring and tricks.
Liver Dog Cookies
1 lb. Beef Liver (Frozen)
½ cup Yellow Cornmeal

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.  Blend liver while frozen at puree speed.  Add to dry mix and stir until well blended.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350˚ for 20 minutes.  Cut into small squares and store in sealed Ziploc bag or airtight container.

This cookie recipe is another that has been around for a while.  Being able to prepare your dog a homemade treat is very fulfilling.  Making them treat in cute little dog designs is even better!  Of course, for Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to use hearts.

Cutout Canine Cookies
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¼ Cup Oatmeal
½ Tbsp. Baking Powder
6 Tbsp. Peanut Butter ~creamy
1 Tbsp. Honey
½ Cup Milk
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.  Stir in peanut butter, milk and honey mixing well.  Knead into workable dough, roll dough to approximately ¼” thickness.  Cut out your cookies with a fun cookie cutter, hearts, bones, and dog breeds are available.  Bake in 375˚ preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

For a special occasion, why not go all “Martha Stewart” on your dog?  Ha-ha!  This delicious recipe is from Martha and she has many fabulous recipes you can try.  I thought these biscuits sounded scrumptious! 
Dog Biscuits
Makes about 5 dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside
2. Place oil in a large bowl.  Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock.  Mix well.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick.  Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.  (Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog's size.)
4. If desired, you can spell out your dog's name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won't stick).
5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets.  Repeat with remaining dough.
6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes.  Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more.  Turn off oven, leaving door closed.  Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours.  Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Bentley & Pierre give all of these recipes Two Paws Up!

Tuesday’s Tails
I’m doing a double Blog Hop today since it is Tuesday.  I can’t forget all of the dogs that need “fur-ever” homes this week of love.  Today’s post is personal since this dog wandered up out of the woods to my niece’s home.  She is fostering him but need to find a home a.s.a.p.  Their German Shepherd pup just had extensive surgery and a third pup is not in their budget. 

Thanks to Dogs ‘N Pawz for hosting this wonderful blog hop! 
Please visit the other blogs to see more adoptable pets.
Be sure to look at the adoptable pets under the PetSavers tab on this page.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mom's Love in B & W

Happy Black & White Sunday, I hope your weekend has been great so far.  I am joining two of my favorite bloggers, Sugar the Golden Retriever and Nola the Dachshund for a great hop through some beautiful B & W photos of dogs, cats, and other living things.

Someone has a love connection coming!  Pierre doesn’t know it yet, but his mom, our daughter, and her new husband are coming for a visit today!  He hasn’t seen her since July.  I’m expecting Westie~Hyper~Overload.  He is staying with us, Grandma, Papaw, and “Uncle Bentley” until Mom and Dad move to the lower 48! 
We are all so excited to see them.
 Have a wonderful Sunday!
Thanks to Sugar & Nola for this cool B & W blog hop!
Be sure to hop over to theirs and the rest of these B & W blogs!

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Yummies Dog Treats for Valentines Day

This is “Thoughtless Thursday” Blog Hop hosted by my friends, “Love is being owned by a Husky” and “Ruckus the Eskie.”  Be sure to visit both of their blogs.  They are always very entertaining!  You can hop around and read a little bit of everything. 
    I have wanted to do a recipe post; they always look so fun.  My Pinterest board titled Dog Yummies; is full of great recipes. 
    Here are three scrumptious recipes you’ll find “pinned.”  I appreciate Rosalyn from “Sugar the Golden Retriever” (one of my favs), Monica from “Lick the Bowl Good,” and Paula Deen at for the use of their recipes.

Cheesy Dog Treats
Servings: 24 treats

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Easy
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix cheeses with oil.  Stir in flour, dry milk, and salt until blended.  Add water and knead until dough comes together.  Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut out treats using a cookie cutter.  Repeat until all dough is used.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until treats are golden brown.  Allow to cool thoroughly before serving to your four-legged friend.
Note: You can substitute whole-wheat flour for the all-purpose to make an even healthier treat for your dog.

Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Cookies from Tasty Treats for Demanding Dogs
·                     3 cups whole wheat flour
·                     1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
·                     2 teaspoons baking powder
·                     1 1/2 cups milk, at room temperature.
·                     1 tablespoon molasses or honey
·                     1 1/4 cups creamy style peanut butter
·                     1/4 cup chicken broth
Position the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease or use parchment paper to line two cookie sheets or baking trays.
In a large bowl, using a fork or whisk, combine the flour, rolled oats, and baking powder.
In a medium bowl, using a whisk or an electric mixer, beat the milk, molasses OR honey, and peanut butter together until smooth.  Stir in the chicken broth.
Using a large spoon or spatula, combine the two mixes, blending until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms soft dough.  If the mixture seems a little dry, add a little more broth a tablespoon at a time.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured flat surface.  With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick.  Use a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as you can, reworking the scraps as you go.  The dough will become stiff as it is reworked.
Place the cookies side by side on the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cookies appear very dry and the edges are light golden brown.  Turn off the heat and leave the trays in the oven til completely cool.  Leave undisturbed for 8-16 hours.  This will allow them to become shelf stable and completely dried.
~Makes about 13 dozen 1-inch treats.
NOTE: Some dogs don't tolerate milk.  Substitute according to your dog’s needs.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sugar the Golden Retriever's Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato, 
Coconut Oil, 
Turmeric (optional)
Peel a sweet potato and cut into sticks.  Coat the sweet potato sticks with coconut oil.  Sprinkle some turmeric.  Bake it for ~ 30 minutes at 350 (convection bake).  For crispy fries, change bake to broil on last 5 minutes of cooking time.
*Keep in mind; if you are watching your dog’s weight, sweet potatoes contain high levels of carbohydrates and sugar. 
Thanks for visiting today.  I hope at least one of these treats find their way into your dog’s Valentine surprises! 
Thanks to my hosts for this great hop.  Have a “hoppy” Thoughtless Thursday!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

National Pet Dental Health Month

We are joining BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday to promote 
National Dog Dental Care Month.  
Thanks to my friends at BlogPaws for hosting!

Every month is Dental Care Month for Bentley.
He LOVES to brush his teeth.

Thank you for visiting!
Now, onward through the blogs~

Monday, February 3, 2014

First Aid/Emergency Kit for your Dog

 Do you have a 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 a weekend or a holiday. 3:00 a.m. is no time to be rummaging through cabinets to find something to stop a bout of Basset barfing. Most over-the-counter medicines for humans are definite no-no’s for pets. Ask your veterinarian which products are okay for your dog and the proper dosage according to its weight.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Black and White Wishes

I am joining in Black and White Sunday Blog Hop hosted by 
Nola the Dachshund and Sugar the Golden Retriever. 
 Thanks for making Sundays more fun! 

Hop on to these great blogs
for more B & W photos!