Monday, September 8, 2014

BFTB NETWoof News 9/8/2014

"Our top story: Dogs like petting."

Bentley: “Welcome to Monday’s edition of BFTB NETWoof News.  Our top story tonight; a study published in Behavioural Processes shows that dogs prefer petting to verbal praise.  They tested 42 shelter and pet dogs with two people.  One person gave verbal praise while the other person petted the dog.  The study measured the amount of time the dog spent with each person.  The dogs in the study preferred being petted.  What do you think Pierre?”
Pierre: “That seems like a big duh to me Bentley.  Why don’t the places that spend time and money doing studies, just ask dog parents?  I do have to challenge the part of this study that says dogs have no more interest in spoken praise than they do in not interacting at all.  I enjoy Gramma talking to me, you know unless she starts yammering.”
Bentley: “More on Mom yammering later in the broadcast, if she isn't watching.  Back to our top story, the good news is that petting lowers dog’s heart rate and blood pressure.  It seems that petting a dog is not only good for our humans but for ourselves as well.  Pierre.”
Pierre: “We were reminded of the importance of knowing what we eat before we consume it.  Our friend Greta from the Idaho Pug Ranch found some mushrooms a bit too tempting.  Even though they didn’t stay in her stomach long, it was long enough to make her very sick.  She was rushed to the ER and immediately admitted.  As of news time Greta is stable.  The anchors here at BFTB are wishing her all the best.”
Bentley: “Mushrooms spring up so quickly and some do look delectable.  A rule of paw is never ever eat mushrooms, unless they are smothered in gravy over a chicken fried steak served by your mama.  Should you eat a wild mushroom, it’s important to induce vomiting and get to your veterinarian immediately.  Do not consume a mushroom.  Get well, Greta.”
If you have seen Cherry Bomb, please call 1-800-FAVBALL*.
Pierre: “On the Police Blotter; Blogville’s mayoral candidate Murphy Doodle has offered a reward for his beloved Cherry Bomb ball.  Murphy is understandably concerned and with the big debate approaching, he needs to keep his eye on the political ball.  He describes the Cherry Bomb as bright red, approximately 3” in circumference and fun.  It’s not clear if this is a case of ball napping or an accident.  If you see or know anything about the Cherry Bomb, please contact Murphy at *1-800-FAVBALL.  As always, they don’t want your name, just your information.”
Bentley: “Let’s take a look at sports.  Our house was filled with cheers as our LSU Tigers beat Sam Houston Bearcats a whopping 52 to 0.  There was a lot of pregame grilling and partying.  It’s no wonder that LSU has won the title of Best College Tailgating School.  Perhaps we can get a live remote from our Baton Rouge affiliate, Miss Harper Lee.  The dock diving world is on alert as our friend fifteen-week-old “Hooch” made his first independent jump into the water.  Could this German Shorthaired Pointer follow in his amazing dock diving diva sister Cello’s paw steps?  We will certainly follow Hooch as he gets his paws wet in the sports world.”
Pierre: “As far as our weather, it continues to be wacky.  While our friends in the west are keeping their hopes up for rain, the Midwest is considering arks as a new means of transportation.  Here in the bayous, it will continue to be hot, humid, and hazy.  We are expecting rains midweek.”
Bentley: “Does it say anything about thunder in those reports?  It doesn’t say there will be thunderstorms, does it?  Not that I’m scared or anything; I’m a professional.  Does it say anything about thunder killing thousands of dogs every day?”
Pierre: “No, there doesn’t seem to be any facts whatsoever to back up those statistics.  Thunder can’t hurt you.  It’s the lightening that is dangerous.  Luckily, no thunderstorms are forecasted here.”
Bentley: “Thank you for joining us for another edition of BFTB NETWoof news.  We keep our nose to the ground in search of the stories you need to know.  Our tipline, a.k.a. our email is always open.  For Pierre and myself, have a great week.  Be sure to reach out and grab some happy.”
*1-800-FAVBALL is for entertainment purposes only. Do not call. ☺  

We are joining our hosts My Brown NewfiesAlfie’s Blog, and Snoopy’s Dog Blog for Mischief Monday.  Have fun laughing along with these other mischievous blogs!


  1. Hey! Haven't been in touch much, just really busy! Hope things are going well - hugs!!!

  2. Bailie keeps trying to eat the mushrooms that are growing in the grass these days and Mom keeps saying drop it. I'm getting so tired of hearing drop it, leave it. That girl always has to be putting something in her mouth! As for petting and talking, I prefer both. I suspect at my NW1 trial today, Mom and I will be doing lots of both. I'm kind of nervous, but with the Vikings big win yesterday, I'm hoping it is a sign for a winning week!

  3. Ball napping sounds like a serious crime

  4. I'm so sad that this evil mushroom was there and Great is so sick now. I wish we would get a little rain now soon, after a wet summer we've got a heatwave now, that's not comfy :o)

  5. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooo! I love, love, love BFTB NETWoof news. I can't wait for da next edition.

  6. We love the newscast!

    Livvie, Kessie, Twinkle & Terry

  7. This is my new FAVORITE newscast! So spot filled with great stories. We are praying for Greta over here and have been since we heard of the news. So sad. Hot and humid here in the "swamps of South FL"...I feel your pain (and sweat and stink)! BOL

  8. Excellent newscast! I'm pretty sure I enjoy petting my pups as much as they enjoy being pet ;)

  9. What a great newscast guys!! We think you have all of blogville covered!!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty and Bilbo

  10. Wow, lots of news in this broadcast! We just got an update on Greta. Check her blog at She is still in the deep sleep but has finally stabilized! Oh, and the Cherry Bomb incident is NOT an accident. We are sure fowl play was involved. So far no ransom note has been received. Thanks for keeping us up to date with the news!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws

  11. So surprised that dogs like to be petted. Who woulda thunk? (Not.) Funny you should mention mushrooms; a bunch popped up in my yard the other day, and I pulled them before any one of my three pups got a whiff of them. They'll eat anything with a scent, and I didn't want to take a chance. Hope Greta feels better.

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

  12. When mom is telling me what a good girl I am I prefer it when she's patting me head for sure. Love Dolly

  13. We love that dogs enjoy being pet, because we sure do love petting them! :)

    We are purring and praying for poor Greta. We hope she will be okay.

  14. Maybe humans will stop telling us how "good" we are and start giving us more skirches and scratches.

  15. So informative! You two are great anchors.

  16. We are so flattered that Hooch was included in this newscast! Thank you SO much for acknowledging Hooch's first jump into the lake and helping us to celebrate his 15 week bday!

  17. Wow, super broadcast my furiends! They definitely could have just asked our us about the value of those scritches vs talking. My Dad is fascinating to listen to, but give me a rib rub any day. BOL
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Pol Comm

  18. This was a great news cast. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  19. Holy CAT - a missing Cherry Bomb Ball? What will these political candidates stoop to next?!?! Inquiring felines wanna know! We read in comments that Greta has stabilized - good news!

  20. Those mushrooms are bad news! We knew a dog who died from eating them once. Another great episode!


  21. Thanks for the update guys. SlimDoggy reports a few sprinkles of rain her in the west...but not even enough to fully wet the ground. So much for the hurricane!

  22. That is a great broadcast. Poor Greta, hope she is ok.

  23. SO clever with this newscast thing! I just love it!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  24. Our paws are crossed that Greta will be feeling better soon. As for that missing cherry bomb ball...what is this world coming to!?
    Wally & Sammy

  25. Wow, you two are really on top of all the important news....great job! Please keep us updated on Greta, poor thing.
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets

  26. Now that's a newscast my human mommy can really enjoy (hope she paid careful attention to the lead story about the joys of petting!). Just to prove that my humans are anything but fair-weather Tiger fans, they will be tailgating and cheering from the stadium stands for tomorrow's game against ULM despite a somewhat soggy forecast. But we all know it never rains in Tiger Stadium, right? ;-)


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