Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Spooktacular

Bentley: “Well, it’s finally Halloween.  I don’t mind telling y’all that I am a nervous wreck!  Don’t worry; it doesn’t have anything to do with ghosts, goblins, and zombies.  Those things are pup’s play compared to what I am facing.  I haven’t slept more than 47 hours in the past three days.”
Pierre: “Dude, you are going to wear a hole in the carpet if you don’t quit pacing.  If you’re not scared of zombies, is it by any chance kids squealing “TRICK OR TREAT” at the top of their sugary high voices?  I’ll be honest, it is a little like claws on a chalkboard to me.  I have no choice but to bark them up something fierce.”
Bentley: “No, it has nothing to do with the kids, monsters, or anything like that.  You do know what happens today, right?”

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Honest Kitchen #Winter Warmers

   You can trust us to be honest about the food we love the best.  We discovered The Honest Kitchen at BlogPaws 2014 last spring.  It is amazing what a little warm water can do when added to the right dehydrated food.  At least that is how Bentley reacts when he gets The Honest Kitchen in his bowl.
  When we heard about their new set of three Winter Warmers, it was something we had to try.  The box arrived and it was hard get it into our own kitchen with Bentley under my feet.  It never ceases to amaze me how he can tell if a sealed package contains his favorite food or treats.  He scrambled ahead of me to the table and put his paws up to investigate.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An Act of Dog ~ Museum of Compassion

   I have mentioned before how much I enjoy making new connections on
♥ This is Blue's Night Light ♥
LinkedIn.  When you make a new friend, LinkedIn gives you other people that share your interests.  One suggestion I received was for Mark Barone and it featured his photo with paintings of dogs.  Intrigued by the fabulous art, I clicked to read more about him.  I was so moved by what I discovered that I immediately asked to join his circle.  When he accepted, I asked if it would be okay to write a post about the work he, Marina Dervan, and Brenda Cooper are doing to bring awareness to shelter dogs.  They were so kind in making themselves available for questions and supplying me access to their photos.
   Be prepared to discover An Act of Dog, Museum of Compassion.  This is a poignant reminder of the plight of shelter dogs in America.  Mark spends his days capturing the souls of dogs who did not make it out of the shelter system.  Through his art, you feel the presence of these animals, the love they yearned for, but never found, and the hope that other dogs will be luckier.  Mark and Marina’s goal is to immortalize 5,500 dogs and permanently display this inspiring exhibit, build a forever fund, and use 100% of the donations towards saving shelter animals.  The hope is to have an educational platform to promote compassion for all animals.

From the An Act of Dog website:


Education is the bridge to compassion, and if we are to help our children navigate the world outside with tolerance, compassion, and acceptance, then we must educate their hearts and minds to produce socially and emotionally aware adults, who understand that compassion is not a luxury, but a necessity for our survival.

♥ Mehama's Night Light ♥
The An Act of Dog, Museum of Compassion began over three years ago.  Mark’s beloved dog of 22 years, Santina, passed away.  Heartbroken months later, he was still too sad to think of taking in another dog.  Marina started an online search for adoptable dogs for the time when Mark was ready to welcome it.  She said what she found out about the shelter systems were “chilling.”  Very few animals that enter the kill-shelter system come out alive.  The startling statistic on their homepage speaks loud and clear.  “Life expectancy for humans is 75+ years.  Life expectancy for shelter dogs is 72 hours.”
   In Mark’s words, "We did this for significant cultural change.  We want to inform the general public about what's going on, that their tax dollars are basically going to fund killing machines at these shelters."  I know that we all know people in the dog and shelter worlds that are incredibly devoted.  Mark and Marina are amazing in their efforts to make America a no-kill nation.  They gave up their regular jobs, retirement savings, and various material comforts to fulfill their goal.  Mark has been an artist for over thirty years with his work featured in top art publications, receiving countless awards, and exhibited throughout the U.S.A.  He was also a consultant to cities across the country to show how the arts can revitalize blighted neighborhoods.  Marina spent over twenty years as a corporate executive trainer, conflict resolution coach, and radical honesty trainer, coaching executives from Wall St. to London.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Acorn Hound

"Tree Rats are right about one thing;
acorn meat is delicious!"

Tucker, our Golden Retriever taught Bentley how to crack an acorn.  He used to place an acorn on top of his paw and crack it, eat the meat, and knock the shell off.  Bentley cracks them in his mouth and spits out the shells. We have thousands of them falling this time of the year in our yard. 
Does your dog eat acorns or something else unusual?
How do you stop them?

**We don’t encourage your dog to eat acorns.  According to the ASPCA, since dogs don’t usually forage on acorns, and even if they do ingest several acorns, it is not a chronic situation.  Bentley will eat one if it is conveniently located near where he is relaxing in the yard.  Neither he nor Tucker ever got sick from eating them.  Acorns can cause vomiting, diarrhea and tummy aches in some dogs, especially smaller breeds.  The acorn can also cause obstructions. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Dog is Hungry

   On Wordless Wednesday, we asked what Bentley had on his mind.  If you guessed dinner, ding*ding*ding, you’re absolutely correct. There is no doubt about how to tell when he is hungry. He has his dinner timed within a five-minute window.  After that, he is certain hallucinations and starvation are imminent.  This is what happens if I don’t react to his initial hint.
 “Excuse me…Mom.”

 “Mom, look at the time!”

 “Hey Dad, I need that spot on the couch.  Mom is not moving toward the kitchen.”

“MOM!!!  My dinner is officially late!”

How does your pet let you know it's time to eat?

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Friday, October 24, 2014

10 Trick or Treating Rules for Humans & Pets

            Are You Too Old to Trick or Treat?
The question that arises every year at Halloween is when is someone too old to go trick-or-treating?  If it is a tween or older person responsible for tagging along to make sure their younger siblings are safe, then I say it’s okay.  They should be rewarded for having to pull guard duty.  It’s a personal decision, but...
1. You can’t go trick-or-treating until you get your college paper done.
2. You stop by the bar for happy hour before you hit the neighborhoods.
3. You can remember back in the day when Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles costumes were first introduced.
4. You wish more houses gave out raisins, because they keep you “regular.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doggie Baggage, Abound, and Bracelets

   If you are a faithful follower of Barking from the Bayou, there is one thing you’ve probably figured out about me.  I love to enter contests on my friends’ blogs.  There are several reasons for this.  I like to support their efforts for holding giveaways.  It’s a great way to discover new products for myself.  Last, but certainly not least…I LOVE WINNING! 
   Over the summer, I won a giveaway from Carol Bryant’s Fidose of Reality.  I must apologize for not reviewing this great Doggie Baggage sooner.  I usually set my prize away until I write about it.  I don’t want to forget to acknowledge whatever the prize.  The problem with my pink and purple bag is that I couldn’t wait to put it to use.  I was so excited to find it the perfect size for our day trips.  I won the small pink and purple bag, which is 14” W x 9” H with an adorable paws and bones pattern.  There is one Doggie Baggage’s signature pleated pocket along with two flat pockets on each side.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tasty Smokehouse Strips and Adoptable Dogs

We are huge fans of the PetSafe line of products.  Bentley and Pierre have reviewed indigo Dental Bones and Sticks a couple of times and even held giveaways!  It was a no-brainer when we were asked if they would enjoy trying PetSafe’s indigo Smokehouse Strips™ for a review.

PetSafe Indigo bacon treats
"I'm not fakin' this is bacon!"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Practicing My Selfie

“I’m practicing my selfie for Halloween.  I have a date with a certain cute GBGV.  Don’t miss our Spooktacular Halloween Hop with friends Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows and Oz the Terrier.  Be sure to visit tomorrow for another BFTB Channel 7 NETWoof News.”

We are joining TheCat on My Head for Sunday Selfies Blog Hop.  Visit the other blogs for more fun selfies by clicking on the badge below.  Guaranteed to brighten your day.

We are also hopping along with Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola for their Black & White Sunday blog hop.  If you love B & W photography, you’re in for a treat.  Visit Sugar, Nola, and the other participants.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

4 Fall Pup Perils #SeasonalAllergies

   We love fall here in the bayou.  Our summers are so hot and humid that the feel of crisp cool air is fantastic.  Although we don’t have the views they enjoy in Arkansas, the bayou does put on a beautiful show.  The tapestry of colors comes with a price.
   The changes in air pressure and humidity can do a number on your pet’s skin, coat, and nails.  Luckily, there are steps that we can take to help our dog or cat feeling great.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PrideBites Muddles and Sadie #Dogtoys

Meet PrideBites Muddles the Pig and Sadie the Squirrel

I have admired a certain toy for some time now.  It is colorful, cute, sturdy, and machine washable.  Which toy are we barking about today?  The PrideBites line of fun and creative toys.  I’m sure that you’ve seen them before, because they are incredibly popular.  Just in case that you aren’t familiar with the PrideBites line of fun, let me tell you a little about them.

MEMA ALU Collars

    I was contacted a few weeks ago concerning a Kickstarter program for a new type of dog collar.  Since collars have remained the same forever, I was curious.  Going to their Kickstarter site, I found an extremely good-looking collar with inventive new hardware.  The Kickstarter is over and ALU Collars is ready to begin taking orders.  The shipping will begin on December 15, 2014, just in time for Christmas.
   What is so special about the ALU collar?  The answer is a lot!  The ALU comes from ALUminum, which they use to make the hardware.  Aluminum has an unbeatable strength to weight ratio.  It is also strong, durable, flexible, and very lightweight compared to other metals.  One of my favorite things about it is that it’s 100% recyclable.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Winning the Healthy Happy Dog Trifecta #GetHealthyHappy #StayHealthyhappy.


   It wasn’t too many years ago that dogs were considered a backyard pet.  Pet owners were limited in choices of food, toys, treats, and available information.  Vet visits were limited for most pets and if you’d asked your average pet owner in the 1960’s if they brushed their pet’s teeth, you would have been met with a puzzled look.  Thankfully, the times have changed and our pets are the benefactors.  We now know what it takes to win the dog owner’s trifecta for healthy pets.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

   In recent weeks, I have been volunteering at PetSavers Adoption Days at
at PetSmart.  It is something that I’ve always thought would be fun, but never really stepped up to volunteer.  I have the problem of falling in love with all dogs.  If you give me a dog in need of a loving human, well, I’m a goner.  Still, it is so worth a few hours on the weekend to enjoy dogs of all sizes, shapes, and stories.  We leash them and walk around the shopping stores and inside the PetSmart.  I admit that I am not a fan of shopping UNLESS it is a pet store.  I love browsing every aisle and watching the birds, gerbils, and lizards.  Lead me down the dog clothes or toys aisle and I am in puppy paradise.  Bringing the pups inside the PetSmart allows the shoppers to speak and admire them.  Many wonderful people left donations as they left the store.  The dogs that I am featuring today were at the adoption days I’ve attended.  For some reason they were not adopted.  There is one exception to that statement.

Monday, October 13, 2014

BFTB NETWoof Channel 7 News ~ 10/13/2014

Bentley: “Thank you for joining us for our weekly BFTB NETWoof Channel 7 News.  Our top story is concerning the healthcare worker in Dallas who has tested positive for the Ebola virus.  The mayor has assured the public that the dog will be kept safe for an eventual reunion with his owner.  We give Mayor Mike Rawlings a round of a paws for being logical.  The government of Madrid, Spain felt the need to euthanize a dog last week.  The dog, Excalibur belonged to a healthcare worker who came down with the virus.  Spanish officials said the dog posed a risk of transmitting the disease to humans.  There are no documented cases, but one major study suggests a dog can get Ebola without showing symptoms.  The Spanish patient is in stable condition and shows signs of slight improvement.  I hope nobody tells her about Excalibur until she is well.  Pierre, what do you have to share?”
Pierre: “Oh Bentley, we certainly have a bowl full of news this week.  The whole Ebola thing is like a Sy-Fy movie.  I’m not a fan.  Did you know today is Columbus Day in some places?  Some U.S. cities celebrate Indigenous People's Day in place of Chris’ big day. If we had gone to visit our friends from Love is being owned by a Husky in Canada, today is their Thanksgiving!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Canadian friends.
Bentley: “I’m going to plead the 5th on that one, my fuzzy co-anchor.  October is certainly a busy month.  It is also “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month.  We think shelter dogs make awesome pets.  Mom smelled like diferent dogs after spending the afternoon with PetSavers adoption day at PetSmart.  She was really sad when she came home.  It seems her buddy Batman that she met on her first adoption day was returned yesterday.  Something about chasing the senior cat at his new digs.  He had been to the groomer’s and everything.  Mom said he is the sweetest guy and has a kissable face.  Those are her words not mine.  My lips are reserved for Mom and a certain GBGV.  We are showing a photo of Batman and ask our readers to share it.  He is available at PetSavers in Shreveport.”

Pierre: “I’m sure he will find a forever home soon.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to live with Batman?  On the subject of bats, we are getting ready for Halloween all over Blogville.  Mayoral Candidate Dory is hosting a huge Halloween party.  We are having a Spooktacular Blog Hop with our friends Truffles and Oz.  Several dogs and cats are having costume contests.  This is going to be the best Halloween ever!  We really have to decide on a costume this week!  Speaking of Dory how is the campaign going for the candidates?”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Selfie in Black and White ~ A Dog's Dilemma

“I just don’t seem to be able to master the selfie Duckface.  Jowls are difficult to pucker.”

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We are excited to be joining The Cat on my Head for our very first Sunday’s Selfie Blog Hop.  They are not only hosting this fun hop, but today they are presenting their take on
The Mice Bucket Challenge with a Comment-a-thon
with half the money raised going to ALS and half going to a randomly selected 501 rescue/shelter.  Be sure to stop by and leave a comment today.  Click on the other blogs for more fun Selfies!

We changed Bentley’s selfie to B & W and are also joining Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola for their
Black & White Sunday Blog Hop.
Visit the other blogs to see amazing B & W photography.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Monster Mash with The Returns

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 We love celebrating Halloween here on the bayou.  This year, I am excited to announce that we are co~hosting a Halloween Day Blog Hop.  Since the holiday falls on a Friday this year, we will be hopping on the Pet Parade and the Halloween Spooktacular hops!  Joining me in the spooky hosting duties are my boo~tiful friends Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows along with Oz the Terrier.
   If you have a costume contest or party happening on Halloween, you’ll definitely want to join us.  We can gather all of the spooky blogs in Blogville for our trick~or~treaters to visit.  Be sure to mark your calendars for October 31st and the Halloween Spooktacular!  Get your paws on our Halloween badge to post on your sidebar.
   To help you get into the spirit, here is a JibJab video that I’m sure you’ll find frightfully funny!  Feel free to share it. 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Mealtime Mayhem #DogsLoveMerrick

Bentley: “Here at Barking from the Bayou, we tend to enjoy our mealtime.  There is the anticipation of the smell, the taste that is about to fill my mouth and tickle my taste buds that gets us excited.  Could it be considered mayhem?  That all depends on what Mom is serving.”
Pierre: “Nothing makes my fluffy white tail wag faster than to see Gramma reach for a can of Merrick to add to our Merrick dry food.  OMD!  It causes mayhem in my mouth.  I cannot eat it fast enough!”
Bentley: “This summer, I thought I was dreaming when we received the box chocked full of treats for us and our friends.  Then, out of nowhere, the axe-wielding deliveryman brings us a humongous box with several cans of Merrick dog food along with a bag of Grain-free Real Chicken and Sweet Potato recipe!  Mom opened a can of the new Colossal Chicken recipe and added it to our dry chicken and sweet potato food.  I didn’t think anything could taste better than Merrick dry, but WOW!  I was wrong.”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Elvis ~ The King and I

Bentley Basset Hound sitting next to the statue of Elvis Presely
 On yesterday’s post, we asked if you could guess the Mystery Man pictured with Bentley.  It seems that the famous stance of Elvis Presley is difficult to disguise.  Over the weekend, we took our Hound Dog Bentley to visit the King of Rock ‘n Roll’s statue at the building where it all began for the unknown singer from Tupelo.  This is the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on the renamed Elvis Presley Ave.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BFTB Channel 7 NETWoof News 10/07/2014

Bentley: “Thank you for joining us for this week’s BFTB Channel 7 NETWoof News.  We have so much to tell y’all, let’s get right to it.  Our top story concerns a black and brown mixed breed in Ozark, Alabama.  He had been hit by a car and surrendered by his owner.  The poor guy was administered a lethal needle to end his life at a kill shelter.  Once he was still and assumed dead, the vet, and assistant left him.  The next morning when the assistant came to open the shelter, the very much alive dog was in the adjacent outdoor run lapping water.  He has been given a reprieve and the new name Lazarus.  He is currently in foster care, being treated for heartworms and has cast on his foot from the car accident.  I think they should call him Lucky Lazarus.  Now to my co-anchor.  How about it Pierre, are you feeling lucky?  Well, are you?”

Monday, October 6, 2014

Healthier Pets Happier Lives #GetHealthyHappy

The care you give them makes all the
difference for lifelong health & happiness.

   When you welcome a new dog into your life, there are certain promises that you make.  Looking into those trusting puppy dog eyes, we vow to keep them healthy and happy for life.  There are many ways to ensure that promise is kept.
   Every pet parent needs to have a wonderful trustworthy veterinarian and keep routine visits.  Along with proper vet care, the right food for your dog is crucial.  Take the time do your homework, ask your vet, and make a sure that the food your serve is the proper formula for your best friend’s size, age, and dietary needs.  Hill’s Science Diet offers a wide variety of recipes and is available from vet clinics and specialty pet stores.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hit the Road or Trail #DogWalkingWeek

"We start out walking side by side then, Pierre shifts into high gear and zooms ahead."
Bentley: “Hey Pierre!  Guess what we celebrate October 1 thru 7th.  I’ll give you a hint…it is something that we love.”
Pierre: “Is it my birthday week?  Will there be cake?  We do love cake, ya know!”
Bentley: Sigh “No, it is not your birthday week and unfortunately, there is no cake.  Actually, it is probably a good thing that there’s no cake.  It’s National Walk Your Dog Week.  That means we get to go for a walk every single day.  It’s the law.”

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Just Jeans & Tees for Me

   I have never been a dress-up kind of girl.  I’m much happier in jeans and a comfy tee shirt.  Maybe it was growing up in the 70’s, but I’ve always had a closet full of tee shirts with designs from vacations, concerts, teams, and of course, dogs.
   Since Bentley was a puppy, I have scoured the web for great Basset Hound designs.  One of the best sites that I found is Righteous Hounds.  We began following each other on Instagram.  They always post the cutest shirts and photos.  When I was offered a shirt for review, I was more than happy to say yes.  My shirt is cute, it fits great, and the print is high quality.  However, the best thing about this shirt is how incredibly soft the fabric feels.