Friday, December 5, 2014

Are You Pampering Your Pets this Christmas

Bentley: “It’s time for another segment of Questions to Bentley.  This letter comes from my Mom Anonymous.”
Dear Bentley, 
   How do I know if I am spoiling my adorable Basset Hound?  I have been accused of giving into his every whim.  Are there pampering guidelines?  
Thanks, Baffled Basset Mom
Dear Baffled,
   Thank you for your intriguing question.  Personally, I don’t believe that a dog can be too spoiled.  However, there are certain tell-tail signs that you may possibly be construed as pampering.
1.   Your dog has one or more monogrammed collars, items of clothing, or other pet products.
2.   You have spent hours getting the perfect photo of the dog for your Christmas card.
3.   You sneak the dog’s Christmas presents inside, so they will be surprised.
4.   Your dog has its own Christmas tree ornament and stocking.
5.   You sign their names to the family Christmas card and even add little paw prints.
6.   The dog has the most gifts under the tree.
7.   You watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with your dog, so they can see Snoopy as the WW1 Flying Ace.  You are certain the dog is laughing at it.
8.   You play the barking dogs “Jingle Bells” for their entertainment.
9.   You have been looking at Christmas doggie pajamas online.
10.        There is no way you will miss the Santa Paws photo shoot at the pet store.
If you nodded your head at most of these, you may be accused of dog spoiling.  We at Barking from the Bayou think every dog should be spoiled this holiday season.  I hope this helps.  
Your friend, Bentley

According to an infograph provided by my BlogPaws Influencer Group, I am not the only pet parent that is pampering their pet for Christmas.  I am happy to know that readers and bloggers trust what influential bloggers recommend for this gift-giving season.


   We will be featuring a great Christmas Gift Guide in the upcoming days.  Until then, we can definitely recommend all of the items in Bentley’s Favorite Things giveaway.  Today, we begin in alphabetical order to tell you what you have a chance to win!

  Our first goodie is the delicious Caru Real Chicken Stew for dogs. Bentley whines the entire time I am preparing his bowl.  It really looks so tasty with the USDA chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes, green beans, and apples.  You can read our review of Caru here.  

    Second, we have what we believe truly is the best tug toys from our friends at Damien’sBest Dog Toys.  Bentley loves all of his Damien tug toys and we play hard with them every day.  Ours still look brand new.  We reviewed the awesome toys back in February.  If you are looking for the perfect tug toy, this is it.

Be sure to enter for your chance to win these along with other fabulous dog products in Bentley’s Favorite Things giveaway. 

*Click Here for Easy Entry*

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for our Pet Parade!  Don’t hesitate to join in the Pet Parade.  Remember, you don’t have to play an instrument or twirl a baton…there’s not even any marching in straight lines required!  It is just fun to share your favorite post with others.  As always, I am joined in the co-hosting duties with Rascal and Rocco, Basil the Bionic Cat Blog, Love is being owned by a Husky, and Jan’s Funny Farm.  Hop along with the link up below.


  1. LOL - love your list Bentley! I hadn't had a chance to look at the infographic yet but definitely some interesting answers on there.

  2. Great infographic and excellent list! Thanks!!

  3. Er, ...I'm a Princess, that's means I MUST be pampered or else doesn't it ?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Some of dose looks familiar....Duz havin' hundreds of toys count? And yer own pawsonalized tailor to craft yer duds? And yer own chef to bake ya treats? Cuz if dey duz, I's pampered!!!

  5. We agree great infographic and list. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. We are happily spoiled and don't mind a bit. Being spoiled doesn't have to be a bad thing.

  7. seems the wordpress gremlin ate my comment, hope I haven't commented twice now... I'm not spoiled, I have no christmas ornament... hope my mom will get one for me, so the list is completed. Have a great friday!
    Easy Rider

  8. Lookin' at that list, I can most definitely say that I am NOT bein' pampered nearly enough. No special PJs, not that I wear PJs, anyway. No monogrammed collar although honestly, I don't actually wear a collar. Hmmm... the Christmas card thing with my picture. THAT would have been a nice touch. Probably too late for this year though. Well, the gift thing under the tree. At least I'm bein' pampered in the gift department. Santa always makes sure of that. Good thing for Santa 'cause my peeps are seriously failin' on the pamperin' front. MOUSES!


  9. we are pretty sure there is no such thing as 'pampering your pets' it just a case of loving them a real lot :) :) :)

  10. BOL! Loved this post! I get accused of giving in to their every whim as well, but hey, they give it all back with love, so I think it's worth it!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  11. We are the next level up from pampered... :-)
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  12. Wow, we need to leave your list where Jan can see it. Perhaps it will give her some ideas of how to spoil .. um, treat us.

  13. Great infographic, I only get a couple of surveys and never a infographic so I never know that it is done. hmmm
    Bentley your not spoiled at all! You are very much loved.

  14. Happy Pet Parade! Of course they'll be pampered, they wouldn't let me get away with not spoiling them! ~Rascal and Rocco

  15. We're more than pampered! We send out our own Christmas cards. And we get waaaay more than the peeps get. :)

  16. Hi Y'all!

    I'm a retriever. Maybe that's why none of those symptoms of being "pampered" or "spoiled" apply to my life except, I do get a Christmas present.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  17. Oh that isn't pampering, it is the minimally acceptable level! We just posted some impawtent information and dates about upcoming events you will want to check!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  18. The Momz is missing some (but definitely not all) of these on your list! Clearly, she needs to do better at spoiling us!
    Love, Cricket, Sheba, & Luke, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  19. Great info-graphic! And we are very happy to have Damien's Best Dog Toy included as one of Bentley's favorite things. What an honor.


I'd love to hear from you! Bark back!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.