Thursday, March 5, 2015

I Love a Liebster

Barking from the Bayou was honored to receive TWO Liebster Awards last month.  Our friends Cello’s Corner and K9s Over Coffee were both extremely kind in their nomination of our blog.
We have reported on Cello’s Corner during our BFTB NETWoof Sports.  Cello and her younger prodigy Hooch are Dock Diving Dogs of the highest order.  The amazing German Short Haired Pointers spend most weekends at events and invite their readers to join them via Instagram, Facebook, and their website, Cello’s Corner.  Jenny and her husband Brian have an incredible 1927 log home that they have completely restored.  I am in total awe of the entire gang from Cello’s Corner!  Thanks so much for thinking of us!
If you haven’t met K9s Over Coffee, then you are missing a great way to enjoy your first, second, or fifth cup of the day!  Barbara is the founder of K9s Over Coffee Customizable Pet Care Service and a fabulous blog by the same name.  She offers great tips, products reviews, and wonderful photography.  You’ll enjoy adventures with Barbara, her husband Ian, and their two dogs Missy and Buzz.  Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. I really appreciate K9s Over Coffee for selecting us to receive the Liebster Award.
The Liebster Award does come with a few rules for accepting. 
1.   Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.  (√)
2.   Copy and paste the Liebster Award logo onto your own blog.  (√)
3.   Link back to the blogger(s) who awarded you.  (√)
4.   Answer 11 questions posed to you by the person who nominated you.  (√)
5.   List 11 random facts about yourself.  (√)
6.   Nominate and link 3 ~ 11 other blogs you enjoy.  *I eliminated the number of followers rule. (√)
7.   List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.  (√)
8.   Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.  (√)
Okay, all of my boxes are checked off and that leaves me to show you the proof.  Since we are answering question from Cello’s Corner and K9s Over Coffee, I thought it was only fair that Bentley answer one set of questions.  After some debate, we decided that I would answer Cello’s questions.
Most bloggers have a moment where they say to themselves, I need to tell
the world about this!”  What was that moment for you?
Answer:  When I first realized that Bentley had a perfect number 7 on his side and that he was our 7th dog, it was so stunning that I wanted to tell everyone.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done with your dog?
Answer: We haven’t done it yet!
More and more establishments are starting to become pet-friendly.  What are your thoughts on this policy? 
Answer: We do not have the luxury of pet-friendly establishments in my city.  A couple of terrific businesses will allow pets on the terraces during fundraisers.  I would LOVE to have a place to carry my dog other than the pet store.  If a dog is well-behaved and the owner is responsible, then I am all for including them.
Have you ever taken your dog to a dog-friendly winery/bar/restaurant or attraction?  If so, what was your favorite place and why?
Answer: Our city has an annual Barkus & Meoux Mardi Gras Pet parade.  There is always a huge turnout and it is a wonderful day of fun and dogs!  Bentley is going to the BlogPaws conference this year which is always pet-friendly.  He will be meeting a variety of animals.
What is your favorite game to play with your dog?
Answer: Texas Hold ‘Em.  He doesn’t have a very good poker tail.
Does your dog sleep in the bed with you?
Answer: No, he is too short and our bed is too tall.  He might injure his back getting down and he likes his own bed.
What is the silliest thing you have ever seen your dog do?
Answer: That is hard to narrow down, although being stuck on the side of the tub was funny.
Does your dog participate in any organized activity, competition, or sport?
Answer: Is sleeping a competitive sport?
What type of training do you use with your dog?
Answer: Bentley is very treat motivated.  I use bribery training!
How many dogs do you have and have you ever thought of adding another to the pack?
Answer: Pierre out ‘granddog” has been living with us for the past year or so.  He will be relocating to live with his mom in the next few weeks.  Hopefully, we will add a Basset Hound princess to our family one day.
Do you carry a first-aid kit when traveling with your dog?  What is important to have inside it?
Answer: We have a human and a dog first aid kit.  Bandages, gauze, and scissors are important.  I have a post on the subject here.
Okay, now it is Bentley’s turn to answer questions from K9s Over Coffee.
How long have you been blogging and what got you started?
Answer: My mom started blogging as a platform for her books series, The Returns.  When she discovered pet blogging in December 2014, that’s when I stepped in to help her.
How do you feel about snow?
Answer: Cold!  As a southern dog, I have only experienced snow twice in my seven years.  The second time was last week.  It is not bad for us, because it melts as quickly as it comes.
Have you had any extreme vet bills?  If so, what was the cause?
Answer:  Let me just knock on some wood here before answering.  No, we have been very blessed with good health.  *knock, knock, knock.
Do you have a savings account dedicated entirely for your pet, and/or medical pet insurance?
Answer: I am pretty sure that I am the sole heir to the Barking from the Bayou Empire.  No worries.  Wait …what?  We aren’t an empire?  Uh-oh!
Do you free-food or do you have set meal times?
Answer: Hold on.  Do you mean to tell me that there are homes where dogs are allowed to eat whenever they desire?  MOM!!!
Do your share the bed?
Answer: I prefer to sleep in my KONG bed alone.  My people snore.
Have you used a professional pet sitter to care for your best friends?
Answer: I have stayed at a Bed & Biscuit on occasion, but I prefer not to allow my mom and dad to leave me at all.
How about a professional groomer?
Answer:  I’d consider it, if a massage were part of the deal and NO waxing.
Do you leave any relaxing music on for your pups?
Answer:  Yes, I prefer soft jazz.
What are your all-time favorite treats?
Answer: Bananas
What’s your #1 blogging advice?
Answer: Join the BlogPaws Community whether you are a pet blogger or a different genre.
Both Liebster Awards require revealing 11 random things and since I have shared most of mine, Bentley is taking this part.
1. I have never met a cat.
2. People tell me that I snore.
3. When I'm hungry or need to wake Mom up; I tap her arm.
4. My armpits are as soft as baby’s skin.
5. I love to have my teeth brushed.
6. My parents did not teach me to sit up.  I've done it since I was a puppy
and do not do it on demand.
7. Each time someone walks into the room, I go “belly-up” to mooch a rub/scratch.  I am not ashamed.
8. I do not howl.
9.  I love to give serious shoulder hugs.
10. If I see a human while we are out walking, I immediately feel they should be my friend.
11. I have completely changed my Mom's life and career.
We thank Cello's Corner and K9s Over Coffee once again.  Instead of giving you more questions, we invite our nominees to choose any eleven questions above to answer.  Here are the blogs that we would like to nominate for a Liebster Award:

 Thank you dropping by our Thoughtless Thursday blog hop.  We are happy to be co-hosting with our friends Ruckus the Eskie and Love is being owned by a Husky.  Enjoy these other thoughtless bloggers too.


  1. Congratulations and well deserved we say. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Congratulations on your award and we thank you very much for passing it on to us!

  3. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing such great information and who would have know that Bentley has never met a cat before. I think Veruca would love to be able to say that!

  4. Congratulations on your Liebster Award!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS ON BOTH AWARDS... and Thank you so much fur passing it on.
    We must say.... since we woke up to 5.5" of Snow this AM.... You are LUCKY to not be experiencing it... CONSTANTLY like we are... Could we come visit until Spring Arrives?

  6. Thanks so much for accepting -and for all your kind words about our pack!! it was so fun to read your responses! Thank you for all the exposure you give to our blog!

  7. Wooowooooo! Congrats!!!! All great blog nominations as well!!!
    That video was absolutely adorable!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  8. I loved your idea of combining the two nominations & had to laugh out loud a few times when reading the post ;-)
    P.S. Bentley: I hear you as far as the professional grooming goes...definitely no waxing, but YES!! regarding the massage!

  9. Congratulations to your awards! I love that you have that pawrade! oh boy I wish I could be a part of it... :o)
    easy rider

  10. Congratulations on your cool award
    Lily & Edward

  11. well done on the awards and we loved reading your answers too

  12. Congrats on your award! We always love learning more about our friends!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  13. Congratulations on both of your awards, Melissa! Well done!

  14. So don't have a poker tail, huh? We LAFFED at that one!! Concats on the awards!!

  15. Congrats on your award and thanks for passing it on to us. We enjoyed reading all your answers.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  16. Congratulations on the award X 2!!!!! It is always frun to learn about our furiends.
    Thanks for passing it on to us!!!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  17. Congratulations on two awards, that made twice the fun! We enjoyed the answers from both of you!
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

  18. Wow!! 2 awards?! Amazing!! Thank you so much for the nomination, we will be posting ours tonight :). Have a wonderful day!! ️xx

  19. Oh thank you soo much for nominating this little Princess for an award, I am very honoured.
    *Mwah* big kiss thank you
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  20. OMD, this is too SWEET!!!!! I loved your answers, and I LOVED how you paw at your Moms...I do that when Ma is scratching me and tries to stop...NO STOPPING! Geesh! BOL
    Congrats on your awardies!! And THANKS SO MUCH for givin' it to MOI !!! That is so very sweet of you!
    Nows, I gotta go have a margarita and thinks about my answers....
    Ruby ♥

  21. Great post MK!! I've never heard of the Liebster award but congratulations, it sounds like quite an honor! I loved learning some new facts about both you and Bentley - I cannot believe Bentley has never met a kitty cat!!

  22. love love love reading about you your random things were great!

  23. Wow, congrats on your double award! I really liked your lists and seeing your cute video. I do the arm taps when I need Dad's attention just like you. Thanks so much for sharing this with me!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish