Friday, January 29, 2016

Why Do My Dog's Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

   Have you ever gotten a sudden craving for corn chips when your dog is around? Did you ever check your dog’s breath to see if they’d eaten your secret stash of Fritos®? I have heard people say their dog’s paws smell like corn chips or popcorn. I’d never really noticed it before. Then, I fell in love with a certain Basset Hound and it became all too clear what they were talking about.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Fifth Paw Receives High Fives

Me: “Have you ever looked at something and wished that you’d thought of it?”
Bentley: “Yeah, I wish that I’d thought of National Dog Treat Day. A day where you do nothing but give me treats.”
Me: “I’m talking about something that fills an unmet need, a thing, not a day. You can’t invent a day; you’re not Hallmark™.”
Bentley: “Which unmet need have you had filled? Is this something that I want to hear?”
Photo Courtesy of The Fifth Paw®

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Be Content - A Quote

  “If you can be content with who you are, how you look and then try every day to make a difference to someone else, then it leads to a wonderful life. It’s a shame more humans can’t grasp that fact.” - M.K. Clinton – Showstoppers

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Let's #MixItUp with Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

   Have you ever thought about feeding your dog a raw diet? The popularity of the “Raw Revolution” has made a huge impact on the way many people feed their dogs and cats. After researching the subject, I gradually made the switch. Bentley and Pierre have been on a raw diet for over half a year and are doing fantastic. Both of them have more energy, are in their ideal weight range, and have healthier coats.
Two dog bowls full of food with Instinct Raw Boost Mixers bag included.
This post is sponsored by Instinct® and the BlogPaws™ Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Instinct® Raw Boost® Mixers but Barking from the Bayou/ only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Instinct is not responsible for the content of this article.

   Would you like to try raw feeding but are still a bit squeamish serving raw meat to your dogs? It’s understandable, but I am here with a solution. Instinct® Raw Boost® Mixers make it easy to #mixitup and serve your dogs raw meals without the mess. They will think you're awesome.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

10 Basset Hound Facts You Should Know

   Have you ever seen a Basset Hound puppy? Those big brown eyes and long droopy ears can melt the hardest of hearts. You should be warned once you go Basset, you never go back. Before you make your decision here are 10 Basset Hound facts you should know.
Bentley Basset concentrating
1.  Basset Hounds are deep-thinkers. Okay, you might call it stubborn, but they will never admit it. They do obey and can be trained, but only when it benefits them in some way. #WillWorkForFood

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

5 Reasons Your Dog Enjoys A Walk

   January is National Walk Your Dog Month. Dogs love going on walks. It is probably one of the most exciting parts of their day. Bentley and Pierre know when we are about to take them walking. They bark as they hurry to get their harnesses and leashes attached. I asked Bentley what makes walking so special for dogs. The following are his answers.
Bentley Basset Hound standing at door waiting to go for a walk.
1. It’s great to get out of the house for a while. Staring at the same four walls gets so boring.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Why Does My Dog Eat Dirt?

   Don’t you love watching your dog running around outside enjoying life? You watch them roll in the fresh grass, chase squirrels and play fetch. It is a great day to be a dog parent and you are proud to raise such a well-adjusted pet. Then out of the blue, your dog begins to eat dirt. WHAT?!?! Why is your dog eating dirt?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

5 Tips to be a Bad Pet Neighbor

   A few weeks ago I shared 5 tips for Being a Good Pet Neighbor. It seemed only fair to give equal time to ways you can become a bad pet neighbor. I could have also titled this post, 5 Ways to Ensure that the Neighbors will Hate You and Your Dog, but that seemed a bit too long. Let's start with #5 so the anticipation can build.
Pierre the Westie running with toy in his mouth
#5 ~ Have overconfidence in your dog’s recall
    If you want to guarantee your neighbors will hate your dog, be one of “those” people that think it is okay to allow your dog in the front yard or on a walk without any type of restraint. Imagine a neighbor walks, jogs or rides a bicycle past your home and your dog decides to run out to join them.  You are confident that calling your dog’s name will immediately have it running into your loving arms. That is until it actually happens. Then you are screaming the dog’s name and “NO! I said come HERE!!” using the high-pitched voice of a lunatic. The dog is barking and nipping at the person’s feet or pedals and they are frantic to get away from you both. Congratulations, now they hate you and your dog.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Baby, It's Cold Outside for Pets

   This is the time of year when warnings about leaving your pet outdoors in the cold weather are everywhere. The temperatures in many parts of the country plunge into the single digits or below. There is a time when it is just too cold for your dog or cat to be out in the elements without proper shelter.
Bentley Basset Hound in the snow

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cuddle Dogs

Bentley: “Guess what we are celebrating today?”
Pierre: “Is it my birthday? Will there be cake?”
Bentley: “No and no. It is National Cuddle-Up Day. You know what that means…”
Pierre: “Let’s make a break for it!”
Bentley Basset Hound and pet parent nose to nose

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Is It Time That Your Dog Relaxed? #DrHarveys

   There are two times of the year that strike fear in the heart of Bentley. One is the 4th of July and the other is New Year’s Eve. Most of you can probably guess why, but for those of you that have fearless dogs let me tell you…fireworks! The sound of pyrotechnics turns my otherwise brave Basset Hound into a pacing, hyperventilating mess. He refuses to go outside to the bathroom and has been known to “hold it” for hours until there is a lull in the action. Since we have two firework stands relatively close to our home, there aren’t very many lulls.
Canister of Dr. Harvey's Relax supplement for dogs

Friday, January 1, 2016

Resolve Not to Make New Year's Resolutions

   Every year at this time, the gyms are overcrowded, yogurt is sold out at the stores, the liquor stores are empty and Nicorette is sold out as we all try to keep ridiculously impossible promises to ourselves. The result is that we feel like complete failures before the end of January with eleven months still to go in the year. I gave up making resolutions a long time ago. It is one of those ‘wiser with age’ kinds of things. That wasn’t always the case.