Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dr. Harvey's Green Tripe Power Pops are Popular on the Bayou

Bentley: “MOM!!! Hurry, our Dr. Harvey’s delivery is here. I can’t wait another minute to sink my teeth into the new Power Pops. It is a fact that dogs naturally crave tripe and I have been dreaming of the taste. These bite-sized morsels are very popular on the Bayou.”
Pierre: “Did someone say Power Pops? There is no other treat like tripe and that is the single ingredient in Dr. Harvey’s new bite-sized delight. They never use chemicals, dyes, preservatives, fillers or synthetics. When Dr. Harvey says “all natural, holistic dog treat”; that is exactly what you get. Why haven’t you opened the bag yet?”

Monday, May 30, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News May 30, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News set with three dogs
Bentley: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We would like to take a moment at the top of this Memorial Day newscast to thank all of the brave men, women, and canines who sacrificed so much for our freedom. We will never forget their service. Pierre, what is our top story?”

Friday, May 27, 2016

Putting Petnostics to the Test

   Have you ever taken your dog or cat to the vet because they just weren’t acting right? It is always a good idea to err on the side of caution but sometimes that can be expensive. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to check for problems without a big vet bill? That is the genius behind Petnostics.
Petnostics Urine Test Kit ~ Urine Collector
   Let me introduce the revolutionary at-home urine test that allows pet parents to check their pet’s health status. Petnostics tests for these common problems:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

When the Whistle Stops

I am an affiliate for Whistle and this post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I will receive a commission. Barking from the Bayou, LLC only shares products and information that we feel is beneficial to our audience. Whistle is not responsible for the contents of this post.
   Bentley and I depend on his Whistle Activity Monitor to make sure that he is getting enough exercise for an 8-year-old Basset Hound. I have written about how much I love his Whistle. You can read Do You Know How To Whistle and The Whistle Activity Monitor ~ Take 2 to understand how the device works.
   Whenever I talk with other dog parents, they usually ask about Bentley’s Whistle attached to his collar. I can’t help but gush over how great it is. It didn’t take me long to start searching for a way to become more involved with the Whistle activity monitor and their Whistle GPS Tracker. I was proud to become an affiliate for them a few months ago.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pet Parents Say the Darnedest Things

   As pet parents, we occasionally say things that only other pet parents can understand. Everyone else thinks we are a little strange. 
   Have you ever found yourself saying these things?

1. “I was talking to the dog.”
This conversation happens several times each day between me and my husband. Question: “What did you say?” Response: “Nothing, I was talking to the dog.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dr. Harvey's Healing Cream Makes Miracles Happen

Dr. Harvey's ambassador disclaimer

   I have been howling the praises of Dr. Harvey’s Healing Cream to everyone that will listen for a long time. The reason that I am so passionate about spreading the word is that I have seen the results from using it. Like all pet parents we do our best to keep either of the boys from injuring themselves and like all boys, they still find a way to get scrapes and boo boos. The moment that I see any type of irritation on Bentley or Pierre, I break out my handy jar of Healing Cream and let the miracles occur. Do you remember this story from the BlogPaws® 2015 conference?
Irritated and sore area of my dog's underarm
What Makes It So Special
   I love this all-purpose first-aid ointment for so many reasons. It is made with all natural organic ingredients in a base of Shea Butter. It is not greasy and a little dab will do ya!
The list of ingredients sounds soothing.

Monday, May 23, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News May 23, 2016 #DogNews

Bentley: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. I’m joined at the desk by my co-anchor Pierre the Westie and Paisley the Weather Lab. We have fetched some great stories to put a smile on your face. As always, no politics or doomin’ and gloomin’, we will leave that news to a human. What is our top story, Pierre?”
Pierre: “You know how we love great rescue story and this one doesn’t disappoint. A German Shepherd survived five weeks with two broken bones on a highway median in northern California. The pup fell from a truck on April 10th and drivers immediately flooded 9-1-1 with calls. When the officers arrived, the pup had vanished. This game of cat and mouse went on for five weeks until some clever police work managed to capture the emaciated female dog. Dubbed “Freeway Frida” nobody knows for certain, but many think she drank rainwater and ate whatever she could catch in the bushes to live. In a happily-ever-after story, the officer that rescued her is going to adopt her.”

Friday, May 20, 2016

May Is National Microchip Your Pet Month

Me: “May has been declared National Chip Your Pet month. I thought it would be a great time to remind our readers about the importance of having their pet microchipped.”

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Why You Should Enter Blog Contests

   I love to win! Anybody that tells you they don’t is not being honest. It is a rush to me whether it is winning a game, a lottery scratch-off #FreeTicket, or a contest. The fact that I am by my very nature super competitive does not hurt my desire to win. It wasn’t long after I began Barking from the Bayou in December of 2013 that I discovered blog contests. Since that time I have won countless giveaways and contests.
Why you should enter blog contests
1. Bloggers need you
Most contests are sponsored by a company that wants exposure. They are either investing money and /or product to the host blogger. If the contest only garners a few entries, it does not reflect well on the blog. It is a business advertising expense and they want results.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fetch Year-Round Parasite Protection with #SentinelSpectrum

Two boxes of Sentinel Spectrum
This post is sponsored by Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness about protection against common parasites found in dogs but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. More information about Sentinel Spectrum. Virbac is not responsible for the content of this article.
    Do you use a heartworm preventative year-round? Many pet parents feel that it is only necessary to treat for heartworms during mosquito season. That can be a big mistake. The medications target the stages of a developing heartworm for the first 3-4 months after a bite. Then, there is a time when nothing can be done until the worm becomes an adult after around 6 months post-bite. Heartworms can live approximately 5 to 7 years in a dog, if the dog survives that long. It is so important not to ever skip a dose of heartworm preventative. Here’s the great news; preventing heartworms is easy thanks to Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®. My dogs think the tasty new beef-flavored chew that I give them every 30 days is a treat before dinner!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dr. Harvey's Fabulous Fish Oracle

Dr. Harvey's Oracle Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Fish Formula
   There is something new and exciting happening at Dr. Harvey’s! They have introduced a new Oracle Freeze-Dried Complete Diet for dogs and it is fabulous. Due to the success of their Oracle line of food, they have been able to make a major price reduction. I am talking about 25% less for all of the Oracle formulas. That is a permanent price change too! It's awesome news for those of us with multiple pets or big eaters.

Monday, May 16, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News May 16, 2016

Bentley: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News for the week of May 16, 2016. It has been quite an exciting few days for some of our animal friends. My co-anchor Pierre will have our top story and perhaps our Weather Lab Paisley can explain why people are still getting snow in May. Grab your favorite beverage and let’s get to the news."
Pierre: “Our top story is a salute to Haus, one very brave German Shepherd a family rescued two months ago. He was out in the yard with their 7-year-old girl when the two-year-old jumped in front of her to protect her from an Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake. Although he was bitten three times, Haus would not leave the child. Vets expect a full recovery although he did suffer some kidney damage. A Go-Fund-Me page has exceeded the anticipated costs and the extra will be donated to a local rescue. The family lives near a Florida state park that is a habitat for rattlers and cottonmouths and sometimes they get into their yard.”

Friday, May 13, 2016

In Flagology We Trust

   If there is one thing we do here on the Bayou, it is fly our flags. Our neighborhood is a mixture of homes flying Old Glory, their favorite sports teams, or fun seasonal flags. You can tell a lot about a family by their flag. When people pass by our home, there is no doubt that we are big L.S.U. fans. We wave the purple and gold throughout the year. The problem is we live where there are a lot of Tiger fans. Nobody wants to have the same flag as their neighbor.  
"Which one do you suggest, Bentley?"

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Barking about Bayou Biscuits #ChewyInfluencer

Chewy cartoon mascot standing at door with Basset and Westie
Chewy.com Influencer Disclaimer

Bentley: “The other day we were sitting in the office minding our own business when there was a knock on the door. As usual, Pierre lost his mind barking. I pushed him outta the way politely asked him to remain calm while I investigated.”
Pierre: “Dude, how was I supposed to know that it was our good friend Chewy with a special delivery? We need a dog-level peephole to avoid such embarrassing encounters.”
Bentley: “It was okay, Chewy thought it was funny. He makes deliveries every day and is used to those types of greetings. Chewy.com is all about understanding pets and what makes them happy.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Not at Home on the Range

   Bentley and Pierre recently discovered some Scottish Highland cows so they decided to try their paws at a round-up. Don’t worry; all the cattle dogs’ jobs are safe! The boys didn’t quite grasp the concept of herding. They are not at home on the range! 
Basset Hound with red cape and Westie cheering him on with Scottish Cows

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pet Blogging Is Not Supposed to Hurt

   When I began writing and then blogging, I felt pretty confident that being a pet blogger was the happiest job on earth. I mean, who doesn’t love dogs and cats? It turns out that unlike baseball, there IS crying in blogging. Good bloggers have the ability to make you feel as if you know their pets. You are friends and you keep up with each other’s lives. When something great happens, you rejoice and when something bad happens, you weep. This past month has been really hard for a lot of us. We have lost some great four-legged friends. Pet blogging is not supposed to hurt this bad.

Monday, May 9, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News May 9, 2016

Bentley: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of May 9, 2016. Let me begin by wishing all of the mothers out there a very happy belated Mother’s Day. We hope that you were spoiled rotten. Let’s go to my co-anchor Pierre for our top story.”
Pierre: “Why isn’t the fact that I killed a mole the top story? It was for Mother’s Day and everything but if you think the chimp deserves top billing, so be it. Our top story this week is about Joe, a chimpanzee that has appeared in television and movies. He has spent the last 16 years in solitary confinement as an attraction for a roadside zoo. PETA filed charges against the owner and won. Joe has been transferred to Florida’s chimp sanctuary where he has already made new friends. Okay, I’ll admit that was a heartwarming rescue story but my mole was a gift from the heart. Just sayin’.”

Friday, May 6, 2016

Tripawds ~ Living Life on 3 Paws

Tri paw German Shepherd dog
All photos were provided by Tripawds.com
   Do you know a dog or cat that is living life on 3 paws? It is not as unusual as you might think. You can read Skippy’s Story to meet a great little dog that is living large as a tri. I can’t imagine how devastating the decision to amputate a limb on a beloved pet must be for someone. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have someone to talk to at a time like that? You’d need a person that has been down that long road to answer your questions and calm some of your fears.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Skippy ~ Loving Life on 3 Legs

   I want to introduce you to one amazing little fellow. Skippy is proof that a dog can live and love their life on three legs. Jane adopted Skippy after he began hanging around her neighborhood. He was small and missing his front leg, but a happier pup would be hard to find. After Jane’s attempts to locate the dog’s owner failed, Skippy found himself living the good life with his new mom and her two other rescues, Dixie and Koko.  
Black three-legged dog with orange ball

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Wonderful Life

Earthbath for Totally Natural Pet Care

   I’m not sure how the weather has been where you live, but it has rained over 26” here on the bayou since March 1st. That means a lot of mud puddles for Bentley and Pierre to run through. Since they live inside and share our couches and bed, it also means a lot of baths. If I bathed them each time they got in the mud, we’d be bathing every single day! What I needed was a quick and easy way to keep them fresh and clean. Luckily, I found the perfect solution.
earthbath Totally Natural Pet Care Foam Shampoo, grooming wipes and facial wipes
   Earthbath® offers a complete line of all-natural grooming products for cats and dogs. Today, we are reviewing their Waterless Grooming Foam for dogs, Facial Wipes and Grooming Wipes for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. This is the perfect combination for me because of the differences in Bentley and Pierre’s coats. Earthbath products are totally natural, non-toxic, and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and phosphates. They are made in the U.S.A with human-grade ingredients using pure essential oils and no artificial colors or fragrances.

Monday, May 2, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News May 2, 2016 #DogNews

Bentley: “This is BFTB NETWoof News for the first week of May 2016. I’m Bentley Basset, your hound with a nose on the ground. Joining me at the anchor desk are my co-anchor, Pierre Westie, and the best little Weather Lab on the bayou, Paisley. For our top story, let me turn it over to Pierre.”
Pierre: “As we come on the air, a German Shepherd is being hailed a hero after leading firemen through thick smoke to his family’s two and four-year-old children that were trapped in a raging home fire. The parents and both children are hospitalized with conditions ranging from stable to critical. Maxx, the dog is being treated for smoke inhalation at his veterinarian’s office. We are sending our best wishes to all of them.”