Monday, December 19, 2016

BFTB NETWoof News December 19, 2016

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched the good news that sometimes falls through the cracks with all the bad stuff out there. Everyone needs some stories to make them smile, especially around the holidays. What’s our feel-good top story, Pierre?”
BFTB NETWoof News top story of dogs and cats gifts for Christmas
Pierre Westie: “This one will have your tail wagging, Bentley. Actually, it is good news for all of the dogs, cats, and other pets that are hanging their stockings this year. A survey shows that 95% of pet parents have purchased gifts to put under the tree for their best friends. We have our stocking hung with hopes that Santa Paws knows how good we have been this year. Have you made your Christmas wish list?”

BFTB NETWoof News about duck and dog friendship
Bentley: “We have so much that I am not asking for much. A few treats, some toys, and a winning lottery ticket. I’m just joking. We will write our letters to Santa later this week.
   The dog in our next story received the gift of friendship from an unlikely source. As we all know, losing a loved one is difficult and that goes for animals too. When a dog recently lost his best buddy of 12 years, his human became very concerned. George mourned Blackie’s death and nothing seemed to cheer him until a duck showed up at his house one day. George didn’t chase him away and seemed to enjoy the company. Nobody knows where Donald the Duck came from but he has lifted George’s spirits. The two even share a bed. It just goes to show you that friends come in all shapes and sizes.”
BFTB NETWoof News story on cat's tongue
Pierre: “We don’t have any real life cat friends, but after reading how awesome their tongues are, I might need to make friends with a feline. A lifelong cat lover that is a doctoral candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology began researching the surface and function of a cat’s rough tongue. Alexis Noel and her team filmed cats’ tongues as they moved cat food around on a fur mat. Their tongues have tiny claw-like spines that can dig into objects. That is why cats can lick themselves clean with this Velcro-like surface. The team made a 3-D replica four times the size of a cat’s tongue to test a number of ideas. This could lead to a better hair brush, carpet cleaners or a robot with more dexterity. How cool is that?”
BFTB NETWoof News with frozen Wood Frog story
Bentley: “It’s very cool and that segues right into our last report. Have you ever wondered what happens to the critters that live outside year round? Many animals grow a winter coat to help protect them from the bitter cold while others hibernate until spring. That is not the case with the wood frog. The resilient amphibian will bed down in leaf litter and freeze solid. Once the weather warms up, the frog thaws out and hops back as good as new. The reason is that wood frogs are freeze-tolerant and can survive ice forming in portions of their bodies. They have chemicals like glucose and urea that protect their cells. I get cold just thinking about it.
   Speaking of cool, who will be having a white Christmas, Paisley?”
BFTB NETWoof Weather Lab Paisley
  Paisley: “Our friends in the north have a great chance of having snow on the ground for Christmas day. It is going to continue to be blustery and extremely cold across the northern states but they should stay above zero this week. Of course, that doesn’t take wind chill into account. Colorado and Utah will also have more snowfall. The west coast will be fair and sunny with warmer temperatures. That trend will move along the southern states as well. I know when the temps plunged on the bayou from 80° to 39° overnight, it was quite a shock to your systems. It will gradually get warmer staying mild and sunny throughout the week. The middle of the country will be sunny. Our east coast readers will be cool to mild with possible rain showers in Florida and Georgia. Those in the upper northeast will be cold with a mix of snow and rain. As always, keep tuned to your local weather stations for updates and warnings.
   I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas filled with love and laughter. Back to you, Bentley.”
Bentley: “Excellent report, Paisley. We appreciate everyone joining us for BFTB NETWoof news. Please share us with your friends and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. There will be a lot of fun things happening as we countdown to the holidays so stop by to see us each day. Of course, Pierre, Paisley and I will be back next Monday with more good news to send your 2016 out with a smile.        Until then be safe, stay healthy, and be sure to go out and grab yourself some happy.”        
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  1. I'm so glad that Donald the Duck was there.... maybe that is such a miracle of christmas? Hugs to George and Donald ;o)

  2. I always love reading your news segment! Love the story about George and Donald. That is one thing I love about dogs. They are not prejudiced!!

  3. Love waking up to your morning news! Thank you guys!

  4. I'm thankful I am not that frog that freezes. It is good they survive, but it sounds like an awful way to live! Have a great week!

  5. How sweet the duck consoles his friend George! Love that. As for freezing frogs, after this past weekend, I think I totally understand that phenomena! Yikes, I'm already so over Winter! Have a good week, boys.

  6. I promise to give everyone a frozen FROG!!LOL

  7. Good friends means a lot, both to humans and animals :)

  8. Holy Dog, we had no idea about frozen frogs! How cool! Our kitty grows a winter coat, she looks like a blowfish only with a lot of fur! BOL! ;)

  9. Frozen frogs and cat tongues. Boy, this news report couldn't get any better if it tried! All great stories!

  10. Those frogs are amazing ! We love the story of Donald the Duck and George. Purrs

  11. What great news stories. We always wondered what happened to our frog friends in the winter.

  12. Mom has been asking for the winning lottery ticket for 20 years now
    Not Naughty,
    Lily & Edward

  13. Mom hates the cold so she sure would not want to be that frog!
    MR Bailey, Hazel& Mabel

  14. OMD OMD GEORGE an Donald the Duck could teach PEEPS a real lesson of learning to GET ALONG with EVERYBUDDY... and to look Beyond the OUTSIDE and find the Love INSIDE.

  15. Wow, great stories! I think having a duckie friend would be very cool. They like to swimmie as much as I do. BOL I bet that kitty tongue feels weird, but would work wonders on an ice cream cone.
    Grr and Woof,

  16. OMD..We can't believe those silly frogs stay outside and freeze!! BBBRRRRRRR!! Thanks for another great newsweek!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  17. That is crazy about the frogs - who knew? One of my favorite things about spring here in New England is when the peepers start singing and the wood frogs start croaking!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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