Friday, December 29, 2017

How to Survive a New Year's Eve Party

   We are off for the weekend so we won’t see y’all until next year! Here are some important tips on how to survive a New Year’s Eve party.
Know when to say “when!”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top 10 Favorite Pet Products of 2017

   This is the time of year where people look back at the year. Our 2017 had some exciting times, fun road trips, great BFTB NETWoof News reports and hopefully, made y’all laugh! We also discovered some fantastic new products. The following is our list of products that made our lives better. You can find our reviews by clicking the link at the end of each of our faves. We numbered our favorites because it's a Top Ten list but we truly love them all!
Top 10 Favorite Pet Products of 2017
*This post contains affiliate links and if you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission. There is no charge to you, only savings! Thanks for your support.
#10 Houndations is a bite-sized treat that are perfect for training or walks. Each bag comes with a free carabiner that attaches to your leash. Available in a variety of flavors and quantity on Amazon. One Houndations Nation 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Day Late

Basset and Westie on suitcase
Dear Friends,
    We wanted to let you know that we have been in prison the pet resort for the past few days. Mom and Dad deserted left us in very good hands while they went to spend Christmas with the grandbaby. That means we get ripped

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Memories and Traditions

   We are joining our friends in Blogville to share our family Christmas traditions. I’ve been thinking back to the days when our kids were young. It really was the most wonderful time of the year. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or spirits and let me tell you about Christmas on the Bayou.
Our home decorated for Christmas
   When our children were young, we loved to have Christmas decorations both inside and out. Skipper decorated the house with over 5,000 lights. Our home was beautiful and drew quite a crowd of light lookers! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dear Santa, In Case You Were Watching...

Dear Santa Paws,
   We have been greatvery…pretty good this year. As Pierre and I reminisced about 2017, we discovered a lot few things that might need to be explained. Just in case you were watching and misunderstood.
   Pierre dug a huge hole in the backyard trying to catch a mole. In case you were watching, he was actually trying to introduce himself to the chief rodent in hopes of helping them in a relocation plan. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, you know. #PierreIsAGoodBoy

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DIY Christmas Paw Print Ornament

  There is nothing like a homemade ornament to make your Christmas tree special. I wish that I had made this easy salt dough recipe years ago. I would have captured the paws that have left their prints on my heart.
DIY Salt Dough Paw Print
   It was fun making these and I think next year, we will add food coloring to make some in red and green ornaments along with some festive ribbon. These are going to hang in our BFTB office all year.
Here are the Easy DYI Instructions

Friday, December 15, 2017

Flying High Over the Bayou

Basset Hound and Westie flying airplane
   On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. To celebrate Wright Brothers Day, Bentley and Pierre took their first successful flight over the bayou.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sleep in Heavenly Peace with Petlinks

Pierre Westie: “I have been more than patient while Bentley celebrated his birthday on our blog but when my new bed from Petlinks® arrived, it was time for me to put my paw down.
Barking from the Bayou received a Petlinks bed in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel our readers will love. 
I have included an Amazon link in this post and if you purchase via this link, I will receive a small commission. 
   Let me start by saying this is the most comfortable bed that I have ever laid on in my entire life. As some of you might know, I have trust issues with new things, so it took me a minute or two to climb in the bed. Now, I refuse to move because Bentley is chomping at the bit to steal it. Let me tell you more about this amazing bed. I’ll try not to doze off but I am really comfy.
   It is the Rejuvenate Supreme Soother™ Gel Memory Foam Pet Bed. That means that cats will love this bed too. My bed is extra-large measuring a whopping 42”x30”.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Confessions of a Squeakaholic

Bentley Basset Hound LOVES his new Hear Doggy Cow
Barking from the Bayou received Hear Doggy toys in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we like and we love these! I do have Amazon affiliate links in this post and will receive a small commission if you make a purchase through those links. It will not affect your cost at all. Thank you.
“My name is Bentley and I am a squeakaholic. Toys that squeak make me extremely happy. It is not unusual for one of my squeaky binges to last five or more minutes. There is nothing quite like that shrill sound of a toy well-squeaked. The problem is some grumpy people Mom and Dad get tired of hearing my marathon squeaking.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Pets

Basset and Westie decorating Christmas tree Copyrighted MKClinton
Bentley and Pierre always hang up their stockings with hope that Santa Paws will leave some extra special goodies hiding in them. I decided to share some of their favorite Christmas stocking finds.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Puppy Cake Mix Review

I purchased this Puppy Cake kit for Bentley's birthday. This review is our own opinions and does  contain affiliate links. If you order from these Amazon links, I will receive a small commission with no effect on your price.
Bentley: “As we continue with coverage of my birthday, I want to shine a spotlight on one of the most important elements. The birthday cake. It just howls party! Mom usually makes us pupcakes or cookies for our birthdays but this year she went with a ready mix. She bought the kit on Amazon which included a silicone bone-shaped pan, the mix, the icing and candles. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy Decade, Bentley

Happy birthday, Bentley! Our boy is turning ten today and we are celebrating with a look back at 
The Bentley Decade
Baby Basset Hound Bentley Copyrighted mkclinton
Bentley came into our lives after a friend received him as a surprise birthday party gift. As I’m sure most of you do at parties, I spent the entire time loving on the 10-week-old Basset Hound. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Take a Hike with Grab n' Go

Sit Stay Go Grab n' Go Pet Dinette & Leash
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received a Grab n' Go Dinette and Leash in exchange for an honest review. Sit Go Stay is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   One of the best parts of being a pet lifestyle blogger is getting to test the latest dog products. Today, I want to introduce you to the Grab n’ Go Pet Dinette and Leash by Sit Stay Go™. It was designed by Michelle, a pet mom in New York City. She knows what a hassle it can be to carry water, treats, keys and hang onto a leash with an excited pup on the other end. Her solution is this handy all-in-one leash and bowls combo. I say “Bravo!”

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Puppy Kisses and Bow Ties

Bentley: “It is hard to believe but I will be 10 years old this Sunday, December 3rd. Pierre told me Mom and Dad are planning a party with cake and presents. I do know that I am having a HUGE giveaway to celebrate the Big 1-0. Mark your calendars now. Anyway, about my party…I must look sharp as the guest of honor. You never know when the puparazzi will be hiding in the bushes to snap a photo! #PartyHound
Puppy Handsome Hounds Bow Tie
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received an Alex Bow Tie from Puppy in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we like and believe will benefit our audience. Puppy Kisses is not responsible for the contents of this article.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

What's Your Whimzees?

Basset Hound sitting up
Barking from the Bayou, LLC received these bags of Whimzees in exchange for an honest review. We only review products that we like and feel would benefit our audience. Whimzees is not responsible for the contents of this post. There are Amazon affiliate links and if you make a purchase, we will earn a small commission, but your order will not cost you any extra.
Bentley Basset: “It’s a known fact that Pierre and I enjoy a good chew. We also cherish our brilliant smiles so healthy teeth and gums are important. When we get the opportunity to review Whimzees™, it is a no-brainer. They make a great chew that helps remove plaque and tartar. You can count on me sitting at attention whenever Natural Dog Treats are being offered.”
Pierre Westie: “Why aren’t you offering one to me? You are being mighty selfish this close to Christmas. Santa Paws knows, he ALWAYS knows.”

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving! We have so many things to be grateful for each day but today is a time to express thanks for all our blessings.
We Give Thanks for You
We are thankful to all of you who visit, laugh, comment and share our blog. Our success is 100% thanks to you. It is hard to believe that we are about to celebrate our fourth year of Barking from the Bayou! We hope to continue to grow our audience and help spread smiles across the miles.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Everything You Need for a Pawsome Puppy Party from Amazon

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   Bentley is preparing for turning ten-years-old on December 3, 2017. I cannot believe my boy is almost two paws full. He is very excited and has let it be known that he is expecting a huge party. What is a pet parent to do? 
   There is one place to find everything we need to make our party a howling success. AMAZING AMAZON
   Seriously, what did we do before Amazon made shopping so easy? As a member of Prime, I get free shipping on most products and believe me, it saves us a bundle. If you haven’t joined Amazon Prime yet, I highly recommend it. 
Amazon Has It All

You need to send out invitations with an R.S.V.P. so you can get a reliable tail count. Check with the post office for their dog stamps for extra snail mail cuteness.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Your Dog has Cancer. Now What ?

   There are few diagnoses from the vet that strike fear in the hearts of pet parents more than the words, “Your dog has cancer.” What are you supposed to do now?
   November is Pet Cancer Awareness month and a great time to take another look at Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm. It is the first choice of holistic vets when a dog is diagnosed with cancer. That is because this revolutionary base-mix dog food is formulated on the principles of an anti-cancer diet. It can be your first line of defense to improve your dog’s quality of life, help promote healing and maintain a strong immune system.
Dr. Harvey's Paradigm

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekend Fun

We are joining our friends McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing for Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to hop around and see everyone’s answers.
• The best part of where I live are the mild winters. It rarely snows and when it does, the entire city shuts down!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Explaining Daylight Savings Time to Dogs

Dear Bentley and Pierre,
    I just want you to know that daylight savings time was not my idea. It is obvious that this entire “Fall Back” business is messing with y’all. It’s not that I mind you waking me up at 5:00a.m. to go outside and take care of your business. I’m thankful that you claw on my side of the bed to rouse me out of a perfectly happy dream. It is always fun to drag myself to the back door to put your leashes on and go stand around while you both find the perfect place to take poop. The best part is when we go back to bed and I hear you snoring before I can resume my dream.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wordless in Black and White

There is something special about black and white photographs. They seem to bring out the true personality of your subjects and I love that.
Bentley is mellow and loving.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Those Cotton Fields Back Home

Louisiana cotton fields
   Cotton fields were such a part of Louisiana’s landscape in the 60’s and 70’s that I admit to taking them for granted. Everyone had their photos made in the fields growing up. They went on for miles and miles before schools, universities, and shopping centers took their place.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Horror Movies on the Bayou

Chocolate Lab dressed as Capt. Hook. copyright 2017
   “Hello, I am Captain Paisley Hook and will be your guide to Barking from the Bayou’s Spooktacular Halloween movie previews. Grab your popcorn and try not to howl in terror!”

Bentley Basset hound poses for a scene from the Shining
The Whining
The Bayou Boys take over as guard dogs for a creepy hotel that has been closed for winter. They see things that should be left in our nightmares. Come play with us!
Pierre Westie and Bentley Basset re-enact the shower scene from Psycho.
This psychological thriller about a young dog that ends up staying at a secluded motel run by a deranged owner-manager will have you scared to shower alone!
Bentley Basset Hound talking on antique phone
When A Stranger Howls
While puppy-sitting, Bentley gets a strange phone call asking if he has checked on Pierre and Paisley. The calls continue through the night becoming more ominous. The police trace the number only to discover the person is calling from inside the house! Bone-chilling!
Pierre Westie and Bentley Basset Hound re-enact scene from IT
Local dogs have been disappearing one by one with no sign of struggle. When Pierre goes missing, a group of friends unites to find a mysterious clown named Bentleywise. He has been seen luring pups into the sewers with promises of squirrels. sIT is everything you are afraid of!
Chocolate Lab dressed as Capt. Hook with toddler dressed as Tinkerbell. copyright all rights reserved
   “We hope that you aren’t too frightened to go out among the ghosts and goblins after seeing these scary movie posters!
   You might be wondering why I am dressed as Captain Hook. The answer is right beside me. My little sister wanted to be Tinkerbell and since she is my best friend, I wanted to match her. We are going trick or treating together with our parents!
   Bentley and Pierre will be at their house getting their Academy Award speeches ready.
   Be sure to visit Blogville’s Murphy & Stanley and Oreo’s for the Halloween Parade!”
Happy Haunting!
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Why I Am So Thankful This Thursday

   It has been a good while since I participated in a Thankful Thursday post. Not because I didn’t have anything to be thankful for, it is just that my calendar is full, so I put it off for another week.
  Sometimes you receive such good news that all other things get pushed back and you want to shout THANK YOU from the rooftop or quietly with your head bowed. In this case, I want to do both!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hair-Raising Halloween Health Haunts

   Halloween can be a fun-filled time for everyone, including your pets if you take the correct precautions.
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• Only dress your pet up if they enjoy the process. Costumes that are too confining or block their vision are to be avoided. We usually dress the Bayou Boys up for their photo session and then we are done. They do not participate in trick or treating and we don’t go to pet costume contests. If your pet decides to ingest part of a costume, you could be spooked with a $1,872 vet bill to remove it.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Power of Power Pops

   The other day when our delivery of Dr. Harvey’s arrived, the Bayou Boys seemed unusually giddy. I know they love their Paradigm and Pierre can barely contain himself while I mix in their protein and oil each meal. No, this was something different. That’s when I saw the bags of Dr. Harvey’s Power Pops inside the box!
Dr. Harvey's Power Pops in the palm of a hand

Friday, October 13, 2017

Keep Calm and Enjoy Friday 13th

   Are you a superstitious person? You are safe spending part of your Friday Thirteenth with us. We are tossing caution to the wind and jumping on three blog hops for the weekend. 
   Our first hop is Da DB Boyz and Rosie’s Flower Friday. Join in for some beautiful flora throughout Blogville. We are sharing some gorgeous flowers that Skipper photographed when he was in Eisenach, Germany for work. I dream of having window boxes like these one day.
Pink and red flowers in German window boxes

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

6 Reasons to Walk Your Dog

   The first week of October is National Walk Your Dog Week. It is a great time to point out the obvious and not so obvious reasons that you should get off your butt and move your mutt!
Bentley Basset and Pierre Westie walking on matching leashes
• Walking is wonderful exercise for you and your dog.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Letter for Remember Me Thursday

   It’s me, Stray Dog #1547 over here in the corner kennel. I know that I’m not the cutest dog around but really wish that you’d stop by my cage. It is sad to watch the younger dogs get most of the attention. We all deserve a chance at happiness. Oh sure, I was happy once upon a time but that was long ago. What’s my story, you ask? Sigh, mine is not an unusual tale but it goes like this…