Monday, March 19, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News March 19, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of March 19,2018. We have fetched some important reports to share with you. Let’s toss it over to my co-anchor Pierre for our top story.”

Pierre Westie: “It appears that United Airlines has more problems than an algebra book when it comes to transporting dogs over the past few days. The trouble began on a flight from Houston to New York when an attendant insisted a family place their 10-month-old French Bulldog in its carrier inside the overhead bin. When the family arrived at LaGuardia airport, the puppy had died. United has taken full responsibility for the tragedy and the flight attendant claimed not to have known the kennel contained a dog. That is hard for us to believe. We also do not understand why the family went along with the order to stow their pup in the overhead storage. Most pet parents that we have talked to say they would never have abided the order even if it meant being taken off the flight.
   You would think with such bad publicity the airline would go above and beyond to reassure customers that their beloved pets are safe flying their airline. Well…since the horrific death of little Kokito, United has sent a German Shepherd bound for Kansas to Japan! When the family went to claim their dog, they were met with a Great Dane instead. The dog was flown via corporate jet back to its anxious family.
   Okay, that certainly seems like enough for any airline but for the third time in one week, United airlines mistakenly loaded a dog on the plane that wasn’t supposed to be going anywhere. The plane was traveling from Newark to St. Louis but was diverted to Akron to release the dog. All passengers were compensated for the trouble. Have you ever flown with your pets? Tell us your experience in the comments!”
Dogs reporting the BFTB NETWoof News on therapy cats
Bentley: “I’m thinking our kennel in the back of our SUV is the safest way to get around. I would have to fly in cargo and that is not going to happen.
   This story might restore some faith or at least goodwill to those of you who travel by plane. Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada now has therapy cats to help relieve the stress of delays, lost luggage, and anxious travelers. The airport currently has two registered therapy cats that visit with awaiting passengers to spread love and reduce anxiety. While most people think of dogs as therapy pets, cats are becoming increasingly popular. Who can resist a purr-fect distraction as you wait for your plane to board?”

Pierre: “Sometimes people pass judgment on others without giving them a chance to prove their worth. That often happens to animals that humans don’t perceive as cute and cuddly such as the opossum. While it is true they enjoy rummaging through the garbage cans and playing dead in the middle of the road, opossums do a lot of good things too.
   Did you know that opossums can eat up to 5,000 ticks annually? You can count on them to rid your yard of pests like rodents, slugs, and other insects. They are also the only known North American marsupial which means they carry their offspring in their pouch. No matter what you’ve heard, they are largely immune to rabies as well as bites from rattlesnakes and cottonmouth snakes.
   Next time you see an opossum, try to cut it some slack. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and when you take the time to really see them, they are kind of cute.”
BFTB NETWoof News dogs report on + BlogPaws
Bentley: “As most of you know, we love and have been members of the BlogPaws® community for several years so we are super excited that two of our favorite groups are joining forces! acquired BlogPaws to make it a force to be reckoned with! We look forward to discovering how this will affect both businesses but truly believe it will be amazing!
   We wish that we could attend this year’s BlogPaws conference but since we just moved and have way too much on our plates, we will have to look forward to following everyone on social media and plan on making next year’s big event. If you are going to Kansas City for the 10th anniversary BlogPaws conference, please let us know so we can live vicariously through you!
   In the meantime, let’s check in with the BFTB’s pawsome Weather Lab Paisley for this week’s forecast.”
Chocolate Lab reporting the weather
Paisley the Weather Lab: “It will be difficult for some of our friends in the north and northeast to believe but spring officially begins tomorrow, March 20. They are still experiencing winter precipitation including even more snow! Don’t worry though, warmer temperatures are coming and soon the snow will just be a memory frozen in time. See what I did there? LOL!
   The West Coast and the Pacific Northwest will have showers with temperatures in the mid-50’s. Over on the northeast coast, it will be cold with snow flurries possible. That snow will turn to rain on the east coast down through Florida. Here in the south, we are expecting it to be windy but warming up nicely. The center of the United States will be partly cloudy and could see a few showers.
   Always stay tuned to your local weather stations for any warnings or updates. We hope that you keep some springtime in your hearts all week no matter what the weather!”
Bentley: “We appreciate you tuning into BFTB NETWoof News and would love for you to share us on your social media.
   Don't miss a day on the Bayou this week! We will be discovering some great products and since tomorrow is Mom’s birthday, we will have a fun interview on how it feels to be a gazillion years old.
   Have a terrific day and be sure to grab yourself some happy!”
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  1. I'm so sorry for the little pup and for all pets who made a very bad experience with traveling by air. I think a lot of companies should change their minds and they should ponder about good possibilities for pets... more and more people want to have their pets on their side while they travel, so it could not only a better way to transport animals it would be a way to raise the profit of the companies too... and that's probably anyway the only thing they care for...

  2. I flew as a baby puppy on Southwest Airlines to come home wif no problems. Whitley used to fly on Continental (RIP) after havin problems wif American.

  3. That is MADNESS! Who on earth would even think to put their pup in an overhead locker?????
    I is sat here gobsmacked
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. That is just awful about those poor pups. Mackie flew on a plane with dad when he was just a puppy - from Missouri to Connecticut. He was at dad's feets - not in the overhead storage!

  5. Sometimes you have to fly in cargo, like when we moved back from Europe. Overall, pets are safe when flying, but every airline seems to have a bad streak, and it has been that way for many years. We only fly if there is no other option. The best advice is to make sure there is only one flight, no connection, weather is not too hot or too cold, and make sure there is proof your pet is on board. Have a great week.

  6. Thanks for that great report!

    My cousin Angus B. Terrier flew on a big jet from London UK to North Carolina after his humans moved there. He was in a crate in the baggage compartment. He says he was well taken care of and there were a couple other doggies along with him (in their own crates.)

    Ghostwriter said she almost ran over an opossum last week when she was driving home from work at midnight. Fortunately she was able to swerve around it.

  7. Mom asked the very same questions you mentioned with puppy that was put in the overhead storage on the plane. Why in the world did the family go along with that? Mom would have been ranting and raving if that had been her. Then to send a dog all the way around the world...good grief.
    Hugs madi and mom

  8. Our baby Olive flew to us from South Dakota. It was a very long day for her and the flight from Salt Lake City to Pocatello turned around in flight and went back to SLC for ice problems. Mom was beside herself with worry. Olive arrived 3 hrs late. When they got Angel Greta from the same breeder, mom and dad took some days off and drove out to get her
    We would never have complied with putting our dog in the overhead bin
    Hazel & Mabel

  9. I barely want to even fly myself, and rarely do (have only twice in my life), so there's definitely no way I would want one of my pets on a plane!
    And we're sure glad you drove Bentley and Pierre to their new home!
    We're glad you dug up some good news about one airline in there anyway. That whole story about the puppy in the overhead just did not make any sense to me....I can't imagine how anyone involved let that happen.:(
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  10. It is sad that people heard the puppy barking and no one intervened to help him.

  11. Mama and I were going to fly to Blog Paws(yes we are FINALLY going this year) but Mama changed her mind and decided it would be more fun(and less hassle) to drive. We are very excited about the Paws aquisition!!

  12. Another wagnificient BFTB NETWoof News report!
    3 bum swings! 3 more!

    Terrible news regarding our furiends & flying. I'm just getting comfortable with being in a vehicle so I don't think huMom would be thinking of flying me off anywhere soon; thankfully.

    Opossums look like something I would want to chase but now that I know they eat the ticks perhaps I won't. HuMom thinks they're cute.

    We still have snow but the earth is beginning to show through. Temperatures are cold but we have sun and that's pawfect for us Canadian dogs. We don't get a lot of sun in the winter.

    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia

  13. I flew from Wisconsin to California when I was a wee lass, luckily there were no problems. I can't even imagine....
    I REALLY wish our possums ate the roof rats!!!! geesh! I thinks they have a pact with each other!!!! just sayin'....
    Ruby ♥

  14. Opossum eat ticks?! How fabulous. We have one that dwells in back of our yard at night. Maybe I'll be nicer to him! United Airlines treatment of pets has been unforgivable. They should stop allowing pets on their planes until they've revamped their employee training completely.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs luv us and we luv them

  15. great news cast, not liking the stuff i'm hearing about animals and plane rides, urgh


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