Tuesday, October 30, 2018

What 4:20 Sounds Like on the Bayou

Bentley and Pierre eat dinner at 4:30 each afternoon. This is not up for debate as far as they are concerned. Their Dr. Harvey’s base mix takes 10 minutes from the time I start the water heating in the microwave. That means at 4:20 this happens on the bayou. Every. Single. Day.
 Please make sure your volume is turned up.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Black Cats and Flashback Friday

   Can you believe another week has flown by? It's the weekend and we're joining our friends on their Friday blog hops. That means we are filling in blanks and flashing back with the Bayou Boys! Have a great weekend with your dogs and cats. 
✎ Fill-In the Blanks
We are joining 15 and Meowing along with Four-Legged Furballs for Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to hop over and visit everyone participating.
Oversleeping is an awful way to wake up.
• I always read the comic sections of the newspaper.
• Black cats are awesome. My black Manx was the coolest cat ever. That is Amos with our jack o' lantern.
• Mini Snickers are my favorite treats.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

What's Lurking in the Leaves?

Basset and Westie in leaves
Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. I love the changing colors and the cool crisp air. The Bayou Boys enjoy being out in the cooler temps and shuffling through the leaves is always fun. It’s important to keep in mind that there are still dangers in those piles of fun.
What’s Lurking in the Leaves?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mega Dreams

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is over
One BILLION Dollars!

That has the Bayou Boys doing some daydreaming.
Before Mega Millions

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Pros of Probiotics

   Have you ever noticed how many products and medications that we give our pets are the same as we take ourselves? My Golden Retriever and I used the same thyroid medicine. Bentley takes over-the-counter human allergy pills when necessary. One of the most popular supplements that both humans, dogs, and cats all benefit from is probiotics.
What are Probiotics?
   Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your dog, cat or even you. They are excellent for the digestive system. There are billions of these gut-dwelling microbes in the system of all animals. Probiotics are good bacteria that keep the gut healthy. The name probiotics means “for life.”

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Talking Tushees and Dirty Dogs

   Let’s get to the bottom of a sometimes unpleasant subject. I’m talking about our dogs and cats’ bottom. There are times when they could use some help in keeping their tushees clean. That is why we ALWAYS keep a package of Tushee Wipes™ from International Veterinary Sciences (IVS) on hand.
*Barking from the Bayou received Quick Wipes Bath and Tushee Wipes in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we use and believe in with our readers. IVS is not responsible for the contents of this article. We are sharing our Amazon affiliate links in this post. If you purchase through these links, we will receive a commission.
   Tushee Wipes are the perfect way to clean your pet’s bottom. They are soft, non-irritating, and the aloe vera is soothing. A symptom of Bentley’s allergies is an itchy booty. It drives him crazy! I can wipe his bottom with one of these extra-thick 5”x8” towelettes and the relief is immediate.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Keto Diet for Dogs

   Did you know that a 2017 clinical survey showed that 56% of dogs were classified as obese? That means about 50.2 million dogs are considered overweight by their veterinarians. That is a big number to wrap your mind around. Why do we have so many overweight dogs? The same reason we have so many overweight people. Pre-packaged food, not getting enough exercise, and unhealthy snacking.
2017 U.S. Pet Obesity Chart
Courtesy of Pet Obesity Prevention.org
   I was thinking about this over the weekend when I told someone the story of a woman stopping her car to inform me that Bentley was fat. A million nasty defensive comments came to mind. I mean, who does something like that?! I don’t take criticism of my dogs very well but I simply told her that was the reason we were out walking. It was all I could do to not cry right there in the middle of the street. My feelings were crushed, I was angry, and I was forced to take a hard look at my boy. Sigh…he had gotten overweight gradually and I didn’t even realize it.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The No-Brush Way to Your Pet's Dental Health

*This post was created in partnership with Espree® Oral Care Gel. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.
   Did you know that 80% of dogs over 3-years-old show signs of dental disease? That's a staggering statistic but what can we do to help? There are things that you can do to avoid your dog becoming a statistic. Good oral hygiene is imperative to avoid a host of problems. It can add years to your best friend's life.
   Brushing is wonderful but not all dogs enjoy the experience. Dental chews are good but don't help much in removing the build-up or whitening. If your pet hates getting their teeth brushed, are they destined for periodontal disease? Not anymore! Can you get rid of the plaque and tartar your pet already has on their teeth? You can now!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Sneak Peek at goDog's RopeTek Toys

goDog RopeTek toys and water bottle
*We received our toys from goDog and Propel Communications in exchange for our honest opinion. Barking from the Bayou only shares products we love and believe will benefit our readers. GoDog and Propel Communications are not responsible for the contents of this article.
Bentley Basset Hound: “We recently received a box from our good friends at goDog® and begged Mom to open it. Imagine our surprise when we found two new toys! These aren’t just any toys, they are goDog’s RopeTek™ toys made with a patent pending manufacturing process. We are one of the first to get to try them. They even sent Mom a new shiny water bottle! At least she says it’s for her!” #SneakPeek

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Shelter Dog Interviews

   October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. We would like to see ALL shelter pets find their forever homes. There are millions of dogs and cats waiting for someone to look into their eyes and say “Yes, that is my new best friend.”
   The Bayou Boys thought it’d be a good idea if they interviewed some shelter dogs to discover their stories:
Interview #1
Bentley: “People often think dogs that end up in shelters have been abused or found on the streets. You look very well cared for. How did you end up here?”
Senior Dog: “There are dogs here that fall into that abuse or street category but not me. I had a fantastic life with a lady that loved me very much. She let me sleep in her bed and we took long walks. We were supposed to grow old together. A few weeks ago, my lady became very sick. She never came home from the hospital. There wasn’t anyone to take care of me, so they brought me here. It is scary, and I don’t like it one bit. I just want someone to give me a second chance at love. The white on my face means I have been a good boy for a long time. Be sure to tell people that senior dogs make great friends.”

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Meme Memories

We are sharing some of our favorite memes for this week’s Pet Parade. Enjoy them and have a pawsome Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Trick or Treatibles

   I am sure you have read or heard about the benefits of hemp in treating both humans and animals. We have been affiliated with Treatibles for over a year now and could not be prouder. Their products are helping dogs, cats and others enjoy fuller more active lives.
Treatibles Hemp Treats
I am an affiliate for Treatibles and will receive a commission if you use my code to save 10%. Treatibles is not responsible for the content of this article. Barking from the Bayou only shares products we believe in and use.
   Treatibles was the first company to offer pet products infused with full spectrum hemp oil. Their mission is a simple one; promote harmony for the whole family® through the happiness and health of each pet.