Monday, November 5, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News November 5, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to our first BFTB NETWoof News of November. I know we’ve said before, but WOW! October was gone in a wink. This is the month to give thanks, so we want to start off by saying how thankful we are that you join us each week. Let’s get to our top story from my co-anchor Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs reporting
Pierre Westie: “We all know that a dog’s nose is second to none when it comes to sniffing out trouble. British entomologist, Steve Lindsay noticed the sniffer dogs at an American airport looking for fruits or vegetables coming into the country. He studies malaria and decided it was worth a try to train dogs to sniff out malaria and help combat its spread.
   Last week he was able to show preliminary evidence that dogs can be trained to detect the malaria parasite in a person’s blood by sniffing their odor. It was a small study but showed promising results with the two dogs trained shown to have a 70% success rate.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs reporting
Bentley: “If there is one thing, we are adamant about here at BFTB, it is the need for humans to pick up after their dogs. Responsible pet parenting should not have to be regulated but that is what has happened in parts of China. A point system has been put in place and it works like this: a person is given 12 points when they register their dog. They also receive a microchip and a QR code. If the dog owner is cited for not picking up after their dog, not using a leash or if their dog causes a disturbance, points are deducted. If they lose 12 points their dog is confiscated, and the person must pass a test on the rules and regulations before getting their pup back. It is apparently working because 80% of people are now using leashes and disturbances are down by 65%.
   We don’t want to have such a system here, we just want people to be responsible pet parents.”
Pierre: “We are happy to report that a recent Nepalese government census shows the tigers roaming the Himalayan jungles is up from 121 nine years ago to 235! We are so thankful that the country has cracked down on poaching, increased security and public education about the big cats. It’s important that we protect our wildlife, or the only tigers will be in zoos.”
Bentley: “Two cats in Japan have made news for failing to once again gain access to the Hiroshima Onomichi City Museum of Art. It seems this art-loving duo have been trying to visit the museum since 2016. That is when the museum had a cat art exhibit and the felines made their first attempt to enter the building. They’ve tried on a regular basis since then. They usually settle for a good scratch behind their ears before giving up for the day. They have become so popular the museum gift store sells merchandise with their likeness on it!”
Paisley the Weather Lab: “Happy November! It is going to be a wet forecast for much of the country but let’s take a closer look.
   Let’s start here in the south where there will be some rain and thunderstorms later this week. Temps are expected to be in the 80’s until those storms hit. Along the Gulf coast, storms and showers will be on tap for most of the region.
   From the center of the U.S. to the east coast you can count on showers. That rain will continue up the coast and into New England and across the northern states. As we head west, that rain should turn to snow. Y’all are going to be cold so bundle up. The Pacific Northwest is going to be cool with scattered showers.
   The southwest is where to be for sunny days and warm temperatures. It’ll be nice in the Rockies with breezy and cool weather in the surrounding areas.
   Have a wonderful week and always check your local weather stations for updates or warnings. Back to you, Bentley.”
Bentley: “We hope that you’ve enjoyed this week’s report. Please share our link on your social media so others know there is some good news in the world.
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  1. that is super great that dogs can even detect malaria... wow! we agree with you such a chinese system is hard and it sounds scary to us, but we think people should be much more careful for picking up recycled food and for their dogs when they are off leash... we just had such an accident at FB it is something what could be prevented easily...

  2. Yikes about that new law in China. Mom always picks up after me and I am always leashed but I like to bark at some other dogs while walking - especially the ones that I don't know and I think that would be considered a disturbance!

  3. I never get it why people can't pick up after their pets, just ridiculous. It becomes such a habit, I never think twice about it. Love those cats trying to get in. Hope they succeed one day.

  4. Cats get so much attention for doing so little. Dogs have to do big imoortant stuff like wiping out maleria,

  5. Fascinating story on the malaria sniffers. Happy Monday and thanks for delivering another round of 'pawsitive' stories.

  6. Great news guyz...
    I predict the cats will find their way into the the saying goes if a cat's head fits so will his body.
    Hugs Cecilia

  7. Hmmmm....sometimes I kinda wish for the 12 point system around here....
    Great stories today guys!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  8. The museum shouldn't be able to profit from the kitties if they won't let them in. Very interesting story about dogs sniffing out malaria.

  9. Good report! I hope those kitties get to go into the museum eventually. They obviously have good taste in art!

  10. I sniffs out lots of thingies, butts not malaria...margaritas! butts, not malaria. ☺
    I do loves the kitteh story! I thinks they should be allowed in, they obviously have good taste.
    Ruby ♥

  11. It seems like they ought to let those cats inside the museum as official mascots!! I wonder if they actually have homes, and just wanted to visit???
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  12. Great stories, as always! I am so intrigued by the point system in China, wow they really are serious about responsible dog ownership! Honestly, I wouldn't mind them putting that in place where we live, there are too many awful dog owners who don't scoop and who let their dogs run loose - often resulting in terrible consequences.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


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