Wednesday, November 6, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News November 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to November’s BFTB NETWoof News. We are so glad that you’ve joined us for our monthly dose of good news. Let’s check with my co-anchor for the top story. Pierre, what did you select as our number one report?”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “We have four great stories but this landed in the top spot this month.
   A toy fox-terrier that disappeared from her South Florida home back in 2007 was recently reunited with her family. Dutchess was found over 1,000 miles away in Pittsburgh. A man discovered the now 14-year-old dog cold, hungry and hiding under a shed on his property. He took the poor pup to the Humane Animal Rescue where her microchip was discovered!
   Her owner was beyond excited when she received the phone call of a lifetime. The twelve years of paying that microchip fee in hopes of finding Dutchess finally paid off. She drove from her home in Boca Raton, Florida to Pittsburgh for a heartfelt reunion.
   That’s more proof that you should never give up hope”
Beer Photo from Fargo Brewing Facebook
Bentley: “Speaking of hope, there is a brewery in North Dakota that is giving many shelter dogs reason to hope. 
   The Fargo Brewing Company are featuring shelter dogs on their craft beer cans. They are partnering with 4 Luv of Dog in hopes of helping harder to adopt dogs find forever homes. Most dogs featured need to be adopted by families with no other pets.
   We love this idea and hope that other companies follow suit. Of course, we’d want them to feature adoptable kitties too.”
BFTB NETWoof News PACT passed
Pierre: “It is our policy not to discuss politics unless our government is doing something that benefits animals. I am happy to report the U.S. House recently passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.
   The bipartisan act known as the PACT stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture allows authorities to go after wrongdoers with federal jurisdiction and won’t be bound by state law. Right now, federal law only prohibits animal fighting and will only criminalize the perps when they create and sell videos showing the actual animal cruelty.
It boggles the mind that this even has to be brought to a vote. Still, it has to go through the US. Senate which has not even scheduled it for a vote. Grrrrr…
**News Update! The senate has passed the PACT act and it is waiting on the President's signature.
BFTB NETWoof News
Bentley: “Houston has its own social media mega-star after a post about it’s newest resident, Quilty. The seven-year-old cat is currently available for adoption at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization although they have been flooded with people wanting to adopt him. 
   Quilty was born at the shelter and adopted but his owner had to return him a few months ago when he moved and couldn’t bring the cat. I’m not sure if Quilty immediately felt at home back in the shelter but he quickly made a name for himself. You see, he would repeatedly let the other cats out of their room and into the shelter’s lobby! 
   A recent Facebook post went viral and garnered Quilty lots of attention. Don’t worry, if this fun-loving cat isn’t available, there are plenty more waiting for their 
   Let’s check in with our cousin, Paisley for her segment, Paw-sitively Paisley.”
Paisley: “Hey y’all! I hope your November has started off on a paw-sitive note. It won’t be long before we are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the United States. That means some yummy cooking is going to be happening and there are few things as tempting as a big fat turkey. I just want to share a few things on the Thanksgiving menu that dogs can actually enjoy on the festive holiday.
Thanksgiving Foods Your Dog Can Enjoy
• Sweet Potatoes (no marshmallows)
• Green Beans
• Carrots
• Turkey (no bones)
• Pumpkin (not pie)
   I can hardly wait for all the holiday smells to come drifting out of the kitchen! It’s a good thing I’m not a drooler. No offense, Bentley.”
Bentley: “No taken. We are looking forward to the holiday season and are planning a gift guide to help find the perfect present for everyone on our Christmas list.
   We are always happy to share the monthly badges celebrating the different holidays that our friend over at Zoolatry designs. Feel free to share any or all of them with no credit needed.
   Join us next Wednesday as we share some fun Texas experiences that the peeps have recently enjoyed. Until then, be sure to grab yourself some happy.”
News Sources:
Dog found after 12 years
N. Dakota Beer Cans 
PACT Passed 
H-Town’s Shelter Cat




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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Happy Howl-O-Ween

We are super excited about Howl-O-ween this year but instead of scary movies, we thought this year we'd bring you something frightfully funny!
“Uh-oh! Do you hear banjo music??”

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Dr. Harvey's Spooktacular Halloween Contest

We are frightfully excited to announce our Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway sponsored by our amazing friends at Dr. Harvey’s

What can you win?
• Bottle of Health & Shine Oil
• Small bag of Dr. Harvey’s food
• Bag of treats

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

5 Signs Your Dog is the Boss

   Today is National Boss’s Day and since we are retired, we don’t have any bosses. That’s right, we don’t have to answer to anyone…or do we?
   The Bayou Boys certainly have a lot of the characteristics of a boss. Let’s see if your dog or cat could actually be your boss too.
5 Signs Your Dog is the Boss

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Catchin' Up

Hey y’all,
   Pierre and I have been discussing what kind of topics we should cover since we are only blogging one day a week. We will still have some reviews and helpful dog tips, but we thought it might be fun to have a week where we tell you what is happening in our lives.
   We finally have some cooler weather, so it’s been nice lounging out in our backyard. Mom and Dad laugh at us because I will lay in the direct sun and bake for an hour. Pierre tries so hard to do the same but he simply can’t handle the heat. He also has a hard time being still when he is outdoors.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News October 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to our new BFTB NETWoof News format. We are now a monthly news post and look forward to continuing fetching the best feel-good stories from around the world. 
   One of the major changes in our programming will be with our cousin, Paisley the Weather Lab extraordinaire. It is difficult to forecast the weather a week in advance, we feel it would not be reliable to report for an entire month. Since Paisley is an important part of our team, we are moving her to a new position. I’ll let her explain later in the news report. In the meantime, let’s toss it over to Pierre for our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “This one brought a smile to my face and I’m sure it will yours too. Leon the stray kitten was just looking for a dry place after a heavy downpour when he wandered into the office of the OAB. That’s the Brazilian version of the American Bar Association (lawyers). 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Almost BFTB NETWoof News September 30, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello friends. As you can tell by looking, this isn’t our normal BFTB NETWoof News. This is a special report to let you know of some changes happening here on the Bayou. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Join Us for #RememberMeThursday

The Bayou Boys are joining the world for #RememberMeThursday
   Today we are joining 180 countries and hundreds of thousands of people to spread the word about pet adoption. It is #RememberMeThursday so join the world in remembering the pets waiting in shelters for their forever homes or for those whose time ran out before being rescued.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It's Almost Time for #RememberMeThursday



   Please join me tomorrow, September 26 for Remember Me Thursday. This day is set aside to shine a light on the animals that run out of time waiting on their forever home. Of course, we also remember those still hoping for a chance to experience love and the warmth of their very own bed.  

Monday, September 23, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News September 23, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of September 23, 2019. Today is the first day of autumn but we aren’t feeling it here in Texas. Paisley will have the national forecast after the news. Let’s toss it to Pierre for our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “A couple from Washington state went on a four-day vacation to Montana and brought their 7-year-old Border Collie along. They left Katie in the hotel room while they went out to eat. When they returned, the unthinkable had happened. Their beloved dog was not in the room. Rushing to the front desk they were told she had walked out the doors about four hours earlier.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Have a Wacky Weekend!

    We appreciate all of the kind thoughts and words concerning storm Imelda. On Wednesday, we only received about a half-inch of rain. I thought we had dodged the downpour. Thursday proved me wrong! We are fine and the water wasn’t too bad in our area, but Houston was once again hit hard. Many surrounding areas received over 20” of rain in less than 24 hours. It rained really hard at our home and thundered loudly. I had started giving Bentley Treatibles last night at bedtime and then again at breakfast. He slept under his dad’s desk in their mancave during the worse part of the storm. Thank you, Treatibles! Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors who will be recovering from this latest storm for quite some time. #TexasStrong

Monday, September 16, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News September 16, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of September 16, 2019. It is hard to believe how fast this year is flying past us. Let’s check in with Pierre for our top story before it is next week!”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “Our top story is one about a dog that refused to give up on life. Either that or a miracle, we couldn’t decide.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Fetch Your Dog Some Health & Shine

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   We were excited to learn that Dr. Harvey’s has added two healthy choices of fish oils for our dogs. I love adding fish and fish oils to Bentley’s Canine Health. Of course, he LOVES fish so there was no question whether he’d love these two oils. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News September 9, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of September 9, 2019. It was a crazy week for weather so we will see what Paisley has in the forecast later. First, let’s toss it over to my co-anchor for our top story. Tell us something good, Pierre.”
Pierre Westie: “You can count on it, Bentley. The story that tops this week’s news is for the birds. At least it is about birds and how they are showing their appreciation to a special friend.

Friday, September 6, 2019

How to Keep a Basset Hound's Long Ears Clean

Howlin' Hounds snoods
   Does your dog have long ears that are constantly getting in their food? Bentley’s ears used to always have “crusties” on them from dried food. I was cleaning them or FURminating his ears after every meal. There had to be a better way other than putting his ears on a scrunchie! That can’t be comfortable, but I’ve seen dogs wearing them to keep the ears from dragging in the food. Thank goodness I discovered the snood!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Join Us for #RememberMeThursday 2019

   Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 26, 2019, and help shine a light on orphaned pets waiting for their forever homes and those whose hope ran out. This will be the seventh year for this worldwide event and our sixth year to help spread the word. I am proud to join the Helen Woodward Animal Center to flood social media on can’t speak for themselves. 
Now, here is the exciting part…
Did you adopt your best friend? 
If so, you can
WIN the 
Entering is super simple and it is a great way to say “thank you” to the shelter or rescue where you met your bestie!

Monday, September 2, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News September 2, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello y’all! We are so happy to be back behind the news desk after a couple of weeks off with family. It was great to relax and visit but it’s time to get back to work. Let me begin by wishing everyone in the U.S. a happy Labor Day! Stay safe on the lakes and highways.
   We have some great news stories so let me toss it over to my co-anchor Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News top story
Pierre Westie: “Thanks and welcome to a brand new BFTB NETWoof News. Our top story is a reunion eleven years in the making.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Easy DIY Dog Allery Hacks

*Always consult your veterinarian prior to self-medicating your dog. I am not a veterinarian or medical professional so use the Purple Stuff and the Anti-Itch Spray at your own risk. I am sharing these recipes based on my personal experience and those of my colleagues.
   It is the time of year when dogs everywhere are raising a united hind leg and scratching their annoying itch. I would be afraid to know how much money we have sent to combat the misery of itching over the years of being pet parents. We have bought sprays, ointments, shampoos, powders, you name it and we’ve tried it. Our vets have given steroid shots and pills. Most of them work for a time but at what cost both monetarily and health-wise for your dog?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

5 Reasons Dog Love Going on Walks


Westie and Basset Hound
Dogs love going on walks. It is probably one of the most exciting parts of their day. Bentley and Pierre know when we are about to take them walking. They bark as they hurry to get their harnesses and leashes attached. I asked them what makes walking so special for dogs. The following are their answers.

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Dangers of Recliners

*This article originally appeared on Barking from the Bayou on August 2, 2018. We are on vacation and will return on September 2, 2019.
Me: “I’m going to be totally honest with you right from the start of this post. I struggled with whether I should share this story. I feel so horrible about what happened but as a blogger, I feel it’s my responsibility to tell you my mistake in hopes of preventing you from doing the same thing.”
Living Room
Bentley Basset Hound: “Are you going to tell them about how you tried to kill me in my sleep the other night?”
Me: “Yes, I mean…no, I did not try to kill you but yes, I am going to tell them what happened.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Should I Crate Train My Puppy?

*This article first appeared on Barking from the Bayou on March 17, 2015. 

 “To crate or not to crate.” That’s a question many new pet parents ask. The question is brought up because many people believe it is a form of punishment to crate their dog. Rest assured, just the opposite is actually true. There are many times in your pet’s life when the benefits of crate training will come in very handy. In the event of separation anxiety, injury, or illness, your veterinarian may recommend crate rest to help to heal. That is not the time to start trying to get your dog used to being inside their crate.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Back-to-School Pet Safety

*This post originally appeared on Barking from the Bayou August 14, 2014. A few updates have been made. 
Bentley: “Hey Pierre, it’s time our annual back-to-school safety post. We are at our local school so we can share some important information with you. It’s close enough to walk from home and that sure beats riding the school bus.  Mom even packed us a lunch.”
Pierre: “This is a great classroom. I’m going to sit up front, so I can be the teacher’s pet. We are learning about School Supply Safety today. It looks pretty interesting so far.  What kind of safety concerns can we find in a classroom?  I mean other than bullies, slamming our paws in lockers, falling out of my chair, and algebra?”

Monday, August 19, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 19, 2019


Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have mostly personal news today but I’m going to let Pierre share the top story.”

Friday, August 16, 2019

Snoozing on the Original Dog Pillow

The Original Dog Pillow
Pierre: “As the official toy expert, I really lucked out when we received The Dog Pillow Company’s Original pillow. Although it is fun to run around with it in my mouth, it is so much more than a toy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Why I Don’t Take My Dogs to the Dog Park

   Let me begin by saying that I think dog parks are a wonderful place. I encourage people to use them and feel like it makes communities more desirable to dog parents. We have never taken the Bayou Boys to a dog park for a number of reasons. The first being where we used to live didn’t have one and then when they opened it people dropped their dogs off and kids swam in the dog pond. Thanks, but no thanks. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 12, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 12, 2019. We have some good stories to help put a smile on your face today so let’s toss it over to my co-anchor, Pierre, for our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “Thanks, Bentley and welcome to all of our friends! Our top story made me grin when it came across my desk. It is from Switzerland which is known for its wonderful people like our friends, The Swiss Cats.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Cruising Along with My Pet DMV License

Bentley Basset Hound: “They’re here! They’re here! Pierre, hurry!!”
Pierre Westie: “What are you barking about? What’s here? This had better be good because I was having a great dream.”
Bentley's licenses from MyPetDMV.com
*Barking from the Bayou received two sets of license from MyPetDMV.com in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we love and think will benefit our readers. MyPetDMV is not responsible for the content of this article.
Bentley: “Well, this is a dream come true. We finally have our very own driver’s license. Mom ordered them from My Pet DMV, and they are absolutely incredible. We selected our Texas license, but you can pick from ALL 50 states and Canada! They look just like the real deal and only take about 5 minutes to create on their website.”
Pierre: “Oh my dog! I’ve been wanting my own license since I was a pup. They fixed us up with one wallet size and three keychain/collar ID tags. It’s hard to believe they only charge $19.95 for all of those and you can order additional pets’ licenses for only $9.95 at checkout. That kind of savings makes it easy to order licenses for the whole family…even your feline siblings. Cats like to drive too!”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Trip to the Vet

Westie at vet
Pierre Westie: “Y’all are not going to believe what we were forced to endure on Monday. Mom and Dad took us to the V-E-T. It all started a few days ago when I began scratching and rubbing my right ear. Mom examined it but didn’t notice anything unusual and there was no foul odor. Still, after watching it over the weekend, they decided I needed to see the doctor. I feel better sitting in Mom’s lap in the office.”

Monday, August 5, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 5, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 5, 2019. Well, if there was ever a need for some good news, this is the week. Humans have not made it very easy here in the United States. Pierre, what do we have to put a smile on our readers’ faces today?”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “We actually have the purr-fect top story that had tails wagging in our newsroom. 
   There is a Maine Coon cat living in Pennsylvania that is kicking litter over the myth about cats not liking water. Tissy is a five-year-old rescue who enjoys a dip in the family’s pool at least once a week.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Introducing the Smart Leash with Auto Lock

Smart Leash
   I want to introduce you to the Smart Leash™ retractable leash. Now before you roll your eyes and say all retractable leashes are a bad idea, let me tell you how this leash has changed my mind. 
   Most retractable leashes rely on the human at the other end of it to control the dog. While many pet parents are great at using their retractable leash, many are not and that results in their dog abruptly charging at other dogs, people, or even into the street. This is why people have such negative views on this type of leash.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Stylin' -N- Profilin'

Pierre had a much-needed visit to 
yesterday. He came out looking so handsome that we decided to do a photoshoot in Old Town Spring. We have a new leash so walking around the quaint area was perfect to put it to the test. 
Stop back on Friday to read our review.

Monday, July 29, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News July 29, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “We are happy to see y’all today for BFTB NETWoof News. It has been a busy week so let’s throw it over to Pierre for our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “Thanks, Bentley. If your plane is delayed or luggage is missing at the San Francisco International Airport, you can find some emotional relief with their new Wag Brigade! This group including 22 dogs can be seen wearing blue vests that encourage weary travelers to pet them. As awesome as that is, San Francisco has upped their game by adding the world’s first adorable airport therapy pig! Can we all say, “yes, please!”?”

Friday, July 26, 2019

Tips to Prevent Fires Started by Pets

   Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) pets are responsible for over 1,000 house fires annually in the United States? Even more astounding is that an estimated 40,000 pets die in fires each year, mostly from smoke inhalation. The question is how can you help prevent your pet from starting a fire in your home. Here are some tips that can be lifesavers.
*This article contains Amazon affiliate links.
How to Fireproof Your Home

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tell an Old Joke Day Jokes

It’s “Tell an Old Joke Day” and y’all know how we like to fancy ourselves stand-up comedians so we couldn’t resist trying out some of our new “old” jokes.

Monday, July 22, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News July 22, 2019

 The BFTB NETWoof News team have been busy coming up with craft ideas for National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day Week. Our friend and Pet Parade co-host over at Bionic Basil will be sharing some purr-fect and easy-to-create crafts for cats but can be used for pups too.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Shooting for the Moon

Bentley Basset Hound: “This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first spaceflight to land humans on the Moon. We are proud of the part Houston played in the mission. It seemed only fitting that I pay tribute to this historical event by becoming the first dog to set paw on the Moon. We have been doing some adjustments on my Hound Dog #7 Rocket pack and I think we are ready.”

Pierre Westie: “According to my extensive research, it looks like once you blast off; you keep going straight for the first 175,000 miles. Then, you’ll need to veer to the left just a bit. By that time, you should be able to see your target. The moon is pretty huge and there’s an American flag sticking up, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Those last 63,900 miles should be a breeze. Here, I drew you a map.”

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Some Memorable Memes

It has been a while since we shared some memes. I was looking through the ones we’ve made and found some of my favorites. I hope they bring a smile to your Hump Day!
Looking back at these photos make me realize how much whiter Bentley’s face has become.