Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Love is...

Love is…
Knowing where to scratch.
We’re going to be sticking close to home over the next couple of days as tropical depression Imelda passes over our area. It looks as if we could get a lot of rain and thunder so Bentley will be getting lots of ear scratches, belly rubs and TREATIBLES!
We hope that you join us for the worldwide Pet Parade blog hop hosted by Dash Kitten and co-hosts Basil & the B Team and me! You can share a wordless or wordy post or tweet to be shared on social media. Share your all-time favorite photo!! All DOGS, CATS and any other pet blog is welcome. If you want eyes on your post, 
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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.

Monday, July 15, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News July 15, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of July 15, 2019. We have rounded up some great stories for you so let’s get started. Pierre, what’s our top story?”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “We decided to start our newscast off with a story that is for the birds.  Good Samaritans in England recently rescued what they believed was a rare exotic bird from the side of the road. They took it to the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in hopes of saving the bright orange bird.
   The vets weren’t sure of what they were dealing with at first but soon discovered it was a seagull that had somehow gotten covered in curry or turmeric. After a nice bath, the bird was returned to his natural color and is expected to be released back into the wild soon.”

Friday, July 12, 2019

Ride On!

We wanted to take you on another section of our bike ride along the Spring Creek Greenway Trail.
Our longest ride has been fifteen miles, but we normally ride ten miles. It’s a beautiful trail and we’ve seen rabbit, deer, and lots of squirrels off in the woods.

This section of the trail is swampy with shallow water on both sides of the trail. It is one of my favorite parts because it is always cool and shady. We keep our eyes out for snakes but so far, haven’t seen any. Actually, we didn’t even see any mosquitos when we stopped to take these photos.  
The sign reads "Please help us conserve by bringing your own refillable water bottles".

There are these handy water stations placed along the trails. We always carry our water bottles filled with ice and water, so these are great for a quick refill on a hot day. Staying hydrated is one of the most important tips I can give you when your outside in the heat no matter what you are doing.

The part of the trail we have ridden on looks like this most of the way. There are a couple of areas where we are in the sunshine, but it is a short time and we always wear our sunscreen! We really don’t feel hot until we stop for water. As soon as we begin to ride again, we immediately cool off.
I shared a light purple passionflower photo last week and many of you commented on it. Thursday morning, we rode past this brilliant purple passionflower and I told Skipper that we had to stop and take a photo of it on our way back. They are growing wild and are truly a work of art! They have quickly become one of my favorite flowers.
 The entrance to the park where we begin our ride has a beautiful butterfly and hummingbird garden. There were butterflies fluttering everywhere but none wanted to cooperate for a photo. 
These little purple flowers reminded me of the saying. “Bloom where you are planted!”
I hope you enjoyed our bike trip. We are looking forward to loading up the bikes and exploring new parts of the city too. It’s a perfect way to discover places that you’d never see from a car. As always, we'll take you along for the fun!
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ring My Bells

   When Pierre came to live with us, our daughter had trained him to use *Poochie Bells when he needs to go outside. He is a little gentleman when it comes to ringing the bells. A simple brush of them to let us know it’s time. When we moved to our new home, the bells were one of the first things unpacked.

Monday, July 8, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News July 8, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for Monday, July 8, 2019. We have some interesting stories for you this week so let’s get right to our top story with Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “Let’s start the week off with a love story of sorts. It happened in Russia when a dog named Shavi was a victim of a hit and run driver. She had two broken legs among other injuries and would have died if not for the kindness of two good Samaritans. They took her to the vet where they sent out a plea to find her a home. Only one person responded.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Biking the Spring Creek Greenway Trail

   I mentioned that for our anniversary we took our bikes to a local bike trail to ride. We just bought a bike rack for the car and were anxious to go exploring. It was our first ride on an actual trail made for biking! Both of us were as excited as kids going on a big adventure. 
   We started our ride at the Dennis Johnston Park which is a beautiful 45-acre area that includes a pavilion, pergola, a butterfly and hummingbird garden. It is really nice and there are a number of activities you can do when you visit. Looking at all the other bike racks in the parking lot, there were a number of other cyclists already on the trail. 
Bikers yield to horses warning sign
   I’m not sure if this is just a Texas bike trail sign but it made me laugh. We didn’t see any horses although we passed a number of joggers, bikers, and walkers. Everyone was so friendly!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

How to Have a Calm 4th of July with a Nervous Pet

   Tomorrow is the 4th of July in America and while we hope our neighbors respect the rules to not pop fireworks, there are always a few rebels. I understand the excitement and fun of fireworks. We used to blow up lots of cool fireworks when our kids were young. They never bothered our dogs and frankly, I never gave much thought about it. Growing up, the 4th of July meant fireworks. Then came Bentley.

Monday, July 1, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News July 1, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the first day of JULY! Can you believe it? If it weren’t for the distant fireworks, it’d be hard to convince me that over half the year is gone. This week we were so excited at all of the feel-good stories we were able to fetch. Let’s see what Pierre has for us.”
LA-Z-Boy Gatson photo credit: Brookhaven Animal Rescue League
Pierre Westie: “It was difficult which story we should choose for the top story, but I think you’ll agree that this one is very special.
   You might have seen the heartbreaking photo of a pup that was abandoned along with a recliner and an old television like a piece of garbage on the side of the road.

Friday, June 28, 2019

A Dr. Harvey's Contest Smorgasbord

Bentley: “ATTENTION!!! Barking from the Bayou is super excited to announce a brand-new contest sponsored by our awesome friends at Dr. Harvey’s! It is a smorgasbord of their amazing products and we are going to have THREE WINNERS!!”
Pierre: “Wow! That is really nice of us! When you mention smorgasbord the first thing that I think of is food and lots of it! What are we giving away?”
Bentley: “Well, you know we love an all-natural treat that is tasty but still healthy so we can maintain our physiques. That’s why ALL THREE WINNERS will receive a bag of Dr. Harvey’s Coconut Smiles. If you haven’t tried them, get ready to drool. They are 100% dehydrated coconut and delicious. I will warn our fellow canines to watch your humans with these treats. It seems they like to munch on them too!” 
Pierre: “When we announce the winners can I say, ‘YOU get a bag of Coconut Smiles and YOU get a bag of Coconut Smiles and YOU get a bag of Coconut Smiles.’ I’ve always wanted to do that and since we are still waiting on our talk show, this would be good practice.
   One prize does not make a smorgasbord so what else could our THREE WINNERS win?”
Dr. Harvey's Canine Health
Bentley: “I’m glad you asked. Each winner will get to choose 2 trial-size bags of Dr. Harvey’s food for their dogs to try. That is an easy way to discover your dog LOVES Dr. Harvey’s. It’s winner’s choice!”
Pierre: “That’s a terrier-ific way to find which recipe your dog loves the best. We have tried them all and can tell you they are all yummy in our tummies. Your choices include Canine Health, Oracle Grain Free, Paradigm, Raw Vibrance, Veg-To-Bowl, and Veg-To-Bowl Fine Ground. So many choices and so many winners!”
Basset being sprayed with Protection SprayBentley: “We still aren’t through with the prizes! Each of our THREE WINNERS can select one of Dr. Harvey’s All-Natural Grooming Essentials. It’s going to be a difficult decision because, during the summer, we need all of our Dr. Harvey’s grooming products. Tell them their choices, Pierre.”
(Using his best game show announcer’s voice)
Pierre: “Our THREE WINNERS will have quite a time with the big selection Dr. Harvey’s offers to keep us healthy and looking good. There is the always popular Healing Cream, Herbal Ear Wash, Herbal Protection Shampoo, Herbal Shampoo, and Herbal Protection Spray. We depend on all of them so whichever one they pick, it’ll be fantastic.”
Bentley: “To enter for your chance to win, click on the Rafflecopter below and follow the simple instructions. If you have any trouble, just let us know and we will be happy to lend a paw.
   Of course, if you just can’t wait until the end of the contest, be sure to save 10% with our ambassador discount code: BFTB2019. Good luck!”