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.”
Bentley: “Thanks, dude. Do you think Mom and Dad will notice that I’m gone? I should be back before supper, right? You know how grumpy I can get without my food. There isn’t room in my suit for a bag of treats, much less my dinner bowl. In space, nobody will hear me whining.”
Pierre: “Ummm…Well, it took Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin four days, six hours, and forty-five minutes. Of course, I’m sure they flew faster than your Hound Dog #7 Rocket Pack will fly. I’d guesstimate that it’ll take you at least a week.”
Bentley: “Houston, we have a problem.  There is no way that I can be gone for so long without Mom and Dad noticing.  Not to mention, starvation sets in on a Basset Hound when our food is even ten minutes late!  We are gonna have to rethink this trip.”
Pierre: “Yeah, I can cover for you being gone a couple of hours.  A couple of weeks is going to be a little tricky. What if you just orbit the city? I mean, you could zoom over the Space Center for their big 50th-anniversary celebration! They might even offer you a job as an astronaut. It’s not very far from us so that won’t take too long and you’ll be back before dinner. Let me draw up another map while you suit up and prepare for take-off.”
Bentley: “Roger that!  I’ll meet you at the launch site.”
Pierre: “Here are the directions for you.  Go ahead and peruse it in case you have any questions. I’ll be in Mission Control checking the coordinates. When you’re ready, I’ll perform a safety check on your rocket pack.  Do you have all four of your landing gears tied and buckled? This is going to be spectacular!”
Bentley: “Okay, let’s get this blast-off on the road…uh, in the air!”
Pierre: “Mission Control to Rocket Hound Bentley; all systems go!  Prepare for lift-off! Five, four, three, two, one! Lift Off!!”

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!” 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Happy Anniversary...Again!

Bentley: “We are once again going above and beyond the call of dog duty by giving Mom and Dad the entire day off so they can celebrate being married for 37 years.”
Pierre: “Wow! That means they have been married over half of their lives. Mom said when they got married nobody had computers or cell phones. That means there were no blogs. I can’t help but wonder what dogs did back in the dark ages! They must’ve been bored silly.”

Monday, June 24, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News June 24, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We are so happy that you chose to join us today. Let’s check with Pierre for our top story.”
BFTB News turtle story
Turtle photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Pierre Westie: “This is one of my favorite stories of the week and I think you’ll enjoy it too. It begins with a box turtle named Pedro who was adopted missing one of its hind legs.
   He recently went missing for a few months and when he returned, he’d lost his other hind leg. His owners turned to LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine for help. The vets discovered Pedro was in great shape other than not having hind legs, so they set to work to find a solution.

Friday, June 21, 2019

How Hot is Too Hot for Your Dog?

   It is getting that time of the year again when we hear horror stories of dogs being left in cars or burning their paws on hot concrete. You might be wondering how hot is too hot for your dog when it comes to the summer heat.
Dogs in Cars
   Let’s start with leaving your dog in the car while you run into the store. You only plan on being in there a few minutes and you’ve left the window down. Your best friend should be fine and besides, they hate being left at home. I get it, seriously, I do. How many times have you seen someone from the neighborhood or work and had to chat for a bit on the canned good aisle? Meanwhile, your dog is having a hard time breathing out in your car.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Let's Celebrate International Box Day

Bentley: “Hey y’all! Today is International Box Day in the blogosphere and we thought it was time to think inside the box and join the fun.”
Pierre: “The holiday was established to give cats a chance to share their love of boxes with the world. Of course, dogs enjoy a good box too, so we have joined in the celebration.”
Basset looking in box
Bentley: “If we are being completely honest here, most of the boxes that are delivered to our home belong to Pierre and me. We get our Dr. Harvey’s delivered as well as our goodies from Chewy. How can you not love boxes when they arrive filled with pawsome stuff for us?!”

Monday, June 17, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News June 17, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have fetched some great stories to help put a smile on your face. We understand that the human news can be depressing so our news this week is all tail wagging happy!”
Pierre Westie: “Our top story took place in southern California where a small dog had decided to defend his yard from a baby bear. The problem is that baby bears usually come with mama bears and this cub was no exception.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Dear Dad

    Sunday is Father’s Day in America and we hope all of the dads out there have a great weekend. The Bayou Boys wanted to pen a special letter to their dad and asked if they could share it here.

Dear Dad,
   Happy Father’s Day! Pierre and I felt we should get together and write this letter to let you know how much we love you. You are the best dad a dog could ask for and we are very glad that you belong to us.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Take 5 for your Pet's Health

   How often do you wash your dishes? Most likely the answer is after every meal. Can you imagine having to eat all of your meals out of one dish that hardly ever got washed? It sounds gross and certainly not something that we would enjoy. Now ask yourself when was the last time that you washed your pet’s food and water bowls out with soap and hot water. If it is longer than yesterday, please stop reading this, take five minutes and go wash them. I’ll wait for you. Thanks, they’ll appreciate it. Okay, let’s talk about why it is so important to clean your pet’s bowls.

Monday, June 10, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News June 10, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of June 10, 2019. We are so glad to have you here. Let’s toss it over to Pierre for our top story.”
Pierre Westie: “Thanks, Bentley. We reported about the possibility of New York becoming the first state to ban declawing cats except in case of medical necessity. That means no more declawing because the cat scratches the furniture! We are happy to update you with news that lawmakers passed the bill and it is waiting on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature. Seriously, can you imagine any public official NOT signing a bill that would end the senseless torture of cats? I think not. We will, of course, let you know when it is law.”

Friday, June 7, 2019

Pierre vs. the Burrs

Pierre loves to go outside and roll in the clover where these burrs are hiding. His fur is like Velcro® to these prickly nuisances. We picked over 80 from his face alone! Now, you’d think that he’d learn his lesson, but he has not and will continue to get them. In the backyard, there is a tiny little spot where they grow but he can find it each time he goes out! Thankfully, they are almost gone. He does sit perfectly still while we pick each one out. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Anatomy of a Walk

We are always super happy to go on a walk. Today was no different. There were things to smell and people to see.

Monday, June 3, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News June 3, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for June 3, 2019. We have fetched some great stories for you this week so let’s toss it over to Pierre for our top story.
two dogs reporting the news
Pierre Westie: “Summer brings out a variety of animals and not all of them are friendly. Coyotes have become a common sight in many neighbors and most of them will avoid confrontation. That is not always the case so we want to issue a warning to avoid coyotes and never leave your dog or cat out unattended in areas frequented by coyotes. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Be Prepared with Treatibles Ready Packs

   I know it seems like our dogs just got over the terror of New Year’s Eve and here we are already dreading the 4th of July! As if that’s not enough to have your pet pacing and panting, hurricane season is starting so that means you could have some bad storms or even an evacuation situation. Oh my, I forgot to mention the summer visits from relatives. How are those of us with sensitive dogs and cats going to survive? 
Treatibles 10 single serving Ready packs for dogs
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Treatibles® Ready Packs
   Treatibles has made giving your dog or cat their Organic Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil a snap. The 10-count single serving blister packs are easy to use and provide a controlled, consistent amount. Treatibles Ready Packs for dogs are for 50+ pounds and contain 5mg. Organic Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil. The cat formula has 2 mg. and is good for up to 20 pounds. Both formulas are the exact same, it’s just the potency that’s different. That means small dogs can safely take the Cat Ready Packs

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Discover Tilly's Treasures

Bentley: “I have recently discovered an incredible tasting new treat and I wanted to tell you about it. Believe me, you’re going to thank me when you hear more.
Tilly's Treasures 100% Freeze-Dried Dog Treats
*Barking from the Bayou received a bag of Dr. Marty Freeze-Dried treast in exchange for an honest review. We only share products we use and believe would benefit our readers. Dr. Marty is not responsible for the contents of this article.
   They are Tilly’s Treasures 100% Freeze-Dried Raw Beef Liver Dog Treats from Dr. Marty™. You might be wondering what goes into making these tasty treats. They are made with one single sensational ingredient…raw beef liver. That means no preservatives, additives, or grains. Are you drooling yet? 

Monday, May 27, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News May 27, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News. Today we are joining with other Americans in remembering the brave men, women, and dogs who have sacrificed everything so that we can live in a free country. Believe it or not, there are country’s where dogs would NEVER be allowed to have their own news program.”

Friday, May 24, 2019

Fetch Your Dog a Great Senior Wellness Checkup

    Senior wellness check-ups are important for humans and pets. Here at Barking from the Bayou, we all go every six months for bloodwork and to address any concerns. Last week was Bentley’s turn and I wanted to brag share his results.
   I’ll be honest with you; I was a little worried about him. He has had a bump on his left shoulder for a couple of years. We’ve had vets look at it and they all assured us it was just a fatty “tumor” and nothing to worry about. Still, it looked as if it had gotten bigger and his harness rubbed against it. Thankfully, our vet had made note of the size and said it was about the same. I mentioned that a previous vet had aspirated a similar one on his hip a couple of years back, and it was filled with a brown liquid. She asked if I wanted her to do the same and I said “yes.” Bentley didn’t flinch when the needle went in and the doctor removed 3 large vials of a clear liquid. Just like that the bump was gone! She did say it could return but that it is completely benign. I’ve been massaging the area and applying a cream in hopes that it will stay away.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Work of Art

   Like any good pet parent, I have 3,000+ photos of Bentley and Pierre on my phone and won’t hesitate to show them to anyone that stands still long enough. Of course, the photos that Skipper takes of them just scream to be displayed and what better way to showcase my favorites than on canvas. I love, love, love the look of canvas photos and I've been needing one of Pierre. That’s why I was so excited when I discovered The process looked super easy, so I enlisted the help of the Bayou Boys for our review.
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Two dogs ordering online at laptop

Monday, May 20, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News May 20, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for May 20, 2019. We are happy to be back behind the news desk bringing you the news you can use. Let’s toss it over to Pierre for our top story.”
Crockett's photo courtesy of The Lone Star Cats
Pierre Westie: “Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had to say good-bye to some pawsome friends. Our orange buddy, Crockett, from The Lone Star Cats was lost in a tragic ladder accident. He was so loved and will be missed by all who loved and knew him. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Beary Tasty Treats for Dogs

   Bentley is 100% motivated by food. If you expect him to cooperate, there had better be something in it for his tummy. Being a senior, it is important for him to maintain a healthy weight so we’re particular about the treats we give him. That's why I was so excited to discover Charlee Bear Meaty Bites. They are the perfect size for a treat or I can break them in half for training sessions.
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Charlee Bear Grain Free Meaty Bites Chicken & Blueberries
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Charlee Bear Grain Free Meaty Bites Beef Liver & Sweet Potatoes
Charlee Bear Grain Free Meaty Bites Beef Liver & Sweet Potatoes begin with USA raised raw beef then, for a taste sensation, they add sweet potatoes before freeze drying. This unique and incredibly healthy treat will be a favorite at your house!
Basset snigging a bag of Charlee Bear treats
Bentley: “I like to give all my treats the sniff test. MMM…I can smell fresh blueberries! You do know that blueberries and sweet potatoes are both super foods, right? That makes these treats super too! 
   Charlee Bear is a family owned company and has been making quality treats for over 25 years. A little rescue dog named Charlee was the inspiration for their name. Yes, you guessed it. The little guy was a heart stealer and looked like a teddy bear! It is their mission to make simple, nourishing and natural treats that dogs love.”
Basset Hound sitting up and eating a treat
“Okay, here’s the deal. The smell test is important but it’s the taste test that makes or breaks a treat for me. Wow! Excuse the stream of drool but y’all simply have to try a Charlee Bear’s Meaty Bites to appreciate how delectable each bite tastes. Crunchy yet light with just the perfect amount of blueberry in each one. Did I mention they are only 5 tiny calories a piece?”
Basset hound withCharlee Bear Dog Treats
“Let me shoot you straight on Meaty Bites from Charlee Bear. I love them. Both flavors are scrumptious. You can trust my taste buds because I have eleven and a half years of treat expertise under my collar. Treats are life. Mom carries them on our walks to divert my attention from other dogs. Something about me being too macho for my own good. Anyway, she just whips one out of her bag and everything around me disappears except for that yummy Charlee Bear treat. We will be ordering more on *Amazon so I can have them delivered to my front door practically overnight! It’s like it says on the bag, they are Beary Tasty Treats™.”
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It's the 300th Pet Parade

Welcome to the Pet Parade Blog Hop. I have had bloggers ask me what our blog hop is and what kind of posts are included. That is the fun and excitement of our hop. You can post any type of article that you want to share; wordless or wordy. We have bloggers and readers from all around the world. As a matter of fact, our host, Dash Kitten is in New Zealand, co-host Bionic Basil is in the U.K. and I call Texas (USA) home so when we say we are worldwide, we mean it!
It is hard to believe it, but we are celebrating our
300th Pet Parade
Blog Hop!

Monday, May 13, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News May 13, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Let’s check with Pierre for our top story.”
Pierre Westie: “Our top story is that our news researcher (mom) spent the weekend enjoying herself and spending time watching her great nephew play college baseball. They visited with family in town for the weekend and she failed miserably to find our news stories. Bentley and I checked out some local pee mail but found no good news there. We are cutting Mom some slack because of Mother’s Day but won’t hesitate to write her up if it happens again. Just sayin’.”