Thursday, January 31, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Collar Warning

   PrideBites Collar
   Do you leave your dog’s collar on all of the time? I’d read that they could pose a danger but to be honest, I’ve always left my dogs’ collars with their id tags on them. Most of the horror stories I’ve read involved the dogs fighting or getting the collar caught on furniture. Since we are usually home with the boys it didn’t seem to pose a problem. The main reason I’ve always left them own is for identification should they ever get lost. Yes, they are microchipped but most people immediately look for a collar. Did I mention neither of the boys has a strong recall? If they get out, they will take off like greased lightning.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Corn Chip Paws

Basset on dog bed with Westie watching
Pierre Westie: “Ugh! Are you eating corn chips? You know that I can’t eat that kinda stuff. Actually, no dogs should eat corn chips but I definitely smell them. It’s just you and me here so…”
Bentley Basset Hound: “What are you yammering about? You woke me up from a sound sleep to ask me if I was eating corn chips? Have you ever seen me eat a corn chip? Think about it while I finish my nap.”

Monday, January 28, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 28, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News and weather. We hope that you enjoyed the weekend and are ready to hear this week’s good news. Let’s fetch our top story from my co-anchor and best bud, Pierre.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “This first story is a reminder that we need to always keep an eye out for our smallest pets. A hungry hawk decided to swoop down and pick up a tiny Chihuahua. The bird must have gotten tired of carrying the squirming pup because he dropped him in mid-air.
   Thankfully, the little guy wasn’t hurt too badly and was treated for wounds to his head and chest. The damage from the talons was minimal. The pup is recovering from the traumatic experience with his foster family for the next few weeks.”

Friday, January 25, 2019

Gator Alert on the Bayou

Pierre: “As we have previously mentioned, due to my stomach issues, Bentley will be reviewing our treats and I am in charge of toys. I am super excited to share my newest Strong ‘N Silent™ toy from our friends at Trusty Pup®. They realize that play is a vital part of a dog’s life and have a great line of fun toys. This is their gator and he is built to last!”

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hey Good Looking

Basset Hound and Westie
Bentley: “Pierre, have I told you lately that you’re a very handsome Westie?”
Pierre: “Thank you very much! I try to take care of myself and even though I loathe grooming, I tolerate it to maintain all of this magnificence.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 Pet Blogger Challenge

   I am participating in the 9th annual Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by Amy at We have joined the fun in previous years and thought it'd be awesome to check back in this year. It’s a wonderful way to discover new blogs, help and support fellow bloggers. These questions are designed to help us and our readers better understand and offer help to one another. Thanks!
 1. For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?
   Answer: We celebrated five years of blogging on December 13th and are looking forward to year six. If this is your first visit, I blog with The Bayou Boys a.k.a. Bentley, an 11-year-old spoiled Basset Hound and Pierre an equally spoiled West Highland Terrier-ist. They keep us laughing and hopefully do the same for our readers. My husband does all of our photography so Barking from the Bayou is truly a family affair.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Appreciate What?!?

Pierre Westie: “Due to the importance of bringing you the best news around, we missed paying homage to the evil beloved tree rats squirrels. That’s right, January 21, 2019, was Squirrel Appreciation Day. Can you believe those glorified rodents have a day dedicated to them? It always makes me scratch behind my ear to think about appreciating a squirrel.
   It’s obvious that a lot of people like squirrels. Some fill feeders for them in their backyards and others go to parks with bags of peanuts to hand out to the little beggars. Did you know that NYC had its first ‘Squirrel Census’ in Central Park last October? The numbers should be out this spring but I’m guessing it is a bazillion. Central Park is huge with a gazillion trees! 

Monday, January 21, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 21, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of January 21, 2019. We have once again fetched some of our favorite stories to help put a smile on your face. Pierre, what’s our top story?”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Pierre Westie: “This first one falls under the category of lucky cats. A couple of 20-pound kitties were needing a place to stay when their human left for college. Since her father was not able to keep them with him, he decided to rent them a $1,500-a-month studio apartment in Silicon Valley! The area is experiencing a housing shortage so the cost of renting is through the roof.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Enjoying Our Quiet Time

Westie in a crate
   When we take the Bayou Boys with us in the car, they travel in their LifeStages™ crate. They love riding in it and they’re much safer than being loose in the car. We also used our crate when Pierre was so sick to keep him confined.
   In the past, we’ve always put a regular-sized dog bed in the crate for the boys’ comfort. The problem is they were too bulky and took up a lot of their room. I’ve looked at crate mats, but they all seem too thin for my spoiled babies. This bed is the perfect thickness in the crate.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ditch the New Year's Resolutions Day

Did you make any resolutions for 2019?
We are trying to take better care of ourselves which includes only healthy foods and lots more exercise. You’ll be glad to know that we are on track but…
Dad took this photo of me catching some extra zzz's the other day. I thought it would be perfect to represent
Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ready for Stand-Up

Now for your entertainment pleasure, we proudly present our comedy duo...The Bayou Boys!
Wait...they get better!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hats Off to Hat Day!

Today is National Hat Day and the Bayou Boys
LOVE a good hat.
Pierre chose a fireman’s hat because the girls like a man in uniform and he thinks he's hot! Hey, where’s the fire?

Monday, January 14, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 14, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to another week of BFTB NETWoof News and weather. We have fetched some great stories that you are going to want to share with your friends. Pierre, what is our top story?”
two dogs anchoring the news
*This "bad guy" is actually my brother! Read about this headshot and more at the end of the news.
Pierre Westie: “We have long known that dogs are excellent judges of character. A recent study by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan takes a look at how trusting a dog is after it has been lied to by a human.
   The study had participants first point their dog to a container with food. The trusting dog hurries over to the container and is rewarded. When the person points to an empty container, the dog runs over to it and is disappointed. When their human points to a third container, the dog no longer trusts the human and refuses to be tricked again. Dogs used their previous experience to realize the person cannot be trusted.
   The bottom line is never trick your dog or they will learn not to believe you. That also includes the old ‘fake” throw trick. We don’t think it is funny.”

Friday, January 11, 2019

Houston's Zoo Lights

   As I promised you, this year we will be sharing more of our travels around Texas. Last night we took advantage of one of the last chances to visit Houston’s Zoo Lights. It is the seventh year the zoo has transformed itself into a winter wonderland. We decided to wait until the holiday crowds dwindled before strolling through the gorgeous lighting displays.
   There are fifteen miles of LED lighting illuminating the ancient trees and shining our way along the path. We enjoyed a story from an interactive talking zebra, wound our way through the Enchanted Forest and watched the Holiday Village Train chug around a quaint village.

Here are some of my favorite Houston Zoo Lights   
Houston's Zoo Lights

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bandanas On the Bayou

   I have been a PrideBites *PAWtner affiliate since September 2014. The reason is simple, they are a fantastic company that hasn’t gotten too big for their breeches! You might remember when PrideBites appeared on Shark Tank and got a sweet deal with Robert and Lori. Since then they have expanded their line with some incredibly cool products.
Red chili peppers and green fronds bandanas
   I love bandanas! Everyone wants their dogs to look cute when they take them out and I am no different. Tying one around Bentley and Pierre’s necks increase their already over the top cuteness to a whole new level!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Bayou Boys' Backyard

Basset and Westie in yard
 Bentley Basset Hound: “Pierre, you know that we haven’t shared too many action pics of us in our backyard lately. I don’t want people to think we’ve slacked up on our patrols. It’s been rainy, you were sick, and the holidays hit but most days we make sure our backyard is safe from intruders.”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Nuts Over Green Coast Pet Pawnut Butter

Green Coast Pet Pawnut Butter
Bentley Basset Hound: “Since this is our first food or treat review of 2019, I need to let you know that I will be in charge of all edible reviews. Pierre will be our go-to expert on toys. We are making this change due to Pierre’s dietary restrictions. It works out well because I love treats and he loves toys. #Win/Win
*We received a jar of Green Coast Pet Pawnut Butter in exchange for our honest review. Barking from the Bayou only shares products that we believe in and use ourselves. All opinions are ours.

Monday, January 7, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News January 7, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Happy New Year! Welcome to the first BFTB NETWoof News of 2019. We certainly hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. It’s time to get back to the business of reporting good animal news so let’s throw it over to Pierre for our top story.”
Two dogs anchoring the news
Pierre Westie: “I’m so excited for our first report of the new year. California has become the first state to only allow rescue pets to be sold in pet stores. That includes dogs, cats, and rabbits. One state down and 49 more to go. Let’s take a stand against pet stores that sell expensive puppy mill puppies. This is a great step forward. Way to be awesome, California!”
Two dogs reporting the news
Bentley: “You might notice more floppy-eared dogs working as TSA sniffers. Officials report that the agency is replacing the retiring pointy-eared canines (German Shepherds) with Labrador Retrievers. They claim it is because the passengers accept floppy-eared dogs better. It is believed they are friendlier looking and don’t scare children as much as the pointy-eared dogs.
   There are about 1,200 TSA dogs and consist of seven different breeds. They include Labs, Golden Retrievers, German Short-Haired Pointers, Wire-Haired Pointers, and Vizslas. The two pointy-eared breeds are German Shepherds and Belgian Malinoises. It’s hard to believe not a single Basset or Westie is being used.”
Two dogs reporting the news
Pierre: “Researchers at East Tennessee State University are going hog wild over two extinct prehistoric, pig-looking species of fossils recently found. It is a first for the Appalachian region. The university reports the species identified in the clays of the Gray Fossil Site date back some 5 million years!
Two dogs anchoring the news broadcast
Bentley: “Speaking of really old things, among all of the ancient ruins in Rome there is the Largo Di Torre Argentina. It dates back to the 4th century BC and includes four temples and the Theatre of Pompey. It is also where Julius Caesar met his famous end.
   Excavation efforts in 1929 revealed the sunken ruins. Visitors have flocked to this important historical place since that time. It’s not just the history that brings tourists but also the residents who have claimed the ancient ruins as their own…feral cats! They estimate over 250 cats live there today. It’s been over 60 years that the cats have been fed, spayed, and neutered by Roman caretakers. In 1993, two women stepped up and formed the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. Volunteers have helped support the sanctuary and visitors can even apply to sponsor a cat. I think these felines have a really great thing going on in Rome!
And now let’s check in with our favorite Weather Lab, Paisley!”
Black Lab forecasting the weather
Paisley the Weather Lab: “Hey y’all, happy New Year! We have a pretty good forecast for the first full week of January. You are getting normal weather for this time of year in your area, so it makes this report easy.
   The west coast should see sunshine with a few clouds. Our friends and family in the Pacific Northwest will be wet while those across the northern states can expect a wintry mix of rain, snow and really frigid temps.
   Over in the northeast, there will be showers but those along the coast should enjoy sunny days. It’ll be warm along the Gulf coast with some showers. Most of the area is going to have nice weather with temperatures in the 60’s. The Rockies will have snow but the middle of the country will bask in the sun.
   Always stay tuned to local weather stations for any updates or warnings. I hope 2019 is your best year yet!”
Bentley: “Well, that does it for this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. I did want to explain that Mom was not feeling well last week and that is why we did not blog on Friday. Thank you for your concern. She is fine now and we are looking forward to a full week of fun. Please join us! Have a fantastic day and be sure to grab yourself some happy!”
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019


We hope that you join us for the 2019 Pet Parade hosted by Dash Kitten and co-hosts Bionic Basil and me! You can share a wordless or wordy post or tweet to be shared on social media. All DOGS, CATS and any other pet blog is welcome. Don’t let the Parade pass you by!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy 2019

Two dogs celebrating 2019
We hope that you had a peaceful New Year’s Eve and we wish you the happiest 2019!
I will be busy cooking our traditional New Year’s Day meal of ham, black-eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread.
Why have we eaten this every year for as long as I can remember? Here is your answer: