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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  1. maybe therefore all ways lead to Rome? YAY for the kitties! ...and we are surprised that there are no bassets, nor westies nor weimaraners mentioned in that group.... a miracle...

  2. TSA should be using the Bassett's, Bentley. You have the most adorable and longest ears ever!

  3. Mom is paranoid right now about our health, and he health of her friends which is why she was worried on Friday :) You need to check out US Customs. That is where you will find the cute dogs working. They get passengers all happy and excited and then officer comes by, checks their bag and they get a fine. Mom has seen it many times. Have a great week.

  4. That's very interesting about the floppy eared labs replacing shepherds. Now that I think about it - I think I do remember a lab at security the last time we flew.

  5. We think the TSA should use Poodles...oh, and Basset Hounds if they want friendly.

  6. I think that California has it going ON! They are always ahead of the curve, and that's GREAT! I've heard of the cats in Rome, and hope to visit someday in the near future.

  7. Clapping wildly at another wonderful News on Monday.
    I heard that about the G. Shepherds ears...they were surely devoted worker dogs and I think they kinda have a smile; however, I can see how small children might be frightened
    Hugs Cecilia

  8. What a great news day today! We love how tolerant and pet friendly Italy is!!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  9. My pointy eared dogs feel sad people don't love all dogs regardless of their ears! Yay to selling rescued dogs only!

  10. I am glad all those cats are cared for in Rome.

  11. Way to go, California! Maybe some other states (especially those that have way too many puppy mills) will do the right thing as well.

  12. All those poor pointy-eared dogs who are now out of jobs! Good thing there are so many dog jobs these days! I had seen beagles as drug sniffing dogs at airports too I thought. Nothing could make people more comfortable than a good old hound dog, right, Bentley?
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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