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.