Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Happy 7th Blogiversary to Us

 Me: “It is hard to believe that seven years have passed since we began Barking from the Bayou.”

Bentley Basset: “Of course, that is human years which means Pierre and I have been blogging for forty-nine years. Do we need to talk about a retirement plan?”

Pierre Westie: “Hang on there one minute! I am way too young to think about retirement. I have lots of things left to bark about and our readers count on us to give them something to smile about once a week.”

Me: “Gosh, do y’all remember when we first started out, we were blogging seven days a week. It was all new and exciting to be a pet blogger back then. Our blog was one of thousands, but we managed to get a loyal following. We’ve gone from posting daily to three times to once a week and still get around 40,000 visits a month. That represents over two and a half million visitors! There aren’t words to tell everyone how much we appreciate your support.”

Bentley: “How often we post isn’t the only change that has happened over the years. We moved from Louisiana to Texas almost three years ago! That was a great decision, and we love living here. There are so many places to walk and our weather is nice.”

Pierre: “It is a wonder that we have had any spare time to walk after publishing over 1,714 posts! That is a lot of barking AND our readers have left more than 42,380 comments. We love reading what y’all have to say. Unless you ask us a specific question, we don’t post replies because Blogger won’t share them with you. I promise that we read each and every comment.”

Me: “We have shared so many reviews and tips through the years there are times it seems we’ve covered it all. Luckily, things are always changing in the pet industry and we are able to share new products or medical breakthroughs.

   Dr.Harvey’s has been an amazing sponsor and affiliate partner since almost the beginning of our blog. Their products have kept the Bayou Boys healthy and happy for years. The veterinarians are always so happy with their checkups. I recommend Dr. Harvey’s complete line of amazing all-natural products 100%.”

Bentley: “I love them so much and we only represent companies that we believe in with all our hearts.

   There have been other changes since December 13, 2013. We have two little humans called granddaughters and they keep us on our paws. The girls call us ‘their dogs’ and that makes us incredibly happy. We still need to teach them to rub a belly but that will come in time.”

Pierre: “Mom and Dad have made some amazing changes over the past two years. They began eating a keto diet and after losing some weight, they began riding bikes. The difference has been astounding and this year, they’ve ridden over 3,500 miles! We are proud and have encouraged them to share more about their journey on our blog.”

Me: “Thanks, Pierre. We are going to be making some changes in the coming year and one of them will be concentrating on living our best senior lives. All four of us are considered seniors and it’s important for dogs, cats, and humans to take care of themselves as we grow older.

   Along with how the boys are living their best lives as 9- and 13-year-old dogs, Skipper and I will be sharing some of the things we are doing to stay healthy in our 60’s. We look forward to this new adventure as we grow older together.

   Bentley, I can’t help but notice how white your sweet face has gotten over the last few years. It reminds me how precious our time is together.”

Bentley: “Hey, let she who has not used L’OrĂ©al recently cast the first stone. Am I right, Pierre?”

Pierre: “You aren’t going to get me into this conversation. It is too close to Santa Paws’ visit for me to get put on the naughty list!

   Let’s say thank you to everyone for their continued support and love. We hope to fetch more BFTB NETWoof News, reviews and laughs as we head into our 8th year!”

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  1. happy happy blogoversary!!! 7 is a super lucky number, we hope it brings tons of luck to youuu

  2. Awww, how life does change ~ dramatically, over the years! We're glad you have shared all these years with us and hope to have you here for many, many more. Love seeing Bentley, Pierre (and
    yes: the two beautiful little peeps!) ... paws up on a job well done. June wants to remind B and P that she's been told (tho way off in the future for her) that "seven is the age of reason" so they must always be very reasonable about everything they do ... not that they haven't been before. Happy Blogging, Happy Christmas to All .. and Stay Safe. (June and Ann)

  3. Congratulations to you boys and your parents! We are so happy to have all of you as friends. The move we think it the best thing that has happened to your family. Sometimes getting a completely fresh start kick starts good things and for you all, that is the case. Blogging has changed a lot, we do it pretty much because we enjoy it now, but we miss the way it used to be too. Best wishes for many more years of amazing blogging!

  4. Happy Blogoversary from all of us! May you continue to entertain for years to come!

  5. BOL BOL Bentley and Pierre you two definitely need a meet and greet with a retirement specialist.
    Too funny Congrats on 7 it is a lucky number for me and I recall your mom is found of it too.
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. Happy Blogiversary, friends! There were a lot of changes, but you still remain as entertaining as ever. I am still enjoying the Dr. Harvey snacks I won at your contest, and Mom will for sure reorder the chicken bites whenever they run out. Thanks for introducing us to them.

    Love and licks,

  7. Happy blogiversary to you all, my friends :) I look forward to many more years of reading and antics from the boys :)

  8. Wow! That's a lot of years of blogging! We're glad we've been following you for almost all of that time! It's been fun!

  9. Happy Happy 7th Blogoversary!!!!! I thought you were around MUCH longer than that!! You should be soooooooo proud of all you have accomplished and I LOVE your ideas for a new direction....I certainly need all of the senior help that I can get!!!! I love how we all cut down to blogging approx one day a week too........psssst...we have gotten smarter in our old age lol!!!!

  10. Congratulations on your 7th Blogoversary!! Things sure have changed over the years, haven't they??

  11. Congratulations on #7! Well done. Ever since we came across your blog, we've been big fans of the Bayou Boyz. And we're so inspired by your pawrents' healthy successes. Keep on bringing it home!

  12. Happy Blogoversary!!Here's to many more years.

  13. Happy blogoversary, you guys! Here's to many many more blogoversaries yet to come!

  14. CONGRATS!!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!! OMD, I am so happy for you guys! And you are the sunshine of Blogville, and I am so lookin' forward to your Senior lives focus! Since I am *cough, cough* a senior of 12yrs, and Ma isn't exactly a Spring chicken, this will be pawsome!
    Have a FABulous pre-Christmas my furiends!
    Ruby ♥

  15. Happy Blogiversary, friends! I love reading your blog posts so much!

  16. Happy blogoversary ! We wish you many many more to come, we love reading your blog ! Purrs

  17. Happy Blogiversary! I love how your blog has changed and progressed along with your lives. I can't wait to read more about how you all are staying healthy. ♥♥♥

  18. Happy Belated 7th Blogiversary to you all. We always enjoy stopping by your blog and we can't wait for many more years to come. Thanks for sharing. Have a great rest of your week.
    World of Animals Rittenhouse

  19. Happy Belated Blogoversary! We have always loved coming to visit (even though we don't get by as often as we should!
    Sending you the very best wishes for a joyful Christmas!
    Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb


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