Pet Talk


It’s no secret we love our little guy, Bentley. As you dog lovers on the other side of the screen can relate to (and thanks to the reader survey, we know there are a lot of you out there!), he’s much, much more to us than “just a dog” – he’s more like a part of the family. Truth be told, he’s like a child to us. Yes, we’re crazy like that. But how could you not unconditionally love this little sweet face?!


Today we’re celebrating Bentley’s 5th birthday! To celebrate the big 5 on the blog, we thought it would be fun to share a few of Bentley’s faves, “His + Her Favorite Things” style…

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1. Peanut Butter – I’ve never met a dog that didn’t love Peanut Butter, and Bentley is no exception! Even though it’s pretty typical, Bentley was pretty adamant that this made it to his list. If the slightest whiff of peanut butter is in the air, he goes absolutely crazy and does not stop begging until he gets some! (And he does always get a lick or two. I mean, how could we resist?!)

2. Squirrel Intelligent Dog Toy by Martha Stewart Pets  – This is a favorite of Bentley’s – he just doesn’t know it yet. It’s what we got him for his birthday… shhhh! I have always wanted to get this for him.  He absolutely loves trying to figure things out, so this is right up his alley.  You just put the little squirrels down in the tree stump, then let your dog go find them. I think he’s going to totally geek out over it!

3. Blue Buffalo Turkey Bits – When Bentley comes in from “using the little boy’s room yard”, we give him one of these Turkey treats from Blue Buffalo. We love these treats because they’re pretty small (no worries about him filling up on them) and made with wholesome ingredients. Once in a while, he acts like he has to go outside just to get a treat! It’s things like this that makes us think he’s part human.

4. Tennis Balls – Bentley has three toys he makes sure he knows where they are at all times: his orange rubber dog-shaped toy whom we’ve dubbed “Rufus”, his plush Parmesan (it looks like a can of Kraft Parmesan) and his tennis ball.  The tennis ball is is favorite thing to have thrown around the house.  As soon as you lay a hand on it, he’s bouncing around and ready to play.

5. BabyBel Cheese – Even though Bentley’s the type of dog that always has to know what you’re eating, he has a very sensitive stomach and can only eat certain things (he even has to eat prescription dog food). After a lot of trial and error, we found that aside from a tiny amount of peanut butter (fave #1) and Blue Buffalo Turkey Bits (fave #3), the only other treats we can give Bentley is BabyBel cheese (in tiny pieces). We save this treat for special occasions (like his birthday!) so he knows that when he gets a piece of a BabyBel, he must have done something really good.

6. Blankets – If there’s a blanket in sight (or a towel, or even a jacket), Bentley WILL dig a bed out of it. When I say “dig a bed”, he literally twirls the blanket into a circle, digs a hole in the middle of the circle, and (when it’s to his liking) he curls up in a little ball right in the middle. We’ve seem him work for a solid 20 minutes making the perfect “hole” to lay down in. When we try to help him, he just gives us a look that clearly says, “Really? I’m 5. I can handle this,” then starts over. Psst… find the pictured blankets here.

7. Bone Quilt Bolster Bed – This bed has recently been referred to as Bentley’s “blogging bed”. Bentley loves to run around the house and get into things while I’m not looking (He’s just an inquisitive puppy!), so I need to keep an eye on him sometimes. While I’m on the computer, I set this bed up in a chair next to me so he can be comfortable while I write. He absolutely loves being “on my level”, so he just settles down and hangs out with me. I can keep an eye on him, and he can keep an eye on me. It’s win-win!

So what about your dog (or cat)? Do they have a particular favorite thing? Share it with us in the comment section!

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    August 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

    He’s adorable! We have 2 cats and they are a handful at times. Currently they are loving the new car tree we got them and the little toy that came with it. one of them will even play fetch!

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    August 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Happy Birthday Bentley!
    He is the cutest thing!

    I currently have a cat & she LOVES bacon… as weird as that may sound. We are planning to add a puppy to our family this winter, so it’s great to see what your dog likes so we can try it with ours. 🙂

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    August 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    My two Weims LOVE ice. I can always count on them to be there when I fill my cup.

    I don’t mind it – it is VERY cheap!

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    August 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Can I ask where you got the photo for the “blankets” section? That red and white herringbone one is calling my name…

    Happy birthday Bentley!

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      August 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Oops, yes! I forgot to include the link….
      I love that blanket too!

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    August 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Our schnauzer’s favorite thing is our channel changer. He likes to grab it when we’re not looking. Once he has it, it’s either chase him for it or give him a treat in exchange for it, a win-win situation for him. Sometimes when he’s feeling especially brazen, he’ll hold out for a second or third treat. He’s a real negotiator!

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    erica p.
    August 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    He is so adorable – looks like a little fox in that first pic 🙂 We have two Boston Terriers and their favorite toy is the Kong Wubba. They love to tug and fetch and they’re quite durable!

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    August 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Awww he’s so cute! I also have a Pom (well, a Yorkie-Pom mix) and I can’t stand how cute they are after a hair cut!

    *goes to check out that adorable dog bed…*

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    August 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    He is so cute!

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    August 23, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Happy Birthday to the cutest doggie on the planet!!

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    August 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Happy birthday, Bentley!

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    August 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I don’t think there’s enough space here to tell you what my dogs’ favourite things are.

    Yes, peanut butter & cheese are at the top. The oldest dog is a bit lazy about coming when she’s called (she wants to make sure it’s worth her while) so if I’m nearby her I’ll usually say, “I think he has cheeeeese” and she’s gone!

    And toys don’t last very long in our house unfortunately. Both dogs are big chewers so I’ve started buying toys from Goodwill or else we’d be broke. Those people who design toys “for aggressive chewers” haven’t really met an aggressive chewer.

    We did buy one of those bolster beds for the smaller dog but the big dog claimed it and she will squeeze her big ol’ butt into that thing and look completely satisfied with herself.

    P.S. we call that rearranging of blankets, coats, towels “fluffing”. 🙂

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