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BBS Breed Spotlight: The New AKC Breeds Pt 4 of 6: Entlebucher Mountain Dog

It’s Thursday and that means Best Bully Stick’s Breed Spotlight. This week we continue with our six part series of the newly registered AKC breeds.  So far we’ve look at the Cesky Terrier, the American English Coonhound and the Xoloitzcuintli. This week we look at the short and strong Entlebucher Mountain Dog.

History & Background: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a part of larger breed of dogs called the Sennenhund breed.  Coming from a Swiss background, this dog is used to move cows from pasture to pasture. As the name suggest, this breed originated in Entlebuch.

Height: 17 -21 inches (male), 16-20 inches (female)

Weight: 45-65 pounds

Coat: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has a double coat. The topcoat is short, close fitting, hard and shiny.  The undercoat tends to be thick with varying colors.

Color: This breed is tri-colored with the basic color being black.  Tan markings are usually above the eyes, on cheeks, muzzle, sides of the chest, under the tail and on the legs. White accents usually appear on the forehead, bridge of the nose, on the feet and tail.

Appearance: The Entlebucher is medium-sized, compact, and well muscled.  This dog has small triangular ears and small brown eyes.

Temperament: Because this dog is a working dog, this breed should be socialized early in life with other dogs and people.  The Entlebucher is neither shy nor vicious, is very active and requires lots of exercise. This dog is very loyal to its owners, highly intelligent and makes a great companion.

Health: Inbreeding was common for the Entlebucher because of a small foundation stock number, which led to health problems such as hip dysplasia.  Retinal Atrophy can be present in this breed as well.

Product Suggestions: The Entlebucher is going to love our Elk Antlers.  They are extremely durable chews that this tenacious breed will spend hours on.  West Paw Design Dog Toys offers nearly indestructible toys that even the Entlebucher will have a hard time getting though.

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Pizza With Carrots

At BBS, we believe any good casual party starts with a big, floppy piece of pizza.  A cheese pizza with veggies on top of a crispy crust and savory sauce… sounds good, right?  Well, this pizza isn’t for you, it’s for Fido.  Make this hearty pizza for your next neighborhood puppy play-date or party and you’ll easily be the coolest doggie mommy or daddy on the block.

Pizza with Carrots

Crust

3 cups organic whole wheat flour

1 cup organic uncooked oats

2 tbs organic margarine or shortening

1 organic egg, beaten

1 cup water

1/2 cup organic pizza/pasta sauce

Toppings

Olive Oil

Garlic powder

1/3 cup organic pizza sauce

1 cup organic Parmesan

1 large carrot, shredded

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375

2. In large mixing bowl combine flour, oats and margarine. Add beaten egg and water, and 1/2 cup pizza sauce. Mix thoroughly and then knead. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. Divide into desired-size balls and, on a floured surface, roll out into circles.  Make edge thicker for crust. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush with olive oil, then sprinkle garlic powder over surface. Coat with remaining pizza sauce and sprinkle Parmesan and carrots on top.

4. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in refrigerator.

(Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Dog Bites via Good Housekeeping)

Loving On Your Dog Means Caring For His Teeth

Best Bully Sticks wishes you and your pup a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!  For this day of love we chose to talk about doggie dental care.  It may not seem to have any connection, but we know that truly loving your dog means really caring for them as well.  February 14th is the day of love, but the month of February recognizes National Pet Dental Health.

National Pet Dental Health Month is dedicated to educating pet owners about good dental hygiene for their furry friends. If you didn’t know, poor oral hygiene in dogs and cats can lead to serious health complications such as periodontal disease so upkeep of your pet’s teeth and gums is very important.

“Most people have no idea that dental health is so important to their pets, and that’s why Pet Dental Health Month is such a great idea,” explains Dr. Larry Corry, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). “In fact, veterinarians report that periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in dogs and cats.

Proper pet oral hygiene helps your dog & cat ward off bad breath, tarter build up, plague, sickness, periodontal gum and heart disease. If proper dental care is not taken seriously, dirty plaque can be the breeding ground for bacteria which can wreak havoc on your dog’s bodily systems and cause heart, liver and kidney problems. So, during your grooming & teeth brushing sessions check for pain, swelling, redness, abscesses, foul odors (halitosis), and loose or broken teeth in need of immediate vet attention. If your dog is having trouble chewing and swallowing then a dental checkup is in order.

Tips for Top-Notch Teeth!

Regular teeth cleanings are very important. You should clean your pets teeth 2-3 times per week. Purchase a special pet toothpaste & toothbrush. Never use human toothpaste since pets cannot spit or rinse. The key to successful teeth brushing is to start your pet off slowly so your pet can adapt. Teeth brushings aren’t normal for dogs, so be gentle and use positive reinforcement. To make teeth brushing easy for the both of you, it is important to acclimate your anxious & often fearful pet. Start by placing toothpaste on your fingers and gently rubbing them in your pet’s mouth. Not only will this get your pet accustomed to the taste of toothpaste and fingers, it will be a lot easier to introduce a toothbrush.

Also, plan a yearly physical which includes an oral checkup from your vet. Your vet will let you know of any oral hygiene issues you might have missed. Your vet might also suggests a professional cleaning if they deem it necessary. Consult with your vet further about any specific health risk for your pet prior to procedure since anesthesia will be used. Remember each pet’s circumstance is unique.

Another great and way to help your pup’s dental health is chewing bully sticks from BBS! Our bully sticks and most of our other treats act as natural flossers for dogs and help clean tarter and bacteria off of teeth and gums. We’ve pulled together a list of perfect dental dog chews for all shapes and sizes of pets at on our website to show how much oral health means to BBS.

National Pet Dental Health Month “Smiling Dog” Contest!

Everyone knows February is the month of love, but for dogs it’s the month of teeth! February is National Pet Dental Health Month and our bully sticks naturally promote dental health! To reward those dogs with happy, healthy smiles, we want to see their teeth! Post a photo of your dog’s best smile to the BBS Facebook Fan Page. The two (1st & 2nd place) most “liked” Dog Smile photos will receive a box of treats and toys ($100 value!) Show us your Best Bully’s Smiles and you could win!

Rules & Regulations
1. Upload your best “Smiling Dog” photo to our Facebook Fan Page
2. The 2 most “liked” photos (1st and 2nd place) will receive a box of treats and toys (each valued at $100).
3. Contest Starts: Monday 2/13/12 @ 9 AM EST
4. Contest Ends: Friday 2/17/12 @ 3 PM EST

 

 

 

 

 

101 Dog Care Tips: #150 – Preparing for Dog Safety Pt 1 of 4: Dog First Aid Kit & Disaster Preparedness

You never have to be prepared for your dog’s happiness. Happiness comes naturally to dogs with loving families.  However, if their safety should be compromised, you should be prepared.  The first step in being prepared for any pet emergency is knowing your dog.  If you know how your dog acts in normal day-to-day activities, you will know when something isn’t right.  Best Bully Sticks knows that you would never want to be without your favorite pup, so over the next three weeks we are running a “Preparing for Dog Safety” series on our blog.  We want you to be able to think through emergency scenarios now so on the off-chance something goes wrong in the future, you’ll be prepared. Today we’ll talk about creating a pet first aid kit and disaster preparedness.

Getting It Together: Gathering Supplies For the Kit. The first thing you’ll want to do for your doggie first aid kit is purchase the items for the kit and container that will hold them.  Good containers for the kit are water-proof plastic and have a snap lid. If you can find a plastic, snap-lid container that has compartments, even better. This will ensure that you aren’t searching frantically through items when you need them in an emergency. Items for the container include:

  • Cotton Pads for clean up and topical applications
  • Cotton Swabs for topical applications and clean up
  • Towels (atleast 2)
  • Paper towels
  • Blanket (compact thermal blankets work well. These keep an injured dog from going into shock.)
  • Bandana for muzzling or securing a torn earflap
  • Little socks to cover or protect wounded paws
  • Flashlight
  • Matches
  • Gauze for swabbing, padding or wound cover
  • Bandages for compression and dressing
  • First Aid tape
  • Vet Wrap (sticks to itself but not fur)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile Needle to remove splinters and tick heads
  • Turkey Baster or bulb syringe for flushing wounds or force feeding
  • 10cc Syringe with no needle for administering medications
  • Eyedropper
  • Tongue depressor to examine mouth
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Nail Clippers
  • Comb
  • Rectal Thermometer
  • Disposable Safety Razor for shaving fur from around a wound
  • Worming Treatments
  • Antiseptic for small grazes and wounds
  • Antibiotic oinment
  • Sanitizer for cleaning your hands
  • Anti-bacterial Wipes or pads
  • Hot/cold pack
  • Hydrogen Peroxide for induced vomiting (Make sure you check the expiration date every so often.)
  • Activated Charcoal Tablets (effective for absorbing many toxins)
  • Rubbing Alcohol for a cooling agent for heat strokes or fevers, help break down oils, drying agent between toes and skin folds, but DO NOT use on woulds as it can damage skin and not an appropriate antiseptic)
  • Musher’s Cream for treating paw pads
  • Sterile Saline Solution
  • Milk of Magnesia for upset stomachs
  • Benadryl for bug bites and allergic reactions (regular variety only)
  • Gentle Pet Sedative like all-natural Bach Rescue Remedy
  • Aspirin (for dogs only, 1 tablet per 60 pounds; do not use acetaminophen or ibuprofen; do not give aspirin to cats; since aspirin and other pain relievers can be toxic to any pet, consult your vet and first aid books)

There is a lot in this list, but to be truly prepared, you never know what your going to need in an emergency.  You may never have to use any of these items, but each could be helpful and potentially life-saving.

Making the right list: Vital Information To Keep Handy. You will want to make sure you also include some vital information in your kit.  Writing your name, your dog’s name and your phone number on the front of the box in permanent marker is a good idea. Placing a list of all your vet’s information, including phone number and name inside of the box is also necessary.  A list of all other pertinent pet information including your pet’s allergies, existing medical conditions and pet records will also be helpful to you or a helper during an emergency.

Disaster Preparedness: Making a Plan. Making a plan ahead of time for any potential natural disasters, household emergencies or quick evacuations is necessary.  Here are a few tips to prepare ahead of time.

1. Don’t leave your pet’s behind! Your pet most likely won’t be able to fend for itself during a disaster and if by some chance they do, there is a very imporobable you will be able to find them when you return.

2. Get a Rescue Alert Sticker. This sticker is a notification to rescue workers that there are animals in the household.  You will want to make sure it is visible to rescue workers and includes the number of pets and type of pets in your home as well as your vet’s phone number. If you evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the sticker.  You can receive a free emergency pet alert sticker from the ASPCA or purchase one from your local pet supply store.

3. Find Shelter. This is just as important for you as it is your dog. It’s important to not that public heath shelters don’t accept pets because of health reasons. Many hotels and motels don’t allow pets either, so check ahead of time to find out which ones do. Ask friends and relatives outside of your area if they would be willing to take your pet for a short time. Check with animal shelters in your area to see if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets. If you do stay in your home through a natural disaster, bring your pets inside, immediately.  If you have a “safe room” place all your pet’s emergency supplies there. Make sure you close off any openings such as a fireplaces, vents, pet doors, etc. Provide newspaper for sanitary reasons. Keep your pets calm. This may mean separating dogs and cats because animals can be very anxious or irrational during emergencies. Make sure you have fresh water available and food for you and your dog.

4. Evacuating with your dog. If you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. Make sure you have all your pet’s emergency supplies. A crate or kennel will be helpful as well.  Keeping your leash on your dog at all times during evacuation is necessary. Dogs tend to act very anxious during emergencies, so keeping them restrained is very important. This may even mean using a muzzle. It’s important all tags and identification are up to date as well. Again, make sure you have fresh water available and food for you and your dog, so carry spare bottles of water and a bowl in your car. It’s always good to carry a spare leash in your vehicle as well.

After a disaster or emergency, your dog’s behavior may change, so keep an eye on their actions and reactions. Also, if a disaster has affected your home or area, keep your dog on a leash when you return to your location. Stray pets or wild animals may be in the area and familiar scents and landmarks have changed, so you will want to keep your pet close. As always, love on your dog and remember, what’s best for you during an emergency will be best for your dog. If you have any medical issues you cannot handle, take your dog to a vet immediately.

BBS Product Spotlight: 7-8′ Beef Tripe Twists (2 pack)

This week’s Best Bully Stick’s product spotlight are all-natural, free range, Grass Fed Beef Tripe Twists! These Twists are a great way for your dog to enjoy tripe. There are no by-products, grains, hormones, preservatives, smoke, steroids or supplements added. These nutritious dog treats come from cattle that are grass-fed at their home on the range. Superior quality chews, they are 100% natural and therefore unique in both size and shape. These chews come shrink-wrapped and are an authentic Free Range Dog Chew product.

These treats are perfect for small or medium dogs and are high in protein and low in fat!

Original: 13.99

Sale: 6.99

 

 

 

Watch the Super Bowl of Dog Shows: Westminster 2012

The Super Bowl is over. We know the winner and the season has ended, but if your a dog lover, your big competition to watch hasn’t begun. The “Super Bowl” of dog shows is coming your way next week! The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show be televised on USA Network and CNBC Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14. from Madison Square Garden in New York.

This year marks the 136th Westminster Dog Show and continues the yearly tradition of America’s oldest organization dedicated to purebred dogs.  This year, over 2,000 dogs are competing for Best In Show title.  What’s great about this years competition is that six new breeds will be gracing the stage at Westminster. BBS has been covering these breeds in our Breed Spotlights every week. They include the Cesky Terrier, the American English Coonhound, the Xoloitzcuintli, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, the Norwegian Lundehund and the Finnish Lapphund.

Monday night’s competition will showcase the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups airing on USA starting at 8 ET on USA Network and continue at 9 on CNBC. Tuesday night audiences will see the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups as well as Best In Show starting at 8 ET on USA Network.  So, curl up with you pup and some treats and watch the Westminster Dog Show this Monday and Tuesday.

Fun Facts About Westminster

-First held in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby.

-Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb and the automobile, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument, the invention of basketball and the establishment of the World Series.

-A portion of the proceeds from Westminster’s first show in 1877 was donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to establish a home for stray and disabled animals.

-There have been a total of 301,650 dogs entered in Westminster’s 134 shows through 2011

-Westminster was established in 1877, pre-dating the founding of the governing body of the sport, the American Kennel Club, which was established in 1884.

BBS Breed Spotlight: The New AKC Breeds Pt 3 of 6: Xoloitzcuintli

This week Best Bully Sticks continues it’s breed spotlight with a truly unique dog.  The Xoloitzcuintli, called the “show-low” (Xolo) is the proper name for what many call a Mexican Hairless.  Although this dog is one of the six breeds just recognized by the AKC, this dog is one of the world’s oldest and rarest breeds.

History & Background: The Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee) is an ancient, natural breed from Mexico.  It is sometimes called the “First Dog of the Americas” and from archaeological evidence accompanied man on his first migrations across the Bering Straits.  The name is derived from the Aztec Indian god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, Itzcuintli.  These dogs had a reputation as healers and were put to use in Mexican and Central American villages to treat ailments like arthritis, asthma, toothaches and insomnia.  Xolos were also believed to guard the home from evil spirits and intruders.

Height: 10-14 inches (Toy), 14-18 inches (Miniature), 18-23 inches (Standard)

Weight: 10-50 pounds depending on breed size.

Coat: Obviously, the Xoloitzcuintli being a “Mexican Hairless” correctly characterizes the state of the dogs appearance.  However, some Xolos have a short amount of short course hair on the top of their head, feet and tip of the tail.  The Xolo’s skin is tough, protective, smooth and close fitting.  In a Xolo litter, there are hairless and coated puppies, yet the lack of hair is the more common trait.

Color: This coloring of this breed is most commonly uniformly black or bluish-gray. However, red, liver and bronze colors exist as well.  Splashes or spots of white are common as well.

Appearance: The Xolo has a graceful outline because of this breed’s strength and agility.  The body proportions are rectangular and muscular.  This dog has dark, almond shaped eyes and upright bat-like ears.

Temperament: This breed is very calm, attentive and highly intelligent.  They are very loyal dogs and have a guard dog type temperament. In other words, they won’t back down from a fight, but if trained well are well-behaved and very affectionate.

Health: Xolos originated in tropical climates and are not suited for cold outdoor temperatures.  Because of their hairless nature, this dog can have skin problems if bathed too often.  Light grooming is recommended.  A Xolo should have soft and hardy skin. These dogs anywhere from 15 to 20 years.

Product Suggestions: The Xolo would most likely enjoy any of BBS’s lamb products that range from ears to lungs, to filets and bones.  They’re healthy, all-natural and dogs think they are tasty!  Because this breed is very intelligent, BBS carries toys that will truly demonstrate this dog’s genius.  The Nina Ottosson Dog Toys challenge your dog to find the treat hidden within the toy.  These toys will keep your pooch entertained for hours.

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Would your dog like to be in the spotlight?

If you would like your dog spotlighted or want to recommend a dog breed you love for our next Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed entry please send us an email with the subject “Spotlight My Dog”. If you are submitting your very own dog don’t forget to send over a photogenic pic and a short 2-3 sentence bio about your canine buddy.

Weekly Drool Recipe: Valentine’s Day Sweet Pooch Pancakes

Here at BBS, we know you love your dog. And what’s not to love? Your dog is your companion, confidant and cuddle-bug.  Love-day is right around the corner, so why not spoil your favorite little fuzzy face this Valentine’s Day? This recipe is chock-full of good stuff your dog will go nuts over–fruit, yogurt and more!  If it’s physically possible for your dog to love you more, it’s might just happen after these doggie-licious pancakes.

Valentine’s Day Sweet Pooch Pancakes

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

1 1/2 tbs butter, melted (or vegetable oil)

1 tbs honey

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Cooking spray

2 cups sliced banana, berries and mango

1 cup plain yogurt

Directions

1. Preheat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, butter and honey. Gently whisk in the two flours, the baking powder and cinnamon.

3. Spray the griddle with cooking spray.

4. Drop the batter, 2 tablespoons at a time, onto the greased griddle. Cook until bubbles begin to form and break, about 3 minutes.

5. Press a few pieces of fruit into each pancake, then flip and cook until brown on the bottom, about two minutes.

6. Drizzle with yogurt and top with the remaining fruit.

(Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray)

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