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Suds & Duds Giveaway WINNERS!

Best Bully Stick’s Suds & Duds Giveaway was a success with 20 winners! We’ve already contacted all of our lucky entrants, but we wanted to share their names with all our readers! The names highlighted are the contestant’s whose information we have received. Congratulations to ALL of the winners and a big thanks to all who participated! 

Debby Hylton
Breanna Hope
Rayna Pitter
Kellie Dunn
Tara Boley
Abby Kraynick
Mandee Swoboda
Kris Bauer
Jennifer Freeland
Melissa Kopec
Martha Friedman
Brooke Palmer
Christina McLaughlin
Krista Hailwood
Deb Maggio
Anna Gibson
Valarie Chapman
Karen Simms
Darcie Richey
Josephine Summers

If your name is on this list and you haven’t already given us your information, please email callie.bestbullysticks@gmail.com  with your shipping address and dog’s size! 

Dog Care 101 Tip #177 – Natural Dog Care: Home Remedies

If you are anything like the dog owners at Best Bully Sticks, your dog is a part of the family. In most cases, your dog might even be your “baby.” So, when your furry child gets a bump, scrape, upset tummy or other minor “boo-boo” you immediately want to comfort your pup. Before you rush off to the vet, just know that in most minor around the house slip-ups and sicknesses, you can treat your dog at home.

Today we’ll take you through some simple remedies for your dog’s ailments with treatments that come from your cupboards. We’ll even cover how to curb some unwanted behaviors in the home.

Rehydrate An Upset Stomach with Electrolyte Drinks
A troubled tummy is no good for you or your dog. The first thing to do when your pup has an upset stomach is make sure they’re getting enough fluids. Simply giving flavorless, pediatric electrolyte drinks to your dog will ensure he’s rehydrating.

A Dry or Itchy Dog:
If your dog is itchy all over, try an oatmeal bath. Use baby oatmeal cereal or use a food processor to finely grind oats and mix into a lukewarm bath. Let your dog soak in this mixture and it will give them immediate relief. For another take on a beneficial bath, use Vitamin E oil in a warm bath. You can also massage Vitamin E directly into your dog’s fur or give them capsules. Be sure to talk to your vet about the weight and breed specific dosages for your dog.

Itchy Paws might be another problem for your dog. This is simply solved by drawing 1-2 inches of warm water in a bath and dissolving Epsom salts into the water. Let your dog stand in the water for 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t let your dog drink the water! After soaking, pat dry your dog’s feet.  An Epsom salt bath can also reduce healing time of swelling and scrapes.

If dandruff is your dog’s problem, make an easy dandruff shampoo with aspirin and baby shampoo. Crush 6 Aspirin into a fine powder then add to a bottle of baby shampoo. When washing your dog with this mixture, lather your dog with the shampoo and let sit for 5 minutes. This waiting period helps the aspirin’s salicylic acid to exfoliate the dead skins cells away. Rinse and you’ll have a dandruff-free dog! read more…

Bark In The Park: A Dog Friendly Baseball Game Hosted by BestBullySticks.com!

Best Bully Sticks.com is hosting a dog friendly baseball game for Flying Squirrel fans! Bark in the Park is a great way to have MORE FUNN at the Richmond Flying Squirrels Game! So, Richmond Squirrels Fans: Come out, bring your family and your dog and enjoy the game! 

Who: Best Bully Sticks.com & The Flying Squirrels

What: A Dog-Friendly Baseball Game! (Can’t get much better than that!) The Squirrels will the playing the Harrisburg Senators. This event is being co-sponsored by Apple Dog Daycare, CritterTown Bathhouse,Fetch-A-Cure, Haley Buick/GMC, Helping Hands and West Coast Kix. 

When: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

Where: The Diamond: 

From the North/South: I-95, traveling north or south, Exit 78 (Boulevard-161 Exit). The Diamond is two blocks south after exiting.

From the East/West: I-64, traveling east or west, will merge with I-95. Use Exit 78 (Boulevard-161 Exit) off I-95. The Diamond is two blocks south after exiting.

From Powhite Parkway: Travel Powhite Parkway to I-195 north, take the Broad Street exit and turn left onto Roseneath Road, take the second right (Moore Street) and follow it the Boulevard (161), turn left onto the Boulevard which will take you past The Diamond.

Ticketing: If you are bringing your dog, you must purchase General Admission or Diamond Club seating in sections 101 or 102!

More information about the game , tickets and pricing on the Flying Squirrels website!

BBS Weekend Reader: August 18th & 19th Edition

 

We’ve had a great week on the Blog! But, if you’ve missed the Meaty/Great Dog Story/Cheesy Zucchini/Frenchie fun catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

So snuggle up to your favorite pooches (or pooches) and read the BBS Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

Proteins & Grains To Share With Your DogEleventh Hour RescueCheesy Zucchini FrittataFrench Bulldog

Also in your free time this weekend, check out our fun Pinterest Page! We’ve got TONS of great dog videos, adorable dog photos, funny dog photos, DIY dog project and more!

Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight: French Bulldog

“A clown in the cloak of a philosopher,” describes the humorous, laid-back personality of the French Bulldog. This companion dog is spunky and affectionate; a great addition to any family. Find out more about this pint-sized spit-fire in the Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight on the French Bulldog!

History & Background: Originally created to be a “toy” bulldog derived from English Bulldogs, the French Bulldog’s breeding was brought about by lace makers in Nottingham, England.  The lace workers carried these miniature bulldogs to France with them when the Industrial Revolution displaced many English workers. These bulldogs quickly became popular in Paris and the English began sending the bulldogs considered too small or with faults such as standing ears to France. Soon the “Bouledogue Francais” was named as a breed and few miniature bulldog breeds remained in England. The English were none too happy about the name, but nevertheless, it stuck.

In 1885, French Bulldogs were brought to America and high-society ladies immediately took to the breed. In 1906, the French Bulldog was the 5th most popular breed in the U.S. The Rockefellers even owned a French Bulldog. While plenty of French Bulldogs have won “Best in Breed” none have even won “Best in Show” at Crufts or Westminster. This dog has had a continued and dedicated following through out the years. Famous Frenchie owners include Martha Stewart, David and Victoria Beckham, Hugh Jackman, and Jeremy Renner. Frenchies have even made silver and small screen appearances in movies like Due Date and TV shows like Modern Family.

Height: 12 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 28 pounds or less read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Cheesy Zucchini Frittata

Fresh. Easy. Quick. That’s sounds like the start of a great recipe! Today, Best Bully Sticks shares a yummy frittata recipe you can make for your dog (or yourself)! A Frittata is an Italian egg dish that is similar to a Spanish omelet. Whatever country of origin, this delectable fried, beaten egg recipe is sure to become a favorite on your pooch’s plate. This recipe also calls for yummy zucchini, which is in season and can most likely be found locally at a farmer’s market near you! Zucchini is full of beta-carotene, calcium, potassium and folates, all of which are great for your pup.

Ingredients
1 baking potato, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons milk
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place the potato in a small bowl with enough water to cover and microwave at high power until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.

3. Add the milk and mash with a fork; let cool. Mix in the eggs.

4. In a medium, ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat.

5. Add the zucchini and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

6. Add the potato/egg mixture and stir to combine. Bake until set, about 10 minutes.

7. Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake until melted, about 2 minutes more. Let cool, then cut into wedges.

Recipe Note: If your dog turns his nose up at Asiago, use his favorite cheese as a replacement.

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

Check out all of BBS’s Weekly Drool Recipes! We’ve got yummy Summer recipes and more!

(Recipe & photo courtesy of Rachael Ray)

How To be BBS’s Featured Dog of the Day!

Calling all good looking dogs! Well, that’s all of you isn’t it…

We want to feature your dog! However, we’ve got to have more than just a photo! Here are some ways to ensure you’ll be considered for Featured Dog of the Day:

Find a good quality photo of your dog (playing, sleeping, eating a bully stick). It’s better if this photo is a large-format, high-resolution, non-blurry photo. No matter how adorable your pup is (and we know they are!) we won’t be able to use the photo if it isn’t a clear or is too small.

Add a description that includes name, age, breed and anything else you want to say about your dog or describing the photo. We only publish the photos with (at least) decent descriptions. 

Send in your photo and description to callie.bestbullysticks@gmail.com

One photo will be picked everyday for our Featured Dog of the Day. We upload these photos to Instagram (bestbullysticks), Pinterest (bestbullysticks), Facebook and Google+! Make sure you follow us to see who’s up for the prize! It could be your dog!

About every 2 weeks, BBS will select a Newsletter Photo Contest Winner and will appear in our newsletter and win a $25 Gift Certificate. 

Good Luck! We look forward to seeing your adorable pup’s photo in our inbox! 

 

Best Bully Sticks Rescue Spotlight: Eleventh Hour Rescue

Best Bully Sticks has the opportunity to highlight a very special animal rescue who’s main goal is to save “Death Row” dogs. Eleventh Hour Rescue starts many days like this:

Our day begins with logging onto our computer, only to find we have a mere 161 emails to read before finishing our morning cup of coffee. Some of the subject titles read, “Senior Hound, last day is today,” “Overflowing with Puppies,” “13 more left, please help,” “Shy girl, and 3 legged beagle due to be gassed Tuesday.” Imagine having such a death sentence being held over your head, opening email after email, seeing the faces of fluffy, highly adoptable puppies, a scared little Shepherd curled up in the corner of a dirty kennel, a Labrador with just a blur behind him where the camera couldn’t capture how fast his tail was wagging.

Sometimes, well… no, most times, our eyes are welled up with tears, and the thoughts of: Where are we going to put them?  How will we pay for the transport?  What if one is heartworm positive, how will we pay for the treatment?  This is when we take a deep breath, email our volunteers, start brainstorming about fund raising ideas, rebalance the checkbook, and just end the morning with an emailed response of ‘We’ll take them all’, backed only with one thought…

‘We’ll figure it out’.

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We talked with Elyse Langsett, EHR’s Fundraising Director, after they won BBS’s most recent 1-Day Animal Shelter/Rescue Giveaway on Facebook. She elaborated on how this New Jersey rescue was started, their struggles and their successes. read more…

BBS Suds & Duds Giveaway!

Do you know the feeling of being freshly clean, made-up, dressed-up and excited to be out and about? It’s a wonderful feeling! It makes you feel like you’re on top of the world! 

Now you can give your dog that feeling, too! Enter Best Bully Stick’s Suds & Duds Giveaway! Fido c0uld win a new leash, collar or grooming supplies! Just enter to win! New Winners Picked Daily! 

 

Dog Care 101: Tip #176: Protein & Grains to Share With Your Dog

Are you a meat and potatoes kind of person? Maybe your dog is a meat and potatoes kind of dog! Best Bully Sticks isn’t saying you should give your dog steak and potatoes, but that there are a good many protein sources and grains that your dog can benefit from. A good meal is a balanced meal, so take our Fruits To Share & Veggies To Share and now our Proteins & Grains To Share and create a great supplement for your dog. These boosts to your dog’s regular food diet can fine-tune your dog’s health and well-being. Talk with your vet about any major food changes or questions you have about supplementing your dog’s diet.

Protein Sources
Your dog does need protein to maintain a healthy diet. Learn about ways you can supplement your dog’s diet with protein sources, sometimes from unexpected sources. 

Peanut Butter
If you haven’t figured it out by now, dogs love peanut butter. This creamy treat is high in protein, and it’s always fun to watch your dog lick it out of the inside of a toy, off the end of his nose, or right out of an empty jar! We suggest feeding natural peanut butter and in moderation.

Lean Meat
Chicken, beef and pork without visible fat, sauces, or seasonings are great for your dog’s diet. Used as a training treat or food supplements, lean meats are full of B Vitamins, which provide the energy for metabolism and amino acids, which help keep your dog’s muscles healthy.

Salmon/Tuna
Fish are tasty treats for your dog that also have a lot of great health benefits. Fatty fish like Salmon and Tuna are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are amazing for your dog’s skin, coat and even brain functions! It’s even been suggested these fish can help with arthritis, allergies and other chronic dog ailments. When feeding fish, make sure it’s cooked. You can even pick canned tuna or salmon; just make the fish is packed in water without salt added. You can add this directly to your dogs food, or if your grilling tuna or salmon, make a piece for your pup! read more…

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