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BBS Weekend Reader: August 11th & 12th Edition

We’ve had a great week on the Blog! But, if you’ve missed the Veggie/Book/Chilly Bone/Mastiff fun catch up before Monday with all the 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:

Veggies To Share With Your Dog • Books For Dog Lovers • Chicken Carrot Chilly Bones • Tibetan Mastiff

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!

 

Ruff Dawg Toys @ Best Bully Sticks.com!

What’s a dog’s favorite thing to do other than eating and sleeping? (And maybe belly rubs?…) PLAYING! Your dog’s energy level and tenacity while playing can be quite amazing. Best Bully Sticks knows nothing gets between your dog and his toys, but sometimes that means destruction. Dog playtime can get a little messy and sometimes dangerous with stuffing and bits of plastic.

Best Bully Sticks has a ton of great environmentally friendly dog toys to share with dogs everywhere. We don’t just carry any willy-nilly toy on our site and our most recent addition to the toy line is definitely Grade A! Check out Ruff Dawg Rubber Dog Toys! Whether you have a sheltie or a shepherd, a boxer or a bichon-frise, Ruff Dawg has the right toy for your dog. These 100% superior-grade, rubber-retrieving toys are made in the USA and are great for any size pooch. Founded in 1999 by dog enthusiasts, Ruff Dawg is your source for premium dog toys.

BBS carries a Ruff Dawg becaue we know you want to give your dog a great playtime, while still being economical and environmentally friendly. We take all the guess work out finding that perfect toy by offering Ruff Dawg.

Ruff Dawg’s Fetch Ball comes in vibrant colors and we offer two sizes for dogs above and below 60 pounds. The regular Fetch Ball measure 2.5” in diameter and the XL Fetch Ball measures 3.5” in diamter.  Both of these great balls float in water, are near indestructible and might just become your dog’s favorite ball!

Ruff Dawg Toy Bones come in three sizes to fit your dog—Mini (3”), Regular (5”) and XL (9”). These bone-shaped rubber toys are great fetch and pull toys that are truly tough! However, these bones are a play toy, not a chew toy.

Flying Fish and Minnows are great water retrieval toys for your dog! The brightly colored, fish-shaped toys are floatable and fun! The Flying Fish is the large version for a bigger pup and the minnow is the small variety. These fish even include a hole to attach a rope for easier retrieval for you!

For the ultimate way to “catch some air” try out Ruff Dawgs line of K-9 Flyers! These flying discs are flexible rubber that come in vivid color combinations and really soar. If your dog is a Frisbee lover, then this toy will easily become his favorite and longest lasting disc ever! K-9 Flyers come in standard sizes as well as a Junior size for smaller pups.

Just to prove how tough these toys are, especially the K-9 Flyer, check out this amazing video! Three dogs taking on 1 K-9 flyer? Does this Ruff Dawg toy have what it takes?

Check out the rest of the Ruff Dawg line including Rocks, Supertugs, Fetch Sticks, Fetch Twigs and more at Best Bully Sticks.com! We even have a complete line of Frisbees for Dogs!

Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight: Tibetan Mastiff

A relatively new breed to the United States, the Tibetan Mastiff has an ancient history in Asia. Marco Polo once described this dog as “tall as a donkey with a voice as powerful as that of a lion.” This large dog has a friendly disposition yet intimidating presence. Find out more about the Tibetan Mastiff in Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight on the Tibetan Mastiff!

History & Background: Potentially, Tibetan Mastiffs originated from Molossus breeds, an extinct large breed dog. It is known that Tibetan Mastiffs are an ancient breed that can be traced back to 1100 B.C. China. At a point, these dogs were seemingly isolated in the Himalayan Mountains in Tibet where it developed into the dog recognized as the modern Tibetan Mastiff. 

This dog was used as a guard dog for flocks, homes, tents and more. This breed was sometimes tied up to enhance aggressive tendencies. These dogs are still sometimes used a guard dogs in different parts of the world.

A Tibetan Mastiff was brought to Queen Victoria in the mid 1800s and popularity for these dogs began to rise. More were imported into England and the English began to breed and standardize Tibetan Mastiffs. The breed didn’t gain a lot of popularity in the United States until 1980. The Tibetan Mastiff was recognized by the AKC in 2006 and first shown at Westminster in 2008.

In Asia, the term “mastiff” attached to this dog’s name is somewhat of a misnomer. In many languages, including Nepali, Mongolian and Mandrin Chinese, all translations of this dog’s name simply mean “dog,” “home guard,” or “door guard.” The term “mastiff” was mostly likely used because it meant “large dog” but is suggested that a more correct name for this dog might “Tibetan Mountain Dog.” read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Chicken Carrot Chilly Bones

It’s the beginning of August, the unofficial halfway mark of summer.  At this point in the season, you and your dog are either reveling in the sunshine and fun summer activities or wishing September 22nd would hurry up and get here. No matter which one of these categories you and your dog fit into, today Best Bully Sticks gives you a recipe that is full of summer fun for your dog and provides relief from the hot, hot heat.

This week’s drool worthy creation comes from our friend Doggy Dessert Chef and her ingenious yet simple recipes. Her Chicken Carrot Chilly Bones are only 3 ingredients and a few hours away from making your dog a very happy pup!

Ingredients
1/2 cup shredded Chicken
32 ounces Plain Yogurt
2 Carrots, shredded

Directions
Mix all ingredients until well blended. Pour into molds and freeze.

Thank you to Doggy Dessert Chef for her Chicken Carrot Chilly Bones recipe and the use of her photos. 

Check out all the great Weekly Drool Recipes on the BBS Blog! Summer recipes are a-plenty every Wednesday throughout the season! Fresh Watermelon SaladBully Stick Popsicles and Blueberry Pie Dog Treats are just a few great summer recipes that are sure to please your pup this summer.

BBS Celebrates Book Lovers Day for Dog Lovers

In two days, on Thursday, August 9th, the world will celebrate Book Lovers Day. This day is dedicated to the joys of sitting in a quiet, comfortable chair, hammock or park bench and retreating into a good read. Best Bully Sticks knows that this can be one of the best ways to relax, broaden your world view and have an adventure with well developed characters and plot lines. We also know that many of our readers and customers are complete dog fanatics! Who else would be reading this blog right now? That being said, we want to prep you for Book Lovers Day by providing a great list of dog-centric reads for you to enjoy!

 

Woof!
By Lee Montgomery
Lee Montgomery brings together a collection of essays by acclaimed writers speaking about their reflections on dogs. Sometimes poignant, often hilarious, these essays are from the likes of American writers Barry Hannah, Victoria Redel and Lydia Millet.

Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog
By Emma Pearse
An inspiring story of devotion and hope, Emma Pearse pieces together the story of Sophie, an Australian cattle dog, who was separated from her family and stranded on a dessert island. It seems fictional, but this true-to-life story is a heart wrenching tale of the tight bond between dogs and family.

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
By Larry Levin
One look at Oogy and most would have turned away, but the Levin family stuck with him. Oogy, a form of “ugly,” describes the condition of this dog’s face, however Oogy’s face quickly became a beloved one.  This NYTimes bestseller recounts the life of Oogy, a dog once used for bait, and the family that he adopted.

You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
By Julie Klam
In this story, the author, Julie, tells how her love affair with Boston Terriers changed her outlook on life and how to open her heart to people. This book recounts the great revelations that dogs bring to the humans that care for them.

Through a Dog’s Eyes
By Jennifer Arnold
Jennifer Arnold, founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, shares her training methods and experiences with service dogs in her book, Through a Dog’s Eyes. Through her own battle with multiple sclerosis, she strives to understand dogs’ intelligence, sensitivity and language. Since, her goal is to share her knowledge with readers and them in how to properly train a dog.

 

The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years
By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
What is so magical about man and his best friend? Why do humans bond so tightly with these four-legged creatures? These are the questions that Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson seeks to answer through scientific research, and his own observations about human-dog relationships. read more…

Dog Care 101: Tip #175: Veggies To Share With Your Dog

Vegetable patches all over the country are producing wonderfully tasty food this summer. We at Best Bully Sticks could not be more excited about the array of vegetables and herbs this time of year! Tomatoes, squash, zucchini and cucumber are just some of the wholesome food that you can grow in your own back yard, or find fresh in farmer’s markets! If you enjoy these summer eats, then include your dog, too!

Remember, your dog’s ancestors were wild animals who scavenged and ate fruits and vegetables readily. Sharing vegetables with your dog is a great way to add healthy, nutritious vitamins and minerals to his diet. Read more to find out which vegetables you can share with your dog.

Pumpkin
Not just for Halloween and Thanksgiving anymore, pumpkin is a great source of vitamins and minerals for your dog. Beta-carotene, which is a great source of Vitamin A, and fiber are two of the biggest benefits pumpkin provides your pup. Just like humans, dogs need a healthy amount of fiber in their diet to keep their digestive system “regular.” Boiling fresh pumpkin and adding to your dog’s food is a great way to bring this vegetable into your dog’s diet.

Sweet Potato
These orange root vegetables are another great source of beta-carotene, Vitamin A and dietary fiber. Sweet Potatoes are also full of Vitamin C, K, manganese and potassium. Dogs love sweet potato and whether it’s dried into jerky or mashed into their food, your dog will be getting a tasty treat with tons of nutrients! Best Bully Sticks has a full line of Sweet Potato dog treats that your pooch will drool over!

Squash/Zucchini
Squash is similar to pumpkin in its digestive benefits, but is also great as a raw crunchy snack too. This gourd veggie is full of beta-carotene as well.

Zucchini is full of beta-carotene, calcium, potassium and folates. Give zucchini slices to your dog raw or frozen for a great green snack!

Green Beans & Peas
Frozen or thawed, dogs love green beans and peas! Your dog will benefit from the plant fiber, Vitamin C & K and manganese in green beans.  If your dog is overweight or constantly seems hungry, green beans are a great food replacement and snack. These empty calorie beans are a great all-purpose, round the clock food for your dog.

Peas are similarly nutritious for your pup and can be added straight to your dog’s food as well. Peas are a great source of B vitamin Thiamin, phosphorous and potassium.

Cucumber
Instead of sneaking a crunchy chip to your dog, sneak him a crunchy cucumber! These great dog snacks are low in calories and have lots of good calcium, potassium and beta-carotene.

Baby Carrots
Like cucumber, baby carrots are a great crunchy snack for your dog. Carrots are chock-full of beta-carotene! Raw, cooked or cut into carrot chips are great ways to give carrots to your dog. An added health benefit of feeding your dog carrots is the breath freshening property! read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: August 4th & 5th Edition

 

We’ve had a great week on the Blog! But, if you’ve missed the fruit, mutt, cookie, Sheltie action, catch up before Monday with all the 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:

Fruits To Share With Your Dog • Why We Love Mutts 
Sweet Offal Dog Cookies • Shetland Sheepdogs

Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight: Shetland Sheepdog

Scottish in origin, intensely loyal and loving by nature; the Sheltie is a great addition to just about any family! This “Miniature Collie” is an agile and highly energetic medium-sized dog that is a constant joy and surprise.  Read more about this dog in the Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight on the Shetland Sheepdog below!

History & Background: Like it’s larger counterpart the Rough Collie, the Shetland Sheepdog is a descendant of the Border Collie. However, unlike other miniature breeds, the Sheltie wasn’t developed by selectively breeding continually smaller sizes each generation. When Border Collies were brought to the Scottish isle of Shetland, they were bred with highly intelligent, long-haired, small dogs. Some of these breeds could have been King Charles Spaniels (not Cavalier), Pomeranians, and the now extinct Greenland Yakki. The first Shelties were more Spitz-type working dogs and then were bred with other Collies and taken to England.

When first developed, breeders called this dog Shetland Collies but Rough Collie breeders didn’t like the name association with their breed.  It was then this breed was given the name Shetland Sheepdog. The Sheltie was used as a herding dog, watchdog and general all-purpose farm helper. Shelties were first recognized by the AKC in the early 1900s.

Height: 13-16 inches

Weight: 16-20 pounds

Coat: A Sheltie’s coat consists of two layers, both very abundant with fur. The outer coat is long, straight and rough. The undercoat is fuzzy, downy and very dense, which gives the Sheltie have a puffy look. The outer coat is water repellent and the undercoat provides relief from temperature extremes. This breed does have a lot of frill and feathering, particularly in the form of a mane and on the fore and hind legs. Sheltie tails are thick with hair as well.  However, Shelties have smooth hair on the face, tips of ears and feet.

Color: There are typically three colors or combinations recognized for the Sheltie; black, sable and blue merle. Black coloring can be present with white or tan, ultimately making this tri-coloring. Sable coloring can range from golden to deep mahogany color, also combining with colors of white and tan. Blue Merle coloring consists of blue, white and tan in combination. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Organic “Sweet Offal” Cookies for Dogs by BrinyLife Blog

If you don’t know what offal is, it might make you squeamish. Best Bully Sticks doesn’t want to gross you out, but offal is all of the parts of poultry, or any animal, that you take out of the bird to cook it. Yes, that means the internal organs. For instance, when you’re cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving, you take out the heart, liver, kidney and neck meat. It may sound strange, but these “leftovers” are actually great for making dog treats!

Lucy Norris proved this to us with her Organic “Sweet Offal” Cookies for Dogs. Lucy, author of Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions, and academic foodie, is also a very loving doggy mom. She also writes the BrinyLife blog to document her adventures with fresh foods. Her dogs, Cassius and Roxy are always pictured Lucy’s photos and always look interested in sharing whatever Lucy is whipping up in her kitchen. BBS came across Lucy’s organic recipe for cookies using the offal she saved in the freezer from her last Thanksgiving turkey. BBS is glad to feature Lucy’s original post for Organic “Sweet Offal” Cookies for Dogs!

I’m a dog mom.  That means that my dogs Cassius and Roxy are like children to me.  I cook most of our “people meals” at home but I’ve never made homemade dog food or treats.  We’ve always fed our dogs very high quality food so I never really felt it was necessary.

During a recent visit to Texas, my mom and I got to talking about a recipe for dog treats she created for her doberman pinscher Suzy.  Suzy had not been feeling well and was off her food, but she really loves my mom’s homemade cookies.  I decided today to make a batch of dog cookies.  It’s based on my mom’s recipe but I used all organic ingredients, and instead of store bought ground turkey, I used up the organic turkey offal that has been sitting in my freezer since Thanksgiving.  This cookie recipe is very simple to make, and most of the ingredients I had on-hand without a trip to the market.  The dogs were willing and enthusiastic taste testers so this recipe seems like a winner.

Ingredients
1 large organic sweet potato or jewel yam, baked and mashed (or a 15 oz can pureed sweet potato or pumpkin)
Offal from 1 organic turkey, baked and diced (heart, liver, kidney, neck meat- no bones!)
Handful organic Italian parsley leaves and stems (about 1/3 cup) roughly chopped
2 organic, free-range large eggs
3/4 cup organic old fashioned oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

Directions
1. Heat the oven to 350 F. 

2. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until ingredients are pureed. 

3. Chill the mixture in the freezer for about 5 minutes.

4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scoop, spoon out mounds the size of a heaping tablespoon and place onto the sheet -making sure the mounds are about an inch apart. 

5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  The cookies will also harden as they cool- but not too much.  Depending on the size of your cookie sheet, you may need to bake the cookies in two batches.

6. Allow the cookies to completely cool and then transfer to a airtight container or baggie and store refrigerated.  Your dogs will thank you.

Makes 30 Cookies

Thank you to Lucy Norris at the BrinyLife blog for sharing her great recipe! And thanks to Cassius and Roxy just for being adorable!

Check out all the great Weekly Drool Recipes on the BBS Blog! Summer recipes are a-plenty every Wednesday throughout the season! Bully Stick Popsicles and Blueberry Pie Dog Treats are just a few great summer recipes that are sure to please your pup this summer.

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