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Healthy Dog Blog Weekend Reader: September 29th & 30th Edition

Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Flyballing/Dog Rescuing/Pancake Making/American Dog fun catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

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

Dog Sports: Flyball • It Takes A Village Canine Rescue • Pancake Recipes For Fido • Breed Spotlight on the Chinook

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!

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Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight: Chinook

Chinook is an Inuit word meaning “warm winter winds.” BestBullySticks.com sees how the dog that shares this name lives up to the meaning. With a warm colored and thick coat made for winter, a warm disposition and incredible speed and agility; the Chinook is truly a beautiful dog. Chinooks were companions of great adventurers and today they serve as the state dog of New Hampshire. Read more about the Chinook in BBS’s Breed Spotlight.

History & Background: The first descendant of the Chinook passed on many things to the progeny of the breed, including its name. The father of the breed was named Chinook and was the result of breeding one of the dogs from the first North Pole expedition team and a husky breed. Chinook’s owner, Arthur Treadwell Walden, was amazed at this non-breed dog’s sledding ability and disposition. It’s thought that Walden, also the lead driver and trainer on the 1929 first Antarctic expedition, took Chinook to work with him but died while there. Chinook’s offspring and generations after were bred with Belgian and German Shepherds to create the modern Chinook.

Over the years, only a handful of breeders and fanciers were in charge of advancing this breed. Today about 800 Chinooks are in existence and are listed on the Foundation Stock Services and Miscellaneous class of the AKC. This breed isn’t used as a sled dog by many owners, but mostly serves as a wonderful companion dog for families.

Height: Males: 24 to 26 inches; Females: 22 to 24 inches

Weight: 55 to 90 pounds read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: National Pancake Day Recipes For Fido!

Happy National Pancake Day! Who doesn’t love a big, fluffy pancake hot off the griddle? Put a pad of butter on top and with fresh fruit or a little maple syrup, pancakes become a delicious breakfast favorite. Celebrating the National Pancake Day doesn’t mean leaving your dog out of the festivities. BestBullySticks.com brings you two pancake recipes, one savory, one sweet, to share with your favorite four-legged companion.

Potato Pancake Recipe
3 medium potatoes
Salt
½ cup milk
2 medium eggs
2 tablespoons butter
Sour cream or cottage cheese

Directions
1. Boil potatoes with their skins on in salted water for about 30 minutes or until tender.

2. Mash and mix in the egg yolks and milk until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into mashed potatoes.

3. In a frying pan melt half of the butter when hot spoon a ping pong ball sized lump of the mashed potato mix into the pan. Flatten slightly with spatula and allow to brown well on both sides. Continue until all of the mixture is cooked adding butter as needed to avoid the potato pancakes sticking.

4. Serve with sour cream or cottage cheese. read more…

Best Bully Sticks Rescue Spotlight: It Takes A Village Canine Rescue


If your dog is your baby then you understand the love and care put into raising a well-adjusted and happy dog. But what if your dog didn’t have you, then who would care for your baby? One rescue in Evansville, Indiana proves that sometimes it does “Take A Village” to raise a dog and bring them closer to their forever homes.

BestBullySticks.com spotlights It Takes A Village Canine Rescue, the winner of our most recent 1-Day Animal Shelter/Rescue Giveaway, and a rescue that runs the only no-kill shelter in their area. We talked with It Takes A Village’s Kelly Miller to learn more about this wonderful rescue.

When & Why did you start?
We started about 2 years ago to fill a need for rescue in our area. The numbers were astounding and we wanted to help cut down the drastic amount of euthanized animals.

What’s different about your rescue?
For our city, we are the first and only no kill rescue, so our grand opening was a fairly historic event! We also operate a Thrift Shop out of the front of our rescue to serve as a fundraiser, which is a different concept for our area. read more…

Happy Autumn from BestBullySticks.com!

Happy Autumn, Bully Fans!

What are your Fall plans with your dog this season?! Tell us in the comments section below!

Dog Care 101 Tip #182 – Dog Sports: Flyball

It’s time again to delve into the great world of Dog Sports with BestBullySticks.com! We won’t go too heavy on the sports commentary here, but we will let you in on one of the most exciting canine competitions out there: Flyball!

What it is Flyball?
Fast paced, “Edge of your seat,” nail-biting excitement. If you’ve never heard of Flyball, you’re in for a great time. This sport might be a new favorite!

More specifically, Flyball is a two-team dog sport where teams compete in a hurdle jumping & ball fetching relay race. A dog must run and jump quickly over a series of low hurdles in a line, step on a spring-loaded pedestal releasing a tennis ball, catch the ball, then return back over the hurdles to the starting line with the ball in tow. We’ll talk more about the specifics later, so let’s talk about how this crazy dog sport got started!

History
Flyball was started in Southern California in the late 1960s, early 1970s, and since then the sport hasn’t really divulged from its origins. The architects of the sport combined scent-based hurdle racing with a retrieval of a tennis ball, which was carried back to the starting line. The actual box apparatus that releases tennis balls wasn’t added until later.

The first Flyball tournaments were held in the U.S. in 1983, but since this sport has spread to the UK, Germany, Australia, Canada and South Africa. These European countries have especially jumped on Flyball and hold an International European Flyball Championship each year.  

Field & Play
Now let’s talk about specifics!

Is Your Dog Right for Flyball?
The all-important question. The “players” of this dog sport tend to be Border Collies, but one of the beauties of this sport is that any dog can play. Mixed breeds are common because there are the most commonly owned dog. Labs and Australian Shepherds are also great at this sport. Whippets and Miniature Poodles have even been known to compete in Flyball. As long as your dog has lots of energy to burn, is willing to be trained and you are happy to teach, Flyball is an extremely rewarding and fun way to bond with your dog! read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: September 22nd & 23rd Edition

Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Bikejoring/Deaf Dog Awareness/Peanut Honey Surprise/Bluetick fun catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

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

Dog Sports: Bikejoring • Deaf Dog Awareness Week • Peanut Honey Pupcakes • Bluetick Coonhound

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: Bluetick Coonhound

Straight out of folklore or a country song, the Bluetick Coonhound is somewhat of an American legend. This dog’s resolute look and temperament along with it’s “go-get-‘em” work ethic make the Bluetick a true specimen of a dog and hound. As much as this dog is hardworking, he is loyal and gentle as well. Read more about the Bluetick Coonhound in BestBullySticks.com Breed Spotlight

History & Background: Originating in Louisiana, this dog is a result of breeding the French Bleu de Gascogne, English Foxhound, American Foxhound, Cur and Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound. Before they were called Blueticks, this breed was called the English Foxhound in America. In 1945, American breeders broke off from English breeders because they didn’t want to pursue a “hot-nosed” breed but wanted to keep their “cold-nosed” breed with their own distinct hunting style.  This breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 2009.

Famous Blueticks are found in literature but even more so in songwriting. Artists such as Neil Young, Charlie Daniels, Blake Shelton and Emmylou Harris all sing about these Coonhounds. The University of Tennessee’s mascot is a Bluetick named Smokey.

Height: 22-27, Males; 21-25 inches, Females

Weight: 55-80 pounds, Males; 45-65 pounds, Females

Coat: This coonhound’s fur is coarse, short and lies close to the body. A healthy coat is soft and shiny.

Color: Just as it’s name suggests, the Bluetick Coonhound’s color is made up of dark blue and white ticking, creating a navy-like color. More blue than white is preferred in the breed standard.  This hound also has large black spots on its back, ears and sides and its ears and head are mostly black. Some red ticking can be present as well and usually is seen on the feet or lower legs. Blueticks can also have tan points, which appear as dots above the eyes, on cheeks, on the tail and below the tail. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Today’s Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipe teams up with Sprinkle Bakes blogger and author Heather Baird to bring your pups a delectable birthday surprise. So, shhh… don’t tell them, but we’re making Peanut Putter Pupcakes!

Of course your precious pup is special, so why not make them a special treat on their special day? Heather was kind enough to share the birthday recipe she made for her pug, Churro. Whether it’s your dog’s birthday, adoption anniversary, or just a fun treat, Sprinkle Bakes’ Peanut Butter Pupcakes are low-fat, dog-friendly treats that are sure to let you dog know they’re loved! Here is Heather’s original post:

It’s Churro’s birthday!

Well, sort of.

We don’t really know when his birthday is.  And we don’t know exactly how old he is either, but we still like to celebrate the day we welcomed him into our family. Churro is a rescue -yes, a pound puppy.  His history is somewhat of a mystery to us, but we were told that he came from a pretty bad situation. You’d never know that from his demeanor. He’s the sweetest real-life teddy bear you’ll ever meet! And he instantly fit right in with Biscuit-the-pug and our three kitty-cats. Words cannot express how gentle and loving he is.  It breaks my heart that there are so many animals of similar docility that get taken to the shelter.  I don’t like to think about that too much, but I felt that I must mention it.

Maybe someone out there looking for a furbaby will remember Churro’s happy ending and decide to rescue. read more…

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