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Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight: Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is a hardworking breed, yet a breed that doesn’t have to work hard to win an owner’s love or affection. Best Bully Sticks highlights this breed because they have a great history, temperament and not to forget, they’re beautiful. Read more about the Australian Shepherd below!

History & Background: The obvious guess as to where this breed originates would most likely be a wrong guess. It’s thought Australian Shepherds originated in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France; yet earn their name because of the Basque shepherds who lived in Australia before coming to America in the 1800s. In practice, this dog is an American breed.

When new cattle species were introduced to the American West, so was a new breed of dog that worked well with the herds. Even in the dangerous altitudes of the Rocky Mountains, this breed was mostly unaffected. Ranchers all over the West were buying up these dogs for their own herds and began further developing the breed. The end result of this breeding gives us the Australian Shepherd that we know and love today; a dog that is adaptable, intelligent, has strong herding instincts and has a beautiful all-around look.

Today, there are still plenty of Australian Shepherds used as working dogs. However, this dog also excels at agility trials, flyball and Frisbee tournaments.

The Australian Shepherd was once called many different names like Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bob-Tail, Blue Heeler, New Mexican Shepherd and California Shepherd.

Height: Males: 20 to 23 inches, Females: 18 to 21 inches

Weight: Males: 50 to 65 pounds, Females: 40 to 55 pounds

Coat: Aussies have a medium length coat, with a profuse amount of hair. The hair itself is soft, but not silky; coarse, but not hard. The AKC describes their coat as having a “medium texture.” An Australian Shepherd’s hair ranges from straight to wavy and is very abundant! This dog’s undercoat varies with climate. The hair on the head, ears and front of legs and below hock. Everywhere else on this dog is frill, mane and fur. Feathering appears on the back of the legs and the chest has a very thick layer of fur. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats from Design Crush

Let’s be honest. Most of us might have good taste, but most of us don’t have extensive “design” knowledge. That’s okay though, Best Bully Sticks knows you love your dog and they love you, who cares if you don’t know what the Bauhaus is. That’s where Kelly Beall comes in.

Kelly, design aficionado and author of Design Crush, is also a dog-lover and she showed us that good design and good dog treats really have more in common than you might think.  With a recipe that’s simple, easy to “operate” yet very enjoyable, Kelly has merged the dog treat and design worlds. These Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats were made for her pups Piper and Bebe and they look pretty satisfied don’t they? (photos below!)

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats via Design Crush

Ingredients
• 2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
• 2 eggs
• 3/4 C pumpkin puree
• 3 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place all ingredients in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, use your paddle attachment. Mix on low for about a minute or until the dough starts to come together. It won’t be one big ball yet, but a bunch of smaller ones.

3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Work it together into a large ball, then roll it out to about 1/4″ thickness. You can use a cookie cutter for shapes or a knife to cut strips. (I used a 1″ 2-sided biscuit cutter.) Roll out the scraps again and again until there’s not enough dough left to work with.

4. Place the treats on a baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray. They don’t expand, so 1/2″ between treats is enough.

5. Bake 30 minutes. Let cool completely. Makes 75+ 1″ treats.

A BIG thanks to Design Crush (aka Kelly) for sharing this great treat recipe with Best Bully Sticks! Check out all of BBS‘s Weekly Drool Recipes for great ideas on special treats for your pup! If you didn’t catch it, we’re using Pumpkin in this recipe! Can anyone smell Fall just around the corner? Stay tuned for Fall recipes coming soon!

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

Best Bully Sticks Pooches On Parade Winners!

We’re very excited to announce Best Bully Sticks Pooches On Parade Winners! It was such a tough task to just pick one for each category and then an overall winner! However, our staff truly fought for their favorites and our winners are…..

Best Dog Ears: Angel (Donna Zygarlicke)

Best Dog Eyes: Levi (Donna J. Griffin)

Best Dog Expression: Jersey Girl (Lisa S. DeLorm)

Best Tail Wag:  DD (Rebecca Neal)

Best Overall:  Ellie (Juliane Morton)

Individual Category Winners (x4) receive:

$50 Gift Certificate

Overall Winner will receive:

$150 Gift Certificate & dog’s photo used in a special FB Cover Graphic that will appear on our website for a week.

If your dog is a winner, please email callie.bestbullysticks@gmail.com to claim your prize! Thank you SO MUCH to all who participated. Our customers have SUCH beautiful dogs!

Stay tuned for the next BBS Contest! You and your dog could win big!

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month!

Chances are, if you own a dog, you love your dog. However, “tender love & care” is a phrase for a reason. Care & Love should go hand in hand, or hand in paw if you will. As a friendly welcome to September, Best Bully Sticks wants to remind you of some of the easy ways to be a caring and loving dog owner. After all, September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month!

Commitment
Having a dog should be a lifelong relationship. As with any relationship, thinking ahead and making future plans is always important. The first time your dog gets sick in the house, tears up an heirloom or starts shedding like crazy, are you going to rethink your decision? Having a dog means nursing them back to health, dealing with their puppy habits and training them correctly, and dealing with their quirks. If you love your dog, love them for a lifetime.

Spay & Neuter
Getting your dog “fixed” is highly recommended by any vet, activist or concerned citizen you meet. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem and millions are euthanized every year. Do your part. If you’re not the solution, you might be the problem.

Make Time
Your dog isn’t a houseplant. You can’t buy and then forget about him. Spend time with your dog. Learn his habits, his weird tendencies, play and train him; this will lead to bonding and mutual respect. Remember, while you’re away, your dog is waiting for you to return. A dog is more than an obligation, however, and should always be one of your top priorities.

Health
Keeping your dog healthy means a few different things. First, make sure your dog stays current with his shots and has a yearly veterinarian checkup. Dogs hide pain and illness well; so going to the vet can alert you to any potential problems.

Good health also means feeding your dog a complete, balanced diet that is suited to your dog’s age and size. Paying attention to what is in your dog’s food is key as well. It should also be said: make sure you provide your dog with plenty of fresh, clean water.

Exercising with your dog is also very important. Most dogs could sleep the day away, but when given the chance, dogs love to romp, roam and be a little crazy. Dogs need exercise to maintain a healthy weight, work muscles and maintain a good physical form.

Grooming and bathing are also a part of good doggy heath. If you don’t know how to properly groom your dog, ask your vet or take your dog to a local groomer. For most dogs a daily or weekly brushing is a good start. How often you bathe your dog is dependant on a few factors, but just remember dogs do need baths! Don’t exclude a dog’s teeth either! Chewing on a bully stick is a great way to clean a dog’s teeth! read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #179: Natural Dog Care: Supplements For Your Dog

Do you take a multi-vitamin every morning? Many take these simple, one-step, pills every day to make up for any deficiency in nutrition they’re not getting through diet. Best Bully Sticks knows that ideally diet would provide everything we need to stay healthy, but sometimes our bodies are deficient and need a little help. Supplements, like multi-vitamins or more specific mixtures for joint health, energy or even life-stage, are readily available. We even have whole stores dedicated to supplements!

So, what about your dog? Again, ideally your dog is getting all he needs from his diet, however, dogs like humans sometimes need a little help. Best Bully Sticks knows supplementing nutritional needs can come in healthy, all natural forms. Dog Supplements can ensure that your dog is living the healthiest and best life possible. We’re here to help you sort through a few concerns and questions. 

First Things First
Your vet is going to be able to give you the best insight into your dog’s health. Always check with your vet about the idea of supplementing your dog’s diet with specific supplements. If your vet gives you the go ahead, talk with your vet about the specific ways your dog could benefit from supplements. Is your dog achy? He might need a joint supplement. Itchy skin? Maybe a skin and coat supplement.

Choices, Choices.
Picking the perfect supplement for your dog might seem overwhelming at first, but if your reading this blog, BBS is assuming you’d like to stick to a completely all-natural option.

A word on the term “all-natural”: Best Bully Sticks strives to provide our customers with the healthiest, all-natural, dog-friendly products on the market. The key word we stress is dog friendly. After all, chocolate is all natural, and so are onions and grapes, but we would never suggest these for a dog, because, as you know, they’re not good for a dog. That being said, just because it’s “all-natural” doesn’t mean a particular choice is good for your dog. read more…

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