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BBS Product Spotlight: Bully Stick Candy Cane

Tis the season! This Christmas, why not give your pup a little something special to chew on…our Bully Stick Candy Cane! With this fun and festive bully stick your dog will enjoy hours of chew time in the holiday spirit! Has your dog been naughty or nice this year? “Santa Paws” is looking at his list and checking it twice. If your dog has been good, he’ll slip this delightful treat under the Christmas tree for them to enjoy on Christmas Day! If your dog has been naughty, toss him one anyway, promise we won’t tell…

We took one of our standard 12” bully sticks and bent it to a classic candy cane shape. Like all of our bully sticks, our Bully Stick Candy Cane is 100% all natural and sourced from free ranging grass-fed Brazilian cattle.

At BestBullySticks.com, we want you and your dog to enjoy the holiday season. While you’re sipping on eggnog and wrapping gifts for family and friends, get your dog in the spirit as well with our delicious Bully Stick Candy CaneBuy it now for 3.49! 

Happy Holidays! 

 

BBS Weekend Reader: December 1st & 2nd Edition

Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Dog Rescue Stories/Holiday Treating/Basenji/Bully Stick 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:

Spotlight on At Risk Intervention • Holiday PB Pumpkin Puppy Treats • Breed Spotlight on the Basenji • The Perfect Pooch Stocking Stuffer: Bully Stick Candy Cane

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!

BBS Breed Spotlight: Basenji

Referred to as the “barkless” dog, BestBullySticks.com thinks the Basenji doesn’t need a bark to get someone’s attention. The Basenji is a stealthy creature that could sneak right up to you, both on the hunt and into your heart. Read more about this beautiful dog’s ancient past and interesting characteristics in the BBS Breed Spotlight on the Basenji.

History & Background: The Basenji is one of the most ancient dog breeds and can be seen in Egyptian tombs and wall drawings dating back 5,000 years. Another ancestor of the modern Basenji originated in Central Africa and this “type” dog has been living with humans for thousands of years. Mostly confined to the Congo, this dog was known as the “dogs of the savages,” “dogs of the villagers,” and “dog of the bush.” This breed was once prized for its intelligence, speed and silent hunting ability in many African villages. In the late 1800s Basenjis were taken to England in an effort to build up the breed, but many of these dogs died from distemper. After many attempts, Basenjis were being bred successfully in America by 1941 and soon after this breed was recognized by the AKC in 1944.

Height: 16 to 17 inches

Weight: 22 to 24 pounds

Coat & Color: The coat on a Basenji is very short and fine with elastic skin. Coloring can be chestnut red, pure black, tricolor (black or red) or brindle. White feet, legs, chest or blaze, collar and tail tip are common.

Appearance: Basenjis exude alertness. With their small frame, tight but smooth muscles and balanced frame, this dog is the portrait of agility and readiness. This dog has a wrinkled around the forehead and a short muzzle. Facial features include small, almond shaped eyes, and small, erect ears. The back is short in length, but level. Basenjis have straight legs and a tightly curled tail that sits on top of the back. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Puppy Treats!

Now that we’ve given thanks, it’s time to think of those loved ones and treat them to a special gift of your affection. If some of those loved ones are four-legged, BestBullySticks.com has just the thing to please the pups in your life. With just of your dog’s yummy favorite and a special Fido-friendly frosting, you’ll be the best gift giver around! Enjoy these Peanut Butter Pumpkin Puppy Treats! 

Ingredients
3 cups brown rice flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350° F. In large bowl stir all ingredients until soft dough forms.

2. Divide dough in half. Using brown-rice-floured rolling pin, roll each dough half to 1/2 inch thickness on brown-rice-floured surface. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutter. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts about 1 inch apart.

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until dry and golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup yogurt chips (you can find these at most pet stores!)
1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions:
1. Microwave in microwavable bowl uncovered on High about 1 minute or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Drizzle over puppy treats.

Recipe Notes: Store in dog treat jar at room temperature up to 1 week. For longer storage keep in refrigerator or freezer.

Check with your vet to make sure these puppy treats fit into your dog’s diet. Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens.

Be sure to check out our other seasonal dog treat recipes that would be great stocking stuffers, goodie bags or party treats! 

BBS Rescue Spotlight: At Risk Intervention

If you have a desire to help, but no outlet to work through, you might feel a little helpless, but not if you have At Risk Intervention. BestBullySticks.com talked to Founder Cyn Mobley about how the organization was started and the astonishing impact they’re making all around the Mid-South and the nation. With a revolutionary outlook and mission and a ton of hardwork, At Risk Intervention is truly making a difference.

When & Why did you start?
At Risk Intervention, or ARI, was started in 2004 as a vehicle for supporting people who wanted to do good things in the world but didn’t want the hassle of starting a charitable organization. We provide infrastructure and support and 501(c)3 partnerships for rescuers, child advocacy programs and just about anything that involves kids or animals. As our program grew, we sought out opportunities to be a force multiplier for other groups. We did a community survey and found that the one thing that rescues said they needed most was money. A bit more investigating and we found that the two major expenses were vet bills and kenneling.

We started by negotiating some great discount packages for rescues at a few vets. Then we built the Waystation.  We also hold seminars on ways to save money and help rescue groups work through legal issues, complete 501(c)3 paperwork (we have an online audio course and plenty of examples) and a host of other things that help existing groups work more effectively. Like I said: force multiplier. Much of the concept and practices are born from my time in the Navy and my experiences at the Naval War College. I know how important logistics and support are in any war, and that’s what rescue is—a war to preserve life rather than destroy it. read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Pet Qwerks

BestBullySticks.com recommends you great toys for your pet from the Pet Qwerks product line! Safe and long-lasting, Pet Qwerks dog toys are designed with fun in mind! These fun and exciting toys were designed to give your pooch great hours of entertainment.

With so many different products, it’s hard to choose! With the Bottle Skins toy, you insert an empty water bottle into the velcro opening and watch your dog enjoy the crinkle sounds when they chew! Or you could toss your dog a new friend, the Pet Qwerks Plush Hedgehog Dog Toy. Dogs of any size will love this little guy’s companionship – he even makes noise when you squeeze his tummy!

With tons more toys to choose from, whichever one you choose, your dog will be sure to love them!

BBS Breed Event Spotlight: National Dog Show

It’s here! No, not Thanksgiving. The National Dog Show! This Turkey Day event is just about as traditional as the turkey itself. Ongoing since 1842, the National Dog Show put on by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and is one of three major national dog shows. BestBullySticks.com is providing you with some National Dog Show Trivia that will make today’s viewing that much more interesting and special.

10 Past Winners

2002: Standard Poodle
2003: Doberman
2004: Terrier
2005: Colored Bull Terrier (Rocky Top’s Sundance Kid)
2006: Toy Poodle
2007: Australian Shepherd (Buff Cap Creslane Arctic Mist)
2008: Pointer
2009: Scottish Terrier (Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot a/k/a “Sadie”)
2010: Irish Setter (Windntide Mr. Sandman)
2011: Wire Fox Terrier (GCH Steele Your Heart)

Group Descriptions

Terrier: Most of these dogs evolved from the British isles and each had very specialized duties depending on what geographic location the were in. Most of these jobs included hunting small critters like badgers and otters. Tenacious in personality, these dogs have great confidence and courage.

Toy: Dogs in this group have been around for centuries to serve one purpose: companionship. To this day, their small size makes them perfect for any household and living situation.

Working: Breeds from the Working group have a wide range of shapes, sizes and looks, but they have been all been used as aids in their human’s work. Their intelligence and build have made these dogs excellent guards and herders and today still work as these as well as police, military, security, service and hunting dogs.

Sporting: These dogs were developed to help hunters, usually bird hunters using guns. The duties of these dogs can range from pointing and marking, flushing or recovery.

Hound: This group was once classified as sporting because they also can help with hunting, but usually hunt somewhat independently from their humans. Made up of scent hounds and sight hounds, this group has a lot of variety in size, shape and look.

Non-Sporting: At the inception of the AKC, there were only two group, Sporting and Non-Sporting. Many splits and reclassifications later, the Non-Sporting group consists of all the dogs that remain and contains the most variety in one group.

Herding: Characterized by the natural ability performed by these dogs, the Herding group is dogs that have been used on farms to gather and move other animals about.

There are 173 registered breeds; which dog will you root for?

Happy Thanksgiving! Have fun watching the National Dog Show! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Two Turkey Treats for Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble goes the turkey! And gobble, gobble goes the turkey dinner! What goes best with turkey? Why, sweet potatoes and cranberries, of course! Show how thankful you are for your dog this Turkey Day and pass your pooches plate to fill up on these great, healthy treats. Doggy Dessert Chef is providing the fixings via the BestBullySticks.com Healthy Dog Blog!

Wheat-Free Sweet Potato Turkey

Ingredients
1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained
1 large Sweet Potato, cooked and mashed
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 cup Milk
2 cups Soy Flour

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition.

3. Scoop 1/2 tablespoon sized balls into prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned at the edges. Cool and Refrigerate.

Recipe Note: Makes 4 to 5 dozen treats.

Cranberry Turkey

Ingredients
1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained
1 cup dried Cranberries
1 tablespoons Honey
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Milk
2 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/2 inch thick and cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

Recipe Note: Makes 3 to 4 dozen rounds

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

BestBullySticks.com hopes everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for these wonderful recipes and photos! For even more yummy turkey treats, visit Doggy Dessert Chef’s website

BBS Celebrates: Adopt A Senior Dog Month!

Adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make. However, you want to head into this decision with a lot of wisdom and research. Adopting puppies are great, but BestBullySticks.com wants to let you in on another choice that might be even better for your family: adopting an adult or senior dog. November is Adopt-A-Senior Dog Month, so here are some reasons why adopting an oldie, but a goodie might be a wonderful option.

Less Work: Puppies are a lot of work; they need lots of just about everything including exercise, training, socialization and more. For most old dogs, this is old hat.

Mature in Every Way: An older dog already has a well-defined personality, emotional and physical characteristics. Whereas a puppy goes though many changes, a mature dog doesn’t hide much.

Good for First-Time Adopters: If you’re a first time adopter, or even dog owner, an older dog is probably the best match for you! This way a future puppy parent can ease in to dog ownership and responsibility, whereas adopting a puppy requires much more time for training, exercise and socialization. Instead of potential chaos, you’re sure to get plenty calm and ease from a senior dog.

Will Love You Just As Much: No matter a senior dog’s former life, dogs have very large hearts and when they’re truly cared for, will love their companions wholly.

Be A Rebel: At a shelter, many people overlook older dogs, but you can be a rebel! Do something others don’t; love on an older dog. BestBullySticks.com knows it will be a rewarding experience.

To find out more about adopting a senior dog, read the ASPCA’s Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

Have you adopted an adult or senior dog? Tell us your success stories! 

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