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BestBullySticks.com 2012 Year In Review

BestBullySticks.com has had an amazing year and we expect to have an great 2013! Before we roll over into the new year, we want to take a look back at some of the milestones of 2012!

One of our coolest 2012 moments was being chosen to be on the Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies! We’re very excited and honored to be chosen!

We’re so proud to announce we’ve given over 40K to Non-Profit & Charitable Animal Organization this year. We have a large heart for homeless animals, rescue and homing efforts. We want to see every dog in a forever home! We especially support our local rescues and shelters like the Richmond SPCA, FETCHaCure and Ring Dog Rescue.

Along with charitable donations we also have sponsored a few really amazing community events in the Richmond, VA area! We sponsored two dog-friendly baseball games with our local minor league baseball team, the Flying Squirrels for what we called Bark In the Park! Hundreds of dogs and families came out for these two amazing games! We got to hand out bully sticks and meet so many beautiful doggies!

We’ve had such a successful year, which means we’ve gotten to hire some really amazing professional and warehouse staff to keep our business moving and shaking! All BBS employees are hardworking, dedicated folks who love their dogs and yours!

We’re also growing our product lines and brands! We’re carrying so many neat new products and we hope to always provide the best, all-natural and handy pet products around! You can always let us know what you think or what you’d like to see in our store by emailing us a bestbullysticks@gmail.com!

Things are on the up and up on the Social Media front, too! We’ve surpassed a great Facebook goal of 30K fans! And our Pinterest page is growing as well! We’ve also expanded to nifty networks like Instagram and Google+.  We even began a Featured Dog of the Day so you can share your dog’s best photo on a big scale level! As always we strive to provide helpful, relevant and fun information on our Healthy Dog Blog with new blogs posted every weekday!

As always, we’re always thinking of great new ways to help you save! Between our Product Spotlight, Military & K9 Police Discounts, bi-weekly newsletters & coupons, Refer-A-Friend 10% Discount and more, we want you to get the best bang for your buck!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our amazing customers who without you 2012 wouldn’t have been such a huge success. BestBullySticks.com wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!

BBS Breed Spotlight: Leonberger

With the look of a lion and the heart of a teddy bear, the Leonberger is a true family companion. This dogs looks might fool you once, but once the kindness of the Leonberger shines, you’ll be a fan for life. BestBullySticks.com thinks you’ll fall in love quite easily. Read more about the Leonberger in the BBS Breed Spotlight!

History & Background: Leonberg, Germany is both the native city and namesake of the Leonberger breed. This dog was the product of the breeding a Landseer Newfoundland and a Saint Bernard predecessor, the “barry” by a prominent citizen of Leonberg, Heinrich Essig in the 1930s. Essig was very fond collecting animals and it’s even thought the dog was bred to resemble the coat of arms of the German town, which was the lion.

This dog was kept as farm dog and excelled as a watchdog and a draft worker. Famous owners of the Leonberger include Napoleon II, the Prince of Wales and other royalty. During the World Wars, this breed suffered greatly and only 5 survived WWI. Again during WWII this breed was almost lost into obscurity. In both wars this dog was used to pull ammunition carts, but was a service that almost cost this dog’s lineage. The modern Leonberger can trace it’s line back to the 8 dogs that survived the wars. Today the Leonberger is still used as a working dog in rescue saving missions.

Height: Males: 28 to 31.5 inches; Females: 25.5 to 29.5 inches

Weight: Males: 120 to 170 pounds; Females: 100 to 135 pounds

Coat: As with many working dogs, the coat is highly functional. The Leonberger has a very abundant, water-resistant, double coat. Shorter hair appears on the muzzle and limbs. The long, heavy coat is highly durable, straight, close-fitting and flat. The outer coat is medium length and soft to coarse in texture. Undercoat is soft and dense, but is less abundant in summer months. Leonbergers have a mane which stretches from around the neck to the chest. This dog sports feathering on the back of legs and ears and the tail is well covered in hair. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Dog Treats from Bubby & Bean

When we say our final goodbye to a dear friend, it’s heartbreaking. And though time heals all wounds, BestBullySticks.com knows that you would never want to forget them. Such is the story with many dog lovers, including sisters Melissa & Morgan, the brains behind Bubby & Bean blog. Melissa’s dog, Leary (nicknamed Bubby) passed away a few days before Christmas last year. To remember their sweet Leary, Melissa’s sister Morgan whipped up this recipe in remembrance of him.  

Everybody who met that special doggie instantly got a smile on their faces.  He was one of those friends that was always there for you and loved to snuggle.  And like most dogs, Leary LOVED food!  He knew he wasn’t supposed to beg for it, so when we would eat in front of him, he’d stand sideways and look at you out of the corner of his eye.  It cracked me up!  I was always a sucker for one particular look he’d give that made him look like a big soft puppy.  When he gave that look, a french fry or piece of cheese would “accidentally” make its way into his mouth.   He knew exactly how to work his auntie!  And that boy sure did love his cheese.  I even wrote the “For Leary” message in the picture at the top of this post in shredded cheddar, his favorite. 

So in honor of Bubby, today I’m going to be showing you how to make a tasty doggie treat that I know he would have loved, and that your best furry friends will gobble up too.  I started making these when my husband and I noticed that our furry little girl Isis (aka the “Bean” in the Bubby and Bean!) had trouble eating hard treats.  They are soft so they’re great for older doggies, or for dogs who prefer softer foods.

This recipe is especially for you, Leary (bubby, bo-bos, roy boy, beezy, licious, and all the other nicknames that were made for you!).   I miss you every day.

Ingredients
1/2 cup – 3/4 cups oatmeal (depending on how dense you want the treats)
1/4 cup powdered milk
2 small jars beef baby food
1 tablespoon peanut butter (either crunchy or smooth works great)

Recipe Note: You can also use Cream of Wheat or wheat germ in place of the oatmeal.

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

3. Shape dough into hearts, bones, or any other doggie themed treat.

4. Place treats on greased cookie sheet or use a silicone baking mat.

5. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Cool.  Store treats in your refrigerator for up to one week (or until your furry kid learns how to open the fridge!).

Thanks to Melissa & Morgan at Bubby & Bean for sharing Bubby’s story, this recipe and photos.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

 

Be sure to check out all of BestBullySticks.com’s Weekly Drool Recipes to show your prized pooch how much you care! 

Wishing You & Yours A

MERRY CHRISTMAS

from

BestBullySticks.com!

The Night Before Christmas…

The Night Before Christmas
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Dog Care 101 Tip #195 – Quick Tips for Holiday Safety

Happy Christmas Eve! If you haven’t already started your holiday festivities, BestBullySticks.com knows there will soon be a whirlwind of places to be and people to see. We urge you not to leave your dog out of the holiday happenings! However, there are a few things to remember to keep Fido happy and healthy during this busy time of year. Here are a few quick tips to remember this Christmas!

1. Stay Calm! Your dog can feel your stress. Spending a little quiet time with your dog during your busy day will help both of you de-stress.

2. Keep to your Daily Routine. Dogs thrive on a predictable routine, so don’t throw him for a loop just because it’s the Holidays. 

3. Wear him out! If you’re worried about your dog being rambunctious before your big holiday get-together, play hard right before the party! This will ensure Fido will be too tired to get into too much trouble.

4. Food Prep & Food Precautions. Food prep and presentation objects like toothpicks in food or cooking bags can easily become foul play when your dog is trying to sneak a bite. Make sure your food is out of reach or free of anything that could cause Fido harm. Make sure you also keep a tight lid on the garbage can!

5. Pretty Poisonous Plants. Toxic holiday plants include holly, mistletoe, ivy, Christmas cactus and poinsettias. Call your vet or poison control immediately! National Poison Control can be reached at: 888-426-4435 and 900-680-0000

6. Visitors & Guests. If your dog isn’t used to being around large groups of people, a major holiday isn’t the time for socialization training. Keep Fido nice and cozy in a crate or his favorite room of the house. Visit your dog every once in a while to let him know everything is okay. If your dog is out, make sure you tell all your guests not to feed any table scraps! Also make sure your dog won’t bolt out the door every time a new guest enters your home.

BestBullySticks.com hopes these quick tips will help you remember Fido’s needs during the Holiday season. Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!

BBS Weekend Reader: December 22nd & 23rd Edition

Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the DIY Christmas Gifts/Dog Rescuing/Doggy Holiday Baking/Walking Cotton Puff 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:

Tip #194: DIY Dog Christmas Gifts • Rescue Spotlight: Last Day Dog Rescue •  Apple Cranberry Dog Treats • Breed Spotlight on the Coton de Tulear

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: Coton de Tulear

A walking cotton puff, literally. The French word for cotton paired with the town in Madagascar where the dog originates, Tulear, gives you the name of the living cotton puff—the Coton de Tulear. Read more about this adorable little bright and cheery puff on the BestBullySticks.com Breed Spotlight!

History & Background: A native of Madagascar, the Coton de Tulear is thought to the be descendant of the Coton de Reunion. This dog was said to have gotten Madagascar by swimming to shore from a shipwreck. The modern Coton was the offspring of the Coton de Reunion breeding with local terriers on the island. In the 17th century, a tribal monarchy called the Merina, controlled the lives of these dogs because they were seen as so special in the eyes of the island people. Coastal tribesmen and non-noblemen were forbidden to own the Coton and the dog quickly became known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.” When the French came to colonize the island, they kept the same elitist rules for the Coton. When hard times came to Madagascar in the 1970s, Dr. Robert Jay Russell, a biologist studying lemurs on the island, sent Cotons back to America. Since, Cotons have been gaining in popularity even though they are still seen as a rare breed. In 1996, the AKC recognized the Coton de Tulear in their Foundation Stock Service breeds.

Height: 10 to 12 inches

Weight: 12 to 15 pounds read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Apple Cranberry Dog Treats

In less than a week Fido will wake you up early, but not because he needs to go outside. In 6 days it will be Christmas and Fido will be bright eyed and bushy tailed to open Santa Paws gifts! It’s not too late to whip up a Christmas treat for your prized pooch. BestBullySticks.com brings you Doggy Dessert Chef’s Apple Cranberry Dog Treats! These simple and delicious treats will make your dog’s Holiday Season very special!

Ingredients
1 cup fresh Cranberries
1 cup Apple Sauce
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 cup Milk

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

2. Puree cranberries and mix with applesauce. Once combined add milk, cinnamon and whole-wheat flour until dough is well mixed.

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a heavily floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned at the edges.

5. Cool and refrigerate.

Recipe Note: Makes 2 to 3 dozen dogs.

Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for this amazing Holiday Dog Treat!

For more great Holiday Dog Treat ideas, check out Peanut Butter Pumpkin Puppy Treats, Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies and Peppermint Christmas Chews! These tasty treats are sure to be a hit this Holiday season!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Last Day Dog Rescue

If it were your last day on earth, you’d most likely feel hopeless. However, even in the most desperate situations, hope can win out. That’s what one Detroit-based animal rescue is doing, giving hope back to dogs that wouldn’t otherwise have any: Last Day Dog Rescue.

Recently, BestBullySticks.com was honored to award a 1st place award to LDDR worth $2,500.00. And naturally, we wanted to share their story with you. LDDR was started in 2005 because Pam Peterson, now LDDR’s president, saw a great need for dogs being overlooked by other rescues. These dogs, whether sick, a particular breed, or even a dark coated, were being passed up. Their mission is to save as many dogs being held in high-kill shelters or facing life in research laboratories. As a non-profit, LDDR’s all-volunteer staff gives these dogs a second chance at a wonderful life. We spoke with Amanda Krigner, LDDR’s Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator, about her experiences with the rescue as well as some great success. 

When & Why did you start?
I started volunteering with Last Day Dog Rescue this past summer, but have been involved in rescuing for a few years. It is one of the most rewarding experiences you could ever imagine. When it comes down to it, rescuing isn’t about me or you or anyone else, it is about the innocent dogs that do not have a voice of their own. Humans put them through the cruelty they have endured and it’s up to humans to help them. Last Day Dog Rescue is such a pleasure to work with because no dog is discriminated against and we really do rescue a lot of dogs. In 2011, we rescued over 1,000 dogs. That is very impressive for a rescue that is purely foster-based.

I started getting really involved with rescue after I rescued my first dog; she was neglected and starving. Rescue dogs are fantastic dogs because they really do appreciate everything you do for them. They know how rough life can be and they are determined to make your life better because you gave them a second chance. My goal is to spread the word about rescue animals and to work together with local Michigan government to make as many shelters as possible no-kill, especially Oakland County (where I live).

What’s different about your rescue?
Last Day Dog Rescue doesn’t discriminate based on breed, age, or health. We pull dogs based on their temperament and personality. Many of the dogs we rescue are old, skinny, heartworm positive, and dogs that not many want in their current condition. We rescue all of our dogs on their last day. We truly are their last hope.

LDDR is foster-based, which means the majority of our dogs are in homes before they go to adoption. In these homes they learn some basic training and how to trust humans again. read more…

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