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Dog Care 101 Tip #194: DIY Christmas Gifts

A handmade gift is from the heart. So, this Christmas make a personalized gift for a dog you love or a fellow dog-lover. It will leave an impression this season and for many more to come. BestBullySticks.com gives you three easy DIY Christmas Gifts for Dogs and Dog-Lovers.

Holly Ascot
“Deck the dogs with boughs of holly?” This adorable, seasonal dog accessory is sure to get your dog lots of doting looks.

You’ll Need
Tape measure
Felt
Fusible webbing
Iron
Disappearing-ink pen
Fabric glue (optional)
Decorative cord (optional)
Velcro dots
Needle and thread
Jingle bells
Felt Holly Ascot template

How-To
1. Measure your dog’s neck.

2. Print Felt Holly Ascot template. To get the right fit for your dog, divide measurement from step 1 in half, and add the resulting measurement to the length of template, extending the straight end accordingly.

3. Fold felt in half, and place template on top, with the straight end of template near the fold. Cut around template without cutting through fold, creating a long, thin rectangle that’s roughly twice as long as template. Repeat, cutting another rectangle of felt, and then one from fusible webbing.

4. Lay a piece of felt over webbing, and iron to fuse them. Remove backing from webbing, and sandwich with a second piece of felt. Iron to fuse them.

5. Fold fused fabric in half, and place template so the straight end is on the fold. Trace template onto felt with a disappearing-ink pen, cut out the shape, and unfold.

6. Fold 1 holly leaf in half lengthwise, and press with steam to give leaf dimension. Repeat with remaining leaf.

7. If desired, use fabric glue to attach decorative cord from leaf tip to leaf tip, along center of collar.

8. Stitch on Velcro dots where the leaves will cross each other when collar is worn. Sew on 3 bells. read more…

Olewo Dog Supplement Giveaway!

Some of this product may be expired. Please be aware that even though the product is past it’s arbitrary “sell-by” date, the shelf life of the product is a year past it’s sell-by date.

BBS Weekend Reader: December 15th & 16th Edition

Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Dog-Friendly Decorating/Christmas Baking/Italian Mastiff/Rescue Donating/Holiday Winning 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 #193: Dog-Friendly Christmas Decorating • Peppermint Dog Chews •  Breed Spotlight on the Cane Corso • “12 Days of Appreciation” Rescue Giveaway • BBS Holiday Gift Guide $200 Product Giveaway

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: Cane Corso

A majestic presence and a rich Italian history are wrapped up into the beautiful form of the Cane Corso. BestBullySticks.com highlights this impressive and distinctive dog in our weekly Breed Spotlight. Read on to learn more about the Cane Corso!

History & Background: The Cane Corso’s name is derived from the Latin “Cohors” meaning “Guardian” and “Protector.” This dog’s direct ancestor is the Canis Pugnax, which was a war dog used by the Romans. Corsos were also used as a “catch dog” to hunt and pin large animals such as cattle and pigs and also as a herder and watchdog. In Italy, this dog can be seen in history living along side farmers and rural families for hundreds of years. In the 1970s this dog almost faced extinction but was saved by a dedicated few. The Corso still has a large presence in Italy, today. The modern Cane Corso looks slightly different than it’s pre-70s relatives because of selective breeding used to grow numbers of this breed. In 1987 the Cane Corso made its way to the United States and has been popular ever since. In fact, celebrities such as Tracy Morgan, Patti LeBelle and Lebron James own Cane Corsos.

Height: Males: 25 to 27.5 inches; Females: 23.5 to 26 inches

Weight: 88 to 170 pounds

Coat: Corsos sport a short, hard coat that should have a healthy sheen. The close fitting coat has a light undercoat that gets thicker in cooler weather. The Cane Corso has a perfectly waterproof coat.

Color: This dog’s coloring can range from black, grey, red and fawn. Any of these colors can appear in brindle. The solid colored fawn and red dogs usually have a black or grey mask. White patches appear on the chest, throat, chin and toes. Eye color is related to muzzle color. Dogs with black muzzles have dark brown eyes and gray muzzles have lighter colored eyes. Nose color matches the pigment of dog; black pigment matches a black nose and grey pigment matches a grey nose. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Peppermint Christmas Chews

Only 13 Days until Christmas! Do your dogs have a treat to leave Santa Paws on Christmas Eve? Try out these Peppermint Christmas Chews from Bunny Roo Beagle’s blog! BestBullySticks.com thinks these are sure to please Santa Paws or any other pup on your Christmas list this Holiday Season!

Ingredients
2 Cups All purpose white flour
1/2 Cup Dry milk
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3rd Cup Low sodium beef bouillon powder
2 Eggs
1 Cup Warm water
1/2 tsp Peppermint extract

Directions
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.

2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Add the eggs, water and peppermint extract. Mix well.

4. Kneed the dough for approximately 2 minutes.

5. Roll dough into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork.

6. Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.

Bone Appétit & Happy Holiday Baking!

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

All Natural is All the Rage at BestBullySticks.com

There are thousands of pet products on the market today (maybe even millions!), and it can be overwhelming for us dog owners to sift through them all to find the healthiest products to offer our four-legged family members. Here at BestBullySticks.com, we love our dogs like family, so we treat them like family. That means we only give them dog treats and dog chews that are healthy and tasty. We know the best way to do that is through all natural treats.

BBS has scoured the globe to bring American pets the very best all-natural dog treats and chews. From the Himalayan mountains to the coasts of Brazil and right here at home, we’ve gathered some of the yummiest, healthiest and most unique dog chews for your four-legged family members (and ours!). 

All the way from the outback, we bring you our Kangaroo Leg Bone. This hardy bone from down under still contains a bit of meat for added texture and flavor. This long-lasting dog bone is all-natural and weighs up to 3 pounds, so it will keep your dog’s attention for hours at a time. A great choice for dogs of all sizes, the Kangaroo Leg Bone from Best Bully Sticks is sure to please even finicky pups. read more…

Dog Care Tip #193: Dog-Friendly Holiday Decorating Tips

BestBullySticks.com knows decking your halls should help make your season jolly! However, decorating for the Holidays and keeping your dog out of it may not always be the easiest of tasks. This season, BBS can give you some simple and quick ways to have a beautiful home for the Holiday Season while keeping Fido safe.

Choose Decorations Carefully – It shouldn’t be a surprise that some decorations are less potentially harmful than others. Here are a few that could cause your dog harm.

Tree – If you choose a live tree, make sure you don’t allow your dog to chew on the branches. If your dog chews on them too much, it can lead to excess drooling or vomiting. Many trees are also treated with chemicals, which help preserve the tree. These chemicals can seep into the water at the base of your tree, making it toxic to dogs. Make sure you cover the base of your tree with a skirt, aluminum foil or plastic wrap to deter your dog’s curiousness.

Lights & Glass Ornaments – If your dog has a penchant for chewing, think about making the switch to plastic lights and ornaments. Non-breakable ornaments will help keep any rowdy dog from knocking over glass bobbles, or cutting his mouth on broken glass.

Garlands – Strings of popcorn and cranberries, tinsel or flocking (a imitation snow decoration) are all great ways to make sure your tree dazzles. However, if your dog were to ingest any of these, it could be a major problem. Upset stomachs, intestinal blockages and more can be caused from these garlands.   read more…

Weekend Recap: December 8th & 9th Edition

Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Happy Doggy/Safe Playing/Holiday Baking/GWP/Secret Santa 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 #192: How To Have a Happier Dog • December is Safe Toys & Gift Month • Holiday Thumbprint Cookies Recipe • Breed Spotlight on the German Wirehaired Pointer • Find Santa Paws 10 Hidden Presents & Win Free Bully Sticks For A Year!

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: German Wirehaired Pointer

Have you ever heard the phrase “German engineered”? This phrase is a great selling feature because most know that German designed products are very good products. That means dogs, too. The Germans wanted an all-around amazing dog, so they bred the German Wirehaired Pointer, the dog who can do it all. Find out more about this well-designed dog on the BestBullySticks.com Breed Spotlight on the German Wirehaired Pointer.

History & Background: Around the mid-1800s, improvements to the shotgun spurred many in the public to become hunters. In fact, the number of hunters doubled, but this quick growth left a need for a well-rounded, all-purpose hunting dog. And like many other dog breeds, necessity is the mother of all invention, and for the Germans this dog was the German Wirehaired Pointe. GWP’s were bred to be a medium-sized pointer, easily trainable dog that could search, locate and point game. Because of the varied terrain, from mountains to dense forest, and inclement weather this Pointer was bred to have a very particular coat.  In Germanay, this wirehaired dog was first known as the Deutsch-Drahthaar, which was a combination of Griffon, Pudelpointer (Poodle & Pointer) and German Shorthair.  In the early 1920s the GWP was imported to America and was recognized by the AKC 1959.

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

Weight: 60 to 70 pounds

Coat: The wire coat of this German breed is its most distinctive feature.  A GWP’s coat is weather resistant and mostly water resistant. The undercoat is dense to protect in cold weather and in summer is almost invisible. The outer, wiry coat is straight, harsh, flat and 1 to 2 inches long. This dog sports a well-covered tail, bushy eyebrows, beard and whiskers. read more…

BBS Secret Santa Search!

 

Santa Paws is coming town! And to mark his arrival, BestBullySticks.com has hidden Santa’s presents for you to find! Ten gifts are littered around BestBullySticks.com and our social media sites. Follow Santa Paw’s 10 clues to find the 10 gifts! If you find all the gifts you could win Free Bully Sticks For a Year!

Read the contest Rules and Regulations before you begin! Then start the Secret Santa Search!

How it Works
1. Follow each clue to where you think it’s leading. All wording in clues is very important. All answers to clues are found within BestBullySticks.com or social media pages. You’ll know you got it right when you see a numbered Santa Paws Present within a product posting or category! Gifts can be anywhere on the page!

2. Gather the URLs (Web Addresses to each). These will be your answers.

3. Put URLs in 1-10 numbered format.

Submitting Your Answers
Submit your answers in numbered format (1-10) IN ORDER to the OfferPop App here: http://bit.ly/VwWsW4. We won’t count unnumbered or misnumbered entries. Answers should be the web address of the page where the Santa Paws Gift appears! Entries must be in December 10th @ 5pm EST! Only one entry per person.

Winning
Only U.S. Residents, 18 years and older are eligible for winning. If a person or organization has won a BBS Contest in the last year, they will not be eligible for the prize. If more than one person finds all 10 Santa Paws Gifts, we’ll pick a random winner. Winner will receive Free Bully Sticks for a Year! (360 6” Odor Free Bully Sticks) We’ll announce and contact the winner personally on Monday, December 10th as soon as the contest is over.  If you are not contacted, please assume you have not been selected for the grand prize. We will also announce the winner and the correct clues on the BBS Blog and on Facebook. 

Example Clue & Answer
#1 Clue: “Easy Enough: Just Go Home!”
Your submitted answer:
1. Homepage: www.bestbullysticks.com

SECRET SANTA SEARCH CLUES!

Clues
1. Hung from the tree, or nestled in a stocking, this bully stick is a sweet treat for any pooch!

2. Bright, shiny & new! If that’s what you’re looking for, this page has got what you need!

3. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas by keeping up with this Social Page’s great festivities!

4. Santa Paws says, “Forget Rudolph! I’m putting these on my reindeer the next time it’s cloudy out!”

5. Sorry, Santa Paws! Even though your Reindeer are quite handsome, this daily feature is just for the dogs!

6. On the 6th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A 10% Discount for a Referral!

7. If your dog is Walking in a Winter Wonderland, make snowflakes a fashion statement!

8. Don’t let them fool ya. Reindeer are really short and fuzzy.

9. How does Santa Paws get all of his ideas for Christmas? Probably from your pins and boards.

10. Santa doesn’t get the Sunday inserts, but he is always up for a good deal! 

When you’ve found all 10 gifts, make sure to enter your answers (just web addresses!) in numbered (1-10) format to the OfferPop Apphttp://bit.ly/VwWsW4

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