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BBS Breed Spotlight: Russell Terrier

Ready for adventure! Curious to a fault! Lover of Digging Holes! The Russell Terrier is smart as a whip and always on its toes. Owners of Russell Terriers are constantly surprised by the quickness of mind and physicality this little dog can manage. Read more about this spirited companion as BestBullySticks.com shares the story of the Russell Terrier in the BBS Breed Spotlight.

History & Background: Named after Reverend John Russell, the “Jack Russell Terrier” originated in England, but was developed into the modern breed in Australia. As a derivative of the Parson Russell Terrier, the Russell Terrier is an all-purpose dog. This breed was used as a small game hunter, especially for foxes, and ratter. Russell Terriers were also developed to be small enough to be carried on horseback in a saddlebag. As the breed type began to grow, many fanciers and terrier clubs wanted to draw a line between the wide range of working type terriers. It was then the Parsons Terrier and Russell Terrier were defined as two separate breeds with different body types. In other parts of the world, the Russell Terrier is known as a Jack Russell, but by American standards the Russell Terrier has shorter legs.

The Russell Terrier will be competing at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the first time in this breed’s history. See the Russell Terrier compete at Westminster on February 12, 2013 at 8pm-11pm ET, Live on USA Network.

Height: 10 to 12 inches

Weight: 14 to 18 pounds

Coat: Russell Terriers can have smooth, broken or rough coats. All coats are paired with an undercoat, are waterproof and the dog’s body is well covered.  A smooth-coated Russell will sport dense, hard yet short and low-lying hair. Russell’s with broken coats have medium-length hair that falls somewhere between smooth and rough and have facial furnishings. Rough coated dog’s hair is dense, hard and medium-length. Russell’s hair is never thin, wooly, curly or silky. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Gluten Free Rosemary Cheddar Crisps via Doggy Dessert Chef

BestBullySticks.com loves finding healthy alternatives for our dogs and our customer’s dogs. That’s why we love the Doggy Dessert Chef and her amazing, healthy recipes that she shares with us quite often! And she’s done it again! These gluten-free dog treats are a cinch to make and you’ll have fun doing it!  (And your dog will have fun eating it!)

Gluten-Free Rosemary Cheddar Crisps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Oat Flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with your cookie cutter of your choice.
  4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 dozen rounds.

Thanks to Tennille aka the Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing her amazing recipes and stellar photos with us!

Bone Appétit!

Want more dog treat recipes? Browse all of BBS’s Weekly Drool Recipes and whip up something healthy and fun for your pup!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Posh Pets

Every dog is special. In fact, one rescue thinks they’re more… posh. Posh Pets Rescue in New York City has the dogs of their city and region tied to their heartstrings and they’re always being tugged. They’re bent on saving every dog they can, no matter their background or needs and many times are very literally pulling dogs of euthanization tables and eventually placing them in loving homes. Read more about Posh Pets, their work, struggles and success stories in this edition of the BestBulySticks.com Rescue Spotlight!

When & Why did you start?
In March 2000, our founder Linda Vetrano walked into the NYC shelter and offered to take care of a little dog needing medical care. The shelter gave her a ten-year-old, female Chihuahua, and Linda took the little dog straight to her vet and then to her home. So began Posh Pets Rescue and the reason for our motto, “You don’t have to be perfect to be Posh.” For a decade, Linda ran Posh Pets on her own, with the help of several dedicated volunteers and foster parents. After starting out as foster parents, Melissa McClellan joined the board in 2010 and Viktoria Somorjai joined the team in 2011. All of us started rescuing for the same reason: we saw how many healthy or treatable dogs and cats were dying every day in NYC’s shelters. Instead of waiting for someone else to do something about it, we decided to become a part of the solution. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #199: High-Five Trick Dog Training

Yes, your dog is cute. But how cool would it be to give your dog a high-five?! “Good Boy, Fido!” followed by a head pat can quickly become “Good Boy, Fido! High-Five” followed by interspecies coolness. What’s more awesome than that?

BestBullySticks.com knows once your dog has mastered standard training commands and a few tricks, your dog will not only be the cutest and best behaved at the dog park, but the most talented as well! 

Teaching the High-Five Trick

Need: Training Treats, Training Treat Pouch & a Clicker

If you’re not familiar with clicker dog training, read up on it here. Also, your dog must have the “sit” command mastered before teaching this trick.

Step 1
Have your dog sit in front of you. Place a desirable treat in your hand and make a fist. Let your dog sniff your hand to let them know the treat is there. Move the hand with the hidden treat above your dog’s head, just out of reach. Have the clicker ready in your other hand. read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: January 25th Edition

TGIF! FOWYMTWOTBBSB! (We don’t assume you know what that second one means!) Find Out What You Missed This Week On The BBS Blog! Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Dog Training/Dog Rescuing/Food Making/Hungarian Dog Royalty  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 #198: Choosing A Dog Trainer • Rescue Spotlight: Fresno Bully Rescue •  Grain-Free PuppyPoppers via FoodBaby Blog • Breed Spotlight on the Lhasa Apso

SUPER HOWL 2013 is here! A Charity Photo Contest, Super Howl 2013 can win your Animal Rescue or Animal Shelter a 1.7k monetary donation! In each Round, Animal Organizations will be winning donations! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/Xk6OnG

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: Lhasa Apso

Independent, a little rugged yet very beautiful, the Lhasa Apso shares these characteristics with its native home of Tibet. This little dog was thought to bring luck in ancient times and now graces many home with its joyful disposition and mischievous personality.  Learn more about the Lhasa Apso in the BestBullySticks.com Breed Spotlight!

History & Background: The Lhasa Apso, or Apso Seng Kyi meaning “Bearded Lion Dog” hails from Tibet. This rugged country produced a rugged little dog that was kept in the home to as a special guard to the family. It’s said Lhasa’s hearing was so acute that the dog could distinguish a friend from a stranger. These dogs were mainly kept by nobility and Buddhist monks in the holy city that shares its name, Lhasa. It was even believed that the dogs themselves were sacred. The thought was when a Lhasa Apso’s master died, their soul entered the body of the dog.

In 1933, the first pair of Lhasa Apso’s came to America as a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama to C. Suydam Cutting. At the time, the only other Lhasa outside of Tibet was registered in England. First called the Lhasa Apso Terrier, this breed started in the Terrier group and was moved to the Non-Sporting Group. Through DNA testing, it’s thought that the Lhasa is one of the 14 most ancient dog breeds. read more…

BBS Super Howl Charity Photo Contest

ATTN ANIMAL RESCUES & SHELTERS! Upload a photo of a dog who is the “Best Sport” of your animal organization and you could win a $1.7K donation!

Round 1 has begun and is the only time you can upload your photo! Rounds 2, 3 & the Super Howl Final will strictly be voting! Rescues will win monetary donations in each round!!

For more details and full rules, check out the photo charity contest! In each round rescues will win! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain Free PuppyPoppers via My Dog’s Breakfast

In the New Year, we made our resolutions. BestBullySticks.com says, “Good Job” if you’re still on track! If you made a healthy eating or weight loss goal, we’re sure you’re looking for alternatives to what now are labeled “off limits food.” The same might be true for your dog. If you made a New Year’s resolution for your dog as well, here is a great snacking alternative to keep your dog’s snacking habits healthy! Fresh from My Dog’s Breakfast, Jen and her dogs Miko and Hank shared their great PuppyPoppers healthy dog treat recipe for today’s Weekly Drool Recipe!

Naked PuppyPoppers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/3 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. Simply mix together the flours and salt. Then add the molasses and get your stand or hand mixer going.

3. Next, crack in your eggs and oil. Mix again. (I added the half cup of water last and then give it a final mix until it looks like cookie dough.)

4. Sprinkle some flour on your non-stick baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Use a spatula to scoop this brown goop out. Sprinkle more flour on top so you can flatten it out. Press it down to your desired thickness, cut into long strips, then chop bite sized pieces from the strips.

5. Roll into balls and place on tray. Bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes to half an hour. Roll halfway through.

Frosted PuppyPoppers
Jen used Fido’s Frosting, a dog-friendly frosting mix to which she added dog-safe food coloring. You simply follow the directions on the frosting box and add the food coloring. You can also try this easy way to make Doggy Frosting with yogurt chips! 

Ingredients
1 cup yogurt chips (found at most pet stores!)
1 tsp vegetable oil
Dog-friendly food coloring.

1. Microwave in microwavable bowl uncovered on High about 1 minute or until mixture can be stirred smooth.

2. Add dog-safe food coloring and dip. Let them dry on the rack for 24 hours.

Thanks to Jen at My Dog’s Breakfast for sharing her great PuppyPoppers recipe with us! 

For more healthy and fun dog treats check out all of Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipes

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Fresno Bully Rescue

It’s a lot to take in. But they do it every day. Fresno Bully Rescue dedicates themselves to rescuing, rehabilitating and homing dogs but that’s only a part of their operation. As one of two bully-breed specific rescues in the state, FBR works to demystify this misunderstood breed. Fresno Bully Rescue has had successes and not just every time they find a bully breed a new, loving home, but each time they change someone’s mind about this great breed. BestBullySticks.com had the chance to talk to Bridgette Boothe, the director of FBR about the rescue, their stories and how you can help.

When & Why did you start?
Since it’s founding in May 1, 2008, FBR has rescued over 500 dogs. At our shelter, we house over 40 resident dogs at all times. Some rescued from the community, from abusive homes, and county shelters where they were designated to be euthanized. Because of foreclosures in California, an overwhelming amount of dogs are being surrendered to shelters. Bully breeds are the first to be euthanized if no one adopts or rescues them. The service provided by FBR is critical for the Central Valley, which has one of the highest rates of euthanization in the whole of California.

What’s different about your rescue?
FBR is one of the only breed-specific rescues with an actual shelter facility in California. We take in dogs from all over the state and also adopt out to the entire state of CA. Besides rescuing and adopting, FBR is also committed to providing educational services in the community, micro-chipping, and promoting spaying and neutering and responsible ownership of the bully breeds. In addition, FBR is committed to advocating for the bully breeds by doing educational outreach to the high-risk communities about the illegal practice of dog fighting, as well as providing mental & physical rehabilitation and training to our bully residents while in our care.

What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had?
We’ve had some pretty amazing rescues come through our shelter. There are too many to count! Just seeing a dog go from being on the brink of death and despair to seeing it happy, healthy and in a loving family is the greatest reward. Bully breeds are the most abused and neglected breed out there so we have seen some pretty sad cases. It makes it all worth it when you reach the final goal of seeing that dog sleeping on the foot of a bed with its new owner.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of FBR is being able to go out into the community and help change the negative perception of the breed. We go to schools, businesses and community events where we get to educate and advocate. We are changing minds and hearts and we can really see a difference.

What can people do to help your rescue?
We are 100% run by community support and donations. We have many donation and sponsorship programs and volunteer opportunities!

Thanks to Bridgette Boothe and all the hard working volunteers of Fresno Bully Rescue who help save the lives of bully breeds and find them in loving homes! Find out more about Fresno Bully Rescue on FBR’s Facebook or FBR’s website

 

Dog Care 101 Tip #198: How To Choose A Dog Trainer

January is National Train Your Dog Month and one way to have the best-behaved dog on the block is to find a great dog trainer! BestBullySticks.com is here to give you some tips and tricks to find the best trainer out there.  

Referrals
Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of dog trainers you find in the phone book or online. Go to happy customers that you know will give you an honest opinion: your friends and family. Even ask your favorite animal shelter or vet whom they would recommend.

Qualifications & References
It’s obviously important that your dog trainer be experienced and competent. Most likely a trainer will have multiple sets of initials after their name. But what do they even mean? A quick check on Association of Pet Dog Trainers can tell you the trainer’s qualifications by the initials after their name. Since there is no required certification or licensing for a dog trainer, it’s even more important to know what formal knowledge a dog trainer possesses. Also directly ask the trainer how long they’ve been training and ask for references. Any legitimate dog trainer will have no issue putting you in touch with their past clients. You can also double check if a trainer is truly a part of a professional organization by checking the entity’s website.

Methods
Not all trainers will use the same methods to train your four-legged best friend. Research Dominance, Positive, Balanced and Specialized training methods and know which method your trainer could use. If you’re ever uncomfortable with a trainer’s method, find another trainer. Every trainer is different and so is every dog. read more…

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