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BBS 12 Days of Appreciation Winners!

 

BestBullySticks.com‘s 12 Days of Appreciation was a huge hit! We gave our fans the chance to say kind, heartwarming words about their favorite Animal Rescues and Shelters for a chance to win that organization a $500 BBS Donation! Here are our winners! 

Buster’s Foundation
“Let’s show “appreciation” to the Buster Foundation Pit Bull Rescue! Buster’s foster homed based rescue and their incredible fosters and volunteers have proven over and over that Busters commitment to saving and re-homing our beloved bully and bully breed mixes is truly our labor of love. We have some of the most dedicated bully soldiers advocating for our dogs in the world. As we’ve said before we will continue to be ready with a warm blanket and a heart full of love and respect for our” breed that’s been forged in pride is still reaching out for our help.”

Chance’s Haven (nominated by Heather Clapp)
“I would like to ‘appreciate’ Chance’s Haven for the awesome work they do to rescue dogs, cats, and all animals. They are a very small organization that runs out of their home and their own pockets. They very rarely (if ever) ask for donations. The story that they received the most attention for was when they rescued Bubba the Bait Dog. Bubba had his back legs & hips intentionally broken so that he couldn’t run. He was used as a bait dog and then he was just dumped and left to suffer.”

Cimmaron Valley Humane
“I would like to nominate Cimarron Valley Humane Society with whom I started my rescue work with. I fostered many of their dogs, attended the meetings and helped with adoption drives. We adopted Apache, and Hannah from CVHS (foster failures) and there is nothing like the love of a rescue dog. Apache is one of the sweetest gentle giants I have ever had. Our Hannah (a doxie/catahoula) brings so much joy to our home. She is almost human to us and never stops entertaining with her silly antics. CVHS even helps my org with free vetting when they are able.”

Double Dog Rescue (nominated by Kate Volz)
“I will forever appreciate Double Dog Rescue for bringing my dog Cheyenne into my life. DDR works tirelessly to pull dogs from high-kill Southern shelters, vet them, and find them adoptive homes in the north. They are a team of dedicated volunteers from many different states all working together to serve a common goal: save as many dogs as possible and find them the best homes. Without DDR, my beautiful girl- and many hundreds more- would have died alone and afraid. I thank DDR for all their hard work, dedication, and love for dogs like my Cheyenne.” 

Fur-Ever Home Rescue (nominated by Kelly Martin)
“I’d like to appreciate Fur-Ever Home Rescue. The rescue started in May, 2012 and has adopted out over 60 dogs. During this first year, they have treated and adopted out 2 heart worm positive dogs, paid for entropion surgery for another, taken in 2 more that are pending HW treatment, accepted owner surrenders and rescued dogs, mommas and puppies from shelters in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to save them from euthanasia. The passion of the partners and volunteers involved knows no bounds and they want to increase their assistance to the shelter and local community in 2013!” 

Gateway Pet Guardians (Lauren Anderson)
“I’d like to recognize Gateway Pet Guardians, a group that works primarily in East St. Louis, Ill. Every day they feed the dogs on the street (their founder hasn’t missed a single day since 2001). Their mission is to end homelessness for animals in the Metro East through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption & community education. Their foster-based approach ensures each animal is in a warm, loving home before going to their adoptive homes. They rescued my pit bull Ozzie from the streets, & my life would not be the same without this sweet boy. For that, I thank them! “

Paws for Seniors (nominated by Erin Coppinger) 
“I am grateful for Paws for Seniors. In March 2012 I adopted a rescue from Afghanistan, Champ. He was traumatized as a puppy and had a very hard time sleeping at night. In June 2012 I decided to try fostering a dog to see if it would help Champ overcome his fears. I signed up to foster for Paws for Seniors and my first foster arrived, Sam! He was pulled off death row. The first night him and Champ bonded and he has been his security blanket ever since. We officially adopted Sam in August!” 

Powell Animal Welfare Society
“I would like to ‘Appreciate’ the Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). PAWS is a small non-profit that rescues dogs of all breeds, sizes and backgrounds, and relies solely on the support of fosters and volunteers. PAWS has grown tremendously in the last year, and we hope to see even more fabulous work in the coming year.” 

Providing For Paws (nominated by Amy McGee)
“Providing For Paws is such a great organization. They help keep dogs and cats out of shelters by helping provide food for the animals, to low income families in the Metro Detroit Area. They also help out with vaccinations and help cut down on the stray population by helping with spaying/neutering. Please consider helping this great organization who could really use the money to help some pets whose families have fallen on hard times.” 

Recycled Pets NorCal
“I would like to appreciate Recycled Pets NorCal. The volunteers, foster and mighty leader all work very hard to help homeless pets find their forever homes. They will even help owned pets without homes (homeless humans with pets) with clothing, food, vaccinations and more. It is such a wonderful group that tries to do the best for the animal and human alike.”

Save The Giants (nominated by Crystal O’Neal)
“I appreciate Save The Giants, a giant breed dog rescue in CO, KS, OK & TX. Just opening in Nov 2011, they have helped multiple gentle giants and network with other rescues to help as many as they can. They take heartworm positive dogs needing treatment, seniors and black dogs too, all of which are harder to place. It is a smaller, extremely committed group of volunteers who foster and rehabilitate these dogs in need both from high kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. Some of their foster dogs get to enjoy BBS too!”

Southwest Florida Great Dane
“I can’t begin to express my deep appreciation for Southwest Florida Great Dane Rescue. In 2006, I adopted the love of my life, Mouse. She helped me through the hard times in my life, sensing my emotions and knowing just want to do to make me feel better. Mouse was the first but not the last. We’ve adopted from them since then and are just as pleased with Harleigh. They give great care to all the dogs, agree to take Danes others won’t due to age/illness, and always ensure a match with the right family. They do it right!” 

If you represent one of these shelters and haven’t been contacted by the person who nominated you for this prize, please contact callie.bestbullysticks@gmail.com to claim your donation! Thank you to all who participated and a big congratulations to those winning animal organizations!

Dog Care 101 Tip #196: Successful Dog Training

January is celebrated as “Train Your Dog Month,” so BestBullySticks.com thought we would help you “feed two dogs with one bone” if you will. Training is not only highly beneficial to building a strong relationship with your dog, but is also a great resolution for the New Year! So, train your dog and check something off your list by following the Healthy Dog Blog’s Dog Care Tips for the next four weeks! This week we’ll cover simple ways to make training successful for any dog.

Train Early & Often
The sooner you start training your dog, the more natural positive behaviors become in later life. Beginning at 8 weeks, start simple commands with your puppy. Training guru, Victoria Stilwell says early training trumps any genetic disposition. Working with your dog a little every day will ingrain positive behaviors as well.

Speak Your Dog’s Language
See the world through your dog’s eyes. Use what you know about your dog to train them. Also use a common language that can last. Clear hand signals and voice commands are necessary and remember to reward behaviors you want repeated.

“Listen” Carefully
Knowing your dog well is important for the training process. Paying attention to your dog’s facial expressions, ear, eye and body movement will tell you how not only your dog is responding, but how you determine your counter response.

Be Confident
All dogs need to feel secure and as their leader, you must espouse a calm, confident demeanor that lets your dog know they’re in safe hands. Training should be about encouragement and strengthening positive behavior, not about submissiveness.

Diet & Active Lifestyle
Keeping your dog on a wholesome diet and letting your dog get plenty of exercise will help your dog behave positively. Just like in your life, eating well and exercise improve demeanor and mood. Exercising especially prevents a dog from becoming bored, and thus potentially destructive.

Stay Positive
Never use harsh tactics to train your dog. It’s much more beneficial to you, your dog and your relationship to use positive reinforcement methods. Use Bravo! Turkey Training Treats or any of BBS’s other great dog treats to make Fido enjoy the training process.

Keep Training
Training is never over! By consistently working with your dog, no matter how long you’ve owned them or how old they are, training always promotes positive behaviors. It also allows great one-on-one quality time with Fido!

Have Fun!
Always remember to enjoy your dog! You chose the companionship of a dog because they bring joy into your life! Playing with your dog reduces stress. Snuggling with your dog is just plain wonderful. And, taking your dog on a walk makes both of you feel better.

Happy Dog Training Month! Use these techniques to start your successful dog-training journey! Check back next week on the Healthy Dog Blog for more Dog Training Tips!

 

BBS Breed Spotlight: Cairn Terrier

If ever there were a dog trapped in the wrong body, it would be the Cairn Terrier. BestBullySticks.com is amazed at how such a lively, energetic being could be such a small creature! Read more about the Cairn Terrier in the BBS Breed Spotlight!

History & Background: Originating in the islands and highlands of Scotland, the Cairn Terrier was once grouped into the Skye Terrier family that included breeds such as the West Highland White Terrier, Scottish Terrier and Skye Terrier. These dogs were bred as working dogs, to chase and corner otters, foxes and other critters. This terrier was even named after the work that it did; chasing animals into “cairns,” which were piles of rock serving as memorials, but small creatures used them as dens.

By the end of the 19th century, Scottish Terrier breeders started breeding separate lines of the Skye Terrier family. There was some confusion at confirmation showings among differentiations between “Short-haired Skyes.” So, “Cairn Terrier of Skye” was suggested, then later shortened to simply “Cairn Terrier.” The AKC recognized this breed in 1913. This breed has also had quite a career in movies and literature. The most notable Cairn in media might be the dog of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Though Baum didn’t specify Toto as a Cairn, the book’s illustrator drew him as one, and a Cairn named Terry was cast as Toto in the film adaptation. A Cairn was also Little Ricky’s dog in I Love Lucy.   

Height: 9 to 13 inches. The Cairn’s height—being low to the ground—differs from other terriers and gives the dog a distinctive looked called “Cairishness.”

Weight: 13 to 18 pounds

Coat: This terrier has a double coat that is highly weather resistant. Cairns have hard and dense outer coats and soft, short and furry undercoats. This dog has bushy eyebrows and a furry tail. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Parsley Breath Bits from Sweet Paul Mag

Sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Your dog’s breath is a little… stinky. BestBullySticks.com has great news for you! Treat Fido to a tasty treat and help cure his bad breath at the same time. Sweet Paul Mag’s Parsley Breath Bits are just the thing you need!

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
50 g 1/2 stick melted butter
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions
1.Preheat the oven to 400F/200C

2.Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

3.If the dough is too dry add a little water.

4.On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out squares, transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.

5.Bake the bits for 15-20 minutes.

6.Cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 40. Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

Recipe & photo courtesy of Sweet Paul Mag.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Be sure to browse the rest of BBS’s great Weekly Drool Recipes!

BBS Celebrates the New Year with Dog Resolutions!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Yes, it may be cliché, but BestBullySticks.com thinks resolutions are a great way to start off a new year! However, we also know good resolutions are the kind that are within reach and, even better, if you have someone keeping you accountable. And if you don’t want to make a personal commitment, why not for your dog?! You don’t want to let your dog down, do you? Of course not! Here are some doggy resolutions to consider this New Year!

1. Annual Checkup: Not only is your dog’s annual checkup very important, it’s only once a year! These easy appointments make sure your dog’s health is up to par, shots and vaccinations are up to date and can catch illnesses early on.  You can check this resolution off your list quickly and ensure your dog is in tip-top shape all in one vet visit.

2. Exercise: This year will be the year! Well, for your dog it definitely should be. Dogs love to explore and roam, so walk might be a great way for your dog (and you) to get the blood moving! A good game of fetch or Frisbee in the back yard is also a great way to make sure Fido gets good exercise. And if Fido is harboring a little extra weight around the middle, this will help shed those pounds.

3. Diet: This topic is shirked by both two-legged and four-legged species! We all love a good meal, but maybe it’s time to revamp Fido’s daily diet. This doesn’t necessarily mean cutting back, but giving your dog quality food. However, if your dog does need to cut back, why not now? Dogs at a healthy, optimum weight live longer and fuller lives.

4. New Experiences: Even if your dog is a homebody or couch potato, there’s nothing wrong with new experiences. Socialization and new experiences make a better, well-rounded, “ready for anything” kind of dog. Trying out a new dog park, taking your dog to the beach or meeting new dogs! And, you can teach an old dog new tricks! Try teaching your dog to shake or high-five! Even a new challenge like a tough dog treat or chew will keep Fido’s mind working! 

5. More Quality Time: Don’t get too caught up on your daily busyness to only pat Fido on the head in passing. Your dog needs daily love and support from you, so in the new year, set aside quality time every day or week to give your dog one-on-one time. It will be meaningful to the both of you. Cuddling in bed, a game of fetch in the yard of a walk around the block make the bond with your dog stronger and more special.

Make a resolution to your dog this year! BestBullySticks.com think it’s won’t be too hard to keep. Happy New Year, Bully Fans! 

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