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BBS Breed Spotlight: Collie

A classy Lassie. Literally. The Collie is a first-class breed that is hardworking, beautiful and a wonderful family pet. If you don’t already know about this wonderful breed, is excited to share this great dog with you! Read more about the Collie in the Breed Spotlight below!

History & Background: Though it’s history is fuzzy, the modern Collie is a descendant of the reliable herding dogs used by Scottish and North English shepherds. The name “Collie” doesn’t have a definitive history either, but it’s thought the original word was “coll,” an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “black”. This breed became interesting to fanciers after the Industrial Revolution and then into a fashionable breed after Queen Victoria owned a Collie. Though the need for the Collie as a working dog died out, there is a revival of using this breed as a working and performance dog in the United States and UK.

The Collie has enjoyed plenty of fame outside of the show ring on the silver screen. Undoubtedly the most famous Collie is Lassie, the star of many tv shows and movies. Multiple dogs played Lassie, the first of which was named Pal and were owned by Rudd Weatherwax.

Height: Males, 22 to 26 inches; Females, 21 to 26 inches

Weight: Males, 45 to 75 pounds; Females 35 to 65 pounds

Coat: The fur coat of this Collie is of particular importance as it helps differentiate from other similar breeds. Sometimes called the Rough Collie, the long, harsh outer coat and highly dense, soft undercoat distinguishes this dog from its closely related Smooth Collie. A Collie’s coat is abundant everywhere except the head and legs and feathering appears on the back of the legs and tail.

Color: There are four standard colors for the Collie including

  • Sable & White: Fawn color varying from light gold to dark mahogany. White markings on chest, neck, legs, feet and tip of the tail.
  • Tri-color: Mostly black with white markings like the Sable & White coloring. Tan shading on head and legs.
  • Blue Merle: A marbled blue/grey coat with black and white markings and tan shading.
  • White: Mostly white with sable, tri or blue merle markings. read more…

The Truth About Dog Dental Disease & Dental Chews


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BBS Rescue Spotlight: Cushing Animal Rescue Team

If you really want to love someone, you get to know them. You learn their habits, their strange tendencies, their likes and dislikes and you share the same with them. The same is true for loving a dog and Cushing Animal Rescue Team in Oklahoma applies these same simple theories to rescue, rehabilitate and home animals in need. Kathy, founder of CART shared more about their mission, experiences and success stories with Read on to learn more about Cushing Animal Rescue Team.

Cushing Animal Rescue Team was formed from a childhood dream. Always an animal lover, I swore several times when I was old enough and had property to keep them on I would help animals in need. After volunteering for other organizations, learning about how they run, and familiarizing myself with laws I filed for non profit status in April and Cushing Animal Rescue Team, Inc was granted a certificate by the state of Oklahoma to operate on May 8th, 2012.

When I formed the rescue my intentions were that I would not simply recycle dogs. When we bring an animal in, we spend a tremendous amount of time with them socializing, training and finding out what makes them tick. When they go on the adoption list we tell all we know about the animal with complete honesty to get the best match on a forever home for the family and animal. We review adopters via application, conversation, and if necessary a few visits prior to approving the adoption. We feel that by being thorough in the beginning process gives the family time to really consider the commitment we expect them to make to the lifetime of the animal, and more likely for the animal to stay in a forever home. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #201: Outdoor Winter Play Ideas for Your Dog

It’s cold out and giving your dog lots of fun playtime inside is a great idea. However, knows your dog still needs lots of sunshine and fresh air. Outdoor winter play just takes a little planning. That’s why we’ve come up with a few ideas to help you and Fido enjoy your time outdoors, even if it is a bit chilly.

The Right Attire
Just like you, your dog will need protection from the elements when going outside in cold winter weather. If snow is involved, make sure you keep a waterproof coat on shorthaired dogs. Dog boots are also a good choice as ice and salted roads can cause paw irritation. Musher’s Secret is also great for protection for paws and toes during the winter. Always keep proper identification on your dog; more dogs get lost during the winter season than any other.

Food Games
Take your dog on a walk and with each block you go, treat your dog to special treats. This will entice your dog and give him energy to keep going.

Play hide and seek in the snow with a desirable treat, like a bully stick! Tuck a bully stick under the snow or in a remote place in your yard and let Fido loose. His powerful sense of smell will guide him to the treat, and he’ll love finding it!
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Why’s My Dog Eating That?!

Whether it’s shoes, crayons or trash, we’ve all seen our pets eat some pretty strange things. But why do they do it? Although pets can’t tell us why they engage in certain behaviors, experts have studied some of the common behaviors in pets like eating poop and grass and drinking toilet water and feel as though they have a not-so-strange answer for why pets act the way they do. If your dog is engaging in one of these behaviors, find out why here.

Cat Nip for Canines

Dogs react to anise seed the same way that cats react to catnip! Anise seed comes from a flowering anise plant. The seed’s licorice-like taste is common in Mediterranean cooking (maybe that’s why dogs love em!). According to WebMD, the seed has medical benefits, too. It is believed to aid digestion, treat coughs, menstrual cramps and helps alleviate the symptoms of Scabies and Psoriasis. Strangely enough the plant is also used as an insecticide against species of termites and cockroaches. Do not confuse this seed with Star anise. Unlike anise seed, Star anise comes from the star-shaped flower of a small evergreen and is an ingredient in Chinese 5-spice powder. Make your pooch homemade anise seed dog treats or secure seeds into their favorite toy!


Eating feces is a common dog behavior. Theresa A. Fuess, Ph.D. of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine explains that feces eating, also known as coprophagia, is not done because of a dietary or enzyme deficiency, but that it is more commonly a behavioral habit picked up when dogs are just puppies.

Dr. Jo Ann Eurell, a veterinarian and animal behavior specialist, states that dogs are scavengers, and that this behavior is common. She also notes that mother dogs often eat their puppies’ feces in an effort to clean their den and keep the smell of the puppies away. This behavior can be picked up by puppies, although most shake it off when they are weaned. If a dog has this habit, be sure to regularly clean up feces in the yard and to keep litter boxes out of reach, as Eurell explains that fixing this problem is more of a prevention than a cure. read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: February 8th Edition

It’s Friday!! Did you miss any of BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Winter Play/Clean Canine Canines/Comfort Food Making/Westminster Newbie 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 #200: Indoor Winter Play Ideas • Awareness Spotlight: Dental Health Month •  Turkey Pot Hold-The-Pie Dog Treats • Breed Spotlight on the Treeing Walker Coonhound

Valentines Day is almost here! Show off your dog’s kissy face in BBS’s Pucker Up, Pup Photo Video Contest! Enter or Vote here:

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: Treeing Walker Coonhound

Do you have a “Man’s Man” in your family? An all-around example of what being a man is supposed to be? Well, get ready to meet the “Hound’s Hound”. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is commonly referred to the best hound breed because they exhibit all the best qualities of its relative breeds. Whether on the hunt or in the home, the Treeing Walker Hound is one of best! Read more about this hound in’s Spotlight on the Treeing Walker Coonhound.

History & Background: Treeing Walker Coonhounds are descendants of the Walker Foxhound, which is from the family of English Foxhounds that came to America. After Thomas Walker imported the English Foxhound to Virginia in 1742 and the breed didn’t change until the 1800s when a stolen dog was bred to create a new breed called the Walker Hound or “Tennessee Lead.” However, it wasn’t until the 1940s that the Treeing Walker Coonhound was recognized as a distinct breed. Through selective breeding, this dog has excellent hunting abilities, including it’s signature move to “tree” game.

“Treeing” means the dog will track game, then follow it to the tree where the game has run, usually accompanied by placing the front paws up on the tree trunk. A fast, smart hunter that is able to find game quickly and has incredible endurance, the Treeing Walker Coonhound has been called a trailing hound with treeing instinct. Usually this dog goes after small game such as raccoons and opossums. Though this dog is still used as a reliable hunting dog, it’s also known as a wonderful family pet.

This year marks the first time the Treeing Walker Coonhound be at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Watch the Treeing Walker compete in the show ring on February 11th at 8 pm est on CNBC. read more…

Super Howl 2013 Winners

Super Howl 2013 was an exciting giveaway full of cute dogs and amazing animal rescues and shelters. is happy to announce and share with you the Finalists’s photos and their stories so you can meet the winners! 

Southwest Michigan German Shepherd Rescue
Augusta, MI • Dog: Miya (pictured above) • Grand Prize Winner: $1,725

Miya, a German Shepherd, plays with her friends Frankie and Beamer. Miya was rescued from a kill facility, brought into rescue, and recently adopted out into a loving family. Miya’s best sport is KARATE.


New York, NY • Dog: Pink Floyd • Round 3 Winner: $525

Floyd is the BEST SPORT because he represents the fact that contrary to popular stereotypes, NOT all rescue animals are neglected or mistreated or have “issues”. Floyd had a loving family of 4 adults, 2 teens, 1 child, and a kitty friend who are now homeless and could no longer keep him. Now he’s living it up in foster care without a care in the world, transferring all the playing and snuggling skills that they instilled in him onto the next lucky human. 





Community Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA)
Jackson, MS • Dog: Junior • Round 2 Winner: $225

Junior is the world’s biggest Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan! He never misses a game on TV. Junior is one of 13 puppies found discarded in a dumpster in December 2011. He was cared for and adopted through Community Animal Rescue & Adoption in Jackson, MS.










Golden Retriever Club of Great Los Angeles Rescue
Los Angeles, CA • Dog: Roo • Round 2 Winner: $225

Roo is a 2-year-old male who was found in a field. He is blind and his front legs are not fully developed, but this doesn’t stop this inspirational boy – he has no idea he has a disability. Roo gets around on his own, and with help using a Helpmeup harness and his wheelchair. He loves people and is very affectionate, and also enjoys other dogs. He is currently staying in two foster homes playing with his foster brothers and getting lots of love from his amazing foster parents.


 Anarchy Animal Rescue
New York, NY • Dog: CoCo • Round 1 Winner: $75

I might look like Grumpy Cat but I am the Best Sport!! Love, CoCo







Bully Project
New York, NY • Dog: Baci • Round 1 Winner: $75

Baci’s “Best Sport” is chewing on toys and hollow bones and then finding the cutest spot to rest. And she is our “Best Sport” because she dealt with a prolonged recovery from cherry eye surgery like a champ!






Chicago Pit Stop
Chicago, IL • Dog: Dr. Hooligan • Round 1 Winner: $75

“Dr. Hooligan” is such a good sport in letting his dad, Chicago Bears linebacker, Nick Roach and mom, Anna-Marie suit him up to show support for his rescue, Chicago Pit Stop Rescue! Dr. Hooligan was rescued from Chicago Animal Care and Control where he had been sitting on death row for a month until Chicago Pit Stop Rescue (CPSR) pulled him. His parents quickly became ‘foster failures’ after Dr. H fit right in with the family along with sisters Tahoe and Bella. CPSR pulls more pit bulls from CACC than any other group and can only do so with YOUR support. 


Liberty Humane Society
Jersey City, NJ • Dog: Tucky (left) • Round 1 Winner: $75
Tucky (pictured left) was at LHS for 8 months, but that never got his spirits down. He is an incredibly happy dog that brightens everyone’s day. Tucky has severe food allergies, which often caused him to get passed over by adopters. He even got adopted and was returned because, ironically, the family was severely allergic to him. Tucky went to a foster home during Hurricane Sandy where he stayed until he was adopted. Tucky now has a sister, Koko (pictured right), and an amazing forever family!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Turkey Pot Hold-The-Pie

Comfort food is a short-term cure for the winter blues. A chilly night paired with a warm meal can make you forget about dreary winter days at least for a while. knows your dog is no different. Give your dog a warm and healthy treat with this easy doggy comfort food recipe, Turkey Pot Hold-The Pie.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 pound deli-sliced turkey, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Stir in the turkey, veggies and parsley and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool to almost room temperature, then serve.

Makes: 4 servings • Prep: 10 mins • Cook: 10 mins

Want more easy dog recipes? Check out all of Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipes to whip something up for your pup! 

Recipe and photo courtesy of Rachael Ray.

BBS Recognizes Pet Dental Health Month

February is the month of love! And knows that one of the best ways you can love your dog is caring for his mouth! Yes, you read that right! Unfortunately pet dental health is often overlooked, and if left untreated can lead to serious health problems such as heart, lung and kidney disease.  Today, BBS will show you how to monitor and treat your dog’s dental health.

Warning Signs

  • Abnormally Bad Breath: By nature, dogs don’t have the sweetest of breath, but when something is wrong, your dog’s breath will be particularly bad.
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Swollen Gums
  • Tumors or cysts on gums or under the tongue
  • Loose Teeth

But what do the symptoms mean? Here are some of the most common dental problems your dog can encounter. 

Periodontal Disease: This is an infection that occurs between a tooth and the gum that causes tooth loss and can even spread to the rest of the body. This disease is very painful for dogs.

Gingivitis: Just like humans, dogs can get gingivitis, which is an issue caused by the buildup of plaque, tartar and bacteria on the gums. Swollen, reddened and bleeding gums and bad breath are all symptoms.

Halitosis: Bad breath can mean bad health. This is one of the first signs of many different oral issues and can be caused by stuck food or tartar build up.

Inflamed Gums: This is also caused by tartar build up or getting food particles stuck in teeth.

Mouth Tumors & Cysts: Lumps can begin forming on your dog’s gums because of neglected oral hygiene. These can sometimes be malignant and have to be surgically removed. Salivary cysts can also appear in your dog’s mouth. These large, fluid-filled blisters show up under the tongue or corners of the jaw. These sores require drainage and the damaged saliva gland must be removed. read more…

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