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BBS Rescue Spotlight: Pug Rescue of Sacramento

We at Best Bully Sticks are partial to pugs, after all, pugs got us started in the bully stick business! (Thanks, Sushi & Espy!) We’re very excited today to share the great story and dedication of Pug Rescue of Sacramento and we had the pleasure of speaking with Janet Grover, President of PROS. They won a BBS Giveaway last month and we’re so excited to feature them on the blog! Read more about PROS below!

 When & Why did you start?
A breeder in the Sacramento area saw the need for a pug rescue in the early 1990’s and started the rescue.  In 1996 we were incorporated as a California Public Benefit Corp.  In May of 2003 we became a federal non-profit. 

What’s different about your rescue?
We are breed specific and only rescue pugs and pug mixes.  We are an all-volunteer group with most of our volunteers who have full time jobs, families and pugs of their own and volunteer with us.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?
The most rewarding thing is finding great forever homes for the pugs that we take in.  We pull from shelters and also take owner surrenders due to various circumstances i.e. foreclosures and can’t find a rental that will take dogs, divorces and the owners are moving into apartments that don’t allow animals or from a person who passes away and the relatives don’t want the pug. read more…

Dog Care 101 #221: Pet Fire Safety Awareness Day

Today is Pet Fire Safety Awareness Day and we at BestBullySticks thought this would be a great opportunity to bring extra attention to a very important pet-related day. Did you know there are over 1,000 house fires caused by pets each year? A surprising statistic! Many of these accidents can be prevented by taking simple precautions around the house. There are many responsibilities that come with being a pet owner — this is especially true when it comes to safety.

Developing an emergency plan that includes your pets is a great way to reduce the risk of fires in your home. Luckily, putting togeth
er an emergency plan isn’t too tough. To make things even easier, we’ve gone ahead and assembled a few quick tips to get you started. Let’s look at a few pet-centric strategies to keep your family safe.

Foolproof Fireproofing

There are a few key areas around the home that require special attention when it comes to fire safety.

The number one cause of pet-related house fires are tied to the stove. Curious dogs and and cats will snoop around counter tops for tasty morsels of food. While scavenging for goodies, your furry friend runs the risk of bumping those ever-so-easy to turn stove knobs.

Some owners opt to remove the knobs altogether, others invest in knob covers to prevent them from being accidently turned on. Whichever route you take, both options can eliminate the chance of your pet turning on the stove. read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Beatrise Pet Products Assorted Pet Beds

BestBullySticks now carries a great selection of American Made Assorted Dog Beds from our friends over at Beatrise Pet Products! Made in the USA from recycled materials, we couldn’t think of a better product to feature on this week’s BBS Product Spotlight.

To create an eco-friendly bed, Beatrise Pet Products creatively recycled materials which would otherwise be discarded. Made from premium furniture fabrics and stuffing, each bed is handcrafted in the USA. BestBullySticks is one just a few exclusive companies to carry these stylish American made pet beds.

Each bed measures approximately 36” x 24” — and since each bed is made from a different fabric, the color and style of each bed is unique! However, because these beds are made from recycled materials, we cannot guarantee any specific color or patterns. But at just $14.99, why not grab a few beds to help Fido get comfy at home, in the car, or on vacation!?

Based in Georgia, Beatrise Pet Products makes more than beds — everything from cat condos to dog beds are handmade by their skilled workers. BestBullySticks.com is excited to add these to our collection of high-quality pet beds.

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BBS Breed Spotlight: The Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is a gentle and loving dog with a history rooted in hard work as well as search and rescue. While the breed isn’t commonly seen working the jobs of yesteryear due to modern changes, demand for this breed’s companionship hasn’t diminished. With it’s giant bear-like appearance and stoic demeanor, there is no confusion about the Newfoundland’s great personality —  only how to pronounce his name!

Origins

Some believe the European predecessor of the Newfoundland made its way to the island with the Vikings around 1000 AD. This breed, known as the Viking Bear Dog, was crossbred with the native nomadic Indian dogs. Around 1610, when colonization of Newfoundland and Labrador began, the development of the Newfoundland as a breed was changed forever. Fisherman and tradesman brought their European dogs to the island and mixed them with the local breed.

Fishing was and still is a huge part of life in Newfoundland. Outfitted with webbed feet and a heavy, oily coat, the Newfoundland is perfectly equipped for the rigors of hard work in extreme northern climates. Used for everything from hauling wood to pulling nets through the icy North Atlantic waters, the Newfoundland was in high demand as a working breed. At home in the water and on land, the Newfoundland is a brave water rescue dog.

A Working Breed

During the 1600s larger European breeds like Mastiffs and Pyrenees were introduced by fishermen from the Old World. Gradually, the Viking/Indian mix was transformed into a larger, stockier and heavier coated dog. This is the Newfoundland we all know and love today. read more…

Peanut Butter & Carob Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats via We Eat. Happy.

Want a great way to spoil your dog and cool them down in a pinch? Today BestBullySticks gets to share a great recipe from We Eat. Happy. Becky and her doggy gang have tested and approved this amazing recipe that will be a new summer favorite in any household. Complete with a dog’s favorite ingredient, peanut butter, and yummy carob powder, your dog will have the same satisfaction as Becky’s dogs! Check out the full recipe below!

Here is a recipe for some dog treats I made for the dogs (with a little help from Maude…). So, these wheat-free, frozen treats are intended for dogs, but there is nothing in them that is weird for a human to eat…I even tasted the batter. The dogs loved  them…right up their alley! Perfect treat for those dog-days of summer (pun absolutely intended).

Peanut Butter & Carob Frozen Yogurt DOG Treats.
(Makes a dozen)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain yogurt (your choice of fat %)
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 TBL carob powder (CANNOT be substituted for chocolate)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 small paper cups

Directions

1. Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Divide evenly into 12 cups (approx. 1/4 cup each).

2. Put into the freezer for at least 3 hours. Peel off, or pop out of, paper cup. Serve.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Thank you to Becky at We Eat. Happy. for sharing this amazing summer recipe and photos with us!

Check out all of our great Weekly Drool Recipes to find the perfect, festive holiday treat for your four-legged best friend! And as always, toss your favorite pup an all-natural bully stick for a classic treat!

Dog Care 101 Tip #220: Backyard Safety Tips

Many owners these days opt to keep their pets indoors, especially during the hot summer months. However, when proper steps are taken, BestBullySticks believes a comfortable backyard can be just as inviting as an air conditioned home! Finding the right dog-friendly options for your backyard can be daunting — after all there are quite a few things to take into consideration. But making a comfortable and dog friendly yard can be a lot of fun, too. With your dog in mind, let’s look at a few ways to spruce up your yard.

Outdoor Dog Needs

If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, especially when you’re not home — a cozy dog house is a great place to start. Dog houses can help a dog both warm up and cool down throughout the year. In the summer months, it’s a great place to escape the heat. During colder months, a properly built dog house can be a cozy place to warm up. Choosing the right dog house can take a bit of research. Take a gander at our recent post on the BBS Healthy Dog Blog about Dog House Repairs where we discuss everything from how to choose a dog house to building your own!

Landscaping for Pets

Pet friendly amenities are a great way to add some functional aesthetic to your backyard. Access to clean and fresh drinking water is an absolute necessity. Consider dedicating some space in your backyard to a small fountain or other water feature. Having a constant source of fresh water in the backyard saves you the headache of filling up outdoor water bowls and gives your dog a great way to cool off during the summer.

Ponds are also great. However, make sure there’s an easy way for your dog to get out if he/she were to accidentally fall in! Low steps or a shallow ramp will give your dog an easy way to hop out after spending time in the water. Also, refrain from using any toxic chemicals to treat your fountain or pond’s water supply if your dog will be within paw’s reach. read more…

Run Free Over The Rainbow Bridge by Beth Hucke

For our final installment of our “If It Weren’t For Fido” Essay Contest winners, we give you Beth Hucke’s story of Bernie, a sweet, paternal whippet with a big heart. Read Beth’s story about the short but wonderful lives of our four-legged companions and the impact they make on so many lives besides our own.

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Six years ago I brought home this scared little 6 month old black and white whippet who we named Bernie. He was sick with pneumonia, had a heart murmur and had been locked in an outdoor kennel his entire short life. The first year was rough between socializing him and cleaning up messes multiple times a day, it was like there was never going to be an end to this. But he would lay on the couch and just stare at me with those big black eyes unsure of not only himself but of his new home. His anxiety was so bad that he would hurt himself if he was put in a crate. The day finally came when he jumped on the bed, got under the covers and decided it was OK to trust people. He melted my heart.

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We quickly became the best of friends and anyone that knows me, will tell you, he was the love of my life from that point on. We would go for walks, hang out in the sun and just lounge watching TV. Two years later, we decided to adopt a pit bull puppy from a rescue. Bernie quickly became the “Father Hen” and took Penelope under his wing. I knew he was a special dog and swear because of where he came from, he was happy to help get Penny settled in her new home. After some serious consideration, we decided to begin fostering dogs. We knew Bernie was that dog that could help other dogs feel safe coming from a shelter. He was great with them and I couldn’t of been prouder to see first hand the loving nature of our whippet boy. read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Made in the USA Bully Sticks

BBS--6AmStandard-25pk-1Today’s BBS Product Spotlight falls on our ever-expanding line of all-natural dog treats and chews. BestBullySticks is proud to offer Made in the USA Bully Sticks in a wide array of sizes for dogs of all sizes and temperaments!

Available in five different sizes — Thin, Standard, Thick, Jumbo and Monster — we’re confident we’ve got the perfect treat for your patriotic pooch. What’s more, each one of these great bully sticks is available in both 6 and 12 inch sizes!

Thin and Standard USA Bully Sticks are perfect for small to medium sized dogs. Thick and Jumbo USA Bully Sticks — which are 30-50% thicker than our standard bully sticks — are ideal for larger dogs. 

If your dog enjoys more of a crunch in their bully stick, we also carry Crunchy Made in the USA Bully Sticks!

6 Inch Monster Made in the USA Bully SticksAs with all of our products, Made in the USA Bully Sticks is a single-ingredient dog chew with no hormones, artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Each Made in the USA Bully Stick is also measured by hand at their widest point to ensure quality and consistency. While very safe, any chew toy can become a potential choking hazard. Always be sure and supervise your dog!

Be sure to check out our other American Made dog treats and chews for when your dog wants variety in his chew routine!

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BBS Training Tip #8: Fourth of July Safety


BestBullySticks
wishes everybody — and their dogs! — a safe and happy 4th of July! Independence Day is usually packed with great outdoor activities like barbeques and fireworks. For many, cooking out is the cornerstone of any summer holiday. Summer holidays are also a great to way to celebrate with your dog.

Hosting a party with pets does come with a few extra responsibilities, though. But don’t sweat it! BestBullySticks has put together a quick and easy guide to help you pet proof your party!

One Man’s Trash is Another Dog’s Treasure

With so much food and so many people, it can be hard to completely dog-proof your cookout. People are bound to toss dogs food during most any party. Politely ask your guests to refrain. Many folks simply don’t know there are foods dogs shouldn’t eat.

Everything from plastic wrap to food scraps are hazardous to your dog. While most dogs don’t particularly enjoy eating plastic wrap or tin foil — when these items are covered with residue from food it’s a different story altogether.

Fourth of July Dog Safety Tips from BestBullySticks!Plastic wrap and tin foil can cause nasty digestive issues and inedible food scraps also pose serious choking hazards. Cooked bones crack and splinter with ease increasing the chance of scratching or puncturing the esophagus and intestines and indigestible items like corn cobs are choking hazards for dogs. If swallowed, these items may cause serious internal injuries possibly requiring a trip to the emergency room.

Consider securing your garbage bins with a sealable or weighted lid. Also, you may want place a few bins around your yard. Not only will you have less cleanup, it will minimize the risk of your dog eating anything unsavory. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: “Red, White & Blues” Frosty Fourth of July Treats via My Dog’s Breakfast

Don’t forget to give your dog a tasty treat during your Fourth of July cookout tomorrow! And we don’t mean table scraps! Follow our friend Jen’s recipe, at My Dog’s Breakfast, for a cool and festive Fourth of July dog treat! These “Red, White & Blues” Frosty Fourth of July treats are easy and your dog will love the berry taste!

Ingredients

1/2 cup to a cup of plain yogurt

1/2 cup to a cup strawberries (I used frozen)

1/2 cup to a cup blueberries (I used frozen)

Directions

1. Thaw your berries if you’re using frozen ones.

2. Puree the berries with a stick blender or blender, or even your fork and some effort will do it if they’re from frozen, because they’re so soft.

3. Layer them into your mold. I used a silicone bone mold, you could even use muffin tins. Fill each slot 1/3 full with strawberry puree. Freeze for an hour. Add yogurt to make it 2/3 full. Freeze for an hour. Scrape off any excess white yogurt from sides so you will be able to see all three layers. Fill to top with blueberries and freeze for at least five hours.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Thanks to Jen at My Dog’s Breakfast for sharing this amazing Independence Day Dog Treat recipe with us!  Have a Happy Fourth of July! 

Check out all of our great Weekly Drool Recipes to find the perfect, festive holiday treat for your four-legged best friend! And as always, toss your favorite pup an all-natural bully stick for a classic treat! 

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