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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 that illnesses are caught 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 walks 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.

M whole elk4. 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 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, Best Bully Sticks Fans! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Twist ‘N Licks via My Dog’s Breakfast

A yummy cookie is a great treat for any two-legged or four-legged friend, so why not share? Best Bully Sticks brings you a wonderful cookie recipe from the kitchen of My Dog’s Breakfast. Her take on the traditional sandwich cookie, you know, the kind you “Twist” and “Lick” will have you and your dog making your own from now on! See the full recipe below.

Ingredients

“The Cookie”

  • 2 cups dark rye flour (or spelt, whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup carob powder
  • TSP cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 TBS (preferably natural smooth peanut butter
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 1.5 TBS melted coconut oil

“The Middle”

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 TBS peanut butter

Drizzle:

Weekly Drool Recipe: Pork & Greens Traditional New Years Dog Treat Recipe via Doggy Dessert Chef

Start off Fido on the right foot (or paw) in the New Year! Plan your New Year’s meal the traditional way—with the good luck foods of New Years! Doggy Dessert Chef provides a yummy, hearty treat to whip up for Fido on New Year’s. With great ingredients like collard greens and bacon, your dog will certainly count himself lucky!  (see below for full recipe)

Aren’t familiar with traditional New Year’s foods? In many areas of the US (and even the world) eating certain foods is thought to bring good luck in the coming year. Greens, like collards, kale and chard, are thought to bring monetary good fortune. (Greens to “Make Green”?) Many Danish and German folk as well as U.S. Southerners participate. Same goes for pork! Pigs are thought to symbolize progress (pigs root themselves forward), wealth and prosperity and this juicy meat is eaten all around the world on New Year’s Day.  Read this great synopsis of traditional New Year’s good luck food for more info!

If your dog loves pork, check out our entire line of all natural pork dog treats at BestBullySticks.com!

Ingredients

  • 4 slices Bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup frozen Chopped Collard Greens, thawed
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 cup Soy Flour read more…

A Dog’s Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
My dogs, they were nestled all snug in my beds,
While visions of chewy toys danced in their heads.
When up on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Off to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutter then threw up the sash.
The moon on the crest of the new fallen snow
Gave a luster of midday to objects below.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
With a sputter of ashes and flurry of soot,
He slid down the chimney with all of his loot.
My precious dogs stood there, so regal and proud,
Guarding their home with their barks oh so loud.
St. Nick showed no fear, and he called them by name.
He knew in his heart they were gentle and tame.
He brought out his list, began checking it twice.
“My beauties, I see that all year you’ve been nice.
“I have in my bag many toys and much more.
Please tell me, you puppies, what you’re longing for.”
My dogs talked to each other — much to my surprise —
And then turned to Santa with tears in their eyes.
“We have chewies and balls and ropes to be tugged.
We are pampered and coddled and petted and hugged.
But for Christmas, dear Santa, we have but one care:
That all dogs be loved just as much as we are.
“We want no dog beaten, no dog whipped or chained.
We want no dog abused, abandoned, or maimed.
We want that all dogs, no matter what size,
See true love reflected in their masters’ eyes.”
St. Nick paused for a moment to gather his wits.
“I cannot stop humans from being such twits.
All dogs are so beautiful and such a treasure.
They just want to be loved and to give humans pleasure.
“This is a bright lesson I will try to teach.
And maybe your wish will be within my reach.”
St. Nick then turned to me, his face wet with tears:
“Be proud of your babies. They all are such dears.”
He planted a kiss on each beautiful head:
“Now you gentle giants, go right off to bed.
Think only good thoughts, and dream only good dreams
Of running and jumping and playing in streams.”
In an instant, St. Nick disappeared in a poof,
And I heard him laugh loudly up there on the roof.
He jumped in his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And off he then flew like the down on a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to All, and to Dogs a Good Life!”

A Dog’s Night Before Christmas courtesy of Richard Lederer from A Treasury of Dog Lovers (Howard Books)

Merry Christmas! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Candy Cane Dog Treats via Pet Coupon Savings

Just a few days until Christmas! Best Bully Sticks knows Fido is just as excited as you for the wonderful time of year, so do something special for your pup to show him how much you care! Today we’re featuring Candy Cane Dog Treats via Pet Coupon Savings! These easy and adorable treats have a great minty flavor that your pooch will love! Use the recipe below and whip some up this Holiday Season!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
  • 1 tsp. Peppermint oil
  • red food coloring (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk all your wet ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition to incorporate.
  3. Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Divide dough in half, make a well in one half and add the peppermint and food coloring-working it in and adding food coloring until desired color is reached.
  5. Place both dough rolls back into bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm dough.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°.
  7. Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  8. Whisk egg for wash in a small bowl.
  9. Remove dough from refrigerator, break each dough color up into an equal number of pieces- about a Tbsp. or so in size-depending on the size of the recipient.
  10. Roll each ball into a small snake-like shape.
  11. .Work on a long sheet of wax paper creating candy canes to prevent sticking- dough will still be somewhat sticky and that is normal.
  12. Twist one of each color together and bend the end to create a hook shape.
  13. Place your “Candy Cane” on the foil lined baking sheet.
  14. Brush each with egg wash.
  15. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  16. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Special Thanks to Pet Coupon Savings for the amazing recipe and photos!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Rescue Spotlight: SNARR

Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation just wants to save animals. They take in some of the more dire cases but through a lot of passion, hope and networking, they save a lot of dogs and place them in loving homes. Read the inspiring story of Robin Menard, founder and director of SNARR, and her team’s mission to save animals.

When & Why did you start?

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t involved with rescue efforts, whether it was helping my mother gather up stray cats or sneaking into places I shouldn’t have been to drag away dogs fought the night before. I have been in law enforcement, and I’ve worked at animal shelters; I constantly picked up strays, whether they’re dogs or cats, goats or pigs, turtles or the occasional possum. So it was a natural evolution to expand my passion into an organization with a national reach.

What’s different about your rescue?

Sadly I see a lot of rescues who mainly take in the dogs that are the most likely to be adopted. The cutest ones, or the puppies, or the pure bred, leaving behind the pits that are harder to adopt out , or the ones with disabilities, behavioral issues, congenital disorders, injuries and so on. SNARR mainly focuses on these cases, the ones least likely to pulled by other rescues that have extreme medical issues or deformities or require tone and training before placing them. Our dogs very rarely go straight into foster homes due to these issues and come to me first for rehabilitation before being placed into foster homes awaiting adoption.  I also see a lot of rescues who seem to “compete” with each other and think of rescue as more of a Competition. SNARR works hard to stay away from the drama of rescue and focus on the dogs not concerning ourselves with what the others are doing. If we see a dog in a thread that we was interested in pulling be rescued by another rescue we are happy to see it is placed as long as it’s a good rescue.  Because we rescue, foster and adopt out to approved homes nationwide we have established an awesome team of volunteers located throughout the U.S. that assist in transports over-nighting and so on. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Homemade Dog Treats with Peanut Butter, Banana + Parsley via Margaritas In the Rain

Homemade treats right from the oven are a great way to show family and friends that they’re special to you during the Holiday season. Why not mix up a bunch of Holiday treats perfect for the pooches in your life?  Today Best Bully Sticks brings you a great recipe from Margaritas in the Rain blogger, Marisa and her pup Lola.

Homemade Dog Treats with Peanut Butter, Banana & Parsley

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 3 T creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten

It’s easy to find great stocking stuffers for your dog this Holiday Season at Best Bully Sticks. Our all-natural Bully Stick Candy Canes or Bully Stick Crowns are a great addition to any doggy stocking!  read more…

Rescue Spotlight: Joseph’s Legacy

Compassion is a spark that ignites contagious action. Dog rescuers live by this every day and it was no different when Joseph was brought into Meg Melampy’s life. Joseph was in need and quickly a community grew around him to help, but the best part of this story is that it doesn’t stop with Joseph. As a new organization, Joseph’s Legacy is taking action for other dogs in their area since Josephs rescue in September. Read more about Joseph’s Legacy below.

BestBullySticks.com recently had the great honor to donate $2,000 to Joseph’s Legacy during our ThanksGiveaway 2013 Charity Photo Contest.

When & Why did you start?

We started our Facebook mission (Justice for Joseph) on September 28, 2013 when Joseph was first rescued. It started out of the love to share his story and to let the world know that we are tired of weak animal abuse laws.  We immediately saw the need to help many abused animals and work on the laws. Then, Joseph’s Legacy was born. We started helping saving lives, generating donations not only for ourselves, but for other organizations. Our supporters are always wiling to help.

What’s different about your rescue?

Joseph’s Legacy strives to regain hope and respect for all animals. We educate the public of the reality of animal welfare and lack of awareness.  We team with rescues and shelters to save lives.  We try to help on many different areas of animal welfare from changing laws, saving lives, education, & advocacy. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Butternut Bliss Biscuits via Kirby the Dorkie

The smells coming from the kitchen this time of the year are irresistible. Anyone within a mile radius will come running when they get a whiff of delicious turkey, sweet pies and perfectly cooked and seasoned veggies! Treat Fido too! Best Bully Sticks brings your Kirby the Dorkie’s Butternut Bliss Biscuits to share with you pup this Thanksgiving!

“Butternut squash provides about one-third of the Daily Value of vitamin C in every cup and contains vitamins B1, B3, B6, pantothenic acid, and folate.”

Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

For more great vegetarian treats for dogs, check out Best Bully Sticks full line! read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Turkey Pup-Cakes via Doggy Dessert Chef

Thanksgiving is next week! Turkey Day is a wonderful day to get stuffed—both full of great food and blessings! Remembering the wonderful companionship of your pooch-pal should definitely be on your list, too, so remember to give thanks to Fido! Whip up these hearty and healthy treats from Doggy Dessert Chef to show your gratitude to your “heartbeat at your feet.” Full Turkey Pup-Cakes dog treat recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 stick Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

For an everyday great turkey treat try our all natural Turkey dog treats! From Turkey Feet, Turkey Necks, Jerky and more, with these treats you might start to hear your dog “gobble!”  (Directions after “Read More”)  read more…

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