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BBS Rescue Spotlight: PAWS New England

When you live in an area with high rates of pet overpopulation, pet euthanasia, and little to no funding for Animal Control organizations or rescues, what do you do? Most likely, you live in the Southern United States. Unfortunately, many Southern states simply do not have the resources to help abandoned, abused and neglected dogs. This fact, although sad, has been highly motivating for three women: Traci Wood, Kelly Parker and Joanne Hutchinson. After being heartbroken for these dogs, these three women, meeting through adoption forums, founded PAWS New England. The goal of this great organization is to work with Southern Animal Rescues to rehabilitate, foster locally and then adopt dogs out to families in the Northeast. To read more about this amazing rescue, read our conversation with Joanne Hutchinson below!

When & Why did you start?
Approx 7 years ago, Kelly and I met through a third party who was doing small rescues (one dog at a time) taking a dog from the Tipton County Shelter in TN, having the vetting done and then sending the dog to New England.  We wanted a more formal and organization group and Paws New England was born.  Once we obtained our 501c3 status, we were off to the races.  Since that time we have rescued and placed approximately 5,000 dogs both from the Tipton County Animal Shelter and from Julie Adams who is a one woman rescue in Oran Missouri – there is no ACO in her area and thus people have decided that when they want to give up their dog rather than shoot them, they bring them to her house and leave them, whether she’s there or not; it’s nothing for her to come home and find dogs tied to her mail post or in boxes in her driveway. read more…

Dog Care 101 #222: Grooming for Summer

Summer Grooming Tips from BBSGrooming is an important part of responsible pet ownership — especially during the summer months. As the heat rises, so do the risks of dehydration and heat stroke. If you’ve got a long haired breed — one with a particularly thick undercoat — BestBullySticks suggests looking into grooming as a way to help your dog cope with the heat and stay happy.

Necessity

At the end of the day, haircuts aren’t necessary for dogs. Between regular brushing and bathing, your dog shouldn’t have any issues making it through the summer. We carry a wide array of all-natural grooming products sure to bring your dog some relief. Long haired breeds and those with thick undercoats generally have more difficulty dealing with the heat. However, as a rule of thumb, these breeds shouldn’t be kept outdoors for long periods of time during hotter months.

Contrary to what many think, your dog’s coat actually acts as an insulator shielding them from the hot sun. Trimming a dog’s coat only serves to increase their exposure to the sun and may even lend itself to an increased chance of dehydration and heatstroke. Dogs have little to no skin pigment needed to combat the sun’s harsh UV rays. A healthy coat of fur is their only line of defense against the sun.

Brushing Tips from BBS

Seasonal Shedding

Both the Spring and Fall bring about an increase in shedding. While it might seem like there’s no end in sight for some dogs and their shedding habits, there is one way to drastically reduce the amount of hair strewn about your home — regular brushing. A steady grooming routine will make your dog a whole lot happier and make your life easier!

Many times a bit of extra brushing and bathing is all that’s needed to increase your dog’s comfort level during the summer. The removal of dead hair and skin will make their coat more breathable and easier to cool off. Some dogs require daily brushing while others may only need it weekly. If you still see tons of hair laying around, chances are you need to keep brushing! read more…

BBS Announces: July Daily Deals!

Today, we’re taking a bit of a detour. Instead of featuring a specific product, we’re here to spread the word about great new deals happening throughout the entire month of July! Every day this month we’re featuring one item on sale at an incredible price for our Daily Deals!

Tomorrow’s daily deal is the 2lb Chew Variety Grab Bag, a mixed bag of ter-ruff-ic treats! Keep your pup guessing what’s next with cow ears, tripe pieces, gullet strips, small braided and unbraided bully sticks. Each product contained in these grab bags are made from free-range, grass-fed Brazilian cattle. Real primo stuff!

What’s more, each treat carries great health benefits of its own. Bully sticks are perfect for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, working to remove tartar and plaque. Tripe and gullet strips offer amazing health benefits with naturally occurring nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin — both shown to improve joint health and mobility. Cow ears which are cartilage, are the perfect rawhide replacement — they’re full of collagen to promote skin and coat health. Think of it as a multivitamin for dogs!  Get ready to grab a bag when they go on sale tomorrow!

Looking for something different? Don’t sweat it — we’ve got plenty more deals coming up! Stay tuned to find the perfect treat for your furry friend.

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BBS Training Tip #9: Crate Training

BBS Training Tips: Crate TrainingDog owners everywhere know raising a puppy can be a monumental task. The initial investments of time and money takes many by surprise — not to mention the emotional investment and huge amounts of patience it takes to raise a dog. To make life easier on you and your dog BestBullySticks recommends one key strategy every dog owner should become familiar with as early as possible — crate training.

Crate training is an amazing tool that when used properly. Not only does it help eliminate bad behaviors, it can also improve your dog’s overall comfort. A home within a home, your dog’s crate should be similar to a natural den — cozy and comfortable where he/she goes to feel at ease and relax.

Before you make the jump and bring a puppy home, let’s review a variety of ways you can use crate training to improve your dog’s life.

Picking Your Dog’s New Home

Dogs are den animals and crates provide them with the same type of comfort they seek in the wild. Crates should never be used for punishment otherwise they’re sure to become a source of anxiety. They are, and always should remain, a safe haven for your dog. Naturally, dogs don’t want to soil their living quarters so crate training also becomes one of the fastest ways to housebreak a puppy. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blueberry Frozen Goodness via Wayward Dogs

As Cystal of “Wayward Dogs” puts it, her Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blueberry Frozen Goodness dog treat recipe is for “master estimators.” You won’t find any exact measurements here, but you will a tasty, all-natural treat that will cool off your dog and tickle his taste buds! (We like Crystals humor, so we included her post in its entirety!) Thanks for sharing this great recipe and your photos, Crystal!

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blueberry Frozen Goodness

Ingredients

1. What’s left of last year’s sweet potato harvest. Or, as many sweet potatoes as you feel like cleaning, chopping up, boiling and pureeing in the blender – minus the amount of mash you decide at the last minute to save for yourself. Because mashed sweet potatoes are so awesome to eat they require no condiments (although a dash of salt and butter can’t hurt).

2. Peanut butter. As much as you feel like spooning into the pureed sweet potatoes, but probably not an equal amount or the batter will get so voluminous that you’ll be at this all day.

3. Oats – regular or the instant kind. Really, the dogs won’t know the difference.

4. Cinnamon. Put the container on the sprinkle – not the dump – setting, and use your judgment.

5. Dried blueberries. For topping. read more…

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!

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