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Designer Dogs The Pros and Cons

The growing trend in dog ownership is the purchase or adoption of designer dogs – those dogs that have been deliberately bred from two purebred dogs with an expected result.  While I would never discourage the adoption of any dog, designer or otherwise, there are certain pros and cons that come with giving a home to a Designer Dog.




The pros to giving a home to a Designer Dog (besides the obvious good karma of giving a home to a dog in need) typically relate to the health of the dog in question.  While many purebred dogs are prone to health problems related to the lack of genetic difference between one generation and the next, Designer Dogs, much like mutts, bypass many of the health problems that purebreds are known for.  The difference between the Designer Dog and the mutt is that while a mutts heritage isn’t know, Designer Dogs often have papers stating what their heritage is, including the breeds and history of both parents.


Along with avoiding many of the health issues associated with purebred dogs, Designer Dogs are often bred to combine favored traits of two breeds, such as a lack of shedding and the size of one dog with the playful nature and affection of another.  The hope with Designer Dogs is that the penchant that one of the breeds may have for chewing on your shoes will be countered by the penchant the other breed has for eating dog treats from your hands.




The cons to bringing home any dog of mixed parentage is that you never really know what to expect.  You can breed two of the most affectionate, loving dogs, and at the end of the day you might still get a Designer Dog that sees your slippers and thinks chew toy.  Temperament and size are very hard to judge with Designer Dogs, especially those that come from two dogs of largely varying sizes (you might end up with a Labrador/Dachshund mix that is either the size of the Dachshund, the Labrador, or somewhere in the middle).  Poodle Designer Dogs are known to exhibit many of the Poodle’s often aggressive nature, in spite of being bred with a more docile breed.  While giving you hope having a Boxer mixed with a Chihuahua will curb its need to chew on things better than giving it bully sticks, at the end of the day, you can’t know what you will get from the dog until you’ve spent time with it and tried to train it.


Don’t Go in With Any Expectations


When bringing home your Designer Dog, remember not to have any expectations.  You may bring home the most perfect puppy that will be easy to train, have all the best traits of both their breeds, and be a ray of sunshine in you and your family’s lives.  Or you may bring home a little terror that will drive you all insane…just like any other puppy.  Don’t assume that the new trend in Designer Dogs means that you don’t have to put in the time to properly train your dog.  Good genes are no replacement for proper training and love.


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Bully Stick Frisbee

Bully Stick Frisbee

Wow, is all we can really say about this product.  We are the only place on the net or in stores to find this new and exciting interactive dog chew.  These bully stick rings are a full 7″ in internal diameter.  These rings can be used for tug-o-war or playing a game of catch with your dogs.  The only problem with these rings is that once you throw it to your dog it will likely not be coming back.

This is the start of some interactive dog chews that we plan on releasing in the second half of 2008 which will all be exclusive items to Best Bully Sticks.  This all started with one of our customers suggesting we manufacture some items that owners and their dogs could use together.  This is an ideal product for being able to enjoy spending time with your dog and their favorite treat/chew.

Please stay up to date with our blog as this is where all of our new product releases will be announced.  As always, thank you for your business and be sure to check out our ever growing list of dog chews and treats.

Is Rawhide Safe For Dogs

Is Rawhide Safe For Dogs

We are often asked why we do not carry rawhide on the website.  The answer to this question is very easy.  Although rawhide is reasonably priced and accessible, it is not safe for dogs!  We can not tell you how many customers of ours started buying bully sticks from us because at one time or another they ended up in the animal hospital. The reasons varied from dogs that had choked on rawhide or got a piece lodged in their body somewhere and needed to be operated on.


Rawhide is made of the hide (skin) of animals, much like the shoes we wear.  Unlike bully sticks, rawhide is not digestible.  This means that if your dog swallows a piece of rawhide (like all of them do), you are taking a chance that that rawhide could sit in their body undigested until it makes its way through their body to be passed.  In addition, rawhide expands at an alarming rate which is why dogs may not have problems when they initially swallow a piece but several hours later after it expands the symptoms present themselves.  To test this for yourself place a piece of pressed on regular rawhide in a bowl of water for a day or two and watch what happens!


In addition, rawhide is typically bleached to rid it of any odors and make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  One question comes to mind:  Would we eat anything ourselves that has been bleached?  There are several alternatives to rawhide that will still consume your dog’s time and keep them entertained without the risks associated with rawhide.  Bully Sticks are often called the rawhide alternative and are not only natural, but 100% digestible.  There are also some great other treats including trachea, tendons, Sam’s Yams, and others which will offer similar characteristics to rawhide, but will give you piece of mind that you are giving your dog a safe treat.

Greatest American Dog Finale

Greatest American Dog Finale

Wow the show is finally over…I don’t know how many of you stayed with it the whole time but our interest did wane after the first few episodes!  The show’s last three contestants were Travis and Presley, JD and Galaxy, and Laurie and Andrew.  For the final show there were a lot of interviews between owners and judges.  I thought that of the three owners interviews Laurie and Travis definitely did the best job.  JD’s attitude was one of superiority throughout the interviews and we got the impression that he felt as though he learned nothing at canine academy; I think that the judges agreed with him!

In any case, the last two teams standing were Laurie and Andew and Travis and Presley.  Travis and Presley ended up winning the whole thing ($250,000) and plenty of advertising and publicity. Congratulations to both Travis and Presley  I am sure that they are both ecstatic right now!

I wonder how successful the show ended up being for CBS and whether or not there will be a season 2. What do you all think?

Make sure to check out our ever growing selection of dog chews and treats… especially the internet’s largest selection of bully sticks !

Bully Stick Rings and Pretzels

Bully Stick Rings and Pretzels

We are introducing some new bully stick items this week….the bully stick ring and bully stick pretzel.  These are both new to the market and we are bringing them to you at the best prices on the internet.  If you are able to find them less expensive anywhere let us know and we will match the price!

I must say that when taking the photo of the bully stick rings the first thing that came to mind was the Olympics…  anyway, they are basically just 6-8″ bully sticks that are formed into the shape of a ring.  We would recommend these as great chews for smaller dogs.

The bully stick pretzels are equally as good and are actually made from 7-10″ bully sticks to bend them into shape.  Both of these new products can be purchased in bulk to save even more money!   Stay tuned to the blog as we have some really unique (only here) bully stick items that we will be launching in the next week.

Best Bully Sticks Bulk Items

Best Bully Sticks Bulk Items

We are experimenting by offering our products in larger bulk quantities, but would like your feedback to let us know what you think!  We are planning on starting this with our bully stick products by offering discounts on 25, 50, 100, and 200 pack quantities and seeing how it all goes.

We have started this with braided bully sticks and bully stick bites, but are planning on carrying it over to all of our bully stick and all natural dog treat/chew products.  This will be a kind of reward for those of you who choose to buy in larger quantities at one time.

Please keep up with the blog as this is where we will launch new products, introduce discounts, and special member only savings.  We are almost through with our new Lamb Dog Treats product release and have 2 more products (Lamb Trachea, Lamb Ears) coming soon…so stay tuned!

As always, thank you for helping to make us the best online shop for all natural dog chews and treats.

Texas Toothpicks

Texas Toothpicks 

We are proud to announce the launch of another exciting new dog treat / dog chew called Texas Toothpicks.  According to Merrick’s website:

 Merrick’s Texas Toothpicks are a one of a kind treat for the love in your life; your dog. These natural toothpicks are a dog’s best friend. They love the crunchy, chewy sensation. These treats have a puffy texture to them that allows dogs of all ages to enjoy these culinary delights. Dogs love beef and these beef tails satisfy the natural carnivore that resides in each of them. 

We have tried them on our own dogs and would have to give them two paws up!  They last a long time, are made in the United States, and they are all natural….. how does it get any better? 

As always, please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog chews and dog treats it is changing every day! 

Greatest American Dog

Greatest American Dog

Sorry for not staying up to date on the show reports.  We wanted to keep all of you updated and let you know that in the last two episodes Bill and Star and Teresa and Leroy were voted off in that respective order.  This leaves JD and Galaxy, Laurie and Andrew, and Travis and Presley, as the only teams left in the competition. One of those three teams will end up winning it all this Wednesday night!  

We are pulling for Laurie and Andrew because she seems to have her dog Andrew extremely well trained, she uses positive reinforcement, and quite frankly we find him adorably obedient!  We are going to send the runner ups bully sticks as a consolation prize! 

Lamb Dog Treat Sampler Pack

Lamb Dog Treat Sampler Pack

This sampler pack is a great way for you to try all of the new and exciting all natural lamb dog treats and chews that we are carrying.  In each sample pack we are including 1 lamb weasand, 2 lamb tracheas, 2 lamb ears, 2 lamb tripe chips, 1 lamb heart, and 2 lamb pizzle twists. 

Lamb ears are a great dog chew that are low in fat like cow ears.  Lamb pizzles twists are the lamb equivalent of the bully stick only much much smaller.  Lamb tripe chips are high in protein and low in fat.  Lamb hearts are very high in taurine and protein.  Lamb trachea are just like our beef trachea only a bit smaller.  Lastly, lamb weasands are probably our most popular seller and are sure to please any dog! 

All of these lamb dog treats are all natural, have no preservatives, are made in the United States, and are produced in a USDA approved facility.  We can assure you that these are some of the highest quality dog treats/chews that you will be able to find anywhere!

Beef Cartilage

Beef Cartilage

We are happy to be releasing another exciting product in our growing lineup of all natural dog chews and treats. Beef Cartilage is naturally high in Chondroitin like our beef trachea! These chews are individually shrink wrapped and are 2-3″ wide and 4-5″ in length. They will be more of a dog chew than a treat for both small and large dogs.  These are a great addition to bully sticks!

According to many sources chondroitin works as both an anti-inflammatory and joint health promoter.  As dogs continue to age naturally treats and chews like cartilage should help with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

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