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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! 

BestBullySticks Canine To Five Photo Contest Winners!

Announcing the Canine to Five photo contest winners!

Grand Prize
Boots & Emilee Terry! 
Winner of Free Bully Sticks for a Year!

I am an EA for a movie and tv distribution company. My hound-mix Boots got to join me at the office one afternoon, and boy did he make an impression! He tried to crawl into the COO’s lap, demanded belly rubs from the Digital Distribution Manager, danced with the Director of Production, and finally stole our Social Media Coordinator’s chair – she didn’t mind though, he helped send out a few tweets. Such a diligent worker!

 

 

 

Home Hounds
Angus & Kim Gongre!
Winner of a $50 Gift Certificate!

This is my co-producer, Angus hanging out on the couch looking handsome while I do all the work in online media publishing : )

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Canines
Leia & Cindy Byas!
Winner of a $50 Gift Certificate!

I do all the planting/landscaping at Round Knob Lodge in Old Fort, NC. My doberman Leia works with me! She pulls sticks and other items out of the ponds. She keeps the geese away too! Here though, she is enjoying a Best Bully Sticks Cow Ear! My husband is the lodge manager.

 

 

 

Office Pups
Rae & Cajun & Louis Moeckler!
Winner of a $50 Gift Certificate!

I am the IT Manager for a school and responsible for everything from our internet service to our printers. As you can imagine, a high stress job. Thankfully, I may bring my two Vizslas (Rae & Cajun) to the office whenever I want. In addition to being great stress relievers for me and many of our faculty members, they are a huge hit with the kids!

 

Congratulations to all of our winners! Thank you to all who entered! We LOVED seeing your dedicated work partners! And thank you to all who came out and voted! A fun, new and exciting contest is headed your way soon so stay tuned!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: K9 Rescue of VA

BestBullySticks recently had the good fortune to speak with a local Animal Rescue and their efforts right in our own backyard of Richmond, VA. Linda Tew started K9 Rescue of VA in 2010 and she walked us through the great journey this small rescue has made just in the past three years. Keep reading about the hardworking volunteers and rescuers of K9 Rescue of VA in the Rescue Spotlight below!

When & Why did you start? 

In late June of 2010 I read that Chesterfield County was raising their dog limit from 2 to 3 and about that same time I started seeing rescue dogs on my Facebook page.  One dog in particular melted both my and my husband’s hearts. He was a 5 month old white shepherd/lab mix.  We fell in love and contacted folks to see what we needed to do to adopt him.  (the woman who helped us with the process is now vice president of our rescue group)  Two weeks later he was in our home.  His name is Liberty.  Going through his adoption process was an awakening for us to the plight of homeless and surrendered dogs, especially in the south.  I started sharing pictures and networking (crossposting) and it just wasn’t enough.  I felt I had to do more than just share their photos.  I had to get into the trenches to make a real difference.  So I started making contacts and getting dogs pulled from shelters and brought up to VA, moved into foster homes, vetted, and adopted into loving homes.  My first rescue dogs were adopted to neighbors and I branched out from there.  We rescue from GA, Tenn, SC, NC, WVA, and of course our own back yard in VA.  We work with several local shelters and save as many dogs as we can wherever we can find a foster home. read more…

BBS Celebrates: Dog House Repairs Month

July is Dog House Repairs Month! Now that summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to inspect your dog’s outdoor accommodations. BestBullySticks recognizes the importance of this holiday and suggests all owners take time to ensure their dog has everything they need this season. The hot and humid months of summer are enough of a struggle for people — dogs who have to hang around outside all day have it even harder. However, with proper living arrangements any dog can find relief from the elements.  

Outdoor Dog Needs

If you don’t already have a dog house, July could be the perfect time to invest in one. Summer heat can be a real drain. Having a place to hang out in the shade is absolutely necessary for dogs to keep cool. There are many dog houses available for sale through pet and department stores, however BestBullySticks suggests taking the time to build one yourself if possible.

Building a custom house for your dog might sound like a bit of an undertaking, but it’s well worth the effort! Not only will your dog be happy to have their personal place to call home, you’ll be able to give the house personal touches designed to better meet the needs of both your dog and your backyard. It can also be more affordable to build one yourself. A well-built dog house will also give you huge bragging rights! read more…

Trust by Lynda Kuether

 

Today, BestBullySticks is proud to share with you our 2nd Place winning “If It Weren’t For Fido” essay.  When we read Lynda Kuether’s story around our offices, we were all reminded of the short but precious the lives of our four-legged friends truly are, but how we love watching them every step of their wonderful lives. We know you’ll enjoy reading Lynda’s story about Margret.

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We think Margret came from a puppy mill where she was used as a “breeder;” kept in a crate so small she couldn’t even stand up. She had no reason to trust. When she was of no more use, she was tossed out! She had no reason to trust. She was found days or weeks later dragging herself slowly across yard after yard. This is how she arrived to St. Francis CARE (Community Animal Rescue and Education). She had no reason to trust. When we took her home, she had no reason to trust.

If it weren’t for Margret…we’d have no reason to trust! read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Tuffy’s Sea Creatures

This week BestBullySticks is featuring Tuffy’s Dog Toys! Made from high quality materials, Tuffy’s Toys are some of the most durable dog toys we’ve ever seen! Offered in a variety of fun shapes and sizes, Tuffy’s Sea Creatures line has something for every dog. At home in the water or on land, these sea-themed toys are a great source of entertainment.

Composed of a multi-layer construction with up to seven rows of reinforced stitching, Tuffy’s toys are designed to take a beating. At the center of Tuffy’s toys is a squeaker. Loud enough to give your dog some extra excitement yet soft enough not to annoy, it will hold your dog’s attention for hours on end. Fun characters like Larry the Lobster and Shack the Shark make worthy additions to your dog’s collection of toys.They even float making them ideal for playing in the water!

Housed in an interior pocket to provide an additional layer of security — these squeakers aren’t easily removed. Squeakers are covered by up to three additional layers of material. Two layers of tear resistant luggage material and one layer of reinforced plastic. Each toy is topped off with an outer layer of soft fleece to ensure they’re gentle on your dog’s mouth making Tuffy’s Dog Toys the perfect combination of strength and softness.

Tuffy’s makes a variety of other shapes and sizes, too! Be sure to check out their entire line of safe dog toys on BestBullySticks.com

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