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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.


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

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BBS Training Tip #7: Finding and Choosing an Obedience Trainer

Obedience classes offer dogs a way to learn basic tricks while picking up important social skills along the way. BestBullySticks suggests starting obedience classes while your dog is still a puppy. In fact, training should begin as soon as your dog shows interest in receiving treats. Of course, old dogs are welcome too! It’s never too late to learn new tricks or reshape undesirable behaviors. Before you try and get your dog to jump through hoops, there are a few factors to consider before choosing an obedience class.

Finding Your Trainer

The best way to find a reputable trainer is to get a referral from someone you know. This could be a friend who’s a dog owner, family members, your veterinarian or even a neighbor. While it’s great to get a personal referral from a trusted source, it isn’t always possible. In case you can’t find a recommendation for obedience classes in your area, consider searching online or contacting your local SPCA. Many SPCAs even hold obedience classes of their own.

Quality of instruction is a very important factor to consider when choosing your obedience class. If possible, try and locate a certified trainer. Certified trainers and animal behaviorists are more thorough in their training. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Turkey Woof Balls via Sweet Paul Mag

Give your dog a barking good treat! This great dog treat recipe from Sweet Paul Mag is a take on traditional Swedish meatballs made specifically for your pooch! Made with lean turkey, brown rice and vitamin-packed broccoli, your dog is sure to love this flavorful treat! Plus, these treats are really simple to make.

(Makes 10-20, depending on how big you make them)

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup cooked broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped oregano
  • butter


  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. Roll into large meatballs, there should be enough for between 10-20. All depends on the size of your dog. 
  3. Fry them in a pan with butter on medium heat until done.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy! 

For more recipes like these Turkey Woof Balls, browse all of our healthy dog treat recipes. Or, go with a tried and true favorite like a bully stick!

(Recipe courtesy of  Sweet Paul Mag & Photo courtesy of Colin Cooke.)

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue

It’s impossible to deny animal rescues are doing a great service to homeless and hurting dogs around the country. BestBullySticks is grateful for all their work. Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue out of Southampton, PA is a great shelter helping pittie pups in their area, making a difference for this stereotyped breed. Their accomplishments shouldn’t be overlooked. However, in their minds, as long as a dog is saved at the end of the day, whether by them or another organization, it’s been a great day. Read more about this humble Pennsylvania dog rescue in BestBullySticks Rescue Spotlight on Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue.

When & Why did you start?

We started February 21, 2012 as an educational/advocacy group on Facebook. At that time we were Bella-Reed Pit Bull NETWORK. We then decided we wanted (needed) to do more for this amazing breed and turned it into a rescue on January 26 of this year. We have only been up and running as a nonprofit rescue for a little over 4 months and have adopted out 11 of our dogs to AMAZING homes!

BRPBR president Melissa Mariner adopted her first pit bull back in ’05 (McCready, AKA Reed, one of the mascots of the rescue). He has changed many minds to this day and Melissa had become aware of what a bad rap pit bulls get and decided to form the network back in 2012. Her lifelong dream was to have a rescue, and with the most amazing board directors and volunteers, BRPBR was formed. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #218: Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

Summer is now in full swing! It’s prime time for cookouts, trips to the beach and loads of other great outdoor activities. Including your dog in outdoor activities is great exercise. But when the summer heat hits, it’s crucial to take extra precautions to keep your dog safe. So in the name of summer safety, BestBullySticks has thrown together this quick and easy guide focused on key areas of concern all owners should keep an eye on.

Heat Stroke

Getting dehydrated during the hottest months of the year isn’t too much of a challenge. This is especially true if you’re spending a lot of time outside. And while minor dehydration only causes minimal discomfort and the occasional headache, it’s still a very dangerous and slippery slope. Minor dehydration leads to more serious issues like heat stroke. It’s much harder for dogs to cool off than people so keep a close eye on your dog this summer and get familiar with the early signs of heat stroke:

  • Heavy or excessive panting and breathing

  • Vomiting

  • Exhaustion

If you think your dog is showing symptoms of heat stroke try and cool the dog down by bathing him/her in cool water. Get your dog to drink room temperature water (ice cold water can shock the stomach) and apply rubbing alcohol to their paw pads. When in doubt, seek veterinary attention right away. It’s always best to play it safe! read more…

I Know This Dog by Christine Kozanda

Today, BestBullySticks is proud to share with you our 1st Place winning “If It Weren’t For Fido” essay.  When we read Christine Kozanda’s story around our offices, we were all brought to tears when reading about the long suffering friendship of dogs and how rewarding those friendships can be. We know you’ll enjoy reading Christine’s story. 


I answered my phone one afternoon to an unknown caller (which I never do) in April of 1999 to hear the voice of a friend start off the conversation with “I know this dog”. She went on to tell me about a sable colored female German shepherd that was in dire need of a home. In her 5 short months on this planet she had already had 3 homes and it seemed no one was willing to give her chance. I’ve had GSDs all my life but have never been a fan of the sable color nor ever wanted a female. But to appease my friend I said I would come out to the boarding kennel she was being kept at and check her out.

After my hour long drive I arrived and already had it in my head that I was not interested and not leaving with this dog. My home was dog free at the time and I was busy with a 1000 other things I had going. That all went out the window when Cara came walking out of her kennel carrying her ball, plopped it in my lap and proceeded to assault my face with kisses.

On my way home I called my husband and told him congratulations you’re a father, start dog proofing the house. In the following weeks that we had her home the quirks started to come out. My alleged sweet dog was a fear biter, a growler, territorial, hyper and any other thing you could think of. To top things off she was also not your standard size female GSD. Someone forgot to tell her to stop growing and she was 3+ inches over standard for the breed so not only did I have an ornery dog I had one the size of a small pony.


One afternoon while getting ready for a walk I reached up with her leash in hand to adjust my hat. She dove for the floor yelping in fear; someone had hurt this poor animal with a leash. At that moment I decided that no matter what happened this was going to be her 4th and final home, I was going to fix this. It took years of training, behavioral specialists, medication and good old fashioned patience before this hell on paws and I finally reached an understanding with one another but it was well worth it.

She became my partner in agility, even though I could never keep up. She shared my pillow at night even though I never got to have much of the bed. Most of all she became my best friend. I always said that crazy dog would outlive us all and I would come to regret my choice of words.

In 2010 at the age of 11 I took my furry friend to the vet because she was starting to dribble a little urine and I assumed it was just a weak bladder, which is common in older females. The vet called me in the back room to show me her X-ray and as a nurse I know what cancer that has spread looks like. My poor girl was diagnosed with a splenic hemangiosarcoma that has also spread into her lungs. He told me she had no more than 30 days to survive and I should enjoy what time I had left with her and to call when I thought it was time. What a decision to have put in my lap that I had to be judge jury and executioner to my friend. Two weeks to the day of our vet visit Cara spent the day in the yard running with her brothers (Yes, my dog free home had turned into a zoo once again as the years went on) and enjoyed a wonderful steak dinner for a treat.

At 2am that morning, which was Mother’s Day, Cara climbed on my lap to lay her head and quietly passed away. She had spared me the task of having to make the tough decision of when it was her time. I think this was her way of saying thank you to me for never giving up on her. I will always cherish the time I had with her and will never regret my decision to keep her. If it weren’t for Cara I would never have learned the massive rewards that being patient can bring. I am proud to say “I know this dog”.

Congratulations to Christine on winning our “If It Weren’t For Fido” Essay Contest! Stay tuned for the next two weeks to read our 2nd & 3rd place winner’s essays! 

BBS Product Spotlight: Smiling Dog Rabbit & Duck Treats

BestBullySticks is now offering great treats from our friends over at Smiling Dog. Their Rabbit & Duck Freeze-Dried Dog Treats are made from simple high-quality ingredients. Designed with maximum nutrition in mind, these great treats are free of nasty artificial additives, grain-based fillers or artificial preservatives.

In fact, dog treats don’t get any simpler than this. Made with only four all-natural ingredients (freeze-dried rabbit, duck, broccoli and cranberry) these treats offer up some great nutritional benefits. Both rabbit and duck lend ample amounts of protein while broccoli and cranberries give your dog a healthy source of fiber and powerful anti-oxidants.

Meat-based treats with added fruits and vegetables are the most nutritionally balanced dog treats around. Canine diets require higher amounts of protein and fewer carbohydrates. And that’s precisely why Smiling Dog has formulated treats dense with protein and vegetables while staying light on carbohydrates by leaving out starches altogether! Specifically designed to be closer to a dog’s natural scavenger-carnivore diet.

Made in the USA with domestically sourced ingredients, Smiling Dog treats are second to none providing a safe source of nutrition and flavor in a variety of flavors. Check out Smiling Dog’s full line of all-natural treats made in the USA.

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