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BBS Recognizes Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

In 2013, the general public no longer thinks of an animal control officer as a heartless, net-wielding dogcatcher out to round up all the homeless puppies in your city. BestBullySticks is grateful for this shift in perspective because Animal Control Officers do a lot of good in their communities. Here are just a few duties of an ACO.

Protect The Public
Animal Control Officers take care of a myriad of issues relating to public health. This can include investigating animal bite cases, negotiating public disputes and capturing any animals threatening public safety. ACO’s also investigate animal cruelty cases and bring sick, injured and homeless animals to a safer environment.

Care for Lost Animals
Unfortunately, there are many homeless and neglected pets wandering city streets. Animal Control Officers are trained to safely and humanely take these animals to facilities for better care.

Reunite Pets with Their Owners
Animal Control Officers often pick up lost pets. They highly encourage the public to microchip, tag and license their pets, making their job easier when reuniting pets with their owners.

These public officers often put themselves in potential dangerous situations for the wellbeing of animals. The “dogcatcher” stereotype no longer applies—it’s a pretty noble profession. Many loving people go unnoticed for their dedication to animals, so how can you show your appreciation?

Volunteer & Donate
Become involved directly with your local Animal Control division. By volunteering your time or donating goods or money, you can directly help your city’s animal organization and therefore help more animals.

Help Educate
Educate your self and friends, family and coworkers on the proper procedure for reporting and helping strays as well as properly identifying their own pets.

Say Thank You
Send a note to your Animal Control Facility to say thank you. Your words will definitely be appreciated.

Send a pack of bully sticks to your local animal rescue or shelter by taking advantage of our Charity Packs!

Do you have awesome Animal Control Officers in your area? Tell us how you’ll say Thank You!

Dog Care 101 Tip #208: The Truth About Garlic

There are many debates among dog owners—how to train, what to feed, health and medical care—but one controversy hangs around one particular herb. Garlic. Is it safe for your dog? Why are some dog owners adamantly against it while others tout the power of garlic? BestBullySticks will lay down the facts!

About Garlic

Garlic is an herb, grown in cloves and is a part of the Allium family. This family also includes onions and shallots, which are well known to be highly toxic to dogs. This is why concerned doggy moms and dads are wary of using garlic. Garlic has also been used as a natural remedy for years in both dogs and humans and appears as an ingredient in many dog foods. So what’s the deal? Use Garlic or No?

Against Garlic

Garlic contains compounds called propyldisulfide and thiosulphate, which taken in large doses can cause red blood cells to burst, which is called hemolytic anemia. Signs of too much garlic ingested include shortness of breath, lethargy, elevated heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal problems. Yes, garlic can be toxic, but is it always?

For Garlic

Garlic has been used for its medicinal qualities for thousands of years. It has antifungal and antibacterial qualities as well as boosts the immune system and cardiovascular health. This is why many food manufacturers and treat makers use garlic in their formulas for your dog.

A highly popular reason to give dogs garlic is for pest control, including fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. There are two reasons this is thought to work. One is that garlic changes pH levels in your dog’s blood making it undesirable to any unwanted pest. It’s also suspected that when garlic metabolizes, it moves through a dog’s skin, which also might deter an insect. There is no conclusive evidence that this does work, but many dog owners swear by this method. read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Orijen Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

The next time you take a stroll down the pet aisle at your local grocery store to pick up dog food take a closer look at your store’s offerings. Far too many brands, even the big names touting naturality, are only selling to you and not your dog’s dietary needs. Loaded with grain-based fillers, these products are simply ill-suited for your dog. Don’t worry, BestBullySticks has you covered!

From a biological standpoint, all dogs are scavenging carnivores. There’s no refuting it! From the smallest Yorkie to the biggest Great Dane, your
loved ones need a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Luckily, our friends over at Orijen have come up with a fantastic dry dog food formulated with only the freshest all-natural regional ingredients. read more…

BBS Breed Spotlight: Akita

A dog breed with a rich history and personality, the Akita is treasured by an entire nation and the families it’s a part of. Find out more about this Japanese dog breed on the BestBullySticks Breed Spotlight.

History & Background: Originating from the island of Honshu in the region of Akita in Japan, the Akita Inu has lived a relatively unchanged life from its ancestors. In fact, the Akita is one of seven dog breeds considered a “Natural Monument.” In Japan, the Akita (natively pronounced AH-ki-ta instead of the Western version of a-KEE-ta) has been used in various capacities including police, military and guard dogs. This breed is also known for being a great hunting dog because of its “soft” mouth and ability to hunt in inclement weather.

Akitas were first brought to the US by Helen Keller in 1937 when the Japanese government gave Keller an Akita as a gift. This dog’s name was Kamikaze-go but sadly died shortly after Keller brought the dog back to the states. The dog’s brother was given as a gift in the next year and was named Kenzan-go. After WWII, many US Soldiers brought Akitas back to the states. Today, the original Japanese Akita and the American Akita are thought to be two separate breeds.

Height: Males: 26 to 28 inches; Females: 24 to 26 inches

Weight: Males: 100 to 145 pounds; Females: 80 to 120 pounds read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Fresh Breath Dog Treats

BestBullySticks knows spring cleaning doesn’t just refer to your house—how about your dog’s mouth? Our sweet doggies don’t always have the sweetest of breath, so give them this yummy treat full of great ingredients and breath freshening qualities.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 large egg 
Directions

1. Pulse flours, cornmeal, oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with pea-size butter lumps. Add 1 cup water and pulse until a coarse, dense dough forms.

2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in parsley and mint until well distributed. Gather, then halve dough with scraper. Form into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk.

3. Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 large baking sheets.

4. Roll out 1 disk of dough into a round (1/3 inch thick) on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. (If dough becomes too soft to roll out, wrap in plastic and chill until firm.) Cut out as many biscuits as possible and arrange about 1/4 inch apart on 1 baking sheet.

5. Gather scraps and reroll, then cut out more biscuits. Repeat with remaining dough, using other baking sheet.

6. Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush biscuits with egg wash and bake, switching position of sheets halfway through, until tops are golden brown, about 35 minutes total. Turn off oven and dry biscuits in oven overnight.

Enjoy & Bone Appetit!

Be sure to check out all of our yummy and healthy dog treat recipes on the Weekly Drool Recipe category. For an everyday yummy treat, check out BestBullySticks entire line of all natural bully sticks

BBS Recognizes “Every Day is Tag Day”

In 2011 a study found that 80% of pet owners thought pet id tags were important. However, only 1 in 3 pet owners say their beloved pet always wears an id tag. Only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats in shelters are microchipped or have id tags.  If this isn’t enough reason why you should have identification markers for you pet, BestBullySticks wants you to know three easy ways to ensure your dog or cat is identifiable!

1. Identification Tags: This traditional means of pet identification has been around for a while and they’re no less handy! Pick up a custom pet id tag at your next visit to Best Bully Sticks and keep it on your pet’s collar. Your dog’s name, your phone number and the city and state where you live are all necessary pieces of information for a pet id tag.

2. License: Similar to an id tag, a pet license is proof that your pet is up to date on important vaccinations and comes in the form of a metallic or plastic tag to affix to your dog’s collar. Licensing changes between jurisdictions, so you’ll want to find out pet licensing requirements for your area.

3. Microchip: Implanted under your pet’s skin, this small device (about the size of a grain of rice) contains all your pet’s pertinent information. Once implanted, a microchip can be scanned and your pet’s information will become available to any vet, rescue or humane society that might find your pet. Microchips are easy to register and are relatively inexpensive.

Why not be safe than sorry? Outfit your dog with all these form of pet identification. 1 in 3 pets are lost at some point in their life, so make sure your pet can get back home to their family! Every Day is Tag Day!

Watch this video about Dora, a dog in Texas who was reunited with her family becuase of a microchip! 

Dog Care 101 Tip #207: Spring Cleaning Your Dog

After a long winter, your house may be in need of “airing out” and sprucing up. But your house may not be the only thing. Your dog has been cooped up all winter and chances are he’s going to want to spend some quality time outdoors. BestBullySticks thinks Spring Cleaning your house and your can coincide!

Your Dog

Brushing: If your dog has put on his winter coat in the last few months, all that extra hair will be coming out soon, which leaves your house covered in dog fur tumbleweeds. Buy a quality brush to make your dog feel better and your house tumbleweed-free!

Flea, Tick & Heartworms: Warmer weather (unfortunately) means mosquitoes, which are the cause of multiple problems for your dog. Make sure you’re current with your dog’s flea, tick and heartworm medications and he’s getting them each month.

Dog Shampoo: Rinse the winter right out of your dog’s hair! A good shampooing with loosen any trapped fur and make your dog smell and feel great! Check out organic dog grooming products from Tropiclean at BBS! These products are naturally green and environmentally friendly!

Clean Out & Spruce Up: Take a look at your dog’s bed, blankets, collar and toys. If they’re worn out or frayed, replace them. Make sure to wash beds and blankets to freshen them up.

Your Home

Muddy Dogs: Spring rains plus your dog’s need to play equals a muddy dog. Train your dog to wait at the door before he comes inside to get his paws cleaned.

Protect Your Furniture: If your muddy dog somehow slips by you, you can still protect your furniture! Use an old bed sheet or the pet furniture covers from SureFit. These form fitting covers are a beautiful and effective solution for protecting your furniture.

Use Safe Cleaning Products: Use all-natural, pet-friendly cleaning products in your home. These products protect your over curious dog from ingesting harsh chemicals.

Keep Your Dog Calm:  If your dog becomes nervous when you clean the house, distract him to keep him calm. A great distraction is a bully stick or all natural dog chew, which will last your dog until you finish the room he’s in!

We hope your Spring Cleaning for both your home and your dog goes well!

What are you doing to spruce up your dog this Spring? Share your comments below! 

What’s Hot @ BestBullySticks this Week!

From BestBullySticks.com

Venison Wrinkles
Sourced from: USA

Small: $5.50
Large: $7.43

Venison Wrinkles are a long lasting, durable dog chew that will provide your dog hours of beneficial chew time! Our Venison Wrinkles are all natural, 100% venison and made in the USA. Venison Wrinkles are made from premium cuts of venison then baked to perfection to create these high quality, palatable chews! The small venison wrinkle chew measures approximately 8” across making it a great chew for small to medium sized dogs.

 

Monster Bully Sticks
Sourced from: Argentina

Individual: $5.50

The Monster 12 Inch Bully Sticks are 20-40% larger than our Jumbo Bully Sticks. They are sure to last a very long time. These dog treats are recommended for large sized dogs but all sizes of dogs will love them. These bully sticks are HUGE!

 

 

Product of the Week!

Super Toothpick Tails
Sourced from: Argentina

25% off
Individual: $0.73 (Was $0.97)
10 Pack: $7.06 (Was $9.41)
20 Pack: $23.55 (Was $18.06)

Best Bully’s Super Toothpick Tails are a one of a kind treat for your dog. Your dog will love the crunchy, chewy sensation of these bull tails. The softer texture allows dogs of all ages to enjoy these wonderful dog treats. These are another all-natural dog snack that drives them crazy. These do not last as long as a chew.

 

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On the BestBullySticks Healthy Dog Blog

Dog Care Tip #206: Easter Fun with Your Dog

Rescue Spotlight: Masthaven Mastiff Sanctuary

Weekly Drool Recipe: Loaves of Lamb via Kirby the Dorkie

Breed Spotlight: Harrier

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BBS Breed Spotlight: Harrier

The Harrier is sort of like the middle sibling to the English Foxhound and the Beagle, but only in size. This breed has unique hunting abilities and temperament making it a wonderful and distinct breed. Read more about the Harrier in the BBS Breed Spotlight below!

History & Background: The Harrier has a cloudy ancestry, but more than likely this dog was developed from its close cousins, the English Foxhound. Since Colonial times, the Harrier has been a hunting dog for hare, thus it’s name, and fox as well. Slower than the Foxhound, hunters liked this dog because Harriers ran at a pace that was easy to keep up with, which is called a “drag” hunt. To this day English and Irish hunters still use Harriers to hunt. This dog was recognized by the AKC in 1885.

Height: 40 to 60 pounds

Weight: 19 to 21 inches

Coat: Hard in texture and short in length, the Harrier’s overall coat is dense and glossy. The exception is the dog’s ears where the fur is finer and softer. The underside of the tail has a slight fan of hair.

Color: Not seen as important by breed standards, the Harrier can be shown in any color. Eye color is hazel in darker dogs and lighter in lighter colored dogs. Nose is black. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Loaves of Lamb via Kirby the Dorkie

Traditional Easter lunch or dinner usually consists of ham or lamb. While ham is tasty, BestBullySticks knows that lamb has a lot of health benefits for you and your dog! So if your celebrating Easter with a great meal, don’t leave Fido out! Kirby the Dorkie and his mom, Debby, shared this great lamb dog meal with us for our Easter Edition of the Weekly Drool Recipe!

Lamb, which is great for the coat and skin, is a fatty, calorie dense meat often recommended for lean dogs to gain more weight so you may want to feed this meal sparingly if your dog is borderline chunky like Kirby.

The aroma wafting from the oven kept Kirby in or near the kitchen the entire time just hoping for a bite!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash*
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet mint, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp light olive oil

Preparation Instructions for Butternut Squash

1. Prepare squash by cutting in half lengthwise, removing seeds, and fibers. Place cut side up in ungreased baking dish. You can season sparingly with a little sea salt and real butter.

2. Pour water in dish until 1/4 inch deep. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until tender. read more…

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