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Dog Care 101 Tip #203: Choosing A Good Dog Sitter

If you can’t make it home to let your dog out at lunch or you’re going on vacation, considering a dog sitter is a great idea. knows you want the best caregiver for your dog besides you. That’s why we’re giving you these handy tips on How to Choose a Good Dog Sitter!

Pros of Choosing A Dog Sitter
A few positives of hiring a dog sitter include:

  • Keeping your pet comfortable in their own environment
  • Keeping your dog’s regular routine
  • No social anxiety of a boarding facility
  • Attention and care while you’re away and peace of mind you’ll feel knowing this
  • Happier friends and family who aren’t begrudgingly caring for your pet
  • Checking in on your house so potential burglars won’t know you’re gone
  • Miscellaneous services such as plant watering, mail pick up, etc.

What To Look For
Finding a pet sitter is as easy as asking friends and family or even looking to the National Association for Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International. Online services such as are helpful, too.

Once you find a few candidates, look into each person’s qualifications and services. You’ll want to check for:

  • Related training
  • At least three references
  • Liability insurance to cover accidents or negligence

You’ll also want to see if the sitter is:

  • Comfortable with your dog and your dog seems comfortable with them
  • Taking thorough notes
  • Offering additional services such as plant watering, mail pickup or grooming
  • Providing a written contract including services and fees
  • Outlining when and how long they will be at your home (if not a live-in sitter)
  • Checking in with you at a specified time interval
  • Setting up a replacement if they have an emergency or are sick
  • Familiar with First Aid or an Emergency Vet
  • The only person coming into your home
  • Leaving your house key in a particular place

Your Responsibilities
Now that you know what to look for, prepare for your dog sitters visit. Here are some basic responsibilities to make your dog sitter’s time with your fur-kid easy and pleasant.

  • Notify your dog sitter as early as possible
  • Be sure you have current id tags and all medical information and vaccinations are up to date
  • Make sure your pet is well socialized and comfortable with your sitter
  • Take your sitter on a full tour of your house and be sure they’re familiar with your security system and fuse box
  • Leave detailed instructions outlining your dog’s complete routine (feeding, exercise, preferences)
  • Leave all your contact, emergency contact and veterinarian information
  • Put your dog’s food and supplies in one place
  • Leave a key with a friend, trusted neighbor or family member as well as exchange phone numbers between them all.

To keep your dog busy while he’s alone, give him a durable Planet Dog Orbee. This stuffable dog toy will give Fido hours of challenging fun. Try freezing kibble and peanut butter. Your dog will love this toy!

Now that you’re familiar with finding a good dog sitter, you can go out of town without worrying (too much) about Fido.






BBS Weekend Reader: March 1st Edition

It’s Friday!! Did you miss any of BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Mississippi Dog Rescuing/Cookie Crisp Dog Treat Baking/Schipperke fun, catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

So snuggle up to your favorite pooch (or pooches) and read the BBS Healthy Dog Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

Rescue Spotlight: Community Animal Rescue & Adoption •  Dog Pack Snacks Coco’s Carob-Nut Dog Crisps • Breed Spotlight on the Schipperke

Also in your free time this weekend, check out our fun Pinterest Page! We’ve got TONS of great dog videos, adorable dog photos, funny dog photos, DIY dog project and more!

BBS Breed Spotlight: Schipperke

Foxy-like and mischievous, the Schipperke may be the closest one may get to owning a fox itself. This smart and energetic Belgian breed dog enjoys life on a boat and life with a family. introduces you to the Schipperke in today’s BBS Breed Spotlight! Read more below!

History & Background: Though it’s similar in appearance to the Spitz or Pomeranian, the Schipperke is actually related to the black Belgian sheepdog the Leauvenaar. This dog is the predecessor of the Schipperke and the Groenendael. This dog was bred down to a much smaller size and became the guard dog to barges in Belgium. The Flemish sailors became calling this dog “schip” which means boat and they quickly earned the name “Little Captain” and “Little Skipper.” To this day Schipperke’s are at ease on a boat. The AKC officially recognized this breed in 1904. In WWII this dog was used as a messenger between various hideouts of the Belgian Resistance. The Nazi’s never found out.

Height: Males: 11 to 13 inches; Females: 10 to 12 inches.

Weight: 12 to 18 pounds

Coat: This dog has particular patterns of hair that include short hair on the face, medium hair on the body and longer hair in the ruff, cape, jabot and culottes. Behind the ears and circling around the neck makes the ruff. The cape is a strip extending past the ruff down the middle of the back. Jabot is the area extending across the chest and down the front legs. The fur on the back of the thigh forms the culottes. The texture of the Schipperke’s coat is slightly hard and is dense and straight and it stands off from the body. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Coco’s Carob-Nut Dog Crisps we know you don’t want to deny your pooch the simple things in life that are just for fun; like cookies! Dog Pack Snacks whipped up this dog-friendly cookie recipe that will make your pooch jump for joy, wag for wonder and smile for seconds!

This recipe makes a small batch of about 20 medium sized cookies but can be easily doubled if you need to make a larger batch. 


  • 1 cup flour – I use oat flour but feel free to use wheat if your dog tolerates wheat.
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup carob chips
  • 2 medium eggs – if your dog has issues with protein, use one egg and 1/4 cup of water instead.
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ginger
  • 1/4 tablespoon of vanilla


  1. Mix the eggs, ginger and vanilla together, then add the flour, coconut and carob chips one at a time.  Combine the ingredients into a thick sticky dough.
  2. Use a melon ball scoop to portion the dough onto your baking sheet.  Be prepared, the dough will stick to the scoop. If you want larger cookies, use a larger melon scoop.
  3. Then use your thumb to flatten the middle of the little dough balls.  Again, this is sticky!
  4. Bake at 350 degree, near the top of the oven for 25-30 mins until light brown and crisp.

Thanks to Dog Pack Snacks for sharing this great recipe and photo with us!

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

Be sure to check out all of our Weekly Drool Recipes for more ideas on how to spoil your pup!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Community Animal Rescue & Adoption Jackson, MS

In Mississippi, one dog became the face of anti-animal cruelty and was a significant factor in getting bills passed in his state. And one animal organization stood behind him, Community Animal Rescue & Adoption in Jackson, Mississippi. This central Mississippi no-kill shelter and rescue is truly a force of change in their city and state. Read more about this rescue in the Rescue Spotlight on Community Animal Rescue & Adoption. 

When & Why did you start?
CARA was started in 2001 by four animal lovers who kept running into each other rescuing dogs and cats in the Jackson, MS metro area. CARA has grown from a backyard operation to become Mississippi’s largest no-kill animal rescue organization. Since 2001, CARA has placed over 6000 animals into loving homes. CARA currently cares for 280 dogs, 130 cats, 4 guinea pigs and 2 rabbits.

CARA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable, and educational corporation organized to rescue and provide care, shelter, food, and treatment for abused, unwanted, and stray animals in central Mississippi. The objectives of CARA are to rescue animals in need, restore them to health through nutrition and veterinary care, when necessary, and facilitate their adoption to qualified individuals. CARA works to reduce overpopulation of stray and unwanted animals by supporting spay/neuter programs (including a low cost spay/neuter program for low income and disadvantaged persons), by ensuring that all animals in its care are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, and by educating the public on responsible pet ownership.

What’s different about your rescue?
The staff and the volunteers do so much with so little to make sure our animals receive exceptional care and unconditional love while they wait for their fur-ever homes. read more…

BBS Breed Spotlight: Affenpinscher

A little dog with a  feisty personality and the resemblance of a monkey? It might sound a little funny, but the Affenpinshcer is one of the oldest toy dog breeds. And though this small dog has been around for a while, he’s finally getting recognized in a big way. Read more about the Affenpinscher on the Breed Spotlight below!

History & Background: The Affenpinscher hails from Germany and is seen in history as far back as the 17th century. This toy dog’s name literally translates as “Monkey Terrier.” In France, this little dog also earned the name Diablotin Moustachu or “little devil with a moustache.” The Affenpinscher was kept as a ratter for farmers and then later breed to be smaller to serve inside the home to keep mice at bay. This dog has been used in the development of many other breeds such as the Brussels Griffon and Miniature Schnauzer. In 1936 this breed was recognized by the AKC and this year the Affenpinscher Banana Joe won Westminster Best in Show. This was the first year the Affenpinscher has won at Westminster.

Height: 9.5 to 11.5 inches

Weight: 7 to 8 pounds

Coat: An Affen’s coat is described as “shaggy, but neat.” A thick, wiry coat is found on the shoulders and body about 1 inch in length. Shorter hair can appear on the back and tail. The fur on the head, neck, chest and stomach is longer and not as hard in texture. The longer hair on this dog’s head, especially the eyebrows and beard heightens the monkey-like expression of the Affen. read more…

To Our Loyal Customers,

We would never offer your precious family pet anything that wasn’t 100% healthy and safe. Which means we are diligent in the selection of our suppliers. From all the suppliers available, we only choose the most reliable who provide consistent quality.

Our company was linked to a “voluntary” recall of treats from May 2012 to September 2012 from Kasel Industries. This FDA report from Kasel Inc. did not involve ANY contaminated items, only “possibly” tainted products. As stated in the report “Kasel Industries has not received any reports of illnesses to date in connection with these products.” 

We’re sharing this information with you not because we believe anything is wrong but because your pet’s health and safety is paramount. And as an open company we would always rather err on the side of safety. However, we ask you to discard these treats if you believe you still possess them. We have tracking and lot numbers on all orders if you believe you might have purchased these treats. Please email for this information.  We will be emailing all customers that could have been potentially affected by this voluntary recall so you will receive personal contact from us.  

Please note, this is a completely isolated incident that makes up a minimal percentage of our total product offering. Though there have been zero reports of known health issues we ask that you be proactive and share with us if you have experienced otherwise.  Only the following items could have been affected and only from April – September of 2012.  Kasel manufacturers zero of our other products and their products were not stored or mixed with any of our other products.  

USA made Chicken Jerky in 16 oz. bags only 

Beef Knee Caps 

Sliced Buffalo Hearts 

Pork Jerky Strips 

Pork Snouts 

Lamb Hearts 

Lamb Jerky 

Turkey Jerky 

Beef Lobster Tails

Again, we share this with you because we value you and your pet. Please share this information with your friends and family. Thank you for your continual business and support. -BestBullySticks

Weekly Drool Recipe: Taco Treats via Yuki + Rocket

What’s better than a South of the Border tasty treat? Not much. Tacos pack a wallop of flavor and can be healthy, too! brings you Taco Treats via Yuki + Rocket for this week’s Drool Recipe! Let your dog savor this new favorite dog treat! Full recipe below!

Taco Shell

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • chicken broth


  • 1/4 cup finely shredded cheese
  • 1/8 cup carrots, chopped very small
  • 2 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup lean ground beef, cooked, cooled and in small crumbles
  • 1 large egg


1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Mix flour, brown rice flour, ground flax. Then mix in vegetable oil. Once you have incorporated the vegetable oil, slowly add chicken broth until the dough just begins to hold together. I would add chicken broth with a spoon, stir it, and then add more, spoon by spoon. Once you have added enough broth, knead dough until it becomes soft, 1-2 minutes. Shape dough into a disc, wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

3. While the dough is chilling, make the filling.

4. Mix finely shredded cheese, carrots, Italian parsley, and ground beef. Mix in the egg.

5. On a floured surface, roll out chilled dough, thinly. Cut out circular shapes.

6. Place a little filling on one side of the circle and flip the other side over. read more…

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Anarchy Animal Rescue

Anarchy Animal Rescue out of Staten Island, NY doesn’t necessarily take the pretty dogs. They simply take the dogs that need a helping hand, rehabilitate and then find responsible owners who will love these wonderful pups. But they also educate the public on the need for pet population control. spoke with co-founder Fran Grimaldi about her passionate, dedicated and connect dog rescue.

When & Why did you start?
Anarchy Animal Rescue was founded in Dec of 2010 out of need and desires to help address two major animal crises in this country – unwanted adoptable pets and the mistreatment and abuse of animals due to puppy mills.  Our goal is to find good, loving homes for as many pets as we can take in, care for medically and place in responsible homes. After years of working in various animal shelters and fostering and volunteering with local rescue groups, we decided the time has come to do on our own what we do best—save lives! Every year millions of homeless adoptable pets are surrendered to kill shelters across the country. The majority of those animals are put to death due to overcrowding of these shelters. Overcrowding is caused by people purchasing animals from pet stores or breeders, and by not spaying or neutering their pets. Every time a person buys a pet or allows their pet to breed, perfectly adoptable dogs and cats are killed in a shelter. It is a vicious cycle and can only be stopped with education, outreach and adoption. If everyone adopted their pets from shelters or rescue groups, there would be less euthanasia in our city pounds. When shelters are overcrowded we are called in to help. By us taking shelter pets into our rescue, we open up cages so the shelters have room for other animals that are coming in resulting is fewer animals being put to sleep. read more… Pucker Up, Pup! Winners Pucker Up, Pup is over! here are our winners! 


Overall Winner

Dog: Cutty
Owner: Courtney Starr Arlt

Cutty Love! Former resident of West Columbia Gorge Humane Society but has since found his Forever home!













Kisses for…


My Doggy Friends

Dog: Lola
Owner: Lauren Blann
Brick, NJ

Kiss me, doggy!! 

My Mom & Dad

Dog: Cooper
Owner: Debby Higgins
Townsend, MA 

Cooper and Daddy!








My Favorite Things

Owner: Barbara Ann Story

There’s nothing like a Mothers love. 


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