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BBS Rescue Spotlight: National Mill Dog Rescue

National Mill Dog Rescue recently received a donation from BestBullySticks.com. We always love learning more about the rescues we donate to and sharing their stories with our customers and fans. We are grateful for National Mill Dog Rescue’s experience and the care and love they pour out on dogs. Keep reading for more about National Mill Dog Rescue, their beginnings, their inspiration and their successes.

When & Why did you start?

NMDR

National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country.

During her years as a breeding dog, Lily spent all of her days confined to a small, cold wire cage in a dark, foul-smelling barn. Never was she removed from her cage for exercise or socialization. In her dreary confines, Lily was forced to produce one litter after another with no respite. Like all commercial breeding dogs, she was a veritable breeding machine whose worth was measured in only one way – her ability to produce puppies.

By seven years of age, Lily was worn out. Commonplace in the industry, she had received little to no veterinary care throughout her life, the result of which, for her, was terribly disturbing. Due to years of no dental care, poor quality food, rabbit bottle watering and no appropriate chew toys, the roof of Lily’s mouth and lower jaw, had rotted away. Her chest was riddled with mammary tumors and she was absolutely terrified of people.

Strader brought Lily and twelve others home from the auction and declares that even for a highly seasoned rescuer, the following months were the education of a lifetime in rehabilitation. That she would take up the cause for the mill dogs was never in question and National Mill Dog Rescue was promptly underway. IIn six years, NMDR has rescued more than 8,700 puppy mill survivors.

Run almost solely by volunteers, NMDR has pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the puppy mill industry. Through widespread informative efforts, NMDR hopes to educate the public to acquire their companion animals through reputable breeders or better yet, from shelters and rescue groups across the country. read more…

Dogs Do the Funniest Things Essay Contest

Dogs do the Funniest Things Contest

Announcing our newest contest, Dogs do the Funniest Things! We know many of you probably have SEVERAL funny stories about your dog– after all, our pets can be one of our biggest sources of laughter!

Tell us in 500 words or less one or some of the funniest things your dog has done. Was this a wacky, one time thing or does Spot jump into a car every time he sees an open door or snag hot dogs at cookouts whenever he can then play innocent?

We want to hear!

Enter the Dogs Do the Funniest Things Essay Contest

Best Bully Sticks: Freebie Friday Toy Giveaway

Who doesn’t love something free, especially on Fridays? Every Friday for a limited time, we will randomly choose a Twitter follower to Win a Toy Pack from Best Bully Sticks.

The Toy Pack contains 4 toys from a variety of 6 possible toys.  Perfect to keep Fido happy while you are gone at work or for playtime on the weekend. Summer is coming soon–let’s play!

Here are the toys in our Giveaway:

Best Bully Sticks Dog Toy Giveaway

Clockwise from left to right:

  • Max Rope Toy
  • Chase N Chomp Rolling Barrel Of Fun
  • Molly Rope Toy
  • Moody Pet Humunga Lips
  • Caitec Rib Cage
  • Zogoflex Jive- Small Pink

 How can you win?

1) Follow Best Bully Sticks on Twitter if you don’t already

2) Enter our Best Bully Sticks Friday Freebie Toy Giveaway on FRIDAYS between 9:00am and 11:59pm ET.

Rafflecopter app will be available at 9:00am ET Friday.

A Toy Pack winner will be randomly selected and notified the following Monday!

Best Bully Sticks dogGood luck!

* Please note, these items are no longer carried by Best Bully Sticks and are not available for purchase on our site. Items will be selected randomly. The Giveaway will continue until supplies last. 

BBS Rescue Spotlight: The Mia Foundation

The Mia FoundationDogs at Play Charity Contest

BestBullySticks.com recently awarded The Mia Foundation a charitable donation after winning our Dogs at Play Charity Photo Contest. This great organization helps pets with birth defects that no one else will take. Read on to learn about the inspiring Mia the Chihuahua and more amazing pet rescues. We spoke with Sue Rogers, founder of the organization.

When & Why did you start?
The Mia Foundation was established in April of 2012 after the death of our precious Chihuahua, Mia.  This is her story.

My precious Mia was born with a cleft palate. Mia had several surgeries, (all of which had failed.) Although she was taken to the top Universities and to the top Veterinarians, she was given little hope of survival. I was told that euthanasia was best. I refused to give up on her and vowed to fight for her as long as she continued to fight. She was given a chance at life and even though her life was short-lived, she lived it to the fullest. She had to face many medical obstacles on her journey here, but she never let it overpower her love for life. Mia has inspired over 11,000 people from all over the world and continues to create Miracles every day.

Sadly, Mia passed away from pneumonia on April 11th, 2012 two months shy of her 2nd birthday. Her legacy lives on through The Mia Foundation which was created in her honor.

Mia The ChihuahuaThe Mia Foundation was developed to give animals born with birth defects a fighting chance. Mia was given a chance and in return gave so much love, hope and inspiration to people all around the world. I have come to realize that Mia was sent here to help us all in whatever way possible. She was brought to this earth to show us courage and unconditional love, she was here to bring loving, caring people together from all over the world and to teach us all to never give up no matter what obstacles we may face. She taught us to be brave, to be strong, and to smile in the face of adversity. Most importantly, she taught us all how to love unconditionally!!

Since her death, Mia’s story has inspired people to adopt animals with birth defects that may have otherwise been overlooked or not given a chance at life and love. Mia has educated thousands of people from all walks of life on how to care for a special needs animal. She has raised awareness as to, “If they are born, they deserve a chance to live!!” Because of her strength, determination, love and will to live, she has enriched the lives of countless individuals. She had a zest for life unlike any I have ever seen. Her tiny paw left a huge imprint on so very many hearts.

Mia has shown us all that miracles really do exist. She changed the world with just one smile!! read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Carob Dipped Bully Sticks

If you have given your dog(s) a bully stick, you know that he or she is perfectly content to feast on that chew by itself!

But if you want to make Fido’s favorite pasttime even more special, try this easy DIY dog treat recipe – Carob Dipped Bully Sticks – from our founder and CEO himself!

Ingredients

Optional Toppings

What you’ll need

  • Double Boiler / Fondue Pot
  • Silicon Mat / Non-Stick Surface
  • Spatulas

Let the Cooking begin!

This VIDEO marks our 1st video cooking demonstration at Best Bully Sticks, so we hope that you enjoy!

For more fun videos on treats and chews found on BestBullySticks.com, see the Best Bully Sticks YouTube channel.

Weekly Drool Recipe: Banana Pupcakes via The Blond Cook

banana-pupcakes The Blond Cook Best Bully Sticks

Today we are featuring a mouthwatering recipe from Amy aka The Blond Cook!

Her recipe for Banana Pupcakes won us over because dogs deserve their cake, too! This soft texture of this pupcake is great for older dogs, puppies, those with dental sensitivities and all in between! The banana and honey are naturally sweet to give your pup a tasty treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line muffin tins with muffin liners, or spray with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and stir well with a large spoon until blended.
  4. Fill muffin tins about 1/2 full with batter.
  5. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle is removed clean.

Recipe courtesy of Three Dog Bakery

Bone appétit!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Wheat-Free Tuna Treats via 3m Bakery

Today we are featuring a dog treat recipe courtesy of Jude and the 3m’s (Mac, Maesie and Matilda)! These Wheat-free Tuna Treats are one of their favorite treats. The ingredients are simple, and we love that Jude includes the nutritional benefits of the ingredients. Let’s get baking!

Wheat Free Tuna Dog Treats

WHEAT FREE TUNA TREATS

  • 1½ cups Oat flour
  • 1 cup yellow Polenta (If you prefer corn-free, increase Oat flour by 1 extra cup)
  • 1 small can tuna in oil, undrained
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder – gluten free, aluminum free
  • 1 small garlic clove – pressed (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • ⅓ cup water

Instructions

Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk tuna in oil with the water, egg, pressed garlic and oil.
Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until well combined and form into a ball.
Turn out dough on to a floured surface and knead lightly.
Roll dough out to about ¼ inch thickness.
Using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut into shapes and place on cookie tray OR .
Repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place until all the dough is used.
Bake for 25 minutes, depending on your oven.
Remove from oven, flip the cookies over and allow them to rest on the cookie tray for about 5 – 10 minutes.
Remove cookies from tray and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: about 24 medium sized crumbly textured cookies.

For storage instructions and more, see the full recipe at 3mbakery.com!

Many thanks to Jude, Mac, Maesie and Matilda for sharing this delicious dog treat recipe.

For more drool-worthy homemade dog treat recipes, see our Drool Dog Recipes Best Bully Sticks Pinterest board!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Healthy Springtime Doggy Snack

Happy Spring to you and your dog(s)! We are sharing some dog recipe goodness from Kirby the Dorkie in this week’s Spring-themed Drool Recipe: Roasted Baby Carrots. After all, what symbolizes spring and promotes good eyesight better than carrots?!

These orange veggies are chock-full of beta-carotene and Vitamin A. While raw carrots are a healthy, crunchy treat excellent for dental cleaning, they can’t be broken down fully in your dogs’ digestive tracts. In other words, your dog won’t absorb all of the carrots’ nutrients. That’s why cooked carrots are vitamin-rich snack for Fido!

This recipe is super-easy: both on your time and wallet. Even better, even the most novice in the kitchen can master it!

 Ingredients

- 1 bag baby carrots

- 1/4 cup light olive oil

- Pinch sea salt

- Pinch cayenne pepper  

 Preparation Instructions

1. Cut any large carrots in half lengthwise and place all the carrots in bowl.

2. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper.

3. Using your hand, toss until the carrots are completely coated.

4. Spread out on a foil lined jelly roll pan or shallow baking dish.

Thanks to Kirby the Dorkie and Mom, Debby, for sharing this fun and easy recipe! Carrots have wonderful health benefits for both you and your dog!

Bone appetit!

 For more drool-worthy homemade dog treat recipes, see our Drool Dog Recipes Best Bully Sticks Pinterest board!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Puppermints for St Patty’s via My Dog’s Breakfast

 

St Patty’s is coming soon, and we thought what better way to celebrate than with a holiday-themed recipe for pups? The green color from this recipe is not from artificial dyes but rather from good-for-you kale, mint and parsley. Do we smell fresher breath already? 

We love that this recipe from My Dog’s Breakfast has both a wheat and gluten-free recipe for dogs who have sensitive stomachs or dietary restrictions. Check out the full recipe below.

 Ingredients: Gluten free Puppermints

2 1/2 cups All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 cup parsley
1 cup kale
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
1 TBS honey
1TSP salt

 

Ingredients: Wheat Puppermints
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
1 TBS honey
1 tsp salt

Directions

Whiz your parsley, mint, kale and water in your blender or whatever you have that will do the trick. Add to large mixing bowl. Add the canola oil, honey, salt and stir. Then slowly add the dry ingredients and mix together, then knead a little bit until dough ball forms. Some flour mixtures make this a bit more crumbly, just add small amounts of water until you’re happy with the texture. This should be a moist dough so you will need to sprinkle a good amount of gf flour to roll out. Roll out dough to about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thickness. I used a (proper measuring) teaspoon to make them round. After you make the cut out, you can just smoosh them into the teaspoon if you want make them rounder on the top (like you see in the picture).

Bake at 250 degrees for 30-40 minutes. I like to cook them at a low temp because I find that natural colours stay stronger this way.

Let us know if you make these lucky-green dog treats!

Thanks to Jen at My Dog’s Breakfast for sharing this recipe. Be sure to check out her other great recipes!

For more drool-worthy homemade dog treat recipes, see our Drool Dog Recipes Best Bully Sticks Pinterest board!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Potato Bacon Peanut Butter via Doggy Dessert Chef

This week we are featuring a scrumdiddlyumptious drool-worthy recipe from Doggy Dessert Chef. Fido will surely be willing to do a trick or two when he smells these protein-packed savory goodies. If your dog has a sensitive tummy, you’ll be happy to know that these treats are wheat, gluten, and grain free.

Happy baking!

Ingredients
2 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1 cup Potato Flour
1 cup Milk

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.
3. Once dough is well mixed roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Press down on the tops to flatten.
4. Place on your prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen rounds.

Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing this great recipe!  We hope your dog enjoys these easy-to-make homemade treats.

For more drool-worthy homemade dog treat recipes, see our Drool Dog Recipes Best Bully Sticks Pinterest board!