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BBS Photo Contest: Dogs and their Humans!

Best Bully Sticks Dogs and their Humans Contest Blog

We have a New contest for our Best Bully Sticks fans that celebrates the human-dog bond!
The Prizes: 4 Best Bully Sticks prize packs worth over $300, including a $100 Gift Certificate to buy PLENTY of treats and goodies of your choice!

There are 3 Categories in which to Enter:

Right at Home
Out and About
Holiday Celebration

GRAND Prize for Most Photogenic Dog and Human, chosen by Best Bully Sticks
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Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Dog Treats

 

PB Sweet Potato Dog Treats Healthy Dog Blog
It’s that time of year…
when the temperature is rising, and you AND your dog just wanna stay cool! Today we are featuring an easy dog treat recipe from Lindsay of the Lean Green Bean!

Many dogs love icy treats, and this one combines the great flavor of nutritious sweet potato and peanut butter.

Cool off and let your freezer do the work!

 

Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Recipe Best Bully Sticks Dog Blog

Ingredients

  • 1/2  cup roasted sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter

Directions
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Community Events: Ultimate Air Dogs at Dominion River Rock

Best Bully Sticks has participated the last few years at Dominion River Rock, the East Coast’s premier outdoor sports and music festival held in Richmond, VA. Events include biking, trail running, bouldering, kayaking, and our favorite, the Ultimate Air Dogs. If you haven’t seen these dogs in action, prepare your eyes for some amazing feats! These adventurous pups take the concept of “Go Fetch!” to a whole other level.

Watch the video below to see highlights from the 2014 Ultimate Air Dogs Dominion River Rock festival.


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Vote to Support Canine Cancer Awareness!

Did you know that more than 1 in 3 dogs dies each year due to cancer? This tragic statistic needs to change!

Best Bully Sticks is passionate about our canine family members, which is why we are partnering with the National Canine Cancer Foundation to raise funds to help prevent these unnecessary deaths.


Join us
in the Fight against Canine Cancer by voting for your favorite Canine Cancer Survivor each day between May 22 and June 1, 2014. This is a charity contest to support the National Canine Cancer Foundation.


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FETCH a Cure during Pet Cancer Awareness Month and every month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated every May, when vets, scientists, pet owners and more shed light even more on the tragic number of cancer-related deaths that happen to our pets each year in the US and worldwide. The statistics on cancer in dogs are startling– an estimated 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.

Best Bully Sticks reached out to a wonderful non-profit in Richmond, VA, FETCH a Cure, to find out how this local organization is helping the fight against canine cancer.  We spoke with Rosemary Seltzer, Companions in Crisis Coordinator at FETCH a Cure, to learn more about their programs and hear an AMAZING success story or two.
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Dog Care 101: Caring for a Sick and Dehydrated Dog

Got Water? Water is essential to humans and pets for a healthy & happy life. When dogs becomes ill, it’s very easy for them to become dehydrated & lethargic.

Canine dehydration is a serious issue that can become life-threatening if not properly treated. It is important to constantly hydrate your dog back to health.

Here are some simple tips on how to care for a dehydrated sick dog and get him on the road to recovery & back to his old tricks again:

1. Seek out a certified vet. Your dog may be too ill or dehydrated for you to nurse her back to health and may need vet observation of emergency assistance.
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Doggie Granola Bars

This week we are featuring a fun recipe from My Dog’s Breakfast: Doggie Granola Bars. These wholesome treats feature whole grains and chicken broth that your dog will love.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients

DOGGIE GRANOLA BARS:

2 cups of flour (rye or whole wheat)
1 cup of rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup of wheat germ
½ cup of cooked quinoa or other seeds such as pumpkin
2 TBP of dry milk powder (*optional)
¼ tsp salt (*optional)
1 egg
1 cup of no salt or low sodium chicken broth
½ cup of water
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
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2014 Woofstock and Strut your Mutt Event

Best Bully Sticks loves participating in dog-friendly community events! Each year, Richmond Animal League, a no-kill animal shelter in Richmond, VA, holds their Woofstock and Strut your Mutt Events to show the community some of their adoptable dogs and bring together dogs from the Greater Richmond area.

See our video of Richmond Animal League‘s Annual Woofstock and Strut your Mutt Event below!

In April we also attended the XL102 Chili Cook Off where our Jumbo Cow Ears were a HUGE hit!

Blueberry Venison & Sweet Potato Gelatin Gummy Paws Dog Treat Recipe

Blueberry VenisonThis week we are featuring a scrumptious dog treat recipe from Woof Woof Mama: Blueberries Venison & Sweet Potato Gummy Paws!

Blueberries, sweet potatoes, and venison in a gummy– this is something your dog is sure to love!
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BBS Rescue Spotlight: Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

Best Bully Sticks recently awarded Marley’s Mutts a charitable contribution for submitting the winning photo of Hooch below in our Dogs at Play Charity Photo Contest.

“Hooch is a French Mastiff who had his tongue savagely ripped out of his mouth, his ears chopped off and his tail broken. When we rescued him, he was malnourished and forty pounds underweight. Today, Hooch is a healthy, happy and very agile guy! His favorite past times include doing ballet while playing ball, slobbering all over everything, snuggling, visiting kids with autism and other disabilities, and spreading inspiration, hope and love everywhere he goes!

About  Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

When & Why did you start?

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue is a 501c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving death-row-dogs in Kern County’s high-kill animal shelters. As founder Zach Skow faced the repercussions of alcoholism in the form of life-threatening liver disease, Marley’s Mutts was the healing force that saved his life. It has since saved the lives of literally thousands of dogs that otherwise would’ve surely perished. Since its inception in 2009, Marley’s Mutts has earned a stellar reputation in Kern County and the State of California, and has even garnered worldwide attention for captivating stories of survival and redemption through individual dogs. Zach and Marley’s Mutts have been endorsed by such prestigious figures as Dr. Drew, Marie Osmond, Cesar Millan and Oprah Winfrey.

 

What’s different about your rescue?

Marley’s Mutts is far more than a dog rescue. We have become a force of motivation and inspiration by connecting emotionally with our nearly 1 million engaged users on Facebook. We have an exponentially growing “cult following” in the social media sphere. Bearing witness to the power of the human-canine bond in our own lives, we encourage our supporters to perceive dog rescue not as a tragic or futile pursuit, but rather an opportunity to become better human beings, and an empowering mission in which we can all share and change the world, one dog and one day at a time!

What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had?

Marleys mutts hooch

Marley’s Mutts has had so many phenomenal, almost “otherworldly” success stories, it is virtually impossible to describe just one. But the dog whose story is probably most recognizable to the world is Hooch’s story:

Hooch is a French Mastiff with badly cropped ears, a broken tail, no tongue…and a spirit so bright as to outshine all the darkness that has befallen him.

After Hooch had languished in the Bakersfield shelter for more than a month, our friends at Kern County Animal Control informed us that we were his last hope for rescue. A mysterious case, Hooch wouldn’t eat or drink, and would instead thrash his food and water bowls around like a maniac. By the time we pulled him to freedom, he was 35 pounds underweight – starving, dehydrated and severely malnourished.

Never thinking to “check for” a missing tongue, those involved in Hooch’s case thought he might have a broken or dislocated jaw that was causing his strange behavior surrounding the ingestion of nutrients (or lack thereof.) When we took him to see our trusty cohorts at San Joaquin Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Willis sedated Hooch to ready him for x-rays, and made the gruesome discovery that Hooch’s tongue had been savagely removed at its base, likely in an attempt to prime him for the dog-fighting arena.

Hooch had a feeding tube implanted immediately in hopes that he’d gain a substantial amount of weight quickly, after which we would remove the tube and try to teach him how to eat and drink. It seemed it would be a long and arduous road to recovery, but Hooch has blown our minds at every milestone along the way. The world watched as we fed an “upright” Hooch in a Bailey Chair, then began simply placing moistened kibble in his mouth and, with a little help from gravity, down the hatch it went! Hooch has taught himself to suck up water, using his snaggle-tooth-under-bite to supplement an impressive slurping mechanism.

Even more impressive than Hooch’s physical recovery by extreme adaptability, is his complete lack of fear or resentment toward human beings. Hooch loves every person he meets. So much so, in fact, that he now works in a therapeutic capacity with special needs children. Because of his miraculous disposition and ability to inspire and delight, we have decided to keep Hooch as our own. As our signature “Miracle Mutt”, Hooch will be able to fulfill his destiny, as an ambassador for of all that is good and right in the world.

While we could let vengeance darken our hearts on Hooch’s behalf, we choose instead to honor the invaluable lessons he has taught us: To live in the moment and forgive the past, to face each day with the vulnerability born of trusting, and to enjoy the simplest of pleasures as the most profound. In spite of the evil that took his tongue, Hooch is a happy dog with nothing but love to give! He shows us by example that in spite of horrific circumstances, we can adapt, we can go on living, and we can do so with a lust for life that is unstoppable and contagious!

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?

Marley’s Mutts is an organization that offers all who get involved the opportunity to expand and evolve and, in turn, help the organization do the same. This organization is the perfect example of a whole being greater than than the sum of its parts. Every person who joins us and lends their time, energy and love is special and unique, and we each bring something important to the table. This group’s function — and great success – very much depends on the supportive interdependence between its members. This includes volunteers, foster families, shelter workers, veterinary staff, board members, supporters and adopters. It is so rewarding to be a part of a huge, collective force for GOOD!

What can people do to help your rescue?

For those who are local to Kern County, we encourage people to fill out volunteer applications on our website: http//www.marleysmutts.com.

We can always use people’s different talents and skills for various events or projects! For those who aren’t nearby, we always appreciate monetary donations, of course, specifically because we are raising money for a new facility!

To learn more about how to donate to our building fund, people can check out our campaign on fundrazr.comhttps://fundrazr.com/campaigns/0dQh3. Over all, we just love to keep people involved and up to date on all the cool stuff we having going on, which they can do by bookmarking our website and liking us on Facebook!

Best Bully Sticks dogBest Bully Sticks thanks Marley’s Mutts Rescue for sharing their story and all the work they do for local rescue dogs.

Stay tuned for more Rescue Spotlights in the future!

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