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Happy Dogust First!

With logo For all pet parents out there who don’t know their adopted dog’s birthday, August 1 is the perfect time to celebrate! DOGust 1st is the official birthday for any shelter pets whose date of birth is unknown. August 1 is now a globally-accepted holiday that gives these amazing animals their much-needed support and recognition!

While many parents celebrate their dog’s birthday on the day he orshe was adopted, now parents and their dogs can join everyone in this festive occasion! One day a year, dog lovers nationwide are able to wish their family, friends, and neighbors, a ‘Happy Dogust 1st’ and spoil their dogs with delicious treats or chews. Let’s celebrate the fact that shelter animals around the world have found (and will find) loving forever homes!

North Shore Animal League America’s spokesperson, Beth Ostrosky, said, “A birthday celebration is an opportunity to express our sentiments for one another. These wonderful animals, many still waiting patiently in shelters for their adopters, are so full of life and love, and live to please us. Now we have a day set aside to honor them and return the unconditional love and adoration they give us, day after day. These sweet animals crave our affection and company, so we can imagine the warm feelings they will experience from all the extra attention on their special day, DOGust the First.” It is truly a wonderful time of year, and it’s a great excuse for spoiling the amazing dog in your life!

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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?

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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!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: The Mia Foundation

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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…

BBS Celebrates: Adopt A Senior Dog Month!

Adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make. However, you want to head into this decision with a lot of wisdom and research. Adopting puppies is great, but BestBullySticks.com wants to let you in on another choice that might be even better for your family: adopting an adult or senior dog.

November is Adopt-A-Senior Dog Month, so here are some reasons why adopting an oldie but a goodie might be a wonderful option.

Less Work: Puppies are a lot of work: they need lots of just about everything including exercise, training, socialization and more. For most old dogs, this is old hat.

Mature in Every Way: An older dog already has a well-defined personality, emotional and physical characteristics. Whereas a puppy goes though many changes, a mature dog doesn’t hide much.

Good for First-Time Adopters: If you’re a first time adopter, or even dog owner, an older dog is probably the best match for you! This way a future puppy parent can ease in to dog ownership and responsibility, whereas adopting a puppy requires much more time for training, exercise and socialization. Instead of potential chaos, you’re more likely to get plenty of calm and ease from a senior dog.

Will Love You Just As Much: No matter a senior dog’s former life, dogs have very large hearts and when they’re truly cared for, will love their companions wholly.

Be A Rebel: At a shelter, many people overlook older dogs, but you can be a rebel! Do something others don’t: love on an older dog. BestBullySticks.com knows it will be a rewarding experience.

To find out more about adopting a senior dog, read the ASPCA’s Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

Have you adopted an adult or senior dog? Tell us your success stories! 

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