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Rescue Dogs, Then and Now: Ruby Jean of K9 ResQ of Alabama

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In 2012, an adorable pittie named Ruby Jean was entered into one of our charity rescue dogs contests. This girl is a survivor!

Here is her story:

“Ruby was found at a home completely destroyed by the catastrophic April 27, 2011 tornadoes in Alabama. She was severely emaciated and so hungry she had resorted to eating road kill. She is blind in one eye and has a bum paw as a result of an (old) untreated injury. She is thriving in her awesome foster home where she’s made new 2 and 4 legged friends. She keeps everyone laughing with silly antics! Her future is so bright it sparkles…like a RUBY!”

We contacted K9 ResQof Alabama to see how Ruby Jean has been doing the last few years!

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They said, “Ruby Jean has been adopted by a wonderful family!  She is spoiled rotten and her larger than life personality shines.  She has her very own FaceBook page where she often talks about life on the “RJC” (Ruby Jean Compound).  She is comical and heart-warming at the same time.”

Her owner, Gina, added “RJ (Ruby Jean) is a foster failure– after a year or more of fostering her, we knew she was family!”

 

Best Bully Sticks loves heartwarming rescue stories like Ruby Jean’s!

Follow us on Facebook to learn more about our Charity Contests and other Contests. We have one that just started February 4, 2016!

Tasty, Healthy, Dog-Worthy Foods

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January is a time when many of us think about how we can improve our diet and exercise. While you’re making efforts to incorporate more fresh vegetables and other ingredients into your daily meals, don’t forget about your four-legged family members!

Today’s post on dog-worthy foods is a guest article from writer Ash Stevens.

 

 

 

 

We may have all grown up with dogs eating kibble, but commercial dog food is a rather recent development. Dog food started being produced in the 1930’s, so those big, heavy bags of kibble haven’t even been around a hundred years. Our growing understanding of canine nutrition and balanced diets has allowed companies to create some premium dog food, but the home kitchen still possesses some alluring tastes and smells that can make a positively drool-worthy treat for the average dog.

Veggies
The list of of canine-friendly veggies goes on and on. Green beans, peas, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes, and cauliflower are all safe for dogs. Many of them can even be prepared along with our own veggie sides and be grilled or baked. Vegetables like carrots, zucchini, celery, and cucumber can be eaten raw and once grated, sprinkled over their bowl of dinner kibble. Herbs like mint and parsley can also be included, and they happen to make for some colorful breath-freshening treats.

Fruits
When it comes to fruit, it’s hard to go wrong. Apples, oranges, bananas, melons, and berries make a pleasant addition to just about any dog belly. They pack a blast of sweet flavor that their taste buds are sure to appreciate, and their bodies will enjoy the extra vitamins and minerals. While most dogs may be ready to scarf down fruits in their entirety, please be aware that certain fruit seeds and skins dogs should avoid: apple seeds, stone fruit pits, and banana peels. Stay on the safe side and set aside the fruity extras for the trash or compost pile.

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Brown rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat breads can be eaten in moderation by many dogs. These foods come with a helpful boost of energy plus fiber and other nutrients, but they should still be kept to a minimum. In general, (safe) human foods should comprise no more than 10% of a dog’s diet*.

Meat
Anyone cooking up chicken and beef at home knows the alluring powers meat has over dogs. Dogs may eat commercial dog food thanks to modern life and advanced technology, but before that they were eating scraps. And before they were eating table scraps, they were hunting in packs for animals. Without a doubt, meat is a craving they’re hardwired for.

Many of us already feed our pup leftover morsels of meat, but some people have taken it a step further by adopting a diet of raw meat, organs, and bones for their dogs. There’s debate on both sides concerning the safety, benefits, and nutritional balance with putting a dog on a raw diet but lean cooked meat will generally get a thumbs up from the dog doctor.

If you feed your dog occasional morsels from the kitchen, keep in mind that chocolate isn’t the only food that dogs should avoid. There are potential health risks for dogs who consume grapes, avocados, and macadamia nuts, so avoid handing out these doggie no-no’s**! As always, remember to talk with your vet so that you can learn more about the individual needs of your dog and the human foods that would best fit with their lifestyle. Then you’re all set to prepare some healthful foods for you and your dog!

Happy cooking, everybody!

 

Ash Stevens guest write

 

About the Author

Ash Stevens is a mother and writer who loves spending time in the garden, searching for simplicity, and figuring out ways to get the Labrador to parent her children. If she isn’t writing about family and relationships on her blog, then she’s playing badminton with the kids and their furry friends. You can follow her on Twitter at @AshStevens000.

 

 

Resources:

*People Foods Your Dog Can Eat

** Which Foods Are Toxic For Your Pet?

7 Dog Resolutions for the New Year

2015 has come to an end, meaning new wishes and possibilities for the new year!

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Here are 7 Dog Resolutions for Fido to be happy and healthy in 2016:

1. Stay active and enjoy a daily walk or other exercise.

2. Get plenty of rest (that’s usually not a hard one!)

3. Stay hydrated.

4. Take time to play– with fellow dogs or your human(s).

5. Be a good boy or girl for your mom and/or dad!

6. Enjoy a DIY dog treat occasionally (they’re made with love!)

7. Last but not least, enjoy a daily chew from Best Bully Sticks for less visits to the doggy dentist!

 

Happy New Year from Best Bully Sticks! Wishing you and your dog health and happiness in 2016

 

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9 Ways to Celebrate Fall with your Dog

The air has turned chillier, and leaves are turning color and starting to fall. Autumn is a wonderful season to enjoy time outdoors with your dog! Whether it’s going on a long walk in the park or a game of fetch in the backyard, your dog deserves some quality time in what many argue to be their favorite season.

Best Bully Sticks has put together a list of 9 Fall Fun Ideas below for you and your dog. We hope that you get to do one or all of these before winter weather sets in! (Click on the image to enlarge)

Halloween News: We have a special page just for Halloween! Check out Best Bully Sticks Halloween Sales leading up to October 31 for Spooktacular Savings on dog chews and other cold weather necessities.

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Drool Dog Recipe: No-Flea Dog Biscuits

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This week’s drool-worthy dog biscuit recipe by Judy at The Midnight Baker features a tasty treat made from brewer’s yeast to repel fleas! Brewer’s yeast is not only palatable to dogs, it promotes a shiny coat and is quite healthy, too. Your pooch will love these wholesome treats, and you’ll love knowing that fleas will be kept at bay!

Thank you, Judy, for sharing this fantastic recipe: No-Flea Dog Biscuits.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

– 2 cups oats

– 1 cup powdered brewer’s yeast

– 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or any flour)

– 1 egg

– 3/4 cup water

– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Blueberries Nut n Honey Dog Treats

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Give your dog a real reason to drool with these lip-smacking Blueberries Nut n Honey Dog Treats from Sugar the Golden Retriever! Made with blueberries as its main ingredient, these treats are safe for almost every dog. Blueberries are also rich with natural fiber and vitamin C. These wholesome, yet mouthwatering treats are the perfect way to give your dog a delicious health boost!

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups of Flour
  • 1/2 cup of Oats
  • A bowl or 1 cup of Blueberries
  • 1/3 cup of Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp – 1/4 Oil
  • 1 1/3 cup of Water

Directions:
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Crunchy Meaty Bites Dog Treats

crunchymeatybites Crunchy Meaty Bite dog treats by Zippy the Whippet are delicious DIY dog treats made with three ingredients! They provide your dog with a much-needed protein boost and a tasty treat all in one! They are very easy-to-make, and we are positive your dog will love them!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rice flour
  • 1 cup of cooked meat (we used steak and chicken)
  • 1 egg

Directions:
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Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter + Jam Freezies Dog Treats

Jam FreeziesSummer is getting pretty HOT! Let your dog cool off with these refreshing Peanut Butter + Jam Freezies Dog Treats from Laura Benn of Pawsh Magazine & Studio! They are a longer-lasting treat that will provide your pup with tons of tasty entertainment.  Peanut Butter + Jam Freezies are easy to make and will keep your pooch hydrated while providing healthy proteins!

Ingredients: 

  • About 12 medium to large strawberries (organic is preferable)
  • 3-4 spoonfuls of all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of cold water

Directions:
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BestBullySticks 4th of July Dog Treat Sale!

best bully sticks 4th of julyBest Bully Sticks offers a wide variety of American-made dog treats and chews perfect for your patriotic pup! As we humans celebrate this coming holiday with family, friends, and great food, we believe the pooches of America should do the same. Give your dog one of these delicious, all-natural chews that will have him jumping for joy this Independence Day and take advantage of our dog treat sale!

 
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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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