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Dogs Do the Funniest Things Essay Contest

Dogs do the Funniest Things essay contest Best Bully Sticks

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 3 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!

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* 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. 

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Emergencies do happen. Making it to the vet can be difficult, especially in the middle of the night. That is why being familiar with Basic First Aid procedures for pets is a great way to minimize harm and prevent emergency situations.

First and foremeost: Advanced veterinary first aid should only be administered by certified individuals or a veterinarian. Even if you’re certified to administer first aid on people, don’t try to play veterinarian! The American Red Cross is a great resource for education on the subject and even offers courses in Pet First Aid. Here are some basic steps you can take to ensure that both you and your pet prepared for anything.

First Aid Supplies

Keep a list of phone numbers on hand including your veterinarian's number, and others like the Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) and a local emergency veterinary clinic. In the event something happens to you, keep a friend’s number handy who is capable of caring for your pet in your absence. It’s also a good idea to maintain your pet’s medication and vaccination history for reference. The American Veterinary Medical Association has compiled a comprehensive list of pet first aid supplies that should be in your emergency kit.

Basic Procedures and Treatments

As important as these supplies are, proper knowledge of their use is crucial. BestBullySticks encourages all pet owners to become familiar with basic pet first aid. To get you started, we’ve put together a brief guide below outlining some common pet-related emergencies and treatments.

Choking

One of the most common emergencies, symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing and an excessive pawing of the mouth. First, look into your pet’s mouth to see if any foreign objects are present. If there is something blocking their airway, use tweezers or a pair of pliers to gently remove the object. However, be careful not to push the object further down the throat or spend too much time trying to remove it; you might be better off seeking immediate medical attention.

Animal First Aid AwarenessFractures

Limping or an outright inability to use a limb is usually an owners first sign of fractures or breaks. Pets should be immediately muzzled and checked for any bleeding. Carrying your pet can cause further damage and they should be placed on a stretcher for transportation. Never try to set a break or fracture yourself. Done improperly, this may cause irreparable damage.

Seizures

Do not attempt to restrain your pet during a seizure. Doing so may injure you and your pet. Move any heavy objects your pet could bump into such as furniture and be sure to time the seizure (usually 2-3 minutes). After your pet has come back around, contact your veterinarian.

 

Bleeding (External)

After muzzling your pet, identify the injured area. Using gauze or a clean bandage, apply firm pressure to the affected area for at least 3 minutes or until bleeding stops. If bleeding is severe and located on your pet’s legs, use an elastic band or clean t-shirt as a tourniquet between the wound and body. Once you've stopped the bleeding, seek veterinary attention.

Poisoning

More difficult to identify, there are a wide range of symptoms exhibited by an exposure to toxins. Vomiting, convulsions,  diarrhea and weakness are among the most common. Do not induce vomiting. Instead, identify the source of poisoning and contact poison control.

sick dog

Animal CPR

If you ever discover you pet to be unconscious, administering CPR can save a life. The American Animal Hospital Association has assembled a thorough guide for performing pet CPR

Of course, not everyone needs to be certified — or even take courses for that matter — but knowing how to respond and care for animals properly in an emergency situation is important. BestBullySticks hopes you never run into an emergency. Being prepared never hurts, though. From our selection of dog apparel — essential for extreme climates— to custom dog tags and leashes, we’ve got you covered! So take the time to review the information above and if you are interested, enroll in the American Red Cross’ first aid course.

For even more information, check out our four-part series on animal first aid covering first aid kits and disaster preparedness, treating dog burns, treating dog bites, and CPR and Heimlich for canines.

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!!

What's different about your rescue?
The Mia Foundation only helps animals born with birth defects. We concentrate on the special needs animals but also help and share ALL animals needing homes.

Marcy The Mia Foundation

What is the greatest success story or "win" that your rescue has had?
In July, 2012 I received several pleas about a newborn puppy in Florida that was on Craigslist for free. She had a cleft palate and the breeder wanted the puppy out of the house by 7 pm that night. I found a foster home in Florida willing to get the baby at only hours old, and tube-feed her. We had her evaluated by a specialist at a few weeks old and it was determined that Marcy only had a cleft lip and her palate was perfectly normal. Marcy started eating dog food at 4 weeks old and never needed surgery to survive. She only needed help getting to the point where she could eat on her own. She is a perfect example of why all animals should be given a chance. Most vets would have suggested putting her down at birth. Marcy was adopted by a loving family in October 2012 and is a perfect, normal, happy puppy!!

For more stories amazing rescue stories of the Mia Foundation visit their website.

What's the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?
The most rewarding thing about The Mia Foundation is the little faces that enter my life with little or no chance. When you see an animal that may not have legs keep up with the rest or a cleft palate baby eat on their own, it puts a smile on your face and a warmth in your heart like nothing else could. It is such a beautiful feeling to be able to look into the eyes of these animals and give them hope, love and a chance at a wonderful life.

What can people do to help your rescue?
They can go to The Mia Foundation website http://www.themiafoundation.com where they can donate, They can also send supplies for the animals, such as food, piddle pads, toys, medical supplies, etc. They can sign up to be a Mia's Angel (Volunteer position for fostering/transporting/etc.) We also have people that do fundraisers and some that create jewelry, dog clothes, etc. to sell.

A big THANK YOU to all that the Mia Foundation does for their special needs dogs. Visit their website to find out more about this great rescue. 

 

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.

After her rescue, Lily spent the remainder of her life as a beloved member of the Strader family where she received medical care, warmth and companionship. In time, Lily found courage and her disfigured little body educated countless people about the horrors of the puppy mill industry. Lily died, at home, peacefully, in the arms of her loving dad with her family gathered around, in May 2008, fifteen months after she was rescued.

What's different about your rescue?

Our organization rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes discarded commercial breeding dogs as well as educate the public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.

National Mill Dog Rescue

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

Lily was born, raised and perhaps had 13 litters of puppies at the Reedgate Kennels before we were able to buy her at auction. Her time there was spent in a wire cage with a board to sleep on and a rabbit water bottle to drink from. While in the mill she received little or no vet care and because of this she lost all her teeth and her lower jaw rotted off, which is not unusual for the smaller breeds in the puppy mills. Everything that was precious to her was taken away (her puppies). The human hand brought only misery.  She was loved until she passed away 15 months after being rescued.

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

Seeing dogs who have known nothing but the 'cage' their entire lives, blossom & grow into a beloved pet.

 

What can people do to help your rescue?

Donate - as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we rely solely on the generosity of our supporters to continue our mission.  Veterinary care is an enormous expense when rescuing mill dogs. A typical retired "breeder dog" is 5-7 years old, has spent its entire life in a small filthy wire cage, has been bred literally almost to death, and in most cases has never received any veterinary care. Upon rescue, we see a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, some are life-threatening.  Each rescue trip typically costs $2,500.

BestBullySticks says Thank-You to National Mill Dog Rescue for your hard work and efforts in saving dogs. We sincerely admire and are proud to support National Mill Dog Rescue. For more information visit National Mill Dog Rescue website or follow National Mill Dog Rescue’s Facebook page.

To read more inspiring stories, browse all of BestBullySticks Rescue Spotlights.

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