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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!

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!!

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. 

 

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

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!

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