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Rescue Spotlight: Providing for Paws

Dogs belong with families. And families should have dogs. If you believe these two things like Best Bully Sticks does, then you love hearing about organizations like Providing for Paws. Starting as an outlet for low-income families to help pay for vet bills and necessities for dogs, this Metro Detroit-based assistance organization is also rescues and rehomes animals in need. Read more about this amazing organization below.

When & Why did you start?

Providing for Paws was started in March of 2011, with the intention of helping with food assistance, altering and vaccinating for low-income families.  That has since turned into rescuing animals as well as providing assistance to families in need.  I got involved with rescue after my son had asked me if we could take in a dog that he felt one of his friends was neglecting and abusing. He stated the dog was a puppy that was living in a crate in her own waste, not getting food or water and the owner was taking her out and getting her drunk during parties he was having. Our family had just suffered a loss of our Lab of 13 years, and I was not ready for another animal.  I told my son that I would help him get the puppy to a shelter, but could not handle the loss of another pet.  About a week later my son could not take the neglect any longer and paid the kid $200.00 in order to get the dog out of the situation she was in. 

In he came with a nasty crate filled with waste and a 5 month old Pit Bull puppy.  I was ignorant of the breed at that time, despite watching shows like The Dog Whisper and believed the hype from the media.  Although I did not fear this absolutely adorable puppy, I told my son we could not keep her because of our Grandchildren coming and going.  I feared she may become vicious with them when she got older. I also was aware that the shelters killed Pit Bull type breeds all the time and knew if I took her to a shelter, she would have been put down.  She seemed so sweet and loving the second she came into my home.  Jumping on my lap and kissing my face within minutes, I didn't have the heart to take her to the shelter where I knew her chances of making it out alive was slim.  I told my son he had two weeks to find her a new home! 

The following day I took the puppy to the vet to see why she had a lot of hair missing around her ears, concerned she may have an ear infection.  Turned out she had mange from her stressful living conditions.  While at the vet, I told the vet my concerns as to this pup’s breed.  The vet told me, that if I properly socialized her as we did our lab, she would be no different acting then our lab was—that the breed gets into the wrong hands and to do my homework and research the breed, before I was so quick to give her up.  When I got back home from the vets, I did my research and found out a ton of information about the breed.  It broke my heart to see how mistreated the breed was and felt I had to do something to help.  I began finding rescue groups and causes that supported the breed, then networking the animals on Facebook—getting involved in trying to stop the high kill rate of our own Animal Control in Detroit. 

When Detroit's Animal Control Warden refused to allow us to rescue the breed from their shelter, I felt it necessary to help stop the over reproduction of the breed, as well as preventing these animals to end up in shelters like Detroit Animal Control.  This is why Providing for Paws was started, to feed animals in low-income areas, such as Detroit's financially strapped citizens.  We require that people who receive food assistance to spay and neuter their animals to stop reproduction and selling of the breed to profit from them.  While working in the neighborhoods that strays are often seen at every street corner, is how we began to rescue as well as community outreach. 

What's different about your rescue?

Most rescues will assist with an owned pet now and then.  However, we do both—rescue and help with owned animals everyday.  We are also different because many of our animals that we take on or help are animals that are often sickly, injured badly, or would be hard to place—such as our Minnie who we took on for an owner, because she could not care for her or afford her medical cost.  Minnie has congestive heart failure when we got her at 8 months old.  Or Deuce who was found with cancer of the mouth and nasal cavity.  Many other rescues would not want to take on Minnie do to all the factors of cost for her medication and specialist, difficulty in finding a foster home that would want to take on a dog that may die and need long term fostering, and the lack of people who may want to adopt her.  The same goes with Deuce and his care and chance of finding a foster or furever home. I believe that is what makes us different then most rescue groups, we take on the challenging cases. Many of our volunteers have worked with other rescue groups, all have said we treat our volunteers and animals with much more regard then most they have worked with.  Here are a few reviews on our Facebook from others who know us well, which kind of says it all:  

Amy Thomas
“What do I like about Providing for Paws? They help the true underdogs!”

Jamie Chapman
“Every dog, every time, no exceptions, no excuses. This rescue is amazing saving so many dogs and it never matters their condition, if they have any room or out of money....they figure it out.”

Dee Maggio
“Angels . . . PURE angels sent from Heaven above. Thank you, Providing for Paws! <3”

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

I think that would be one of our recent rescues we did this last September, and is the entry that won us 3rd place in your contest.  Her name is Patty and she was found in Southwest Detroit.  She had been skinned alive by human hands.  Although she was the most horrific abuse case we have ever had, she is also one of our best success story of happy endings.  Providing for Patty is her Facebook page.  She has almost 7000 followers that have followed her from the moment we got her, to present. Here is a video of Patty's story. (Warning: Some images may be graphic)

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

Saving lives and finding these beautiful creatures wonderful new loving families.  Working with owned pets can get very frustrating.  No matter how much we try to educate, some simply do not ever want to learn or treat their animals properly.  Hands being tied with legal aspects, not being able to give them the lives they deserve, makes my heart break.  When you are able to help save an animal, there is no better feeling in the world. Knowing that an animal will be loved forever gives us the strength to carry on to help those who are owned and not cared for properly.  To keep fighting the fight of educating and making another life better then they have now.

What can people do to help your rescue? 

There are never enough foster families and volunteers to help the many neglected and suffering animals.  The need far outweighs the fosters and volunteers needed to help them.  If more people would step up and help animal rescues, by opening their heart and homes or volunteer a few hours a week, would make all the difference in the world. Business offering to help with funding and building space is another way for those to help.  Without funding, fosters and volunteers, we would not be able to do the work we do.   

Thank you to Providing for Paws and the wonderful life-saving work they do every day! For more information on this wonderful organization visit Providing for Paws’ website or Facebook page

Weekly Drool Recipe: Twist ‘N Licks via My Dog’s Breakfast

A yummy cookie is a great treat for any two-legged or four-legged friend, so why not share? Best Bully Sticks brings you a wonderful cookie recipe from the kitchen of My Dog’s Breakfast. Her take on the traditional sandwich cookie, you know, the kind you “Twist” and “Lick” will have you and your dog making your own from now on! See the full recipe below.


“The Cookie”

  • 2 cups dark rye flour (or spelt, whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup carob powder
  • TSP cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 TBS (preferably natural smooth peanut butter
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 1.5 TBS melted coconut oil

“The Middle”

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 TBS peanut butter


  • Carob chips
  • Water to thin
  • *coconut oil optional

1. First you need to make some biscuit dough. Put everything into a stand mixer and let it do the work for you. First, 2 cups of dark rye flour. You could also use spelt or whole wheat. Then a half cup of carob powder. Carob is a “superfood” – it helps to regulate the digestion process, while serving as a natural anti-allergic, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial agent. (I’m sure I don’t need to mention NEVER to replace carob with cocoa powder, right?!) Next, add a teaspoon of cinnamon. Add 1/2 cup of water, 1½ tablespoons of melted coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 Tablespoons of smooth peanut butter, and one egg.

2. This is a wet dough, which means it will roll out nicely. You just need to be liberal with the flour on the counter but don’t get too much on top as you want the dark look of the outer cookie. Roll them out. You want these to be between ¼ inch to a ½ inch thick. I used a circle shaped cookie cutter, you could use a small glass or bowl to make your circles.

3. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. These will bake for 15-20 minutes.

4. Now for the fun part. This is not difficult, but requires some patience. First, you need to melt the carob chips in either a double boiler, the microwave, or a fondue pot. A half a cup should do it. While that’s melting, make the peanut butter yogurt icing. Simply take a 1/4 cup of peanut butter and mix with 1/4 cup greek yogurt.

5. You need a large piece of parchment paper for your cookies to dry on. You can plop the icing on one side of the cookie with a spoon but not right to the edge because when you close it, it will squish out a bit and you don’t want it dripping over the edge. Then put the cookie lid on top to make your sandwich!

6. Check carob chips. They are a bit thick to dip and drizzle, so you need to thin out with a bit of water and some coconut oil if you like. You don’t have to add the coconut oil, I just love the health benefits and it adds a bit more shine to the dip. Add until you get the right consistency to drizzle.

7. Put the melted carob into a pastry bag or if you’re like me, a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off! Drizzle on the cannoli and bone cream sandwiches.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Thanks you to Jen at My Dog’s Breakfast for her wonderful recipe and photos! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Pork & Greens Traditional New Years Dog Treat Recipe via Doggy Dessert Chef

Start off Fido on the right foot (or paw) in the New Year! Plan your New Year’s meal the traditional way—with the good luck foods of New Years! Doggy Dessert Chef provides a yummy, hearty treat to whip up for Fido on New Years. With great ingredients like collard greens and bacon, your dog will certainly count himself lucky!  (see below for full recipe)

Aren’t familiar with traditional New Year’s foods? In many areas of the US (and even the world) eating certain foods is thought to bring good luck in the coming year. Greens, like collards, kale and chard, are thought to bring monetary good fortune. (Greens to “Make Green”?) Many Danish and German folk as well as U.S. Southerners participate. Same goes for pork! Pigs are thought to symbolize progress (pigs root themselves forward), wealth and prosperity and this juicy meat is eaten all around the world on New Year’s Day.  Read this great synopsis of traditional New Year’s good luck food for more info!

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  • 4 slices Bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup frozen Chopped Collard Greens, thawed
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 cup Soy Flour


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients until well combined.

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a heavily floured surface as thin as you can, cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until crisp at the edges. Cool and refrigerate.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for providing this great recipe and photos!

Hope this great recipe truly makes you and Fido lucky in the New Year! Do you eat a traditional "good luck" meal on New Year's? Share your meal ideas (for you and Fido) on Twitter and Facebook

"A Dog's Night Before Christmas"

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
My dogs, they were nestled all snug in my beds,
While visions of chewy toys danced in their heads.
When up on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Off to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutter then threw up the sash.
The moon on the crest of the new fallen snow
Gave a luster of midday to objects below.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
With a sputter of ashes and flurry of soot,
He slid down the chimney with all of his loot.
My precious dogs stood there, so regal and proud,
Guarding their home with their barks oh so loud.
St. Nick showed no fear, and he called them by name.
He knew in his heart they were gentle and tame.
He brought out his list, began checking it twice.
“My beauties, I see that all year you’ve been nice.
“I have in my bag many toys and much more.
Please tell me, you puppies, what you’re longing for.”
My dogs talked to each other — much to my surprise —
And then turned to Santa with tears in their eyes.
“We have chewies and balls and ropes to be tugged.
We are pampered and coddled and petted and hugged.
But for Christmas, dear Santa, we have but one care:
That all dogs be loved just as much as we are.
“We want no dog beaten, no dog whipped or chained.
We want no dog abused, abandoned, or maimed.
We want that all dogs, no matter what size,
See true love reflected in their masters’ eyes.”
St. Nick paused for a moment to gather his wits.
“I cannot stop humans from being such twits.
All dogs are so beautiful and such a treasure.
They just want to be loved and to give humans pleasure.
“This is a bright lesson I will try to teach.
And maybe your wish will be within my reach.”
St. Nick then turned to me, his face wet with tears:
“Be proud of your babies. They all are such dears.”
He planted a kiss on each beautiful head:
“Now you gentle giants, go right off to bed.
Think only good thoughts, and dream only good dreams
Of running and jumping and playing in streams.”
In an instant, St. Nick disappeared in a poof,
And I heard him laugh loudly up there on the roof.
He jumped in his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And off he then flew like the down on a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to All, and to Dogs a Good Life!”

A Dog's Night Before Christmas courtesy of Richard Lederer from A Treasury of Dog Lovers (Howard Books)

Merry Christmas! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Candy Cane Dog Treats via Pet Coupon Savings

Just a few days until Christmas! Best Bully Sticks knows Fido is just as excited as you for the wonderful time of year, so do something special for your pup to show him how much you care! Today we’re featuring Candy Cane Dog Treats via Pet Coupon Savings! These easy and adorable treats have a great minty flavor that your pooch will love! Use the recipe below and whip some up this Holiday Season!


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
  • 1 tsp. Peppermint oil
  • red food coloring (optional)


  1. Whisk all your wet ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition to incorporate.
  3. Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Divide dough in half, make a well in one half and add the peppermint and food coloring-working it in and adding food coloring until desired color is reached.
  5. Place both dough rolls back into bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm dough.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°.
  7. Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  8. Whisk egg for wash in a small bowl.
  9. Remove dough from refrigerator, break each dough color up into an equal number of pieces- about a Tbsp. or so in size-depending on the size of the recipient.
  10. Roll each ball into a small snake-like shape.
  11. .Work on a long sheet of wax paper creating candy canes to prevent sticking- dough will still be somewhat sticky and that is normal.
  12. Twist one of each color together and bend the end to create a hook shape.
  13. Place your “Candy Cane” on the foil lined baking sheet.
  14. Brush each with egg wash.
  15. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  16. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Special Thanks to Pet Coupon Savings for the amazing recipe and photos!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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