24 February, 2010

Bully Stick

OK, there's been an uproar on my earlier tweet about buying my dog a certain something to chew on so here's the scoop. I ventured out to the Petco today to pick up some food for my Jack Russell and I wanted to get him something to chew on. He doesn't like to chew stuff which makes it very difficult to keep his teeth cleaned. The vet actually put him under to clean his teeth a few years ago but he's 13 now and the breath is pretty stank. So, I turned to the trusty 20-something Petco employee with tracks shaved in the side of his head to guide me on something to get my boy chewing. I figured a guy with tracks in his head should know about gnawing on stuff. Sure enough he did and was totally geeked out about it.

He offered me a Bully Stick saying "I've never had any complaints about 'em, they're all natural and they taste good." Then he added, "It's just a bull's penis; that's all it is. It's very chewy." Wait, what? So, I put the 6 incher in my basket and paid the cashier. Swoosh hasn't chewed it yet but he buried it in his blankets which means he likes it and will check it out later.

The only info I've found on the bully stick so far is that it's all natural and made from cattle. If anyone knows the real deal about the bully stick (if it truly is what the dude said it is) please write in and enlighten us all.


Jeffery L. Parks said...

So Heather... I did my research... and yes the "Bully Stick" is indeed a cattle penis. Also, it is apparently advised you buy the longer ones.

alisonpcook said...


"Bully sticks, also known as beef pizzles, pizzle sticks, beef sticks, steer stix, are made from 100% bull penises. Bull penis is a single ingredient of bully sticks. Some suppliers and merchants say that they sell bully sticks made of "beef tendons" or "dried muscles" as that part of the anatomy is a tendon and muscle indeeed, and this may sound less repulsive for some people with psychological barrier thinking of feeding bull privates to their furbabies."

The website goes on to explain exactly HOW they are manufactured. It's more than you'll ever want to know.

Heather Ho said...

I like the word furbabies. thanks al!

Jeffery L. Parks said...

On second thought Heather, after watching the video below, you might want to reconsider. I think it made this dog go nuts... no pun intended.


Jack Russell said...

Yep, they're bull penises. I hope my Jack Russells never figure that out. (Actually, they probably wouldn't mind at all).