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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Surprising Truth Behind Bully Sticks

Most of you have wandered in the chew toy aisles of pet stores and have seen the large variety of treats, rawhides, and other objects for your dogs to chew on.  A very common one is "bully sticks".  These look like long, tubular rawhide and are mixed in among the other chews.  Some of them are very long, some have been twisted into a spiral, and some have been cut into shorter lengths.  They're quite common and I bet that many readers have given them to their own pets.

But do you know what they are?  The first time I saw one in a pet store I was a bit shocked, and it still causes me to smile when I see them, especially if someone is buying a pack.  If more people knew what they were, I think sales would drop.  So what are they?

Bull penis.

Yes, that's right.  Bully sticks are dried and preserved bull penis, hence the name.  I've even been able to identify the different sections of the penis and the urethra and have a complete anatomy lesson right there in the store.  The long ones are the full length penis, while the shorter ones are the penis cut into pieces.

Yes, I know some of you men are crossing your legs and cringing.  And you women are probably dying to read this to one of the men in your life to see their reaction.

As strange as this may seem, it's purely psychological.  There is nothing bad about rawhide penis and the dogs certainly don't know the difference.  In essence, there is no real difference between bully sticks and more traditional rawhide treats.  Both are cow tissue dried and preserved and both are safe to chew.  You can also find dried liver and lungs as treats.

But I have to admit that while I give rawhides to my own dogs, I've never given them bully sticks and don't think I would.  There's just something about the fact that it's penis that weirds me out a bit.

Now all of you know the truth.  Be sure to tell all of your friends!

4 comments:

  1. lol I shouldn't laugh - I admit, I was rather horrified when I first discovered this. I probably said, "REALLY?" at least a dozen times. I got over it, though, because my dogs love them and they are great for cleaning teeth. I don't buy them often because they are pricey, but they are great for keeping the crew happy in hotel rooms!

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  2. I love when people ask me that question! Oh, and my dogs love them too.

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  3. For some reason it didn't bother me at all (I'm female), and my dog simply loves them. If you offer her a rawhide and a bully, she will go after the bully 100% every single time. My boyfriends dogs are total bullies toward her when it comes to treats and toys, but not when she has her bully stick, it's the only time she tells them "back off!" and they actually leave her alone. No one can take that away from her, except a human.

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  4. Call me a prude - but honestly, I will have to pass on these. There's just something really disturbing about it. I can't imagine having to work in that particular factory.

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