Bully Buddy: A safer solution for dogs who love to chew bully sticks

Created by Bow Wow Labs

Bully Buddy safely secures bully stick treats to help prevent dogs of all sizes from choking on that last little bit.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Hey Backers!
6 months ago – Thu, Nov 08, 2018 at 05:07:26 PM

Dear Backers,

Autumn is underway and so are the Bully Buddy 1 Kickstarter orders. Last week we shipped over 450 packages to our early supporters with dogs in the 10 - 25 lb range. The response has been wonderful, and we are so excited that your furbabies are enjoying their bully sticks safely!

A couple reminders as the rest of the packages get delivered:

1. Please remember that the Bully Buddy 1 is meant for dogs 10 - 25 lbs 

If you live in a house with multiple pup siblings, please be sure to keep a watchful eye on the larger dogs to make sure they do not get jealous and try to take their smaller sibling’s new Bully Buddy. While we know it can be difficult for the larger guys to have to wait for a Bully Buddy that is appropriate for their size, we want to make sure that each dog is snacking safely! See here a larger dog that got a hold of his smaller brother’s toy! He may seem very pleased with himself but we cannot guarantee his safety while using the product since he is outside the weight limit for the Bully Buddy 1.

2. Don’t forget, we have launched our Easyship Program for Bully Sticks 

If you ordered a package that came with a small number of bully sticks, you might need more sticks that will fit the Bully Buddy! Well, we’ve got you covered! You can order a pack of 10 or 20 to be delivered straight to your door each month via our Easyship Program! Each and every bully stick in those packs has been hand sorted, sized, and selected to fit the Bully Buddy. Plus, as kickstarter backers you get a special offer! Follow the link below to sign up and use code K50 at checkout to receive 50% off your first month of sticks plus get an extra free Bully Buddy! 

                                      Sign up for the Easyship Program

If you have any questions about your order or need help navigating our newly launched website, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Lastly, November is Senior Pet Awareness Month! This month we are focusing on senior dogs that live most of their lives in shelters as they are usually the last ones to get adopted, if at all. Check out our blog to learn facts about senior dogs and why they make great companions for any home!

Read here: Senior Pet Awareness Month

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Bully Buddy 1 Shipment Update
7 months ago – Fri, Nov 02, 2018 at 02:16:23 AM

Dear Backers,

Thank you for being so patient as we package up the Bully Buddy 1 Kickstarter orders! Our shipment goal for the Bully Buddy 1 was October 2018, so we wanted to let you know that despite a small delay at the end of last week, we have started to ship the Bully Buddy 1 orders!

For those of you that are expecting the Bully Buddy 1, you will be receiving a separate email from us confirming your package has shipped and what you can expect to find inside.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that Bow Wow Labs full e-commerce website is officially up and running! Now can you now order Bully Buddy 1’s and pre-order other sized Bully Buddies in the family directly through our website!

                                                      Check us out here! 

You will notice on the website that we have been making some innovations to the design of the Bully Buddy and have expanded the Bully Buddy Family to make sure each size Bully Buddy is the right size for your pup. The updated sizes in the Bully Buddy family are:

Bitty Buddy: For Dogs Under 10 lbs* 

Bully Buddy 1: For Dogs 10- 25 lbs** 

Bully Buddy 2: For Dogs 25 - 40 lbs* 

Bully Buddy 3: For Dogs 40 - 55 lbs* 

Bully Buddy 4: For Dogs 55 - 70 lbs* 

Bully Buddy 5: For Dogs 70 - 85 lbs*** 

Bully Buddy 6: For Dogs 85 - 100 lbs*** 

*Currently in design/testing phase; available for pre-order only 

**Available to Purchase 

***To be developed later; not currently for pre-order or sale

Don’t Worry! If you ordered a Bully Buddy for larger dogs (or the Bitty Buddy), we have your dog’s size on file and will send you the appropriate Bully Buddy for your pup when it’s ready. We will continue to keep you updated as we finalize the design, testing, and production schedules for the larger and Bitty sizes.

Questions, Comments or Concerns? As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at hello@bowwowlabs.com.

Happy Safe Snacking!

The Bow Wow Labs Team

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Shipping Update + Shelter Pet Awareness Month!
7 months ago – Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 05:54:10 PM

Hi Backers,

Good news! We have a shipping update for you!

Over the past couple of days we have been working hard to sort through the first shipment of Bully Sticks ordered for the Bully Buddy 1 Kickstarter rewards and post-campaign pre-orders! We combed through thousands of Bully Sticks, sizing each one and hand-picking the sticks that were just the right size to fit securely in the Bully Buddy 1!

Additionally, all the Bully Buddy 1 product just arrived! We have a few last-minutes tasks to complete, and then hundreds of Bully Buddy 1 Packages will be ready to be packed and shipped out within the next two weeks. Once your package has shipped, you will receive a confirmation email from us, so be on the lookout!

As a reminder, these shipments are for those customers that indicated in the backer survey that their dogs were in the 10 to 25 pound range with normal chew strength, making the Bully Buddy 1 the right size for them.

For backers with bigger dogs and aggressive chewers, you will receive a Bully Buddy designed specifically for your bigger pups! Remember, we are using a portion of the money raised during the Kickstarter to design, test, and manufacture the bigger Bully Buddies, and the design and test phase is currently in process. We hope to ship those before the end of the year, and as always we will keep you updated on the progress!

Finally, if you haven’t yet, make sure you’ve filled out your backer survey so that we can ensure your order is the queue. Only orders with surveys that are shown as complete will have a package shipped.

                                                    Backer Survey

If you’re not sure if you’ve filled out your survey, or you never received one, don’t worry! We can help! Email hello@bowwowlabs.com and we’ll get you taken care of.

Lastly, check out our blog this week! October is ASPCA’s Shelter Pet Awareness month and aside from adopting all the pets and starting an animal sanctuary, we’ve highlighted ways you can help!

Read Here: Adopt a Shelter Pet Awareness Month

Have a great weekend! 


 The Bow Wow Labs Team

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Customer Feature: Meet Sailor!
8 months ago – Fri, Oct 05, 2018 at 03:12:29 PM

Hello Backers!

As our community of dog lovers, friends and supporters continues to grow we want to connect you all with each other just as much as we connect with each and every one of you. We love hearing from you guys, whether it’s a suggestion for a new product, a customer service question or an anecdotal story about your pup, we are all dog-ears.

Over the course of our Kickstarter campaign and in the months that have followed, we have heard countless stories from pet parents that have had similar experiences to our Bully Buddy Inventor Scott’s experience with his dog Finn choking on his Bully Stick.

We connected with Ruby and Sailor (@sailordoodle on Instagram, check her out, she’s adorable!), and Ruby shared Sailor’s scary experiences and why she’s so excited to use the Bully Buddy for all of Sailor’s future Bully Stick enjoyment.

We thought many of you might relate to her story, check it out here:

Ruby and Sailor: Customer Experience Story

We are so glad that Sailor is okay and Thank you to Sailor and her mom Ruby for sharing their story with the Bow Wow Labs community!

Have a story similar to Sailors? Let us know! We would love to hear from you!

Stay tuned for updates coming soon on Bully Buddy 1 shipments set to go out at the end of this month! And don’t forget! To stay in touch on future communications from our team, sign up for the Bow Wow Labs newsletter here:

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With wet kisses and belly rubs,

The Bow Wow Labs Team

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Behind The Scenes: Bully Buddy Production
8 months ago – Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 03:41:39 PM

Dear Backers,

You all have been so patient since the end of our Kickstarter campaign as we have ramped up production and fulfillment for your orders. In an effort to keep you as up to date as possible we thought it might be of interest to share the process for the design, prototyping, testing and manufacturing of a new product to know a bit more about what is involved in bringing a product like the Bully Buddy to life.

Through this process we are on track to start shipping Bully Buddy 1 packages by the end of October. Storage Jars and Treat bags are in our warehouse and the bully sticks are scheduled to arrive this week! Once they arrive, we will start hand sorting each and every one in order to match them with the correct size Bully Buddy.

The process for Bully Buddy 2, 3 and the Bitty Buddy are in motion thanks to the support of our Kickstarter backers. We are at Step Four for these versions and hope to have our first shipment of those rewards as soon as possible but can’t commit to a hard date yet. As you can see below it is a very complicated process and we want to get it right. All of our dogs safety and health is dependent on it!

BWL’s seven step process for producing the Bully Buddy:

Step One: Define all of the features of the Bully Buddy and what they are intended to accomplish.

Step Two: Create a series of designs and filter through them looking for reasons why certain ideas won’t work as intended.

**BWL Fun Fact: In the case of the Bully Buddy 1, there have been over 100 versions until we settled on the current iteration that you ordered through our campaign.

Step Three: Prototyping which means creating a CAD design and then 3D printed a sample of the product.

Step Four: Work with the 3D printed version to determine what needs to be tweaked and in some cases, determine if the overall design will do all that we want it to do.

**BWL Fun Fact: If it is determined that the overall design is not solving for all asks, go back to Step One and start over. We did that three times for Bully Buddy 1!

Step Five: Create a manufactured prototype and go through the same process as Step Four. This is more expensive than the 3D printing step because you are manufacturing a fully functioning product rather than a printed model.

Step Six: Create the machine that makes the Bully Buddy. We call this machine a “tool.”

Step Seven: Have the tool create a small run of Bully Buddies for testing purposes and to tweak the small details of the tooling and manufacturing process. Once perfected, manufacturing can begin.

For reference see below the images of the tool that has been created and used for the manufacturing of the Bully Buddy 1. To give you some sense of scale, this “tool” below weighs 1,200 pounds and is made of steel! So even though the Bully Buddy looks like a simple little device, it is actually quite sophisticated with a complicated process to create and manufacture it.

Questions about our production process or the timing for your order? Don’t hesitate to ask! Our team is here!

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The Bow Wow Labs Team

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