Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pup Products: Great green holiday gift ideas!

More great green Holiday gift ideas for your green pup! PopShops™ affiliate stores

News: Sydney Morning Herald talks about reducing your pets carbon pawprint!

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, having a green pet is becoming more and more of a priority. Consider these stats: 63% of Australian households, one of the highest rates in the world, own a pet. This includes 2.75 million dogs, 2.3 million cats, 9 million birds, 20 million fish and, increasingly, reptiles. Earlier this year, carbon-trading company Easy Being Green estimated that an average cat causes almost half a ton of greenhouse gas emissions per year, and a dog produces 1.75 tons. So how do you keep your pet green? The tTeasdale's four-month-old Hebe is lying on a cushion in the sun. Her paw flies up to catch a twist of paper dangling on a length of string above her. This homemade kitten toy is one way that owner Sarah Teasdale's family minimizes the environmental impact of its new member. "I don't want to use up valuable resources," says Teasdale. Read more about how to help your pet go green!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Environmental Products: Buy a book and help the environment!

A BetterWorld.com is an online bookstore with a mission. By selling gently used books and new titles, they are funding literacy programs throughout the world, contributing a few cents for each book to help offset carbon emissions, providing new homes for great books and helping the environment. They have a wonderful selection of books about dogs and loads more subjects, all with free shipping in the US. Fund literacy, care for the environment, and get a fair price on the books you want.

News: The environmental impact of pets!

Christie Keith who we visit regularly over at the PetConnection Blog, wrote a wonderful article the other day about the environmental impact of pets. The article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and in their online version SFGate.com. The article discusses the day in and day out life of owning a pet and how you can work to reduce the pawprint your pet leaves on the environment. She says...
In this column, I'm going to look at the environmental impacts of pet ownership, some of which are fairly obvious and some of which most of us rarely consider. Then in my next column, I'll examine the solutions to these problems, and even provide a glimpse into ways that sharing our lives with companion animals improves the planet.
Read this column and watch for her follow up column. We'll be sure and post about it here! Photo of Scarlett courtesy of Christie Keith.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

News: A doodley doo of an idea!

Looks like residents in Liverpool may be scooping up prizes in addition to the obligatory poo, says officials in the office of the City of Liverpool. Until the end of November the council's environmental wardens will be on the look out for people who pick up their pet's mess as part of the 'Caught Doing Right' campaign. Anyone 'caught in the act' keeping the streets clean will be handed a 'praise postcard' which they can then send by freepost and be entered into a prize drawing. The drawing will take place in December and lucky residents have a chance of winning top doggy-related prizes including a year's supply of dog food. Read more! Woofs! I give this campaign a clean paw! Woofs!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Pup Products: Looking for some green toys for your pup this holiday season?

We found some very nice organic plush toys that will make amazing gifts for your pup or pup friend. These beautiful soft toys are made from safe, non-toxic, all natural organic fabric. Perfect for pets with allergies or for owners who just want to ensure that their pet gets the very best. The colors come from nature's own plants and minerals and the fabric is triple washed in pure water to set the color. Saliva resistant, machine washable and environmentally friendly, each toy has an inner squeaker and a unique character!
Lolly the Lamb Organic Toy by Simply Fido Lolly the Lamb Organic Toy by Simply Fido Wally Bear Organic Toy by Simply Fido Wally Bear Organic Toy by Simply Fido Lenny Lizard Organic Plush Toy Lenny Lizard Organic Plush Toy

News: Bankstown - green dog progress in Austrialia!

This just great to see! The City Council of Bankstown in Australia is really thinking about the impact us pups (and other 'best friends') have on the environment. Very progressive of them. The Bankstown City Council provides a range of services and facilities for residents, visitors and local businesses. Bankstown, which was established in 1797 by Governor Hunter in honour of Sir Joseph Banks, is today one of the largest Local Government Areas in New South Wales, with approximately 170,000 residents speaking more than 60 different languages. We found an article on their website that they explain...
We all love our pets, but it is essential that we all become responsible pet owners. Responsible pet ownership allows you to enjoy the presence of native birds and wildlife in your surroundings as well as your pet. Poor management of domestic animals can have a significant impact on the local environment in numerous ways from producing pollution to killing native wildlife.
Read more! And good job for getting the info out Bankstown!

Our first award!

Our good, new friends over at The Dog Log, have given us our first award! Thanks Chris, Abby and Rosie! You guys ROCK! The Be The Blog award was created and presented by Mark of MeAndMyDrum. Now this one is really cool! According to Mark this award is presented to a successful blogger, one who can “be the blog” - making it their own, staying with it, interacting with the readers, and just plain having fun. We know we are just getting started on this new blog, but we most certainly aspire to these wonderful goals!

Monday, November 12, 2007

News: Cat or Dog - which is better for the environment!

Some say that the world is divided between cat people and dog people. Not in our family, we love all animals! Are folks now thinking in the extreme and asking themselves, "is it time we began choosing our pets on another basis altogether - the environment?" In a recent article from the Sydney Morning Herald...
"Both cats and dogs can have a detrimental effect on the environment," says Rodney van der Ree, senior ecologist at the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology. "But I would have to say that in terms of predation at least, cats are the worst offenders."
Read more...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Pup Products: Buddy Wash!

For a couple of months after Mum gives me a bath, two-leggers that get close to me always say, you smell soooooo good! And I do! No, no, I didn't roll in yucky stuff. Mum gave me a bath in Buddy Wash - our absolute favorite shampoo. Buddy Wash is made by the folks at Cloud Star. Here is the low-down from their website.
  • Light and refreshing with a Lavender & Mint scent
  • pH-balanced to be gentle on your dog's sensitive skin
  • Free of potentially harmful SLS and ALS
  • Safe for use on puppies
  • Soap free
  • Made in USA
  • Recyclable packaging
Buddy Wash is made from pure, natural ingredients and botanical extracts. You'll know the difference the first time you snuggle with your furry friend after a bath. Harsh, alcohol-based shampoos can leave your pet's coat dry and irritated, but not Buddy Wash.

Environmental Products: Fall organic lawn care!

Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn, but did you know that all those chemicals could be harming your pets, children and the environment? And did you know there are alternatives to keep your lawn looking and being it's best? Read this great article from PetStyle.com on Pet-Friendlier Lawn Care. It talks about recent studies and the affects of lawn chemicals on children and pets.

And here are some other great links:
Natural Lawn Care Tips
Organic Lawn Care Tips
Dandelion Removal Tips
Lawn care supply stores are getting in on the act and beginning to carry many more organic fertilizers. If your store doesn't care what you need, try looking for a more natural way to take care of your lawn - with GardensAlive!

Tips: It's time to turn your dog green!

There are many ways you can help your dog be more green. Here's a great start on how:
  • Adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group
  • Spay or neuter your dog to reduce overpopulation.
  • Keep your dog from unnecessarily killing wildlife
  • Purchase products made closer to home, and help lower the energy costs of shipping goods.
  • Buy sustainable and durable products that don't have to be replaced so often.
  • Feed your pup foods and treats that have organic or all natural ingredients.
  • Use cleaning and other household products that are good for the environment.
  • Purchase a Doggie Dooley and recycle that pet waste, and when on the road use biodegradable poo bags when cleaning up the doo.
  • Buy products for your pup made out of all natural materials, like hemp dog collars and cotton clothing.
  • Use environmentally friendly deicers on your drive and sidewalks - good for your pets and the World.
  • Spend some time making some of your pups toys and goods - take an afternoon and turn those old socks into a great tugging toy; or old blankets into bedding.
  • Cook for your pup, for a healthier dog and a healthier environment.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Our mission!

With nearly 75 million dogs in households throughout the US, you can bet your pups are leaving their paws prints on the environment. So what can you do? Help your dog go green! By purchasing environmentally responsible pup products, utilizing environmentally safe household products, and by taking other sustainable measures, you can have a healthier and happier pup, and help the environment at the same time! Raise a green dog! Raise a Green Dog! will bring you tips, tricks, products, processes and other information on how you can help your pup go green. We're just starting so keep on watch, there's lots more to come!

Fun stuff - Unforgettable Animal Actors!

There are many, many TV and movie animal actors who have entertained us over the years - cats, dogs, wild animals, birds, and more. All types of animals have been on the big (and little) screen and either tugged at our hearts, made us laugh, or made a lasting impression for one reason or another.

The cool folks at PetsitUSA started this Link Love Project so we could make a list of some of our favorites! Let’s see how many unforgettable animal actors we can name!

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List your favorite animal actor and let’s share some link love in the process!

Here’s what to do:

1.) Copy and paste the matrix of “Unforgettable Animal Actors” below, courtesy of PetsitUSA.com!

2.) Substitute the Host Tag and one of the “Animal Actors” in the matrix with the name of your favorite animal actor and the URL of your blog, just like I did.

3.) When you get a ping back from someone that has your link in one of their “Animal Actors”, practice good paw by copying his/her Host Tag’s anchor text (automatically the associated link will also be copied) and paste it over one of your “Animal Actors” below.

5.) Encourage and invite your readers to do the same and soon we will have a list of unforgettable animal actors!

Host Tag: Enzo (from My Dog Skip) - Raise A Green Dog!

1. Mr. Ed - PetsitUSA.com 2. Buddy (from Air Bud) - JohannTheDog 3. Benji (he was a rescue!)- RescueMe 4. Flipper - PawsibleMarketing 5. Pete (from the Little Rascals) - Fuzzy Logic 6. Enzo (from My Dog Skip) - Raise A Green Dog! 7. The Taco Bell Chihuahua - The Poodle (and dog) blog 8. Old "Yeller" - For the Love of Labradors 9. Animal Actor 10. Animal Actor 11. Animal Actor 12. Animal Actor 13. Animal Actor 14. Animal Actor 15. Animal Actor 16. Animal Actor 17. Animal Actor 18. Animal Actor 19. Animal Actor 20. Animal Actor

Important: Once I get a ping back from you, I will add your anchor text and the associated link you designate as “Host Tag” here, and add your favorite animal actor to the list here. As more and more doggie bloggers copy and paste this matrix, the more backlinks you will have with your anchor text. If everybody who copies and pastes from your blog does the same, pretty soon this will spread and go viral. (And we don’t have to stop at 20!) So, the sooner you participate, the more links with anchor text you will receive.

There it is folks. This should help you improve your Technorati ranking, SERP and Google PR and get you noticed with more blogs - we all like making friends, right? Please leave a comment here if you have copied from this matrix so that I can add you just in case your ping-back didn’t reach me.

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(Thanks to Johann the Dog for the basic matrix!)

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