Monday, April 28, 2008

What to do with the doo?

One thing that pups produce that leaves the largest impact on the environment is our poo. It's not just our poo, but how our pawrents get rid of the poo. They bag it in plastic bags from the grocery, or use the plastic bag that the newspaper comes in and add it to the garbage, where it ends up in a landfill working to biodegrade for hundreds, maybe even up to a thousand years.
Us pups can teach our two-leggers a lot about keeping the environment much more friendly. Here are some environmentally friendly ways to take care of your pups doo!
  1. Flush it - yep, we said it, flush it! If you don't have a super large dog, flushing is very envronmentally friendly. And better yet, flush with your two-leggers poo to save on water.
  2. Get yourself a doggie dooley, and let the poo breakdown in your own yard. If you live in a milder climate this is a wonderful alternative (they don't work as well in colder climates). Or try making your own dog waste composting system!
  3. Or better yet, try vermicasting and use the results to fertilize your lawn and garden!
  4. Use only biodegradable poo bags when you are traveling. Sometimes it's not possible to flush when you are traveling. So be sure and use poo bags that will breakdown much more quickly.
If you get a chance, have some poo fun and and visit my Squidoo Lens The Scoop on Doo! where you can learn lots about your pup's poo.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Today is Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! Time to celebrate the Earth and learn ways we can alter our habits to make a positive impact on the environment.

Earth Day is a name used for two different observances, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment.

The United Nations celebrates an Earth Day each year on the March equinox, a tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969. A second Earth Day, which was founded by US politician Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in the late 1960s, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22.

With over 74.8 million dogs in the US, it's a good bet that your pup is leaving their mark on the environment. So how can you help your pup be more green?

Here are some quick great tips you can do today and everyday!

Here are some other fun Earth Day activities to help you learn more about helping you and your pup be more green!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Eco Dog!

If the family is eating organic foods, recycling, and steering clear of chemicals, why shouldn't it be the same for Fido?

Eco Dog is a comprehensive guide to nontoxic and planet-friendly dog care. It delivers information on the potential dangers of conventional pet food, grooming products, and accessories and then offers shopping tips and 25 home projects for all-natural alternatives. Rosemary Conditioner replaces chemical-laden flea collars while a Felted Dog Blanket recycles sweaters long past their prime. With cheerful photos of doggies enjoying organic treats, Eco Dog is a clear reminder that a healthy dog is a happy dog.

Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet

Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Go orange to prevent cruelty to animals!

Today is ASPCA Day, time to go Orange!

Every year on April 10, the anniversary date of the founding of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1866, the ASPCA celebrates ASPCA Day and encourages animal lovers of all ages nationwide to GO ORANGE FOR ANIMALS!

Going Orange on ASPCA Day is a tribute to the work of the ASPCA and a celebration of compassion and kindness for all living things everywhere. (Orange is the official ASPCA color and what better to celebrate than our love of animals?)

The ASPCA is the first and oldest humane organization in the Western Hemisphere and they need the continued support of animal lovers like you to help us spread the message of kindness and compassion across the country. They created this ASPCA Day Grassroots Kit to get you started. Please join in celebrating the work that they do and the animals that we serve by going orange for animals today!

Here's what you can do:

  • Learn how you can report animal cruelty, and prevent it from happening.
  • Share information about the ASPCA by posting these great flyers around your neighborhood!
  • Pledge your allegiance to protecting animals by taking the ASPCA Pledge.
  • Tie an orange ribbon around your mailbox and trees to remind people to be kind to animals!
  • Wear orange, take a hike around your neighborhood and share information about the prevention of cruelty to animals.
  • Dress in orange today and spread the word about animal cruelty and what people can do to help.
  • Send an orange ecard to your friends, family and everyone you know!

Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Organic dog food and treats!

We've had a lot of visitors request sources for organic dog food and dog treats! So we put together this little selection of yummy, good for you foods and treats, that you're pup will love:
Castor & Pollux Go Organic Kit for Dogs

Castor & Pollux Go Organic Kit for Dogs

$15.99

Karma Organic Dog Food 15.4 lb. Bag

Karma Organic Dog Food 15.4 lb. Bag

$54.49

Newman's Own Organics Adult Dog Dry Food 12.5 lb. Bag

Newman's Own Organics Adult Dog Dry Food 12.5 lb. Bag

$24.99

Robbie Dawg Organic Dog Biscuits - Turkey Sausage & Romano Cheese

Robbie Dawg Organic Dog Biscuits - Turkey Sausage & Romano Cheese

$10.00

Castor & Pollux Organix Canine Formula Organic Dog Food 15 lb. Bag

Castor & Pollux Organix Canine Formula Organic Dog Food 15 lb. Bag

$32.99

Missing Link Healthy Delites Organic Dog Treats

Missing Link Healthy Delites Organic Dog Treats

$8.99

Monzie's Organics - Organic Cookies for Dogs

Monzie's Organics - Organic Cookies for Dogs

$7.99

Muttrooms - Baked Organic Mushroom Dog Treats

Muttrooms - Baked Organic Mushroom Dog Treats

$10.39

Monzies Organics Organic Muesli for Dogs 8 lb.

Monzies Organics Organic Muesli for Dogs 8 lb.

$31.99

Natural Balance Organic Formulas Dry Dog Food 5 lb. Bag

Natural Balance Organic Formulas Dry Dog Food 5 lb. Bag

$10.49

Newman's Own Organics Dog Treats Cheese Medium

Newman's Own Organics Dog Treats Cheese Medium

$4.99

Plato Smart Dog Treats - Organic Chicken Strips 6 oz.

Plato Smart Dog Treats - Organic Chicken Strips 6 oz.

$8.19

Timberwolf Dog Food Black Forest 4 lbs.

Timberwolf Dog Food Black Forest 4 lbs.

$11.99

Raw Advantage Organic Dinner for Dogs Chicken 1 lb.

Raw Advantage Organic Dinner for Dogs Chicken 1 lb.

$5.99

Monday, April 7, 2008

News: Pet owners go green!

From the SunshineCoastDaily Online in Australia:

Pet owners go green

Australian pet owners have become increasingly aware of their responsibilities to the environment when it comes to caring for their four-legged companion.

“Pet ownership brings many benefits to owners and the communities they and their pets are part of, but it is vital that the responsibilities of being a pet owner are understood and acted on,” Dr Tim Adams from the Petcare Information and Advisory Service said.

“The main environmental issues associated with pet ownership are keeping cats in at night and cleaning up after dogs.”

Research by Roy Morgan Research, which questioned almost 1000 pet owners, showed 78% of respondents keep their cats indoors at night compared with 63% in 1994.

“There are similar improvements in the number of owners who report cleaning up after their dog. 64% of dog owners now report that they ‘always’ pick up their dog droppings, compared with 33% in 1994,” Dr Adams said.

“It is particularly pleasing that 61% of the general population felt that the extent to which dog owners pick up droppings had either ‘increased a lot’ or ‘increased moderately’ since 1994.”

President of the Australian Companion Animal Council Dr Kersti Seksel said her experience supports the findings that people are more aware of environmental issues.

“There are many people who love their pets and want to do the right thing by the environment,” Dr Seksel said. “Keeping your cat inside at night and cleaning up after your dog are important ways you can help protect the environment, but training your dog to obey your commands and keeping your dog on a leash in areas where it is required are also important.

“Cats and dogs are not allowed in National Parks but it is also appropriate to keep them out of most State Parks and Marine Parks.

“You can also use recycled paper for cat litter and targeted flea control products that minimize any impact on the surrounding environment.”

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Trees for the Future!

In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd, Only Natural Pet Store is participating in the Trees for the Future project! With your help, they will be able to plant thousands of trees in a number of villages across the world. Here's what they are saying...

Reforestation is one of the most direct and cost-effective ways to reduce global warming, so Only Natural Pet Store has chosen Trees for the Future as our Earth Day donation project this year. Please choose a donation amount from the list above and go through the check out process as you normally would when buying products from us (you may also purchase products at the same time). We will pass on 100% of your donation to Trees for the Future along with ours!

The trees we'll plant together will be used in agroforestry and reforestation to help to restore the natural resources of rural farmers' degraded lands. The fast-growing trees will offer the farmer food, fodder and fuel and the land stability and fertilizer.

  • $100 plants 1 grove = 1,000 trees
  • $480 plants 1 village = 5,000 trees

We've already planted 1 village and you can help us plant more!

Beneficial trees minimize soil erosion, supply forage for animals, and provide a source of fuelwood, but planting trees is difficult when the canopy has disappeared, topsoil has been eroded, and the climate and growing conditions have changed. Through our network of technicians, volunteers, and community leaders world-wide, our program reaches remote areas and gives local people the knowledge and ability to rehabilitate their environment.

Since 1988, Trees for the Future has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 50 million trees. We calculate that these trees remove approximately one million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.

Why Plant Trees?

Through photosynthesis, trees and other plants take in carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen. By restoring tree cover to barren lands, we have a very cost-effective way to continuously remove carbon dioxide (the major "greenhouse gas") from the global atmosphere. And when such projects take place in the developing countries of the humid tropics, we can plant about five times as many trees and remove about 15 times as much carbon than if we did it in the United States.

About Trees for the Future

Since 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and country programs, they've empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

More about toys made in the USA!

We've had so many questions and comments about toys made in the USA, that we thought we'd do an entire Squidoo lens on the subject. But first, take a look at this report of independent testing done on dog toys and learn what they found!

Then visit my Dog Toys Made in the USA lens and learn more about which toys are made in the USA - they are some of the most fun, toughest, and safest toys on the planet!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Better hurry! Not much time left! You gotta do this!

Oh, oh, I almost missed this!

If you are reading this, you must go now and leave a comment on Gomer and Opie's blog and wish the Gomer a very, very happy 8th Birthday! Why?

Because if you leave a comment, Gomer's Mum is going to donate10 cents for every visitor and 25 cents for every comment for an animal that needs it or a donation toward an animal that doesn't have a home in honor of the Gom-ster!

So head over there right now - won't take but a minute and you could help save a life!

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