Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eco-friendly shelter saves environment, money!

News from zootoo:
ALBURQUERQUE, N.M. -- More and more shelters across the country are helping animals and trying to save the environment. One such shelter in Albuquerque is giving recycling a whole new meaning.

Sometimes doing the right thing is not easy. It often takes quite a bit of effort -- and in this case -- quite a bit of sweat. But it is how to build green on a budget.

Watermelon Mountain Ranch took a hard look at the shelter’s possible impact on the desert environment, and an even harder look at its bank account -- leaving facilities manager Rick Dillender to act as a one man construction crew at times.

Read more...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Help a shelter dog!

Margaret Mead once said...

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."

Being a green dog is a great way to live - we help the environment, we live a healthy and happy life. But not all dogs are as fortunate as we are. Many are living in shelters and rescues all across the country; and they need us. They need a furever home, just like we have.

This month is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, a time when we can shine the light on pups in shelters and rescues all across the country, in hopes that we can help them find their furever home.

Today I want to share a wonderful adoption story. A story of hope. The story of Ernie...

In January of 2007 I started my blog, Rescue Me, because I wanted to help other pups in shelters find a wonderful home, just like I now have. Every day we post about a dog, living in a shelter or rescue, hoping that it brings awareness and helps them find their forever home.

On that day, we saw a pup on Petfinder.com in a shelter here in Indianapolis. His name was Ernie, and he needed a home. We asked the nice folks at the Southside Animal Shelter if Ernie could be our mascot - the mascot for Rescue Me. They agreed. For nearly two years Ernie has appeared in our promotional logos and videos; and has helped us get the word out about the pups needing homes.

We had never met Ernie (who was named Bosco then), but here is what his Petfinder page said about him:

Bosco is a sweet boy who has lots of energy and loves belly rubs! He likes just about everybody, but will need a home without small children, 'cause he's got so much energy that he may knock them down without meaning too!

He's just about 1 year young and ready to go have some fun!! Bosco will need a fenced yard and basic obedience training, and would also benefit from daily long walks or even runs once he gets the obedience thing down!

We checked in with Ernie through the months after he became our mascot. After a year long stay at the shelter and passed over for adoption, he was taken in by a foster family that cared for him until he could be adopted. We learned later that after a year and a half, Ernie finally found a home. But after that we lost track of him.

Then, just last month we received an email, a very special email. It was from Ernie's new furever Mom. She saw our blog and our promotional video, and emailed us to tell us that she is the luckiest dog Mom in the World.

Here's what she wrote...

Dear Johann,

I just happened to see your Rescue Me video from November 2007, and my dog Ernie is the first one shown. We adopted Ernie last October (from the Southside Animal Shelter), and he has brought us much joy! Here is a current picture of him - he will be turning 2 next month.

I was delighted and laughed out loud when you told me his original name was Bosco! For fun, I called to him, "Bosco, Bosco, Bosco," and he ran around the house. And now Bosco has become his middle name: Ernie Bosco Shay. He loves it!

I had a childhood dog, but Ernie is my first dog as an adult. I can't believe he wasn't adopted when he was younger. He is the sweetest, happiest boy you could ever meet. It was just meant to be for me to adopt Ernie, and I am so grateful.

He loves to play ball and roll around in the grass. We have a big back yard and part of it is attached to a levy which means that one side of the yard has quite a steep hill to it. He loves running to the top of the hill and sliding down on his belly to the bottom. He is all smiles when he does it.

Please let people know Ernie has found a wonderful forever home. I took these pictures of him today. It is so cool that Ernie is the Rescue Me mascot. He is very special indeed!

Signed, Ernie's Mom

Ernie is one lucky boy, just like me!

This month, as we spotlight National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, think about how you can help a pup in need - whether it be through adoption, financially, by volunteering of your time, or by donating a few useful items to your local shelter or rescue group. They need you, and they will be very grateful. I know I was!

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We are participating in the First Annual Pet 'Net Adoption Event, a blogging event shared with many other pet bloggers in the blogosphere. Be sure and stop by Petside.com's Pet 'Net Adoption Hub see all the blogs participating, read all the wonderful adoption stories, and get more information about how you can help pets in shelters and rescues all over the country.

Got an old suitcase? You've got a dog bed!

You know how much we love reusing old stuff around the house. So when we were over at ReadyMade the other day and found this cool idea, we just had to share it with you!

What is it? It's a dog bed, created from an old suitcase. What a great idea!

Stop by their website and see how they created this really cool dog bed!

Lawn update!

At the end of August we blogged about a new lawn care regime we were going to try. Our lawn took a beating last year with all the dry, hot weather; and it needed some help.

The first step was to put down some organic fertilizer in early September. We completed that step using the Mega Green Organic Lawn Food we ordered. It's 100% cat fish protein, a fish emulsion.

And here are the results! The first pic is a portion of our lawn that we didn't treat with the organic lawn food.

And this pic is from the part of the lawn we treated.

We are really happy with the results.

The lawn food was super easy to put down. Mum hooked the bottle up to the garden hose, and in about 15 minutes she had sprayed the entire lawn.

Our reaction? None, not even a sniff. Mum thought there was a slight fishy order about 10 minutes after she sprayed, but it went away very quickly.

We were so impressed with the lawn food, that we immediately ordered four more bottles. Two to use in November, and two to use in early Spring 2009.

For more information about the dangers of lawn chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides - read Just one more reason to have an organic lawn! and Keep the lawn safe and green!. Happy gardening!

Yardiac.com - The Ultimate Garden Center

Monday, October 13, 2008

Raise a Green Dog and Petside.com to help shine light on pet adoption!

Being the green dog that I am, I believe that shelter and rescue pups are amazing pups, just waiting for their furever home. By adopting a pup from a shelter, you are not only helping the environment, but you are saving life!

And the best part is you can find lovable, wonderful, talented, cute, big or small, fun and furry, purebred and All-American pups at shelters and rescues all across this great country.

So when we were asked to participate in the First Annual Pet 'Net Adoption Event we jumped at the chance. Here are the details, and be sure and stop back on Thursday, when we will be blogging about an amazing story of a rescued pup - the mascot of Rescue Me.

First Annual Pet 'Net Adoption Event to be held on Thursday, October 16

Pet-Centric Bloggers & Site Editors To Raise Voices In Unison To Shine Spotlight on Animal Shelter Adoption

Organizer Petside.com To Feature Event Hub At Petside.com/PetNetAdoption

Englewood Cliffs, NJ, (October 13, 2008) -- In an effort to heighten awareness about animal shelter adoption, Petside.com (http://www.petside.com), the popular online destination for pet owners and pet enthusiasts from NBC Universal Digital Media, has organized a landmark consortium of some of the Web’s favorite pet-focused sites to launch the inaugural Pet ‘Net Adoption Event on Thursday, October 16.

Each participating site and Weblog will highlight content devoted to the topic of animal shelter adoption on this date, with Petside.com hosting a comprehensive one-page hub (http:///www.petside.com/petnetadoption) with links to all of the special coverage.

"Due to the current troubles in the economy, animal shelters are full to over-flowing and shelter adoption is mission critical for animal lovers across the country," said Kim Jack Riley, editor-in-chief of Petside.com. “Through the power of these diverse and robust voices being raised at once online, we hope this experiment -- The Pet ‘Net Adoption Event -- will help focus some much-needed attention on the cause.”

Sites slated to join in the event include:

About Petside.com

Petside.com (http://www.petside.com) was created by NBC Universal, in partnership with Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc., as a comprehensive source of information and services that helps pets and their owners get the most out of life. Offering customized content and a highly personalized experience, Petside.com is ranked among the top 10 pet Web sites and offers unique editorial features, expert Q&A's, tools and how-to videos.

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