Friday, February 20, 2009

Make a homemade mechanical dog card!

We found this great vid from Martha Stewart's YouTube channel! She always has some great homemade craft ideas! And a tip from us? Use materials you already have around your home to make it green! Reuse!

Monday, February 16, 2009

New green products for February!

Check out these new green, recycled, and organic products we dug up!

Tiny Turtle Toy

Tiny Turtle Toy

$4.99

West Paw Recycled Fill Eco Slumber Bed L

West Paw Recycled Fill Eco Slumber Bed L

$114.99

Doggy Froggy Toy

Doggy Froggy Toy

$4.99

Honest Kitchen Force Dog Food

Honest Kitchen Force Dog Food

$46.95

Dirty & Hairy Repel Shampoo

Dirty & Hairy Repel Shampoo

$8.95

Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook

Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook

$11.96

Canine Cow Toy

Canine Cow Toy

$9.99

Deco Square Upholstered Bumper Bed

Deco Square Upholstered Bumper Bed

$65.00

Monzies Organics Organic Muesli for Dogs 8 lb.

Monzies Organics Organic Muesli for Dogs 8 lb.

$27.99

Sequoia Squirrel Toy

Sequoia Squirrel Toy

$13.99

ZiwiPeak Good Dog Deer Shank Treat

ZiwiPeak Good Dog Deer Shank Treat

$7.29

Juno's Garden Pal Dog Soothing Balm for Dogs 1.7 oz.

Juno's Garden Pal Dog Soothing Balm for Dogs 1.7 oz.

$18.99

You Lucky Dog: More Than 30 Craft Projects to Unleash Your Pup's Personality

You Lucky Dog: More Than 30 Craft Projects to Unleash Your Pup's Personality

$14.36

Organic Senior Dog Treats

Organic Senior Dog Treats

$25.00

Organic Stretchy Plush Dog Toy

Organic Stretchy Plush Dog Toy

$13.99

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals

$20.80

Tiny Berber Bone Toy

Tiny Berber Bone Toy

$4.99

Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle

Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle

$11.00

A Cheerful Pet Tugzees Dog Toys For Canines - Olive Green

A Cheerful Pet Tugzees Dog Toys For Canines - Olive Green

$19.99

Tuckered Out Small - 21x19

Tuckered Out Small - 21x19

$66.00

Teddy for puppy toy

Teddy for puppy toy

$4.99

ZiwiPeak Good Dog Deer Antler Treats - Medium

ZiwiPeak Good Dog Deer Antler Treats - Medium

$10.79

Plush Baseball

Plush Baseball

$3.95

Pal Dog Soothing Care System Set for Dogs and Canines

Pal Dog Soothing Care System Set for Dogs and Canines

$35.99

Honest Kitchen Verve Dog Food

Honest Kitchen Verve Dog Food

$36.95

Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine

Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine

$18.95

Floppy Frog toy

Floppy Frog toy

$12.99

Dogwear: Over 30 Super Easy Sewing Projects: Fashionable, Functional, Fun Gear for Your Four-Legged Friend

Dogwear: Over 30 Super Easy Sewing Projects: Fashionable, Functional, Fun Gear for Your Four-Legged Friend

$13.46

Wagatha's Organic Dog Biscuit Treats - 9 oz. Cranberry Cheddar

Wagatha's Organic Dog Biscuit Treats - 9 oz. Cranberry Cheddar

$8.49

Harry Barker Quilted Car Seat Cover For Cats And Dogs - Tan

Harry Barker Quilted Car Seat Cover For Cats And Dogs - Tan

$67.99

Dam Beaver Toy

Dam Beaver Toy

$12.99

Big Pup Orbee

Big Pup Orbee

$9.95

Complete Natural Nutrition Terrabone Chew Treat For Dogs And Canines - Regular

Complete Natural Nutrition Terrabone Chew Treat For Dogs And Canines - Regular

$3.09

Pet Aromatics Chemical Free Doggie Bath

Pet Aromatics Chemical Free Doggie Bath

$9.95

Bumper Bed Large 37x32x9

Bumper Bed Large 37x32x9

$112.00

Petfinder.com: The Adopted Dog Bible: Your One-Stop Resource for Choosing, Training, and Caring for Your Sheltered or Rescued Dog

Petfinder.com: The Adopted Dog Bible: Your One-Stop Resource for Choosing, Training, and Caring for Your Sheltered or Rescued Dog

$18.39

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! We hope you're planning some special fun and lovin' for your pup today.

I'm a dog, I know what I like. So I put together a super small list of just a few no cost, green things you can do to help your dog feel extra special today. Here goes...

  • Take your pup for a nice walk around the neighborhood. Us dog's love our walks!
  • Spend some quality time snuggling with your dog, or even take a nap together (that's one of my favs).
  • Teach your dog a trick, and don't forget the treats. Us dog's love to learn.
  • Head out to the backyard and play a little tug of war, or fetch, or a good game of chase!
  • Give 'em a big, ole kiss!
  • Got some carrots or green beans in the fridge? Steam 'em up a little and give your pup a super cool treat.

And remember, always have fun!

Oh, and, click on the heart mosaic - it was created with all the photos Mum took of me and Gracie in 2008!

Make your own pawsome hemp dog toy!

We came across these pawsome instructions for making a great rope dog toy over at Instructables.

Tug toys are one of my favorite toys because I get to play the game with my Mum!

To make it much more green, try using some very tough, very green hemp rope!


Big thanks to mik3 on Instructables for sharing this gem!

But, I love peanut butter!

Everyday I get an email in my in box from the FDA of a new product being recalled because of peanuts, peanut butter and/or peanut paste contaminated with salmonella. And these alerts aren't just for the hoomans, some are for us dogs too!

The Peanut Corporation of America is where all the contaminated products were produced. It all began in mid January. The company has ceased operations until a full criminal investigation can be completed, and is now facing bankruptcy. Here is some additional news:

January 16 - Dog dies after eating recalled peanut butter crackers January 26 - Woman loses dog after animal eats recalled treats February 13 - Salmonella poisoning in dog linked to peanut butter recall

I love peanut butter. It's one of my highly anticipated treats. Mum puts it in Kongs for me and my sis, Gracie, to lick up nearly every day for our afternoon snack. It's a very scary thing when one of your absolute favorites is stricken by a horrible and potentially deadly substance. These recall dangers will most probably never go away. Today it's peanut butter, in 2007 it was melamine and glutens in pet foods, then it was lead in toys. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. So how do you keep your pup safe?

  • Keep informed by subscribing to the FDA's recall alert list, to get up to the minute information (or get your alerts through an RSS feed, post a cool widget on your website or blog, get alerts through Twitter, or view the entire list here by category). And remember, just because the item is listed today on their site, doesn't mean it may not appear in the future.

  • Watch your local and national news broadcasts for updates on product recalls.

  • Purchase your products from reliable sources. These sources can be locally grown and/or organic items purchased from a trusted source.

  • Do your research. Check with the manufacturer. Investigate the sources of ingredients and foods from those you purchase. Learn how the foods are made and grown, and from where the ingredients are purchased and made.

  • If you can't determine if your pup's foods that contain peanuts or peanut butter includes PB sourced from Peanut Corp. of America, don't take any chances. Don't feed it to them and toss it immediately.

  • Grow or make your own foods and pup products.

Dangers are everywhere - in our yards, in our homes, when were on our walks, playing with our buds, and in our food. Believe me, I know, I've been effected by several dangers in my short four years.

So what's a dog to do?

Realize that dangers can be anywhere and can happen when you least expect; they, unfortunately, are a part of life. Be vigilante, educate yourself about your pup's environment and the items and foods they come in contact with, and keep a careful eye out for dangers, avoiding them as best you can.

So what are we doing about the peanut butter that we love so dearly? We threw out all the pre-made treats in our house that contain peanut butter. But, yes, we still get our Kongs filled with that luscious stuff, nearly everyday. We purchased our organic peanut butter at Whole Foods. It's made with only peanuts with no additional ingredients. And we've had it in our refrigerator since before the recall.

When we found out about the recall, Mum called the company that made our peanut butter to find out where the peanuts were purchased. Satisfied with the investigation, Mum is feeling much more confident about giving us our daily treat. But we are still taking a risk, and we realize that.

We admit, she is thinking about growing her own peanuts and making homemade peanut butter for all of us, since it is one of our absolute favs.

Here's a recipe:

4 cups natural peanuts (not salted)

3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Roast the Peanuts

Pre-heat your oven - 350 degrees

Remove the shells from your peanuts

Spread the peanuts around a baking sheet

Bake the peanuts for about 15 to 18 minutes

Allow the peanuts to cool

Make the Peanut Butter

Add 1/2 the peanuts and 1/2 the oil to your food processor or blender

Mix them up until somewhat clumpy

Add the rest of the peanuts and oil

Mix until creamy

Refrigerate between use. And the best part? You can use this peanut butter to make your pup some pawsome peanut butter biscuits!

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