Monday, November 30, 2009

Make it a green dog Christmas this year!

I love the Holidays...it's a great time to get together with friends, family, help those less fortunate, and of course there's the food!

Why not make your dog's Christmas more green this year...help out the environment and make it more healthy for your dog?

To help, here are our top tips for making your dog's Christmas more green this year!

  • Make your pup a fabulous homemade Christmas stocking or festive jingle collar, from recycled items around your home.
  • Wrap your 'best friend's' gifts with reused and reusable materials, like paper sacks, and cut outs from old Christmas cards. Save what's left over and use again next year!
  • Purchase your tree from a tree farm and help save forests and unnecessary cutting, and recycle it after the holidays. Or consider getting a live tree and then plant it in your yard after use.
  • Make your own Christmas ornaments from recycled materials, string some popcorn and berries, add a solar powered wreath to your front door, use solar holiday lights for your outdoor decorating and purchase low energy LED lights to conserve. Or really get into it and make your dog a dog bone wreath!
  • Send your pup pals an e-card, rather than purchasing cards. Or make your own with items and photos of your pup.
  • Shop online and conserve energy.
  • Donate to your local shelter or rescue group and give back this Holiday season.
  • Keep your dog from unnecessarily killing wildlife while enjoying the great outdoors.
  • Purchase gifts for your pup made with organic or recycled materials.
  • Feed and give your pup foods and treats that have organic or all natural ingredients for a longer, healthier life. Try out some Puppy Dog Egg Nog, or Holiday Peanut Butter Bites.
  • When getting ready for the holidays, use cleaning and other household products that are good for the environment and safe for you and your dog.
  • Buy gifts made closer to home, and help lower the energy costs of shipping goods.
  • Use environmentally friendly deicers on your drive and sidewalks - good for your pets and the environment.
  • Buy sustainable and durable products that don't have to be replaced so often.
  • Spend quality time with your pup teaching them tricks, like turning off the light when they leave the room, and putting items in the recycle bin.
  • Install 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 organic cotton clothing, and toys make from sustainable and organic fabrics.
  • Spend some time making some of your pups toys and goods - take an afternoon and turn those old socks or towels into a great tugging toy, or old blankets into bedding, or leftover material for a great dog bed!
  • Cook for your pup, for a healthier dog and a healthier environment.

From all of us at Raise A Green Dog - JoJo, Gracie, Wolfie, Wiggy and Mum, Leslie...we wish you and yours the Happiest of Holiday Seasons!

Friday, November 27, 2009

We've been nominated for Best Green Lens in the 2009 Giant Squid Awards!

How extremely flattering!

Raise A Green Dog's Squidoo Lens has been nominated for Best Green Lens in the 2009 Giant Squid Awards!

If you've got a moment, we sure would love your vote! Just click here, and then select the radio button right next to Raise A Green Dog, then submit. It's easy and fast :)

Whadda ya do with that leftover turkey?

All of us at Raise A Green Dog hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Now that the big day is over, you undoubtedly have a little turkey left. We sure do!

So what do you do with that leftover turkey? Here's a great idea, that's of course if you have an organic turkey, or free range, that doesn't have all those chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors or spices in it.

Make some Turkey Dog Treats!

Here's a great recipe we found, thanks to All Natural Dog Treats!

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked turkey, minced (organic, free range is the best choice)
4 tsps. grated lowfat cheese (we like white cheddar, yum)
1 tbl. fresh parsley, chopped
2 eggs, beaten (grain fed, free range for us)
2 c. whole-wheat flour
2 tbl. brewer's yeast
2 tbl. vegetable oil (we like to substitute for our Salmon Oil)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the turkey, cheese and parsley together. Pour beaten eggs over turkey mixture. Add flour, yeast and oil. Stir.

Drop into small lumps onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until brown and firm. Store in refrigerator.

Makes about 2 dozen treats.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your Holiday weekend!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Make your own dog holiday stocking!!!

Well...it's getting close! Almost time for the holidays. Lots to do, lots to get ready. So why not start early?

One of the main events for our holidays is putting up the decorations, and of course my own holiday stocking, and Gracie's, Wolfie's and Wiggy's too. We like to supervise all the activity.

Just watching those stockings getting hung on our fireplace gets me all excited with anticipation of digging into my stocking on Christmas morn'. Mum always has some homemade yummy's in there!

It's much more fun to make your own, and personalize your dog's stocking, so here are some great ideas from our 'make your own' series:' Make a cool doggie holiday stocking from reused items, holiday decorations, clothing and more, you've got around the house!
  • A great tutorial to make a holiday stocking from old jeans. Just doggie it up with some bone, paw, and other doggie related cutouts.
  • Love this cute little bone shaped stocking! Just use some old felt or stiff material you have around the home, and spice it up with small re-used holiday ornaments, doggie bones, and more.
  • Got an old dog coat that's showing some wear, or an old human coat that's seen better days? Make it into a cool doggie paw stocking for your pup this holiday season!
Have fun! And if you make one, feel free to share it on our Facebook page, we, and all our RAGD readers, would love to see it!
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