Mark your calendars for Earth Hour - March 27, 2010 at 8:30 PM your local time!
What is Earth Hour? It's a time when people from all over the World come together to bring a call to action on climate change by doing something quite simple - turning off their lights for one hour.
Last year we participated in Earth Hour. Gracie even got in on the act by ceremoniously turning off our lights. Here's a quick video of her learning how to turn off the lights just a couple of days before!
The movement symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in this fight, protecting our future and that of future generations. Learn more about how Earth Hour began, what we’ve accomplished, and what is in store for 2010.
So what are you waiting for! Mark your calendars!
So much sadness surrounding the devastation in Haiti...all I can think about is how I can help.
We believe that a part of being green is giving back to those less fortunate. The first thing I thought about after the massive earthquake hit the news is how can I help those in Haiti impacted by the devastation, and help them get their lives back - whether they be two or four legged.
How we can help
The American Red Cross is accepting donations by phone for human relief. You can text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross's efforts, or call 1-800-Redcross or 1-800-257-7575. Visit their Web site to find out more.
One of our companion blogs - Rescue Me - put together a great post about how you can help all living beings in Haiti. Here is some information...
"The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have formally agreed to head up a coalition of groups to address the needs of animals in Haiti following the earthquake that devastated the country. Also joining the coalition this week is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and American Humane."
All of them are working together to help the estimated 5 million head of livestock in the country (mostly goats), a large stray dog population, an untold number of companion animals, and native wildlife all adversely affected by the earthquake.
By donating to any one of these three organization, you can help
the animals of Haiti and contribute to the Animal Relief Coalition for
Not only is it inexpensive, it's made with 30% post-consumer recycled cardboard, produced in CA using non-toxic glue and printed with non-toxic ink! You re-use your own plastic water bottle too!
And it's from a small business, who's innovative owner was looking for a way to help his dog get more exercise, be more active and entertained.
How does it work? You put it together upon arrival, then teach your down to drop a tennis ball in the box. When the tennis ball goes in, treats fall out along with the ball....entertaining your dog for hours. You could even feed your pup his/her dinner via the Amazing Treat Machine, to keep them entertained, and slim and trim :)
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It's been mighty cold these past couple of weeks here in Indiana. And we've heard that it's been that way in many parts of the country.
Since lots of pups can't get outside and burn off that cabin fever, and get the exercise they need to stay fit both mentally and physically, we thought it would be a good idea to share how we play, stay occupied, have fun, learn, exercise and stay outta trouble when we can't get outside for our usual hikes, agility and long walks.
Here's our short list:
One of my (and Gracie's too) favorite things in the whole world besides agility, is learning new tricks. And Mum and I have a great time together figuring out the best way for me to learn a new trick, and then...oh the sense of accomplishment when I do it!
Here are some great resources for learning new tricks. And be sure to keep it positive, use treats, try clicker training, take your time and have lots of fun together:
There are lots of other indoor activities you and your pup can do to both get exercise, here are our favorites:
Hide and seek - Mum puts me in a stay down stairs, then goes upstairs and hides (sometimes in a closet, sometimes in the bathtub, you get the idea). Then she calls me to come and I find her to get a treat!
Find Target - This is one of my all time favorite games. Mum uses a yogurt container lid as a target, she puts me in a stay, then goes in another room and hides the target, releases me and then I have to find it to get the treats. Here's a quick vid.
Table Games - You probably know that I'm an agility dog. And part of being an agility dog is learning to 'down' on the table. So during the winter, we like to work on this part of my agility, but it's a fun game for any dog! Mum sends me to the table (which is really our ottoman), and the faster I get down, the more treats I get! Love, love, love this game.
Walking on a Treadmill - This is a little advanced, but a great activity to get pawsome exercise when you can't get outside because of the deep freeze temps. It's helping your dog learn to walk on a Treadmill. Here's a great resource to learn to teach your dog to walk on a treadmill.
There are lots and lots of intelligent, interactive and puzzle type games on the market, and Gracie and I love to play with them. But did you know that you can make yourself some really nice and fun interactive and intelligent games with items around your house? Yep...here are some ideas:
The Muffin Tin Game - from our friend Astrid. Take a muffin tin, put a treat in each space, cover with a toy (make sure they're safe ones, K?) and let your dog learn to take the toy out to get the treat!
Hide a ball - Take an old blanket or towel, hide a ball or other green toy underneath and let your dog learn to find the ball under the blanket or towel. When they find it, give 'em a treat.
Hide a Treat - you know those stainless steel bowls you use to feed your dog their dinner? Well, they can become a pawsome hide a treat toy! Just put a little treat on the floor, then put the bowl upside down over it, and watch your pup use their brain to get to the treat. Even better, use three to four bowls and hide treats under just a couple of them. It's a great interactive toy!