NewScientist.com reported that owning a dog can have a greater impact on our environment than owning an SUV. And I own two dogs. Yikes!!! As much as I care about the earth, I will always have dogs. However, like most Care2 readers, I do what I can to help care for our planet, not abuse it. Finding recycled products that I can use with my dogs is my responsibility.
I’ve been doing a lot of spring cleaning and did a big clothes purge. I donated some of the clothing to our local thrift store that benefits seniors, and the rest ended up in Gina‘s dog bed. (She’s my Black Lab enjoying her new bed stuffed with my clothes in the picture above.) That’s right, molly mutt beds are designed to keep old blankets, pillows, and clothing out of landfills. You can even fill them with retired dog beds. I wish molly mutt beds was around when Sanchez was younger and was known to destroy his dog beds to shreds.
Are you a road or mountain biker conscious of the environment? If so, how would you like your dogs to benefit from your worn out rubber tires? CycleDog was created by a biker who always loved making new things out of old stuff. Also a dog lover, she now sells collars, leads, toys, bowls, and belts made from recycled bicycle tires. And if you get thirsty during your ride, you can even use the pup top bottle opener on the dog collars. Their website states: “Our goal at Cycle Dog is to create the world’s best dog products with a focus on the environment and to raise awareness of the millions of bike tubes thrown into landfills every year.” Ride on!
You only need two items to create my dog’s favorite toy of all time. A sock and a plastic water bottle. While I’ve spent mega dollars on dog toys, Sanchez and Gina go absolutely crazy over chasing a water bottle, but the plastic isn’t good for them. So, when I was cleaning out my closet, I kept all of my worn out socks and filled them with used plastic water bottles. Voila! I now have fabulous free tug toys.
What household products do you use that have turned into toys and other useful items for your pets? While my own personal experience is with dogs, as always, I’m interested in hearing from people with cats and other pets as well. Thanks for sharing your ideas in a comment.
Have you tried Sound Therapy for your dogs? Through a Dog’s Ear is the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system.