Resources to Green Your Dog
I’ve been feeling remiss lately, as my poor sweet dog has been living on kibble for the last few days because I have been too busy with other things (read: being outside) to take myself to the store and brave the air conditioning and fluorescent lighting in order to buy her some meat for her usual rice and meat stew. Sitting outside and thinking about what a lackadaisical owner I’ve been, it occurred to me how easy it is to make sustainable choices for your dog.
- Reuse plastic bags (from bread, packaging, newspapers, Ziplocs that have finally lost their zip after dozens of washings – I know you reuse your Ziploc bags) or buy compostable ones for picking up after your pup.
- Buy her a sustainable bed. Try West Paw or Greener Pup.
- Feed her all natural and organic food. I use all natural and organic chicken that I cook with rice, salt, pepper and olive oil in a rice cooker. It’s cheaper than most kibble. You can also go with pre-made dog food from Canidae.
- Clean your house (this is good for everyone in the family, not just the dog) with all natural, non-toxic cleaners like vinegar, lemon juice and water. If you must buy pre-made cleaners try PawSafe.
- Give her organic or all-natural treats like Lucky Buck naturally shed antlers, Happy Hips (which are especially good for breeds prone to bad hips) or Zuke’s.
Even before you make any of the greener doggy-care choices above, let her take your for long walks, romps in the park and days at the beach. It will do you both a world of good.
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