By Victoria Heuer
Living the Green Life
When you live on Planet Earth, every day is Earth Day. And who better to save the earthâ€™s natural resources than you? When it comes to environmental friendliness, itâ€™s up to each and every one of us to do our bit. And our dogs? We're sure that if they were able to, they would also make an effort, but since they canâ€™t, itâ€™s our responsibility to lead the way.
So, what can you and your dog do to live a greener life? Luckily, itâ€™s a lot easier than you might have guessed.?
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#5 Share the Hippiness With Your Dog â€“ Go Organic
An easy way to get Bella in on the act is with her toys and snacks. Toys and treats made with organic materials and ingredients are all the rage, so you can find them anywhere, not just in specialty boutiques. And they have the added benefit of being not only â€śgreen,â€ť but much healthier for your dog, which means a healthier immune system.
#4 Repurpose Those Plastic Grocery Bags
Instead of relying only on doggy bags, why not save a little money and reuse your grocery bags, too? Many businesses are using a lighter and more biodegradable plastic for their bags anyway, which makes them too flimsy for kitchen trash but perfect for picking up after Boomer. The veggie bags from the produce section also make for great doggie bags.?
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#3 Never Go Hungry,?or Thirsty, Again
The dog as family member is going mainstream, and that means more people taking their dogs with them wherever they go. The walks are getting longer and more time is being spent away from home. But are dog parents keeping their furry kids properly hydrated? You canâ€™t always be sure that businesses will have water bowls.
While throwaway plastic or Styrofoam bowls are an immediate convenience, youâ€™ll have more peace of mind knowing that you have a dependable and permanent solution already in hand. There are some attractive reusable dog bowls that collapse flat or fold up neatly that you can drop into your pocket, or attach to your belt or your dogâ€™s leash. If you really do need to take the disposable bowl route, there some made from recycled and biodegradable materials. And donâ€™t forget your reusable water bottle!
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#2 Dreaming in Green
When it comes to your dogâ€™s clothes and bedding, try recycling old clothes. Toddler clothes can be adjusted to fit most dogs. Clothes that are not good enough to be worn or donated can be stuffed into a large pillow caseâ€”the kind made for floor pillowsâ€”making a perfect, washable dog bed.
Make it extra special by using?some of your old, worn-out clothes that havenâ€™t been laundered yet so that your dog has your sweet scent to snuggle up to.
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#1 Make Your Own Toys
Donâ€™t let the thought of making your own toys intimidate you. If you know how to tie a knot, you can make an awesome dog toy. Old jeans and t-shirts torn into wide strips can be knotted a few inches apart to make tug toys. Or you can use old socks, which donâ€™t even need to be torn; just stretch the sock and give it a few knots, or stuff a disposable water bottle into it before knotting the top to make a crinkly-sound chew toy.
If you use paper towels, repurpose the leftover cardboard cylinder by poking a few holes in it?and dropping some small treats in. Secure the ends of the cylinder by folding them down and sealing them with duct tape, and youâ€™ll have a treat puzzle, for the low, low price of $Free.
Note: Never allow your dog to play unsupervised with anything that can be a choking hazard - which includes cloth that can be chewed and swallowed.?
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