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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist and Author, Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day. This holiday, as well as others, are part of Colleen Paige's Animal Miracle Foundation & Network, a non-profit organization which offers financial assistance and educational programs ranging from pet cancer to fire safety and travel safety for kids and pets alike. AMF also hosts many wonderful holiday festivals and trade shows throughout each year and brings local shelter pets to these events hoping to find them a forever home."
Those of us living in Central Pennsylvania need to visit this site, but be warned, it is a tough site if you love animals. And not to forget residents of Missouri, where one will find the most puppy mills of any state. Visit here to see what is being done about it.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The lesser of these evils is the end product of the other, so to speak. We always pick up poop, and we purchase biodegradable bags to pick it up with, rather than using any old plastic bags. We have, however, been sending the bags to the landfill, because I read an article years ago about the parasite dangers of using dog feces in your garden. I never really thought about it, but these are my dogs, and they have a fecal check as part of the annual exam each year, so I am pretty sure they don't have any intestinal parasites. (Boodles did have a tape worm when we got her, but that was 3 years ago, and we treated it vigorously.) This morning I did a Google search on "Composting with dog feces", and quite a lot of articles came up. The most thorough was this. I think we will institute a dog waste composting program this year, separate from the kitchen waste composting we already do. The sticking point may well be those biodegradable bags- I suspect they are not quite as degradable as I would like them to be.
Now- as to what goes in the dogs. According to the article, dogs have a greater impact on the earth than an SUV mainly because of the land use required to provide the meat for a large carnivore's dinner. The transportation costs of all those 40 pound bags and cases of little cans comes into the equation as well. The article suggest making dog food at home to counter those costs.
We do buy sustainably raised meat and local produce, and it is expensive. I can't even imagine the cost of feeding it to the dogs. However, we don't buy the bottom of the line dog food, either. We feed Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice from a local feed company. According to their website, Diamond Naturals are made with hormone and antibiotic free meats, (although it does not say they are sustainably raised) and don't contain wheat, soy or corn. It's not the perfect choice, but for now, it is the best I can make.
I did another Google search on Sustainable Pet Food companies, and came up with this article from Petfoodindustry.com. It deals with plant facilities, though, and not ingredients. Another interesting link is this one, to a petfood industry discussion group on sustainability. Finally, I could find only one manufacturer that mentioned sustainably raised meat; Onesta. They manufacture training treats, and not a full diet.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Jerry (on your left, with the black eye) celebrated his first birthday recently. He and Huck celebrated with hats- Terry, who lives with them, caught this picture of them partying.
I was telling someone the other day, going to the dog park with the dogs is like going to the park with kids- some of the dogs there are their friends- they like them and want to play with them. Some they don't like, others they are indifferent to. Huck and Jerry are definitely in the friend category. Since Jerry is a little younger, he mostly wants to play with other young dogs, who match his energy level.
Juniper tends to be aloof, but Huck and Boodles get along famously.
And Huck does pass Juniper's rigorous test of acceptability...Boodles put in a good word for him.
But Jerry's boundless energy leaves even Bodie in the dust sometimes!