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Invisible Perils in Parks
Park maintenance is normally not an issue that most pay attention to. We probably blindly trust that weed clearing is done with minimum impact to us and our dogs. Dogs especially, with their noses to the ground, can be more susceptible to the affects of harmful pesticides and weed killers like Roundup. Mark Derr wrote in a recent post on the perils of a dog park that aren’t visible to us. His...
Blog: Shea Cox
Keep your Lawn Free from Urine Spots
Dilution is the solution to pollution
 It is a common misconception that "acid" in a dog’s urine is what causes the brown spots left behind on our lawns. However, the culprit is actually the high nitrogen content of the urine. Nitrogen is “the waste” in the urine and is the result of protein breakdown through normal body processes. Because a canine diet is very high in protein, there will be high levels of nitrogen, and you’ll be...
Dog's Life: Green
Top Tips for Spring Cleaning
From our readers
The entrants in a recent Bark contest had some incredible cleaning tips, and we want to share them with you. The reigning champion of reader cleaning solutions was vinegar, and we agree—it’s versatile, it’s green and it works. But take a look at a few other DIY tricks to kick your spring cleaning up a notch. Throw a few feet of cheap nylon netting in the dryer with your clothes and bedding. It...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Eco Dog Planet’s Doggie Waste Bags
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Sometimes the most impactful innovations are those made to simple, every day acts — like picking up your dog’s waste. We were introduced to Eco Dog Planet’s Doggie Waste Bags at last month’s Global Pet Expo where they debuted their eco-friendly poop bags made from tapioca. The light but sturdy bags are manufactured from the starch of tapioca plants, a sustainable non-GMO crop that helps support...
Blog: Guest Posts
What Do You Do for Earth Day?
One suggestion, follow your dog’s lead
Earth Day—the giant environmental teach-in that became a four-decades-strong spark for eco-activism around the world—is spinning, like Earth, back around. In the past at The Bark, we’ve focused on promoting green living choices to reduce our environmental footprints and paw prints—and these are still major priorities. But this year, we’re marking Earth Day by emphasizing something a little more...
Dog's Life: Green
Tips Galore for a Green Spring Cleaning
. . .  and the living is easy-est with STAINLESS STEEL, Sharon Steel, 1960. R.C.
  The entrants in a recent Bark contest had some incredible cleaning tips, and we want to share them with you. The reigning champion of reader cleaning solutions was vinegar, and we agree—it’s versatile, it’s green and it works. But take a look at a few other DIY tricks to kick your spring cleaning up a notch.   Throw a few feet of cheap nylon netting in the dryer with your clothes and bedding....
Blog: Guest Posts
Saving the Planet One Dog at a Time
The education of a conservation dog team
Dogs assisting biologists and conservationists around the world in the never-ending effort to protect and save the planet we humans abuse and call home at the same time—almost sounds like a sci-fi movie doesn’t it? If you love dogs, odds are you love or at least appreciate the natural world. It is no secret that protecting the environment is extremely important. We all impact the environment...
Blog: Guest Posts
SPCA of Texas Opens New Shelter
Expanded capacity, green features
Dallas animal shelters are going green. In 2007, the municipal Dallas Animal Services opened an eco-friendly shelter, and this month, the SPCA of Texas cut the ribbon on the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center. The formerly vacant warehouse has been transformed into a 72,000-square-foot full-service shelter, which includes an adoption area, spay/neuter clinic, veterinary care for sick and injured...
Dog's Life: Green
Go Green
Simple strategies for reducing your paw print
Nosing out planet-friendly options when we shop, eat, clean, work and play not only helps preserve our planet for future generations, it makes our environment safer and healthier — for us, our pups and all the other creatures on the planet — right now. So, to inspire better choices, we offer ideas and reminders on greening up indoors and out. At Home From cleaning with natural substances to...
Dog's Life: Green
Green Grooming with Baking Soda
A fantastic dog-grooming helper
Baking soda is a key ingredient when it comes to grooming. •Keep your dog brushes clean by soaking them in a small basin in a solution of warm water and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Rinse and air dry. •Give your dog a dry bath by sprinkling her with baking soda. Rub it in, then brush it out. •For a wet wash, combine 3 tablespoons baking soda with 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 teaspoon baby...

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