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Dog's Life: Green
Build Your Own Pet Waste Digester
1. Take an old plastic garbage can and drill a dozen or so holes in the sides.2. Cut out the bottom. (A keyhole saw works great for this.)3. Dig a hole deep enough for the garbage can.4. Toss some rocks or gravel in the hole for drainage and position the garbage can so it’s a little above ground level.5. Place the lid on top. (You might want to paint something like “Dog Waste Composter” across...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Light by Poop
Arizona city considers a street lamp powered by dog waste
Last year, Lisa Wogan blogged about a Cambridge, Mass., artist who created a dog poop-to-methane converter used to fuel a local park lamp. Visitors pick up after their dogs and stick the biodegradable waste bags in the converter to power the light. I happen to think this is an ingenious idea. It puts dog waste to good use, while encouraging people to pick up after their dogs. Although the idea...
Dog's Life: Green
The Perfect Garden Dog
Digging and weeding and vermin control, oh my!
Garden & Dogs
"Here,” my friend Jeanette said, shoving a plastic grocery bag at me. Limp daffodil foliage flopped out of the top. “They’re a gift from Pepper. She dug them up—again!—in the flowerbed by the back porch and I didn’t have the energy to plug them back in for the third time.” Those of us who love gardening and love dogs have days like this. It’s tough to find a good garden dog, one who will hang...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Sniffing Out Endangered Species
Dogs trained to find elusive flowers and butterflies
Earlier this year I wrote about dogs trained to find animal droppings for environmental research. More and more canines are being used to help scientists study endangered species and habitat loss. The role of the dog in this type of research is incredible. The preservation of two species in Oregon can thank a Belgian Sheepdog named Rogue and his highly sensitive nose. Rogue is trained to seek...
Blog: Guest Posts
Pull This! Green Job for Dogs
Putting pullers to work—for the fun of it
We’re always looking for opportunities to green up our lives with dogs. So when Daphne Lewis sent us this video of her Chinooks hauling bamboo, we knew we’d hit one of those eco trifectas: Enlisting dogs who love to pull in the enterprise of helping to thin an ur-sustainable crop with no power tools. It was so simple and—based on the sacked out forms of Brett and Rosy after a day’s work—...
Blog: Karen B. London
Biodegradable Poop Bags
A green option for waste
Recently, I posted a blog about how friendly people are when they see me carrying a bag of poop. One great comment was that people would probably offer even bigger smiles if I carried the poop in environmentally friendly biodegradable poop bags instead of plastic newspaper bags. Fair point.   I looked into the biodegradable poop bags and want to share what I learned. They are made from corn and...
Blog: Karen B. London
Multipurposing Dog Gear
Finding non-dog oriented uses for supplies
The items needed for our dogs form an extensive list—leashes, collars, food, books, training treats, bowls, gates, toys, things to chew on, poop bags, tags, seat belts and on and on. Having spent years accumulating these items instead of a hefty savings account, I appreciate their value. In fact, I consider much of the pet gear I have to be so worthwhile that I use it for purposes that extend far...
Blog: Guest Posts
Upcycle Those Furballs
Spin it, stuff it, let it fly
I live with two very committed shedders. At certain times of the year, their output stuns. Even with consistent furminating (is this a verb yet?), I sweep soft, dirty tumbleweeds of fur onto my dustpan and out to the garbage regularly. And, until recently, I believed the highest and best use of their fur was to make sweeping more satisfying. But in the pursuit of shrinking their environmental...
Dog's Life: Humane
The Greening of Animal Shelters
Green Shelter Sketch
Animal shelters save homeless dogs and cats, fight cruelty, and educate the public about pet overpopulation. But shelters themselves are rarely eco-friendly. When many of them were built, energy efficiency wasn’t a priority, air circulation systems were poor and there was a reliance on toxic materials, especially for cleaning. The good news is that this trend is beginning to take a green turn,...
Blog: Editors
Therapeutic Trees
Another health bonus from walking your dog
The New York Times had an interesting article about studies examining the health benefits of nature. Researchers have found that spending time in places with trees aplenty, such as parks and forests, is good for us and has a positive affect on our immune functions. Seems as if stress reduction is one factor that the scientists attribute to phytnocides, the “airborne chemicals that plants emit to...

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