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Dog Is My SUV?
Book on sustainability takes aim at pet ownership.
In Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living, Robert and Brenda Vale of Wellington, New Zealand, condemn pet-ownership claiming companion animals guzzle resources, devastate wildlife populations, spread disease and add to pollution, according to reviews in New Scientist, Salon and The Telegraph. Many of these complaints aren’t new (since I haven't read the Vale's book yet, I can't...
News: Guest Posts
Waste Not, Want Not, Part II
Will Black Soldier Fly grubs in biopods be the worm bins of the future?
Last week, I wrote a post about municipal efforts to cope with dog waste. Today, the Green Inc. column in The New York Times takes up the conversation with a story about a poop-composting pilot program in Ithaca, N.Y. Unfortunately, Ithaca's "strategy" involves a growing pile of yard clippings, wood trimmings and poop in biodegradable collection bags made from corn. Exactly, what to do with the...
Dog's Life: Home & Garden
Green Gazebo
DIYing it—build your dog an eco-friendly retreat
“Green” isn’t just about recycling and planting trees—it’s also a way of thinking, of being creative with design, materials and overall aesthetics and ending up with a product that provides a better quality of life. Can you apply green principles when building a shelter for your dog? Of course. Here’s one way to do it. First, study your dog. Based on climate, the role you play in each other’s...
News: Guest Posts
Must Read: Pesticide Report
Buyer beware of over-the-counter, spot-on pesticide products.
Reading between the corporate disclaimers and regulator hedging, my takeaway from the thorough and impressive investigation into over-the-counter, spot-on pesticide products for pets by The Center for Public Integrity is: Why risk it? And it’s beginning to look like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) might be asking the same question. Based on an unprecedented review of 10 years’ worth of...
Culture: DogPatch
Wheels of Change
Green transportation for around-town travel.
These days, anyone who slaps Bark’s bumper sticker—Dog Is My Co-Pilot™—on a car is conscious of rising fuel prices and looming environmental crises. More and more, people are paying attention to the fuel economy and emission levels of that bumper-sticker-bearing vehicle. Some, especially in urban areas, have opted to go the old-fashioned route and get around town on two, or in some cases three,...
News: Guest Posts
Dog Is My Décor?
Wearing your heart on your lawn.
Lawn jockeys, flamingos, gnomes and windmills—our front yards have long been a platform for inorganic self-expression. For my part, I have always exercised restraint in these matters, but after receiving an email from Bark contributor Helene F. Rubinstein, I’m thinking that’s been my loss. During a recent drive on the roads outside Reno, Rubinstein saw lawn ornaments for sale—the sort you never...
Dog's Life: Home & Garden
Dig In!
Create a dog-friendly garden everyone can enjoy
As the owner of a pet-friendly landscape company, I’m always asked, “How do I keep my dogs out of the garden?” In this unique twist, I want to address how to invite them into it—that is, into their own vegetable garden.* Did you know that many vegetables offer the same benefits to dogs as they do to humans? And depending on where you live, you may be able to grow vegetables all year; if not, you...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog Gardening
A primer for making it safe and organic
My dog likes to dig. I watch her toss a chunk of wood—she barks, howls; she furiously claws, daring the evil stick to make a run for it. Dig dig dig, deeper it goes. Bite the stick—chew the stick—now she’s proud. I think she’s also proud of the hole she’s made. I think my dog wants to garden with me. I have a friend who’s done a study on dogs digging holes. She asserts that her dogs have more...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Fences with Staying Power
Good fences = safe dogs
For your dog’s security—and your peace of mind—you need a fence that’s tall enough and tough enough to do the job for which it’s intended. Here are tips for fences with staying power. 1. Block the view: Does Daisy thrill to the sight of passing people or animals? Might impetuous neighbors stick hands through gaps for a pat? Two words: privacy fence! Is your current fence made from chain link?...
Dog's Life: Home & Garden
Living Green
Wise choices make your home healthier for you and your dog
Try this: Select a spot in your home and lie down on the floor. Is it the kitchen? Give the floor a little lick. Or the living room? Put your nose on the carpet and take a really deep breath. Then, wander into the bathroom and check out the porcelain “drinking fountain.” Okay, stop the experiment. You get the idea: this is your home from your dog’s point of view. You generally experience your...

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