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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'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
The Messiest, Most Miserable Walk Ever
Poop bag mishaps
I was prepared. I had stuffed two poop bags in my pocket. You’d think that the magic number was two because I was walking two dogs, Shelby and Ginger Peach. But you know what they say when one assumes … After years of observing my dogs’ on-leash habits in the wilds of semi-rural suburbia (yes, there are cows, goats and chickens along our route, but there’s also a Starbucks “in town”), I’d bet...
Dog's Life: Humane
Me and My (Unemployed) Dog
It’s another monday morning, and I’m reading the Times and sipping my coffee at an hour when most respectable people are already at work, or at least on their way. Like I used to be. Bam! The “Arts” section flies into my face as Tillie, my two-year-old Lab, head-butts her way onto my lap. “You need a job,” I tell her as I rub her ears and wipe the sleep out of her eyes. “Hell, I need a job,”...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Get Smart about Pet Allergies
Let’s start with some tough truths. “Non-allergic” or hypo-allergenic dogs do not exist (sorry, Bo Obama). You can’t eliminate dog’s allergens with special shampoos, topical sprays or oral agents. And there’s little evidence steam-cleaning carpets and upholstery helps control pet allergies.   That’s the myth-busting word from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). But...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Cleaning Confidential
Clean Green
Cleaning up after your dog. Tips on using green products.
Can you say “methylchloroisothiazolinone?” Neither can I. But it’s one of the ingredients in a pet stain- and odor-remover product that, while probably very effective, may irritate eyes and skin. That’s why the label also says “keep out of reach of children.” For spring cleaning this year, many of us who live with dogs are looking for more earthfriendly, naturally derived products. Here are some...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Don't Let Bedbugs Bite Your Dog
Although once nearly eradicated in developed countries, bedbugs are on the rise. These tiny bloodsuckers don’t transmit diseases, but can leave itchy welts on you and your warm-blooded pets. It’s important to routinely check any place you or your pets sleep for the telltale dark stains of bedbug activity. Dogs aren’t taking this bedbug business lying down, either. Some companies are training dogs...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Cleaning Aids for Dog People
Kit's Corner Picks
Kit’s Corner - Our resident canine tastemaker shares her latest delights. A. The Canine Foot Bath makes cleaning Kit’s dainty paws a breeze: insert, swish, remove, dry and voila! $9.95 B. Water-wicking microfiber and gentle rubber massage bristles: what more could one dog ask for? Plus, a percentage of the Scrubby Towel’s purchase price goes to the ASPCA. $18.99 C. Baths are low on Kit’s...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog Mud Room Know-How
Mud management — watch those paws!
Face it. Planet Earth is one big ball of dirt, some of which is bound to get inside your house — especially on shoes and paws. While you can take care of your own footwear, your dog needs help to keep mud where it belongs: outdoors. Prevention is the best cure, starting with well-trimmed paws. “Rounding the paw means cutting fur short both between the pads and on top of the paw,” says Dana...