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This year, make it a green dog holiday!

Posted Jun 03 2009 12:21am

This year is a great year to have a green dog holiday!

With over 74 million dogs in the US, you know your pups are leaving their pawprint on the environment during the holidays, just like the two-leggers can.

But by reducing waste, purchasing environmentally responsible pup products, utilizing environmentally safe household products and by taking other sustainable measures, you and your pup can have a healthier, happier holiday and environment at the same time!

Need some tips? Try these:

  • Make your pup a fabulous homemade Christmas stocking, from recycled items around your home.
  • Wrap your 'best friend's' gifts with reused and reusable materials, like paper sacks, and cut outs from old Christmas cards. Save what's left over and use again next year!
  • Purchase your tree from a tree farm and help save forests and unnecessary cutting, and recycle it after the holidays. Or consider getting a live tree and then plant it in your yard after use.
  • Make your own Christmas ornaments from recycled materials, string some popcorn and berries, add a solar powered wreath to your front door, use solar holiday lights for y our outdoor decorating and purchase low energy LED lights to conserve.
  • Send your pup pals an e-card, rather than purchasing cards. Or make your own with items and photos of your pup.
  • Shop online and conserve energy.
  • Donate to your local shelter or rescue group and give back this holiday season.
  • Keep your dog from unnecessarily killing wildlife while enjoying the outdoors.
  • Purchase gifts for your pup made with organic or recycled materials.
  • Feed and give your pup foods and treats that have organic or all natural ingredients for a longer, healthier life.
  • When getting ready for the holidays, use cleaning and other household products that are good for the environment and safe for you and your dog.
  • Buy gifts made closer to home, and help lower the energy costs of shipping goods.
  • Use environmentally friendly deicers on your drive and sidewalks - good for your pets and the environment.
  • Buy sustainable and durable products that don't have to be replaced so often.
  • Spend quality time with your pup teaching them tricks, like turning off the light when they leave the room, and putting items in the recycle bin.
  • Install a Doggie Dooley and recycle that pet waste, and when on the road use biodegradable poo bags when cleaning up the doo.
  • Buy products for your pup made out of all natural materials, like hemp dog collars and organic cotton clothing.
  • Spend some time making some of your pups toys and goods - take an afternoon and turn those old socks or towels into a great tugging toy, or old blankets into bedding, or leftover material for a great dog bed!
  • Cook for your pup, for a healthier dog and a healthier environment.
Need some more ideas? Check out my Green Dog Christmas Squidoo lens, for featured holiday products, toys, fun stuff and more.
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