Category Archives: Green Pet Care

Stuff Your Own Dog Bed

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We’re happy to announce a new line of eco-friendly dog beds, now available at pupsplace.com!

The Change-a-Cover dog beds from P.L.A.Y. make for happy pups and happy pet parents!

Step 1: Choose round or rectangular dog bed style

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Step 2: Choose your favorite Change-a-Cover pattern

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Step 3: Choose appropriate size bed for your dog

Small < 20 lbs
Medium < 60 lbs
Large < 110 lbs

Step 4: Stuff with your old clothes and towels for a comfy new dog bed that cuts down on production of new materials

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These beds make for easy cleaning because now you can wash the “stuffing”!

  • Made from 100% natural cotton covering is soft, breathable and allergy-free
  • Furniture-grade craftsmanship and even-basting stitching ensures dog-years of use
  • Custom-made P.L.A.Y. zipper makes it easy to slip cover off for washing or replacement for a new style
  • Made in a facility that meets the strict quality standards for infant and children products
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What Dog Bed Style is Best for My Dog

Ever bought a dog bed that your dog had no interest in? It could be it just wasn’t the right style. Here’s a guide to finding the right bed for your dog.

Option 1: Elevated

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If you’re constantly catching your dog on the couch or in your favorite chair, this might be a great option for you. Elevated dog beds will help keep your dog warmer when the floor is cool, which may be why your dog is opting for the higher furniture rather than their bed.

Another reason some dogs prefer elevated dog beds is that it allows them to see more, perhaps a better view out the window or to feel closer to your level.

The Eco Drop Dog Bed is one of our favorite, eco friendly, elevated beds. Shop for more colors and styles here.

Option 2: Nested

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Have a dog that loves to curl up? Maybe you find them nestled in a basket of clean clothes or digging holes in the backyard to curl up in. Continue reading

Safe Summer Travel With Dogs

Ahhh summer, it finally seems to be upon us. As we start hitting the road for fun travel adventures many of us will bring the dog(s) along. Dogs love to be part of the family fun and a car ride always seems to get Emi and Luca excited, at last they don’t feel like we’re out partying without them at the dog park.

When it comes to safe travel with your pets, here are a few products you might want to keep on hand to make summer travel easier.

Top 3 Dog Travel Necessities

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1. Dog Car Seat Restraint

The safety hazards of having your dog roam around the freely are far too great to risk. Made from recycled plastic water bottles, these dog harnesses serve double duty with their car seat restraint loop. They also have reflective trim for late night pit stops.

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Green Dog Grooming

dogs-swimming While you might be tempted to forgo regular bathing thinking it’s the more natural route, your dog does need a bath every now and then to remain in good health.

Hard as you might try to live a green lifestyle, your dog’s coat inevitably traps toxins and particles in his fur and on his paws. Wherever you dog goes, he’s sure to pick up traces of substances – from your car, the house, the vet’s office, or even the air outdoors.

Whatever you don’t remove with bathing, your dog is sure to lick off, which can threaten his health even more.

Regular bathing can help remove dust, dirt and grease but you’ll want to be careful to avoid grooming products that may containing toxic chemicals themselves. Remember, you can’t stop your dog from ever licking himself and anything that goes on his coat has a chance of being licked and ingested.

A flea comb can also be used effectively to rid your dog of pests without chemicals.

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Earth Day 2013

April 22, 2013 is Earth Day, one of our most favorite days of the year at Pup’s Place!

For more information on Earth Day, please see the press release below from earthday.org

Earth Day 2013 Theme: The Face of Climate Change
 

Earth Day Network Sets Global Theme to Highlight Growing Impact on Individuals Through Interactive Digital Campaign

 

WASHINGTON – The global theme for Earth Day 2013 is “The Face of Climate Change,” Earth Day Network announced today. Earth Day Network, the group founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day to coordinate the annual day of action that builds and invigorates the environmental movement, said that this theme was chosen because of the need to highlight the mounting impact of climate change on individuals around the world.

“Many people think climate change is a remote problem, but the fact is that it’s already impacting real people, animals, and beloved places all over the world, and these Faces of Climate Change are multiplying every day,“ said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Fortunately, other Faces of Climate Change are also multiplying every day: those stepping up to do something about it. For Earth Day 2013, we’ll bring our generation’s biggest environmental challenge down to size – the size of an individual faced with the consequences.” Continue reading

Eco Friendly Yard for Dogs

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I grew up in the country where we didn’t care about having a pristine yard full of lush green grass. I now live downtown where my husband is often torn between keeping up with the neighbors and allowing our yard to have a bit of “bio diversity” as we like to call it.

The number one reason we chose our home was the yard. We love having a lot large enough for Emi and Luca to play and enjoy the outdoors, so since our yard is geared around our dogs we’ve learned to accept the bio diverse lawn as a safe haven for our dogs. No chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers allowed and quite frankly the sprinkler system hasn’t been used since we purchased the home over four years ago because I’m not a fan of wet dogs.

Chemically treated yards are not only dangerous for your pets that come into direct contact with the lawn they are also dangerous for you and your family members as well as the environment.

The good news is there are still plenty of green options for maintaining a beautiful yard while keeping your dogs (and the rest of your family) safe and healthy.

Here are a few tips on having an eco friendly yard safe for dogs:

1. Use Food Grade DE Instead of Dangerous Insecticides

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3 Ways to Help Your Dog Community to Go Green

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Earth day is just a few weeks away, here are a few ways to help out and plan an earth day event with your dog friends!

1. Collect Used Towels and Blankets for a Local Shelter
Have towels that are getting a little thread bare or perhaps some themed bedding that your child has outgrown? Good news – these are like gold to your local animal shelter!

Homeless pets need some snuggly comfort too, donate your old blankets so they have something soft to lay on. Your old towels help to clean up the pets and their cages as well as provide bedding for smaller pets.

Ask your friends, family, and coworkers to gather up their old towels and blankets too (Facebook is a great way to spread the word) or ask your child’s school to help with a donation drive.

Make sure the towels and bedding are nice and clean before your drop them off at the shelter – they have enough laundry to do and this is a big help for them! Continue reading

Biodegradable Dog Boots

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It was love at first sight for me when I heard about Pawz dog boots. First of all, eco friendly dog boots made from natural rubber that are 100 percent biodegradable and yet reusable – genius!

But the best part for me is that the dogs will actually walk in them! I’ve tried a few different dog boots on my pups and they either stand completely frozen refusing to budge in any direction or they will take a few steps backwards and then try to bite the boots off. Previous boots have proven useless since the dogs refuse to wear them no matter how many times I try to persuade them, even treat bribes fail and that’s unheard of with Luca.

So when the manufacturers of these boots explained WHY dogs won’t walk in other boots and will walk in Pawz it all made perfect sense to me. These are the most natural-feeling boot your dog can wear because without padding (like other boots) your dog can feel the ground, providing a needed sense of security.

Talk is good but could the boots walk the walk? Continue reading