Many of us would like to be more eco-friendly. We recycle. We compost. We use our own shopping bags. Our planet-loving gestures make us feel good, but let’s be honest. Looking out for the earth isn’t always cheap, easy or fun. Well smile, because when it comes to your dog, going green can be all of these things.
Take your best friend for a walk with a beautifully-designed recycled adjustable dog collar and matching dog leash. If your dog is more the harness type, go for a easy and chic step-in harness. These stylish collars, harnesses and leashes are all made of post-consumer petroleum-free recycled plastics.
We've gone green. Now you go get us treats.
Give your dog a cozy and eco-conscious place to snooze with an affordable 100% cotton dog bed filled with your own re-used old clothes, towels or linens. In addition to being earth-friendly, your dog will be comforted by your scent each time they sleep.
Every dog needs something to gnaw on while they’re relaxing. Let them go nuts with a delightful squeaky bunny, bear, piglet or duckling — all non-toxic, BPA-free rubber dog toys made from renewable resources.
At the end of a long active day, clean and refresh your dog without stripping their natural oils. Lather them up with the finest Australian-imported natural dog shampoo and conditioner made with organic extracts, essential oils and free of sulfates, artificial fragrance and color.
Being green is a lot easier and less expensive than it used to be and now that you can include your dog in your eco-conscious shopping, it’s a lot more fun too!
This Saturday, January 14 is National Dress Up Your Pet Day and we’re excited about it. After all, dressing pets is what we do. But aside from our obvious bias in the matter, we put together a list of reasons why dressing your hairy sidekick in appropriate pet clothing is a good idea:
With La Niña still lingering, the first half of 2012 is likely to emulate 2011, when more than a dozen states recorded their wettest years. More than a dozen additional states had either “above normal” or “much above normal” precipitation in 2011, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The coldest winter in 30 years was recorded across many states during the 2010-2011 winter. For about 3/4 of the United States, the average temperature in January and February is normally below 40°F. For the 2011-12 winter, the Farmer’s Almanac forecasts “a season of unusually cold and stormy weather. For some parts of the country, that means a frigid climate; while for others, it will mean lots of rain and snow.”
Aside from the nordic dog breeds native to Alaska, Siberia and Northern Europe, it’s important to remember that our pets are domesticated animals who have evolved to depend on shelter from cold temperatures, ice and snow.
In most urban and suburban areas with snowfall and ice, sidewalks are regularly treated with “Ice Melt” containing either sodium or calcium chloride, chemicals that can irritate a dog’s paws or be toxic if ingested. Where possible, the National Animal Poison Control Center recommends using sand or kitty litter to provide better traction, with the understanding that these may not melt the ice.
Beyond practicality, we dress our pets because it brings us joy. We want to reward our best friends and like feeding healthier treats or bathing with all natural shampoo, selecting quality pet clothing is another way to treat our pet to the best life has to offer. We dress pets in fashions that mimic our own because it’s how we include our pet as a true member of the family. We dress pets in Halloween costumes, wedding attire and Santa suits because we want them to be a part of our memories.
So whether the reasons are practical or just for fun, when we dress our pets with love, we do it to make a better life for our most loyal companions and for ourselves.
You don’t need to be a detective to find a mean-spirited comment posted on the internet. With nearly every article comes the requisite comments section and the wrath of the desk chair critic. Add the explosion of social media and one now has limitless opportunities to rant for a worldwide audience. Real Simple Magazine’s answer is to to helm “Be Nice on the Internet Week” this week from January 9th to January 13th. It is a powerful notion that is easy to employ. Before you hit “submit” next time, just take a moment to ask yourself, “Am I being nice? Would I say this to my dog, my child or my mother?”
We see it often. A new dog owner comes into our store with a Brussels Griffon or wire haired terrier of some kind and the dog’s coat doesn’t look quite right. To the casual observer, the dog may appear to have a normal coat when in fact, it has lost the coat it was born with due to clipping. You would think all dogs can be clipped, right? Well, for many it is fine to do so. However, while clipping doesn’t cause bodily harm to a wire haired dog, it can permanently change the coat from a wiry to a soft texture. In some cases, even the dog’s coloring can change dramatically. Many owners of terriers and other wire haired dogs simply don’t know the proper way to groom a dog of this kind: hand-stripping.
You look like you could use a good hand-stripping.
Hand-stripping is the process of pulling out the dead hair from a dog that doesn’t naturally shed. The dead hair is removed either by hand, with a stripping knife or with a stripping stone. The top coat is removed, leaving the softer under coat and room for new hair to grow. If done correctly, the process is painless for the dog and the coat ends up looking great (see Cookie: Before & After below). The problem is, there are so few great groomers, much less groomers who are adept at proper hand-stripping techniques. So who strips T+P exec Cookie, you ask? From the age of puppyhood, Cookie has been groomed by Elizabeth Cronk of Terrierific, who has 20 years of experience and a loyal client base in the tri-state (NY/NJ/CT) area. In addition to being a great groomer who does house calls (location permitting), Beth provides training workshops and an instructional DVD if you want to learn the art of hand-stripping yourself. And don’t forget to show off your dog’s gorgeous coat when it’s all said and done! Try our Super Shine Hair Care or any of our other all-natural dog shampoos + conditioners.