Dog Doo-Doo cleanup is about water quality. Keep the storm water sewers free of dog waste asstorm drains do not connect to treatment facilities. Know this: Dog poop is not fertilizer; a yard with dog waste can be a danger-zone for kids and adults as harmful organisms can hang-out for a year or more. When poop on lawns, driveways and pavement mixes with storm water runoff, waterways suffer, as does the watershed. An example, 2 to 3 days of poop from a population of 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria and nutrients to temporarily close a lake or inlet for swimming. See this Winchester, VA city brochure on dog waste and the streams and ponds that are a part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the largest estuary in the United States.
Join me; I am on a Protect your Watershed crusade; no matter where you live you are in a watershed! I say learn about yours, where is it, adopt it, keep it healthy, safeguard and restore it; in fact start-up your own community Watershed Cleanup Day. Remember, “What happens above a watershed stays in the watershed.” Tell others to do the same.
A paw’s worth of education; what is a watershed? It’s the area that drains to a shared waterway; maybe a stream or lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or the ocean. The EPA says “a watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes, they cross county, state, and national boundaries. In the continental US, there are 2,110 watersheds; including Hawaii Alaska, and Puerto Rico, there are 2,267 watersheds.”
Here comes a stark truth. You care about the earth and are taking “greener” actions or so you say. Look how other people are making giant steps backwards with rubbishes in the river. This CNN article was sent to me by a Doggone Green Crusader and pet partner near the Mississippi River; Meet Me at the River. Get involved? Check out the Living Lands & Waters website; meet Chad Pregracke who is making a difference at www.livinglandsandwaters.org
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At fifteen, taking action and teaching; for this dog it is all about being sustainable & reminding others to do the same!
Today, April 1, Cedar Dog is 15 years old, well and in retirement. On occasion she appears at special events or at her college, Pets Gone Green University (PGGU). This girl’s 2011 and 2012 paw-suit was the founding of PGGU, a place for pets and their people to learn the fundamentals of greening your four-leggeds. That is learning how pets impact the earth, and how “their humans” influence their pet’s health. Her teachings focus on taking action and persuading others to do the same. In Cedar's words, "If you don't act, what are you doing? What are you waiting for? Who will you tell, and when?"
Cedar is an author and a pet therapy dog. In 2008 & 2009, she and her transcriber Kathy Deitsch wrote two books that teach pets and their people to shrink their carbon paw and footprints.
Okay, you care about the earth and you are taking “greener” actions. Maybe you are recycling, composting household organic waste, you purchase products made of recycled materials or you began growing some of your own food. Are you aware of Cedar's 5-point eco-agenda?
You care about your 4-leggeds; but then again do you know all of the Ways YOU impact their health? Knowing HOW YOU impact your pet's health and What You Can Do about it is essential.
First, we teach a PETSAVER ™ EMERGENCY CPR, FIRST AID course. Included in that workshop is a “snout to tail” assessment. Responsible, loving pet parents should know their pet’s health. The learned skill is a monthly maintenance practice; you are looking for any injuries your pet has not presented to you and you are creating a base-line awareness of your pet’s health. Consider it wellness exercises, not unlike you do for yourself.
You will also learn other valuable hands-on skills; how to restrain and muzzle your pet, knowing that if your furry one is in pain or will be moved into pain, she can and will bite. How do you assess your pet’s vitals? If you already know what is standard for your pet you can act quickly if your pet is presenting something unusual. What about choking management?
Why is this important you ask? Let me explain. My Chesapeake Bay retriever brother Ernie (who is now 5 years and a couple of months old) has “set off” several huge learning curves in our family. In his early years his lack of “sense” was frightening; it seemed he always knew how to get attention while terrifying all of us. He has swallowed a number of objects, the worst of which (not just once but several times) were women’s knee high hose. We are not talking socks here, rather everyday sheer beige hosiery. For some bizarre reason, no matter how careful we were, he would “sniff them out” and after a good chew swallow them. After the first incident, we set on a path to know First Aid for Pets. While there are a number of other “rather frightening exploits” with Ernie and other pets in our care as pet sitters, suffice it to say, all have survived, including Ernie.
To be really clear; this class is in no way a substitute for emergency veterinary care; you do need to know how to respond in an emergency. In some areas more businesses and vet offices are offering 911 services for pets. Having said that, look into those services in advance, have your veterinarian contact info near-by and easy to find and make it your job to know what to do in a crisis. There is no substitute for know-how!
So the question is; are you prepared to act in an emergency for your best friend? According to the American Animal Hospital Association, 1 out of 4 pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care. Pets are members of the family, your best friends and your life long companions; you would do anything to help them, Right?
Attend the next course, Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Wheat Ridge, CO. Better yet, register by phone now or at the website.
Rally-Round Cedar’s Crusade; Know YOUR PET’S Impact on the Earth; Know HOW YOU Impact Your Pet's Health; What are YOU DOING about it; share your new info with two other people; have them do the same. Help Cedar Launch April (and every month) Green Your Pet Month; know her Five Eco-Solutions for a Pets Daily Life?
When was the last time your VOTE actually counted or made a difference? Well here you go, take this opportunity to VOTE now. As you will see, "The bison is an icon and clearly qualified to join the bald eagle as representation of the United States."Help me make this happen! VOTE Bison, Vote NOW! Tell Others to Do the Same!
Interestingly, last Friday, May 25th, 2012, I was sitting and looking out over the great plains of the west, in Wyoming to be exact. I could see both bison and wind turbines in the distance. When I heard the news, I asked Mom what all the hullaballoo was about, bison being elevated to a position of prominence. She explained a campaign had burst forth to Vote Bison!
So here it is, your chance to send your Senators the message; it’s time to select this incredible animal to join the bald eagle as a symbol of the United States. Seems numerous Western lawmakers want to make the wild Plains bison more notable, a no-brainy to me. If you have concerns, no one is extending “special rights” to this epic species, no new protections, just added national prestige. Honestly, I believe theseicons of America deserve more.
To be clear, we are talking wild bison, today estimated at about 20,000 in North America; it is likely about another half million exist in commercial herds. At the peak of the North American bison's presence, nearly sixty million tramped from Mexico to Canada. When Teddy Roosevelt was prez (he was a devoted hunter and preservationist), he got involved to save the “mighty” species from destruction. In the early 1900’s seems only about a thousand remained, they had beenhunted to nearly extinction. Are you shocked? The bison have been described as the “thunder of the plains;” pin your ears back (scroll down a bit) for thissound bite.
In my neck of the woods, just west of Denver lives a herd of bison; they belong to theCity and County of Denver. They are (according to the Jefferson County historical commission report) “descendants of 7 of the remaining wild animals found in Yellowstone National Park in 1914.” So when I need my bison-fix this is where we go, photo below.
Well now, did you ever think you could vacuum-up dog poop? This new product (I am not paid to endorse it, yet) makes pooper scooping pick-up faster, easier and less messy. Being the eco-dog that I am, I do urge using compostable poop bags vs. plastic which you see thrown in the trash in the video below!
Want to be really, truly Eco- Awake? All the time I harken you back, throw the poop in the commode and flush (minus the bag of course), or get your community up and running with a digester (poop-to-power projects). Advocate for clean-up everywhere. That’s the job of pets and their people. Get on it! Watch thevacuum chum go to work!
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It is in most everything; do you know the truth. Are these nasty ingredients or nature's way? Bugs in food products; Starbucks is admitting using the bodies of ground-up insects in their strawberry frap! The strawberry base, said a company spokesman does contain "cochineal extract." The challenge (or is it) other than using extract in the first place is the labeling. Like people would know "insect additives" were actually the artificial color or color added and noted on the label. What do we know about these insects, where do they come from and what is the impact? Is beet juice or maybe "real" strawberries an option? Too expensive to use instead?
OK humans, beware; not only is the food like juices, colas, gelatins and other processed food using these additives and worse, but so is the cosmetic industry. Since much of the pet food on the market is waste products from human food production can you begin to imagine what manufacturers of the majority of dog and cat are putting in pet food? Wonder why pets and their people are getting more and more chronic disease. Read the label on your pet food and do the research. Be informed and then decide what lifestyle choices YOU want to choose for you and your furry-ones.
Cedar Dog here: I am a few days out from my 14-year birthday; the big day is April 1, 2012. Yep I “fooled” everyone when I popped on the earth. You’ll recall from my books, I was abused early on, some fellow wanted me to hunt, I refused to be trained for that duty, was beaten and then my trainer found me an incredible “forever home.” Today I am author and politico (I ran for Mayor of Everywhere several years ago raising $5000 for the new Jefferson County Foothills shelter). Last year I established Pets Gone Green University. Now days I work on other sustainability projects that “humans” have a hard time getting their minds around. I always say, “People make things hard, they just confound everything.” I have to say the work I have loved the most was as a Pet Therapy dog to the elderly. I am retired now; I just do what I want. Lately, I’ve had a hankering to write more again.
Mom found this article that she and I have been preoccupied with; we thought we’d share it. The writer is Sue Manning from the Associated Press. Her research came up with this factoid; the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says the oldest cat on record was 34, the oldest dog was 29. Wow, pretty cool! Imagine having one of us around that long. I loved this quote from a Dr. Emily Pointer (you gotta love that last name) in New York, “Well-loved pets live longer than unloved pets." No bombshell in that line!
Well the fact is I am thriving; Oh sure, I have a few “ole girl issues” but nothing serious. I do physical therapy at the K-9 Body Shop (they were recently featured on 9-News), that’s where I "walk on water." Really, it’s a treadmill in water for my hips and back, and I get acupuncture every 6 weeks to keep the rest of me in balance. The really grrrreat news, I am on no prescriptions. The supplements I am on keep me perkin’. That way I am free of a lot of toxicity that come from using over-the-counter drugs. My mom does a “snout-to-tail” assessment on all of us once-a-month so as to know of any physical changes that may be sneaking up. I call that “paw-ventive” care. I also get wellness check-ups!
One last thing, I bark a lot about “preventive care.” That’s something I see differently than most docs and vets. It is more than screening for the “big stuff,” and it’s more than keeping track of future risks and having changes checked out like lumps and things that don’t go away. Nope for me it is about healthy food, exercise, those supplement add-ons, and keeping toxins out of my body. I have a good time and stay spunky; Mom is always telling me I am spirited and full of it.
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