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Be Paw-Active with these Eco-Pals

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 the vacuum chum go to work!
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Cedar Dog here. Today I added a page, Paw-litical. I think of it as echoes of doggedness because Earth Day for an eco-dog like me is about single-mindedness and perseverance.

What is Your Pet’s Impact on the Earth? What is Your Impact on Your Pet’s Health (and your own)? What are You Gonna Do About It? Who Will You Tell?

Cedar’s Eco-Agenda, Five-to-Do’s
End Pet Homelessness
Canines and their humans; Stoop to Scoop

Felines and their humans; no more clay-based litters
You are what you eat
Rid toxic exposures
Be sustainable in all that you do

© A New Way to Life and Pets Gone Green

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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.

Read the Starbucks article here.

What is cochineal extract?
Watch, learn, YOU decide. Let us know what you think?
Email to Cedar@PetsGoneGreen .com

A cluster of females scale insects. Credit: Frank Vincentz/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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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.

Send me a Birthday wish and tell me about the age of your 4-legged(s), and what you do to keep them in fine fettle.

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What are Redox Signaling molecules? Can these amazing molecules support my animal?
That’s a question for you to answer. All we can do is discuss how it has helped our animals.

Tune in to a recorded call from Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at 9:30 AM
Topic: Amazing Molecules & the Animals

The call is hosted by Colorado Triple Diamond, Cindy Buck

Cedar Dog’s Mom and Transcriber, Kathy Deitsch
Kate Solisti, Author, Animal Communicator and Distinguished Pets Gone Green University Professor
Jean Hofve, Author, Holistic Veterinarian

Learn more about the Amazing Molecules
Want to Know More?
Text or call 303 520 2624

Miller Cat, Cedar Dog’s Brother

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Hey Mom, Ernie here. You Think You & Me Are Compatible?

Want to have some FUN? Then this class is for YOU at Pet’s Gone Green University.

Each person has matchless qualities of mind and feeling that sets them apart from others; our personality makes us who we are. Identifying those strong suits in the True Colors model makes us “sparkle like the brightest star in the sky.”

Would you be surprised to know this same theory can be applied to dogs? Like people, each pooch has a distinct personality. Use Canine Colors to learn more about yourself and your strengths and the equally colorful personalities that make up the Canine World.
This session will bring together you and your canine in a way you never imagined possible. Canine Colors gives a compelling view of how we can find our perfect canine companion. It’s a must for every, or soon-to-be, pet parent.
Discovering Your Canine Colors is a 4 hour course which includes learning your True Colors and that of your canine companion or pooch-to-be! Included in the class are the Canine Colors book and color selection cards for you and your dog companion. Cedar dog says, “Don’t dilly-dally,”

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This class is March 10th, 2012

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Your Dog's Poop Goes Where?


No more trashing bagged dog poop. No more sending it to a landfill where it emits methane gas. Wouldn’t it be better to capture the methane to light a lamp? Think of it as Colorado’s Doggie Environmental Project.

YOU can help, voting ends Sept 30th!

While we didn’t WIN this grant for a Denver Dog-Park this time, let’s keep believing we can do better, let’s find doable options, using dog poop as an energy alternative.

Here is the scoop.

1. VOTE! Our project is posted for votes in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge – the program provides community grants.

2. Tell everyone you know to get out the vote by September 30. Then they can tell everyone they know! Competition for the grants is fierce. Voting is free — you simply need to sign up online at

3. VOTE Daily! You can vote for the same project over and over as long as you don’t do it in the same 24-hour period. It’s easy. Just remember your password and input it for each vote. We will need many supporters voting multiple times to win!

4. If you enter codes from inside Pepsi bottle caps (Power Voting at the project site), you can leverage your project votes 10-100 times. Stack the Ballot Box!

Let’s Make this Happen!

Cedar Dog

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Mom and I agreed this comment from Kate Solisti was powerful and deserved special posting. You might want to read our Doggedness Blog first. Won’t you comment?

Kath & Cedar, beautiful, just beautiful. I was told a “story” years ago that continues to touch me. It goes like this,

“In the beginning all forms of life on this planet met around a cosmic campfire. They shared an awareness that each and every life-form carried a Divine Spark and it was their “job” to express that Divine Spark in all ways specific to their form and function, then return to the campfire to share all they learned with all the others in order for Source to experience itself.  So the bees said, “We will explore the Sacred Dance of pollination with the flowers and help spread fertility.” The Dolphin said ,”We will celebrate the interaction of Air and Water, spreading joy into every molecule around us.” Each creature stated their means of experiencing form and the human stopped to think. “What do I have that is a unique expression of the Divine? My large, inquisitive and creative mind. I will express that to the fullest!”

So humans began to explore all their minds could do, but in the process of this pursuit they began to grow distant from the others. They began to feel seperate /superior and returned less and less to the campfire, keeping their discoveries to themselves and using them only for their own good instead of the good of all.

As the other Earthlings watched with compassion and detachment  the humans falling away, three species stood apart. They said, “We are not willing to just watch our human kin dis-love their connection with all of us. We pledge our Service to the Divine by helping the humans find their way back to connection, back to Source, back to Love.”

So with love and High purpose, the Dog, the Cat and the Horse, intertwined their lives and destinies with humankind to help us find our way Home.”

So in a very real way, the mission of every dog, cat and  horse in our lives is to reconnect us to who we really are — a beautiful manifestation of Divine Consciousness in Unity with all Beings.

May we embrace and acknowledge this Sacred Task by engaging our wonderful minds and hearts in loving, caring for and restoring our connection with all our kin all over our beautiful planet.

Thank you Cedar and Kathy for all the ways you support this “noble cause!”

With Love and Deep Gratitude, Kate

Kate Solisti

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Over and over again we have opportunities to change lives including our own; what we do in those eras tell a lot about us. What do our lives look like today—from where we began, to where we are going— all the while assessing our progress and tweaking. Are you satisfied with who you are becoming?

Are you a doubter? Have you lost trust in folks and governance? I hear you, some days, so have I! With the uncertainly of our times I have come to know first-hand, more and more people who are unsure and distressed!  I talk to people every day who live in fear.  They have fear of being sick; losing their jobs, their homes and “having enough money” to keep food on the table for their families, including their pets and themselves. I ask; so what are you willing to do about it?

For a sum of years, I have been in partnership with our dogs and cats. Some have passed on but stay attentively connected with us in “spirit.” They have become our guides. As you know, Cedar Dog and I crusade for pets and their people.  As a result, we talk every day to folks about a pet’s impact on the earth; are you courageous enough to hear how you impact your pet’s health and your own and then make the changes required? Are you willing to do better, and who else will you tell? Some choose action, others do nothing.

I was a crusader in the 70’s fighting for civil rights during very threating times of hate mongers. Of course, even these days we know many people still choose hate. What I know is rational people stood then as many do today with belief in each other.  Some act boldly; the end result is a day like yesterday, September 20, 2011, the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” While that may not mean much to you, for those experiencing intolerance and hatefulness, this is their first day of independence. September 20, 2011 is now known as “Repeal Day.”  According to a Washington Post writer the military discharged 14,364 service members since late 1993 for violating the 18-year ban. Today, opportunities abound for thousands?

I am grateful for those self-determined warriors. There are countless ones to acclaim. I remember gathering with Lenny Matlovich in the 70’s, together with Harvey Milk, alongside Del Martin. Del and her partner, Phylis Lyon, partners of 55 years, were legally wed inside the San Francisco City Hall by the Mayor, Gavin Newsom in 2008. Lyons’s work spanned 50-some years; she was an incredible role model. NPR’s interview.

The lesson is pretty simple, the work is not. Things take time, perseverance and trust. Who we become in those moments measures the nerve or cowardice in each of us.

You may wonder where I am going with all of this prattle. I believe it is about our connection with each other, with the animals, all of life and who we come to be. Isn’t it about choice and believing you can matter, then doing the work and enjoying the ride? Who are you willing to become? The world needs your gifts.

Our pets as guides

You see we impact our pet’s lives in profound ways. Sometimes we know it, most often we do not. Our impact on their health and well-being is huge. I trust you will learn what quality care exacts and give them the best.

They can’t speak for themselves and often their ways of showing us what’s going on with them is very subtle (and sometimes not so when they act out); what’s more they take on our doubts and physical ailments; they emulate our emotions. Bottom line we are all very connected, the animals are right there with us. As my animal communicator friend and colleague Kate Solisti reminds, “We are all in this together, for better or worse.”

I want to share a paragraph from her book, Conversations with Dog, an Uncommon Dogalog of Canine Wisdom. It is done with permission. The question comes from a human, “Why do I love you more than most of the humans in my life?” The dog’s answer, “We are uncomplicated.” Dog continues:

“Dogs want us to know, “Our gift to you is unconditional love. We love you no matter how much or little money you make, where you live, what size clothes you wear. With loyalty and devotion, we give you a model of commitment. With absolute trust and uncompromising joy, we show you who you can be. By being the rug beneath your feet which buffers you from all the harshness of life, we help you feel safe in your world. By sending and receiving love, we teach you that you are lovable to others. This is our only agenda.

Most humans have not arrived at this uncomplicated place. Most humans still walk in the world afraid. You are afraid to change, afraid to stay the same. You are afraid to speak for yourselves, afraid to upset the apple cart. You seek prestige and respect, but can’t give it to yourself. You collect things in order to fill up an empty space in your heart. As a result of all of this fear and baggage, you create obstacles between yourself and others. Obstacles create separation.

Separation is loneliness. Loneliness is isolation. Separation leads to neediness. Neediness complicates human relationships.

Embrace life as we do and others will enjoy your company. Share love and enjoy each other unconditionally, just as we enjoy you. Live in the moment and make it spectacular. You will begin to find that one fabulous moment connects to another, and another, and another…”

Cedar Dog, the thirteen and a half Chesapeake has long said, “Mom, people just make things hard and I am here to support you.” So what do we do? Spend time with your animals and heed their wisdom. When life grows hard, open; when trust falls away, hope; when you feel at the end of your leash, love!

Kathy Deitsch, and my ever faithful and wise companion, Cedar Dog

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Cedar Dog here. We are making it happen once again at Pets Gone Green University (PGGU). This is the place to be! We teach sustainability. Do you know your pet’s impact on the earth and your impact on your pet’s health (and your own)? What are you gonna do about it, and who will you tell? We advocate action; learning and doing, practicing sustainable behaviors in your own backyard. Then telling others, your neighbors, friends and family.

On July 23 we’re holding another class; What’s in Your Pet’s Lunchbox, the Basics. It’s all about finding quality pet food and learning to read ingredient labels. I remind pet parents, “If this were easy our pets would be healthier.”

According to Banfield Pet Hospital “rates of diabetes in pets are rising faster than for humans.” (From 2006 to 2010, diabetes rates in U.S. dogs increased by over 30 percent, and by 16 percent in cats. In humans, the rate rose 10 percent over the same four year period) They rank the three top diseases in cats and dogs as diabetes, dental disease and flea infestations. All are preventable conditions.

Sorry to say, today’s pet food industry is going the way of “greed” and big biz. It is a $16-billion dollar industry. The trade is highly secretive. Simply put in Cedar Dog’s first book, Doggone Green, a Call to Action to Save Our Earth it is “an extension of the human food industry.” Pets should not be eating wastes. That is food waste from restaurants, supermarkets and slaughterhouses, throwaway product (better known as by-products) not fit for human consumption but sold to pet food manufactures.

It gets worse, “meat meal can include dead zoo animals, road kill to large for burial at the roadside and 4-D animals that include dead, diseased, dying and disabled and euthanized dogs and cats.” Author Ann Martin, an authority on commercial pet food blew the lid off the pet food industry in her book Food Pets Die For.

Cedar and brother Ernie Dog talk in their book, Doggone Clean & Green; Eco-Solutions for a Pet’s Daily Life about helping pet parents decide what is the best food for their pets. Their woof,  “We are what we eat, a high-quality diet can save hundreds of dollars on vet bills and keep us spry.” The two Chesapeake Bay retrievers explain “the pact every pet ought to have with their humans.” It is as follows:

  • We depend on you to read food labels.
  • You will need to know what is a quality ingredient.
  • A diet of table scraps and “junk food” is out. If you won’t eat it, why should I?
    Bottom line, we are “gung-ho eaters of meat and poultry, feed us quality.”
  • Eating veggies and fruit, like carrots and apples is great, remembering cat and dogs are not vegetarians. (Do watch out for poisonous plants & food, we list them in the book).
  • Feed organic when possible.

Bottom line, if you feed a quality homemade diet that you prepare and trust your ingredient-source you probably don’t need this class although it would be nice for others to hear your experience.  I’ll bet you know some people who could use the course information? An infamous Cedarism, “Is it any wonder food literally adds or subtracts years, not only to the span of our lives, but to the quality of our lives.” So, while “crusin’ down the grocery aisle may be easy, it is not best for your furry ones.”

There is homework for this class July 23
rd and everyone will receive Cedar’s Paws-Up & Paws-Down food label ingredients list.

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Read about the last PGGU course in June with Distinguished Professor Kate Solisti

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