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Going Green: Greening your Furry Friends

Adventurer B
I am a huge dog lover and have two amazing rescue dogs at home—Samuel Adams (named for my favorite beer and the American patriot) and Polly Louise.  I’m always looking for great tips to save money and go green with my pets, so here are some tips to help you do that!

Reuse and Recycle:  Check with your local shelter to donate old towels, bedding, leashes, litter boxes, pet toys, and newspapers.
Go Biodegradable:  Pet stores offer great biodegradable bags that are more earth-friendly for picking up messes.
Clean Naturally:  If your pet makes a mess indoors, instead of using harsh cleaners, reach for the white vinegar.  White vinegar diluted in water (about 50/50) acts as an effective odor-remover and can kill mold and bacteria.
Foot Power:  Instead of driving to the dog park, walk there; it’s good for you and your pet.
Get Cooking:  Make your own natural dog biscuits.  Below is just one of the great recipes and tips from

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (smooth only, please)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oatmeal

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees and lightly greasing a baking or pizza pan.  In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and oatmeal. Once that’s mixed, add the peanut butter and milk. Stir it together until a dough forms.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead it, and then roll it out until it’s about a ¼ inch thick. Break out your cute bone-shaped cookie cutters or a pizza cutter and cut the dough into the desired size and shape.  Bake those on the lightly greased baking pan and cook for about 20 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
Once cool, let your favorite pup enjoy before storing them in an airtight jar (or resealable freezer bag).

Let us know how you Green your pet by commenting below.

DING!  You are now free to be Green.