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Organic Horse Treats

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Organic Horse Treats
Many Organic Horse treats from Potager Farms – see site for ordering and pricing info

These treats look good enough for both the horse and owner. They offer 10 different flavors such as Apple, Nectarine, Apricot, and Carrot. Artfully made with quality and often organic and other healthy ingredients. They grow many items on their farm such as their carrot treat offering which their website describes, “… we only use flavorful heirloom Organic Orange Chantenay Carrot from our own fields here at the farm…when we produce our Carrot flavor horse cookies.”

Totally Natural Grooming Wipes

Monday, June 18th, 2007

grooming wipes
Natural Grooming Wipes at Uptown Critters.com $12.95

My dog loves organic grooming solutions – problem is her idea of what constitutes good grooming is radically different from mine. She thinks rolling in natural mud, dips in scummy ponds, and digging up some fresh earth is one true organic path. I have other ideas.

These grooming wipes might be just the thing to have handy in the car to clean up after her “spa treatments”. However, your car is more likely to be a new Lexis or Volvo than a vintage Camry. Tell you the truth, I probably will continue to use my beat up towel I keep handy for such a purpose – reusable and saves putting more paper products in the landfills. My dog and I tend to be more skeptical types.

Still, some people may marvel over the Green Tea Leaf Fragrance, the Aloe Vera moisturizer and the “exotic Hawaiian Awapuhi extract” to enhance your dog’s coat shine in the wipes. They also offer a Hypo-Allergenic and Fragrance free version.

100% Organic Catnip

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Tins of organic catnip

Catnip Tins $5.99 from Bubba’s Love.com
Your aristoCats will want to use these tins like the snuff tins of old, and for you to have some quality herb time with your favorite Kitty.

bulk catnip
Gallon Plastic bags of Bulk Organic Catnip from BUBBA’s LOVE World Famous Organic Catnip $26.99 /pound

If fancy tins are too bourgeois for your simple tastes, this bare basic plastic bag should work, and you get a better deal for your hard earned money!

Thinking of some good Karma for my Dogma

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Karma Organic Dog Food
Karma Organic Dog Food USDA 95% Certified Organic Dog Food

I have been increasingly worried about mainstream dog food. I have tried off and on to switch my dog to an healthier organic brand from the Eukanuba that she has been eating since a puppy. But every time we try, no matter how long we gradually introduce (typically a month or so of very gradually increasing the percentage) she will start having some rather nasty digestive side effects I won’t get into. I am thinking of giving it another chance with Karma Organic Dog food as it looks so promising and I am tired of giving my money to the big corporate dog food companies that are more concerned about their bottom line than the safety of our pets.

Hopefully I am not just being suckered into a marketing scam but I am impressed that Karma seems to use such high quality ingredients, with No artificial preservatives, colors or additives. They also state ” All our foods are free from chemical additives of any kind, including preservatives such as Ethoxyquin and BHA/BHT, which are frequently found in pet foods but are banned from human use in many countries.” They claim to strive to make the healthiest dog food in the world, providing USDA-inspected chicken, turkey and lamb, whole grain rice and barley, fresh fruits and vegetables.

If anyone uses this brand or has any suggestions about another brand that might even be better I would be curious to hear from you.

Pawtrekker Dog Scooter

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

This UK based dog scooter company is on to a great way to have eco-friendly fun with your dog and help your dog do what many dogs likes to do the best, work! Dog scooters work best with working dogs like Border Collies, Labs, Huskies, German Shepards but other breeds may go for it just as well with training and the right encouragement.
These scooters have either a front V-Brake or rear hydraulic disc brake. From what I could find on their site, this company only sells to the UK and European market at this time. Goes for around £247.

Treehugger Article on How to Green Your Pet

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

One of the best articles I have read on Green issues related to pets is Treehugger’s How to Green Your Pet, 03. 5.07 (sorry I missed it until now) Definitely a GreenPet must read.

They discuss in depth about the various considerations pet owners should have about the effect your pet has on the planet as well as how the planet is affecting your pet. Like why you shouldn’t let your cat outside on its own, or why adapt from a shelter, why clay cat litter is bad, and don’t give junk food to your pets. Check out this article and be sure to read the comments from readers, often even more informative and interesting than the article itself.

Dog Travel Towel Made from 100% recycled wood chips

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Dog Travel Towel

Dog Travel Towel made from recycled wood chips $17.95 from Greenfeet.com

When my dog travels with me, she’s always be on the look out for exotic mudpuddles to lie down in or smelly ponds to dive into – having a towel that is not only fast-drying but also eco-friendly is just the thing to keep handy.

Measures: 20″ x 40″

Freeze dried raw organic foods for dogs and cats

Friday, April 13th, 2007

FREEZE DRIED RAW FOOD
Nature’s Variety Prairie Freeze Dried Raw Foods for Dogs and Cats
choice of Chicken+Turkey, Beef, Lamb, Venison
12 oz. packets for $21.00 or get a Variety Pack of 4 bags (1 bag of each flavor) for $79.90 at sitstay.com

With all the concern about wheat gluten contamination and the many doubts about the safety and healthiness of pet food from many major brands more and more people are considering springing for alternative foods. Some choose to cook their own food for their pets and others may consider looking at organic pet foods.

One brand that seems promising is Nature’s Variety Prairie which is
pre-ground freeze dried organic raw food for your dog or cat. Made with fresh raw meat and fresh raw ground bone. The Freeze dried process removes the moisture while still retaining the healthful benefits of raw food. You can reconstitute it with water or feed it dry. Great as a dry snack and as a training treat.

From SitStay’s website; “Nature’s Variety Freeze Dried foods are cold processed from meats and organs, freshly ground raw bone, fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nutritious oils, wild game bird eggs, natural vitamins, and chelated minerals. Each food is 95% meat, organs, and bones with a portion of these coming from certified organic sources. Unlike heat processed kibble and canned foods which have many nutritional components compromised during heat processing, these raw foods are naturally rich in easily assimilated vitamins and amino acids, beneficial antioxidants, natural digestive enzymes, probiotics, and are rich in essential fatty acids.”

Organic Bird Seed Mixes

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

organic bird seed mixes
Our feathered friends haven’t been getting enough attention here at great green pets. Hopefully we can soon rectify this matter. In the mean time perhaps we can munch on some organic bird foods and treats. organicuniverse.com offers a variety of organically grown bird foods such as Parrot and wild bird seed mix and Organic Finch Mix.

Recycle your dog’s fur into art

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

pug fleece dog
Fleece Dog Kit by Sinco from fleecedog.com 2310 Yen or $19.73

Ok, it might be a bit of a stretch to call the “re-use” of dog fur “recycling” and to be classified as green. Perhaps re-purposing would be a better word. While fleece dog-making won’t save the planet, maybe the joy of people seeing your creation will make the world a little bit nicer.

If you enjoy crafting, the Fleece Dog may be worth checking out. It’s is a small stuffed dog made with wool, dog hair or a combination. They suggest you use raw wool but I can’t see why it wouldn’t be possible to take apart an old sweater, sock or similar made of natural undyed wool – so you could officially call it recycling! If you get really good at making these – I can easily imagine a small online business selling these.

There is a book you can buy for $22.95 (Fleece Dog: A Little Bit of Magic Created with Raw Wool and a Special Needle) and the website gives free extensive instructions on how to make it. It seems you really don’t need to buy anything at all if you already have most of the tools and materials for making. However, most people will probably want to get the whole kit that includes all the necessary materials and instructions. With patience, a good eye and good handling there seems no limit to the level of realism possible.