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Pets can be green, too!

2008 November 6

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and chairs EPA’s Multilingual Communications Task Force. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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We’re in the process of getting a dog for my little one who’s turning seven. It was a promise we made two years ago. We can’t postpone it any longer. The dog search has become a family affair. Although we all had different preferences, we agreed that we were looking for a dog that is good with kids and low maintenance. The days of taking poodles for grooming are long gone in my house. Therefore, we settled on a puggle-half pug, half beagle. Both breads are kid friendly. It has short hair so I’ll be able to check the low maintenance box in my book.

We were searching adoption sites and shelters around our home, but didn’t find a dog or puppy that met our needs. After some heavy duty searching, my daughter Leila finally found a female puggle puppy two hours away and she’ll bring it home this weekend. That should be a beautiful fall drive.

In preparing for the dogs arrival, I decided to do some Web surfing to find out how we could still observe some environmentally friendly pet care practices with the new addition to the family. Found some good info on EPA’s Web site about protecting pets from common problems such as fleas and ticks. Also found a how to go green pet guide, which I would like to share. The guide has a lot of green pet tips which I look forward to implementing at home. So can you. Good luck.

¡Las mascotas también pueden ser verdes!

Sobre la autor: Lina M. F. Younes ha trabajado en la EPA desde el 2002 y está a cargo del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Comunicaciones Multilingües. Como periodista, dirigió la oficina en Washington de dos periódicos puertorriqueños y ha laborado en varias agencias gubernamentales.

Estamos en el proceso de encontrar una perrita para nuestra pequeña que cumple 7 añitos. Es una promesa que le habíamos hecho hace dos años y ya no la podemos seguir posponiendo. La búsqueda de la nueva mascota se ha convertido en una empresa familiar. A pesar de que todos optaríamos por razas diferentes, creo que hemos acordado que quisiéramos un perro que fuera bueno con los niños y requiriera poco mantenimiento. Ya yo no estoy para esas jornadas de llevar mis perras poodle al salón de belleza para animales. Demasiado trabajo. Por ende, hemos optado por una puggle-un cruce entre los perros pug y los beagle. Ambas razas se conocen por ser buenas para las familias que tienen niños pequeños. También tienen el pelo corto por lo tanto cumplen con mi requisito de poco mantenimiento.

Buscamos varios refugios y centros de adopción de mascotas cerca de la casa, pero no conseguimos ningún perro o cachorro que cumpliera con nuestros requisitos. Después de una intensa búsqueda, mi hija Leila finalmente consiguió una perrita puggle a sólo dos horas de distancia de la casa. La traerá este fin de semana. Me imagino que podría disfrutar de un buen paseo otoñal durante el viaje.

En preparación para la llegada de la perrita, visité varias páginas Web para aprender información sobre el cuidado de cachorros que fuera beneficiosa para el medio ambiente. Encontré buena información en el sitio Web de EPA sobre cómo proteger las mascotas de problemas comunes como las pulgas y garrapatas. También encontré una guía sobre cómo lograr que su mascota sea verde la cual quisiera compartir con ustedes. La guía tiene algunos consejos útiles que me interesa implementar en el hogar. Usted también podría hacerlo. Mucha suerte.

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Brenda-EPA permalink
    November 12, 2008

    I am not a dog owner currently. However I have two very adorable cats-Caramelo and Bombón. I think they are eco-friendly/green pets since I don’t have to use many things for their upkeep. For cat litter-which they use at night since they spend the night inside- I use newspaper cut into strips. Most people don’t realize that “cat litter” is mixed with toxic materials (odor concealing litter anyone?). I buy their food in a large reciclable/reusable container-enough to feed them 6 weeks-promoting waste minimization.

  2. Memory Foam Dog Beds permalink
    November 27, 2009

    Yes, our pets can be green too. Pet owner know it can be a difficult task to attempt keeping a foam dog bed clean. All too often the porous foam soaks up ‘stuff’ – drool, goo, and sadly for our older incontinent dogs, urine. By lining a foam dog bed with a waterproof/breathable liner – it can keep your dog’s bed antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-dust mite, while keeping the foam free from liquids, stains and odors.

  3. Kelley Denz permalink
    January 16, 2010

    One way to be green is by choosing green cleaning products, which are also safer for both your pets and children. Here is an article on a good Toilet Cleaner.

  4. Cat Lover permalink
    July 20, 2010

    There are many websites with green pet products specifically for cats and dogs. The big thing is choosing a safe product to remove cat urine smell. Many of these contain ingredients that will harm you, your cats and children. I think all pet care products should be green. There is no need for there to be any other kind of cleaning agents when the natural and organic stuff works just as well.

  5. tony permalink
    August 6, 2010

    I am dog lover here, thank for the great post sharing with us.

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