Times are tough and beds can be expensive. I found a couple of cute links for making pet beds out of things you might have lying around the house. Save money and recycle household items that might otherwise be landfilled.
Check out this link for how to make a cat bed out of an old sweater.
This is a very simple bed to make. It would be a perfect cover for an old bed pillow of your own that you’ve retired.
This link is for making a chew resistant dog bed out of old jeans
Check out this collection of links with other clever ideas such as using old suitcases and even an office chair turned into cat furniture.
Here’s a nifty You Tube video about how to make a simple pillow out of jeans legs
Here’s a dog bed with a bolster back
Owners will have until Nov 24th to file claims to be reimbursed for expenses incurred as a result of their pets being sickened by Melamine contamination in pet food in 2007.
Here’s a website outlining the details:
This is a great link to a site that illustrates the importance of cutting back the use of plastic bags globally. Great photos and quick facts – worth sharing this link with others! According to this piece, China will save 37 million barrels of oil this year due to their ban of free plastic bags. When you visit the link, the scroll bar is alongside the pictures. Pass it along! Here’s an FAQ about Portland’s plastic bag ban We hope other cities will do the same!
Here’s a video of people assembling for the parade (Aug 08) and for the costume judging contest
And here’s a video of people and dogs marching – check out the Boston Terrier Drill Team in action!
For photos, check out http://www.greendogpetsupply.com/gallery/index.php?list=5
If you like this one, check out this previous post from same animator
Cats often do not drink enough water to stay as hydrated as they should be. This is because cats in the wild would get a lot of moisture from eating raw prey, but cats in our homes who are fed dry kibble are not getting that valuable hydration from their food. (Please see the blog entry about the value of feeding raw food, especially to cats) Kidneys are organs that are especially vulnerable to disease in cats, and they need that extra hydration to help them and their urinary tracts healthy, especially as they age. Canned food can actually go a long way towards helping them stay hydrated, especially if you add a few tablespoons of warm water to soup it up (kitties that like gravy like this, and it helps to make wet food that’s coming out of the fridge seem fresher). However, it would be good to get them to drink more on their own. Many cats like to drink from faucets. I know there are many folks out there that leave a little water running in the bathroom, just for the cats to drink. This is of course very wasteful. For those cats, please consider a drinking fountain for pets that recirculates and filters the water.
Another nifty tip is one that we stumbled upon entirely by accident. One day Mike was drinking water from a glass down in our basement TV room, and the kitty suddenly was very interested in what was in the glass. So, he showed it to her and she clearly wanted some – he put it down on the floor for her to check out. She drank about half the glass. We ended up refilling it and leaving it on the floor in the basement where it was, and every day she drinks quite a bit from that glass. I had been trying to get her to drink more (she’s about 20 years old, so I want her to drink), and though I thought is was silly, I figured “whatever works!”
The other day, our employee Julie was telling a customer that she had read that cats tend to drink better if you move their water glass away from their food, and it had worked really well for her cat. Brilliant! I was so interested to hear that this wasn’t just a quirky little thing unique to my very quirky cat, but something that might help other cats to drink more as well. I have also read that cats drink better from glass bowls than from metal (and plastic can sometimes be the source of skin irritation for cats around the mouth). If you’re looking to get your cats to drink more, get a glass or ceramic bowl and put it in another area of the house than where the food bowls are, and let me know if you find that this works for your cats as well. Have any other tips for getting your cat (or dog) to drink more? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
PS: check out this funny cat video of a cat drinking in a very silly way
One of our customers has a dog named Blue that runs in his sleep. I wonder how he gets any rest at all! His people made a funny video of him as if he was having a nightmare about wearing a funny Halloween costume.
Have you seen this yet? Insanely cute video of happy kitties vocalizing:
And here’s a clever translation:
I just took a flight out to the east coast to visit friends and my folks. I was fairly shocked to realize that none of the 3 airlines I was on recycled their aluminum cans. It may seem like a little thing to worry about, but according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, about 780 million people took a flight in 2007. In looking around the plane, it seemed that about 75% of passengers used an aluminum can. When they come around to collect trash, it would be super easy to have two bags instead of one. The end result would be the same volume of refuse, but the can bags could be easily sent to recycling. The key to this equation, I believe, is that the airlines could be making money from this practice. I know that there are plenty of recycling companies that buy aluminum in large quantities, and will even pick them up. In these days of collapsing airlines due to financial constraints, wouldn’t it just make sense to be looking for ways to stretch their dollar? Couldn’t they also be using this practice as a PR move, showing us they’re getting in on the Green movement?
So, during this Earth Day week, perhaps we can get involved in a little green activism by writing to a few of the airlines and telling them they should come out of the dark ages and get with the program. Recycling aluminum cans seems basic, easy and money-making. Let them know!!
Write to Southwest
P.O. Box 36647 – 1CR
Dallas, Texas 75235-1647
e-mail US Air
Fun Aluminum Facts:
Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times
The energy you save by recycling one aluminum can could power your TV for 3 hours.
40 aluminum cans equals the amount of energy of 1 gallon of gas.
The energy saved by recycling one ton of aluminum is equal to about the amount of electricity your house uses in 10 years.
If each consumer recycled on more aluminum can per week this would equal about 15 billion cans.