Recycle your old Political Signs!

obamasign.jpgWhat a great post I found on Ecometro. They not only give local recycling info about where you can bring your old campaign yard signs, they also tell you how to make other cool things from them, like fenders or panniers (carrying bags) for your bicycle. Here’s the link.  Anyone have other nifty ideas for things to make from these signs? Feel free to leave it in comments!
If you have time browse around Ecometro’s site – lots of great green tips!!

Make your own pet bed


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

Cutting out the plastic bags

bags.jpgThis 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!

Check out the Fremont Fest Pet Parade!

blueasgladiator2.jpgWhat fun we had this year at the 4th annual Fremont Fest Pet Parade! More than 40 dogs attended, many of whom were in costume. The Fremont Fest Parade is made up of a firetruck, a few hundred kids on decorated bikes, some old cars, and of course the Green Dog Pet Parade! Another treat was that one of our customers organized a whole group of people with Boston Terriers into a drill team – matching outfits (human and dog) and worked out a little routine that they performed a number of times along the way.
Check out some of the photos in our photo gallery!

A tip on getting your cats to drink more water

drinking_water_cat.gif 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

Blue has a nightmare

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.


Talking Kitties

Have you seen this yet? Insanely cute video of happy kitties vocalizing:


And here’s a clever translation: