Raising Green Awareness
As the caretaker for a puppy who will hopefully be by your side for a decade or more, it is your responsibility to understand your pup's position and potential in the world. The advice in this book is intended to lead you in the right direction, to help you in making the best decisions relative to the over-all care of your pup.
There's always more, just as a childrearing guide only scratches the surface of the reality of rearing a confident and contributing member of society. If the information in this book energizes you to want to provide top-quality care, then you may discover that the choices that seem so plentiful in the places where you shop for supplies or go for advice may in fact feel limited. Do they provide fresh foods? Do they have a selection of bedding made from recycled materials? Do they have collars and leashes made from organic cotton or hemp? Are the grooming tools made well, and do the shampoos and other treatments for skin and coat contain all-natural, non-irritating or non-polluting ingredients? Can you find biode-gradable poop-scoop bags?
How can I learn more about going green?
There are lots of websites on the subject of living a greener life, and applying some of the tips to how you raise and care for your pup makes a lot of sense. At green fairs held around the country, you can meet manufacturers of green products, listen to speakers on a variety of subjects, and meet like-minded people. All great resources for making a difference and staying motivated.
If your search for healthier, greener products takes you away from your local pet store, or large chains, you may want to let them know. People love to spoil their pets and feel like they're providing the best for them, and more and more that means the kinds of eco-minded products mentioned in this chapter. Pet supply stores should be leading the pack in bringing these to consumers. Work with your store managers to see what you can do to help them and your community.