Friday, February 21, 2014

Featured Fridays- The Big Bad Woof

At Christmastime, Pupcycled featured The Big Bad Woof's line of eco-friendly pet scarves and today we would like to feature EVERYTHING else that makes this company great!

Started in 2005, Pennye Jones-Napier's reason for opening a green company was personal. Her dog, Artemis, had diabetes and finding wholesome food for her dog was a real challenge. Together Pennye and Julie opened Big Bad Woof as a way to bring specialized, wholesome food right to their community of Takoma Park.  Since their lifestyle was already green, they decided their business would be as well, and they looked at where products came from, and if the products were made in a responsible AND sustainable matter. The product's effect on the environment is always considered before The Big Bad Woof will sell it.  Their triple bottom line approach of people, planet, and profits has resonated with customers and has led to the opening of two locations in Maryland. A third location, in Silver Spring, Maryland is being created through a crowd-funding campaign and will open in the near future. 

Besides whole food and eco-friendly scarves....what does The Big Bad Woof have to offer to eco-friendly dog owners? The better question might be, what DON'T they have to offer? In addition to eco-friendly dog beds, crates, toys, and grooming materials, earth friendly products and food are also available for cats, small animals, and birds. They truly are a one-stop shop for all people who love the Earth and their pets. 

When it comes to loving the planet and animals, The Big Bad Woof looks at more than just products, they also look at helping animals find and stay in loving homes. They offer monthly adoption opportunities, workshops, and offer new pet owners a discount on their first purchase.  

As one of the Nation's first B Corporations, The Big Bad Woof is leading the pack in promoting products that are safe for pets and the planet. If you are ready to reduce your dog's carbon pawprint and make a difference, consider checking out their Pay It Forward initiatives and be sure to stop by one of their stores the next time you are in the DC or Maryland area!

What dog wouldn't love to shop here?????

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Yoga and Doga for Humans and Pets

Both pets and humans need exercise, and although Pupcycled posts usually focus on dogs, this post will take a look at an exercise that is good for dogs, cats, and humans........... YOGA!

Yoga is gaining popularity with many pet owners for a variety of reasons. For humans, yoga allows you to lower your anxiety and stress through breathing techniques and slow movements. The movements and breathing allow for deep muscle stretches and relaxation. Yoga for humans and pets make perfect sense, since pets can also benefit from the same muscle stretching and relaxation movements. One common yoga movement, the downward dog, is the perfect example of how dogs and humans need to stretch similar muscles. 

When practicing yoga with dogs (or cats) some people refer to it as Doga. Some larger cities even offer pet yoga and doga classes to attend, but you don't have to leave your home to do yoga with your pet. Below is a video that shows some basic Doga movements with smaller and larger dogs. By trying a few of these simple movements at home, you can see if your pet is ready for an actual class.

Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding on whether or not to take a yoga with pets class.

  • Does my pet get along well with pets he doesn't know?
  • Does my pet get intimidated or frightened by pets that are larger than her?
  • Is my pet spayed/neutered?
  • Does my pet follow commands when off his leash?
  • Does my pet like to be handled and cuddled on a daily basis?
Unfortunately, I live in a very rural area and won't be joining any yoga with pets classes, but I have tried a few moves at home following YouTube videos. Although, I mainly enjoy running and walking with my dogs, my two Lab/Collie mixes seem to be good candidates for doing Doga with. In addition, to basic yoga movements, they also seem to enjoy getting massages, so after long walks and runs, I plan to start doing more Doga and massage with them to help their muscles feel better. As I have introduced some of the yoga moves, I have been using the same words and working on training my dogs to know the movements, but one of the things that is great about yoga is that you don't have to do certain things all the time or really train your dog to do it. You can see what your dog is in the mood for and go from there and just have fun with it. My cat, for example prefers just to lie on the mat with me and be near me, not actually let me touch her and move her, but it can still be a time of bonding and relaxation. When starting yoga with your pets, let them be your guide, and pay attention to what they enjoy the most.
Yoga is also a great exercise to do indoors or outside. The relaxation and stretching of the muscles is something that benefits older pets as well as younger ones. It really is an exercise that can fit every person and pet!
Here is a handy chart, for yoga poses that I found on Pinterest. Be sure to check out the blog Run, Shop, Eat, Repeat. She has great exercise tips and a special page dedicated to her dog (which she does Doga with)! Be sure to leave comments here as well about ways you exercise with your dog.
Found on Pinterest through the blog Run Shop Eat Repeat

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

5 Ways to Dispose of Dog Hair

If you have dogs, you likely have dog hair somewhere (or pretty much everywhere) in your house. With the right kind of brush, sticky roller, or vacuum you can clean up the dog hair, but rather than dump it into the trash, get eco-friendly, and try one of these five ways to get rid of dog fur.

 Compost It- Dog hair is great for compost piles, but you do need to make sure you have a combination of items in the compost pile because hair takes a little longer than most items to fully compost.
 Spread it Around- By disposing of dog hair outside and spreading it around, it can add nutrients to your lawn AND it is great for birds to build nests with so you can spread it out all year long to help the Earth in several ways.
 Make Yarn- Dog fur, believe it or not, can actually be turned into yarn and knitted into sweaters and blankets. If you don't have the capability to do it yourself, find someone who can turn your dog's fur into yarn and you will be amazed at the results!
 Start Seedlings- Dog fur can be mixed with soil to give seedlings the healthy start they need. When your dog starts to shed that winter coat, get rid of the fur by mixing it with your seedling soil for a great start to your spring garden.
 Soak up Oil Spills- Save the fur in a container and keep it in your garage; if you have a oil leak or spill during oil change, you can use the fur to absorb and clean up the oil.

With these five ways to dispose of dog hair, you can hopefully feel a little better about all those piles of dog fur, knowing that you have a way to help the Earth with your dog's everlasting supply of shedded hair.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pupcycled on Pinterest

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