It’s Earth Day, which means that we should be thinking of ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Today, I thought I’d focus on that middle one.
(Why? Well, Tavish is currently on a diet, so he’s got that whole reduce thing covered. With regard to recycling, I had to talk myself out of just posting this video again.)
The EPA has noted that the best way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. One way to create less waste is to reuse what we already have. When I was thinking about things I could reuse, it hit me. I have a dog. (Two, in fact.) Obviously, my dogs provide me with love, companionship, entertainment, and blog fodder. But… can they do more? I bet they can – and I bet your dogs can too.
Without further ado, here are five alternate uses for your dog:
Foot warmer – Are your toes cold? Don’t invest in a space heater. Just ask your canine companion to curl up on your feet.
Footrest – Why should you spend a pretty penny on a designer ottoman? The perfect footrest may already be under your nose… er, feet. (Obviously, please take the size and temperament of your dog into account. Not all dogs will be willing to put up with your nonsense.)
Bookmark – If you saw it, then you should have put a paw on it.
Shredder – If you simply must shred some documents (before you recycle the paper, of course), don’t invest in a pricey machine. Save your money and conserve electricity by giving your paper to the dog, nature’s shredder.
Doorstop – Pesky door won’t stay open? Perhaps your dog can help. They’re probably going to curl up and take a nap anyway – why not hold that door open while they snooze away? If your dogs, like mine, would never agree to sit still for that long, try using a dog toy instead:
Exercise equipment - Don’t buy a treadmill or an elliptical machine. Just clip a leash onto your furry beast and get moving.
Alarm clock – Don’t buy a new clock. Your dogs can wake you up each morning. Unfortunately, the canine alarm clock does not allow you to choose what time you’d like to wake up. It’s also missing a snooze button.
There you have it – seven easy ways you can reuse your dog. Have some ideas to add to the list? Thought of some new ways to go green? Share them in the comments!
Obviously, I’m a bit behind. Nonetheless, I’m finally sharing the roundup of some of the posts I enjoyed in December, which seems so very long ago.
(Don’t take it personally. I currently have seven episodes of Nashville, thirteen episodes of Arrow, four episodes of Dallas, and twelve episodes of Boardwalk Empire waiting for me on my DVR… not to mention the shows that have more than one word in their titles.)
As I recently mentioned, I’m well behind on my monthly roundups. However, let’s just consider this belated October installment an early Christmas gift. (By that logic, I’m actually ahead of the game.)
Anyway, I believe that Buddy the Elf would totally support me sharing these posts guaranteed to make you smile. Enjoy. If you need me, I’ll be enjoying selections from the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. Continue reading →
I’m breaking July’s monthly roundup into two installments – once I finally started catching up on my blog reading, the list ended up being much longer than I expected. (Seriously, I’d appreciate it if everyone would dial down the quality of their posts – it would make my life a lot easier.)
Before we get started with the first installment, I just have to share this post from Text From Dog. I just could not stop laughing after I saw it.
Anyway, without further ado, here are thirteen more posts that made me smile in July. Hats off to these awesome bloggers…
Mall Hair from Raising a Super Dog – As a former concessions jockey at a small-town movie theater, this post spoke to me. (Our popcorn was not pre-popped, though refilling the “butter” was enough to put me off it for life.)
Do you have dreams for your dog? from Something Wagging – To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get exactly what (and who) you need.
In Search of Spring from The (mis)Adventures of Sage – This one is technically from February, but I fell far behind on my blog reading and didn’t actually read it until March. However, the photos made me smile!
How Dogs Read Us, Part Ifrom Will My Dog Hate Me? – Fascinating. (The next installment appeared in April, but I’ll share it as a bonus anyway. Here’s Part II.)
These are a bit skewed towards the beginning of the month, as I fell behind on my reading. So there’s the possibility of some March posts on April’s list. (Apparently this is my pattern – see #6 above.) I get to make the rules, right?
Last month, I did a post cataloging a few of my favorite posts from January. I shared eight posts. I’m back with another installment, and as you can see, the numbers have increased. I didn’t mean for it to happen – but before I knew it, I had eleven or twelve posts on my list. At that point, the nerd in me decided to aim for some alliteration… so I thought I’d share fourteen. Of course, somehow I ended up with fifteen instead. I could have added more, but the next number that would have allowed for such alliteration would be fifty. Consider yourself lucky.
Anyway, in no particular order, here are fifteen favorites from February…
Forgotten Language from Tales and Tails – I’m a big Shel Silverstein fan, so this one definitely had to make the list.
I Want to Be One of My Dogs from Twenty-Six to Life – I’ll take “phrases often said by members of my family” for $200, Alex, along with “if I’m reincarnated, I hope I come back as a dog in this family.”
It’s a tough task, actually. There is a ton of great content out there in the pet blogging community.
The posts below all have one thing in common – they make me laugh or smile (one of those really big smiles). There are many beautiful, touching, and thought-provokingposts that touched my heart this year. However, today I felt like aiming for tears of laughter or joy rather than the other kind. Hope you don’t mind.
It was a long year. I’m sure there are some others I adored that slipped my mind when writing this post. (Perhaps one of my 2012 resolutions should be to do a better job of keeping track of my favorite posts. You may notice that this list skews toward the more recent entries.) In no particular order, here are 22 posts I loved this year…
Dog a Day Project – Why I Don’t Have Kids from Doggie Stylish – I’m just going to start replying to everyone who asks me when I’m going to have children by emailing them a link to this post. (Don’t get me wrong – I don’t know what the future holds. However, I tend to think people should mind their own beeswax and stop asking.)
From the DDY Digs Desk from Daley’s Dog Years – I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m including this post partly because of the Ryan Gosling photo.
Why 22? I have no idea. I feel like this list could have gone on forever (for example, I wanted to include a post from BZ Training, but I just couldn’t pick a favorite photo shoot, so I’m cheating and linking to the whole blog here). Finally, I just held an intervention for myself, cut myself off, and sent myself to list-making rehab.
However, today’s post is inspired by the almighty wish list. For each link I share today, I’m going to tell you what it makes me want. (Not all of my themes are gems, folks, but I’m giving it the old college try.)
Before we get started, your punny pet name for the week would be perfect for a feathered friend: Wing Crosby.
Up next, enjoy this bonus unrelated punnage: Wu Tang Flan. This makes me want to cook lots of punny food and share it on my other, oft-neglected blog. It also makes me want to sit around thinking up other punny foods. I think I’ll settle in with a Donna Martini and a PBJT (Peanut Butter & Jelly Taylor) sandwich.
Um… anyway… this story makes me want to move to New Zealand.
Apparently I’m all about the big life changes today, because this video makes me want a baby… psych! It actually just makes me want more puppies, as most things do.
Up next, this video makes me want to adopt a cat to help me practice yoga. Bella doesn’t do yoga with me – she just thinks I’m hanging out on the floor so I can pet her more easily.
I played the piano as a child and want to get one for my house. Although, Bella hasn’t shown any musical talent, this clip makes me want that piano even more.
First of all, some good news: Bella’s long national nightmare is over. Her staples have been removed and she’s gotten clearance to say goodbye to her cone. (Just in time, too… I think Bella has had enough of my attempts at cone humor.)
Thank goodness for the Comfy Cone, however. I don’t think Bella would have ever forgiven me had I made her wear that plastic one for two weeks. They had a good run, Bella and her Comfy Cone. In fact, Bella’s flashlight costume won her first prize in Comfy Cone’s Halloween contest! This cone, at least, had a (reflective) silver lining.
Moving on… in honor of Bella’s good news and inspired by Parks and Recreation, I think you should treat yo self this weekend. Life can really take its toll on you sometimes, so every now and then it’s important to take it easy. Our dogs seem to know how to live in the moment and enjoy life, and I’m pretty sure Bella doesn’t feel the least bit bad when she decides to treat herself. Talk about a good role model. I’ll help get you started…
Your punny pet name for the week: Tom Catterford As a bonus, here’s one for the neighborhood deer: Ron Fawnson.
Start your morning off right. Play this song when you wake up. It’s better than coffee. (No joke, I want to wake up to this song every morning. I am confident that I could do anything after listening to it.)
You might consider planning a day trip with your best friend. Just get out and enjoy the world. (Note: words cannot even describe how much I love the video linked to here.)
If a trip’s not in the cards, perhaps you should treat yourself to some culture – spend some quality time gazing at these photos from the Water Droplet Zoo. It’ll make you feel like a real aristoquack.
You might be wondering how to cap off a nice day of treating yourself. Never fear, I have it all taken care of. First, find someone to drive you around so you can relax. Then, if you’re into the arts, might I recommend tickets to the ballet?
Not your style? That’s okay. If you’re a sports fan, how about a hockey game?
However you choose to spend your weekend, I hope it’s a good one and that you find some time to treat yourself. If all else fails, just forget about the world for a while and do your own happy dance.
It’s almost time to watch Halloween cartoons! (Yes, I am five.) I do love It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – however, for my favorite special, I have to break out the DVD player. Which one is that, you might ask? Garfield, of course. What’s yours?
Anyway, before I do that, I owe you some Halloween linkage. Enjoy…
This week’s punny pet names are inspired by my friend Coney McConerson: Conan O’Whinin’, Ichabod Cone and Cone Crawford. (I’ve also added a few new nicknames for my Coney Island friend. One of my favorites? The Cone Ranger.)
Looking for an easy Halloween treat this weekend? Try making this candy cane bark I shared over on the baking blog.