So apparently it is national puppy day, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce you all to our puppy, and what we do with a puppy as zero-wasters.
First off, the beautiful puppy you see above is Star – she’s weird, cuddly, and loves to give kisses. My boyfriend worked in the Caribbean for a year, and they met on the beach and fell in love. He couldn’t leave her down there – dogs are largely considered pests down, and are often poisoned and beaten. He flew her to Canada with him when he came back, and now she is a permanent resident of the east coast! She’s adjusted well to the snow and cold temperatures, and (sometimes) likes to play in the snow, although summer is defiantly her favourite season.
We want to make sure that she is healthy, and is getting the best dog food. We buy a brand that is made out on the east coast, and always buy the biggest size possible – this helps cut down on waste, and we are not always running out to buy more food.
We don’t give her treats often, but you can buy treats in bulk at Bulk Barn, and pet stores usually sell some treats free of packaging. There are also some great recipes online to make your own – I’ve been meaning to try out a recipe for a while, and will let you know how it goes! Star gets to lick peanut butter jars when they are empty – this makes the cleaning easier, and she loves it.
Star’s dog food and water bowl were bought second hand – they’re not the prettiest, but they serve their purpose well, and that’s what matters. She’s had the same collar for well over a year now, and since it’s working fine, there’s no need to replace it! To clean it we just wash it with soapy water and let it air – you can also use a bit of baking soda if the collar get particularly smelly. We have a few leashes for her, but when we need a new one we will check kijiji, or one of the local buy and sell Facebook groups we check regularly. We buy biodegradable bags poo bags, and put them in the compost bin – luckily our municipality composts.
Another one of Star’s quirks is that she WILL NOT sleep on a dog bed on the floor – we have tried several times to get her to sleep on a dog bed, but she aways ends up in our bed. When there are three of us in the bed, it gets a little crowded (I can sleep fine but my boyfriend can’t sleep with all of us there). So we bought her a second hand chair from the ReStore – a Habitat for Humanity organization. She loves the chair, and now everyone can sleep at night!
She is such an amazing dog, and even though we create waste with her dog food bag, and poo bags, I think it’s worth it for the joy she brings. She never fails to make me smile, and is always willing to cuddle. I am so grateful she met my boyfriend and made her way into my life, and that we were able to provide her with a better, longer life.