Body Mind and Paw : April 2009 -- Living green with your dog

Welcome to Body, Mind & Paw, the newsletter of The Growlin' Gourmet. Each month we provide advice, tips and articles on caring for your furry companion. You'll also find special offers and news from The Growlin' Gourmet.

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All the best,

Marianne & Steve

In This Issue

  • Featured Article: Living green with your dog.

  • Recipe of the month.

  • April special.

Living Green with your dog: Eco-friendly Dog Care

Lots of people think that “going green” is a complicated thing requiring a lot of time and dedication. This simply is not true. Some easy ways to reduce environmental impact include using reusable grocery bags rather than plastic or paper, switching to organic cleaning products, using energy efficient light bulbs (CFLs), and buying local.

Adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle doesn’t need to stop with you. It’s easy to implement green living practices into your dog’s care. Here are some suggestions:

  • Feed sustainably produced and organic dog foods. The Whole Dog Journal offers an excellent review of commercial dog foods including steps that the companies are taking to reduce their environmental impact.

  • Pick-up after your dog. Dog droppings can introduce parasites and toxins into the environment, which can contaminate a stream or field just as human or livestock waste can. When picking-up after your dog use biodegradable bags. These bags will breakdown faster allowing their contents to do the same.

  • Choose natural cleaners for your household as well as for your dog. Reducing the chemicals in your dog’s living space can help reduce allergies and exposure to potentially harmful toxins.

  • For flea control, rather than resorting to potentially harmful chemicals try adding brewer’s yeast to your dog’s food. Animals that eat brewer’s yeast do not taste good to fleas.

  • Wash your dog less. Over shampooing can lead to dry skin and itchiness. Less frequent washing helps conserve water.

  • Recycle or re-use packaging whenever possible.

  • Buy eco-friendly pet products. Your dog may not be concerned about global warming and deforestation but it’s become clear that many dog owners are. This has resulted in more options for eco-friendly pet products including organic dog beds, organic dog food and treats, and biodegradable poop bags. Even dog toys are going green. Manufacturers are using materials for toys that are non-toxic and recyclable. There are soft toys made of organically grown fibers and colored with natural dyes. Check some of these out the next time you are in the market for a new toy or treat for your four-legged friend.

We’re doing a few things at The Growlin’ Gourmet to make our company a little greener including:

  • Recycling, recycling, recycling
  • Replacing all existing light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs
  • Using organic ingredients and whenever possible locally produced ingredients for our tasty dog treats
  • 100% of the energy we use comes from renewable resources.

    Recipe of the month

    Chicken and Apple Crunchies

    1 ½ lbs. Organic whole grain spelt flour

    10 ounces Organic low sodium chicken broth (I prefer pacific brand)

    1 ounce organic flax seeds ground

    ½ ounce Organic sunflower oil

    1 peeled and grated organic Fuji apple (no pits)

    METHOD: Heat oven to 350

    • Combine everything and mix until you have a smooth dough and all flour is incorporated
    • Divide in half
    • Using a rolling pin roll out to about 1/8th inches thick and cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter, or knife. Repeat with other half
    • Bake on a half sheet pan for 20 minutes, rotate pans 180 degrees and continue to bake 15-20 more until biscuits brown and crisp.
    • Let cool on a wire rack then store in and airtight container.

    April Special

    Get a FREE 6 ounce bag of Maine Blueberry biscuits on all online orders this month.

    April is national stress awareness month. Be sure to check out Thumper’s Thoughts for information on how your favorite canine companion can help reduce the stress in your life.

Come see us!

Saco Farmers Market

Saco Valley Shopping Center

Saturdays 7am to noon

South Portland Farmers Market

Hinckley Drive (Millcreek)

Thursdays 3pm to 7pm

Where to find our biscuits

* The Animal House, Damariscotta

* Axis Natural Foods, Auburn

* The Belfast Coop, Belfast

* Bearded Collie Club of Maine

* Black Cherry Provisions, Falmth

* Call Me Pet Sitter, Rockwall, TX

* Camp Bow Wow, Portland

* Creative Turtle, Boothbay Hrb.

* Dakota Dog Company, N.J.

* Fetch, Portland

* Harvest Hill Farms, Poland

* Jordan's Farm, Cape Elizabeth

* Maine's Pantry, Portland

* Misty Meadows Farm, Grand Isle

* Paws Applause, Scarborough

* PetScripts Pharmacy, Yarmouth

* Sooper Dogs, Biddeford

* State of Maine Cheese, Rockport

* Stone Soup Artisans, Saco

* The Good Life Market, Raymond

* Wags and Wool, Lubec