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  • Dog Etiquette: Leashes

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    Here are just a few reasons why...

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    The one question we get most frequently is how to deal with wild animals that enter our yards threaten our dogs and cats. We are very strong believers in maintaining a symbiotic relationship with nature, so it’s important to us that we raise awareness on the issue. This week, we are discussing how you can keep your pets safe from coyotes and we’re including a whole section on how to do this in step-by-step format...

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    The type of fencing you ultimately select should be based on your geographical region, your HOA guidelines (if you have them), and the type of dog(s) you are containing. You'll also need to consider your weather. If you're in an area with lots of weather, you'll want to consider installing a more durable type of fencing. If you live in an area with snow, the snow can pile up near the gates and provide a near perfect way for your pets to escape. But, if you have a dog that is regularly escaping from your yard, consider reading this article or implementing some of these practical tips below:

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High in the rugged mountains of Central Asia, the endangered Snow Leopard shares a tumultuous relationship with impoverished herders. It’s a relationship that involves stolen resources, retribution killings, and poaching for fur. Of course, as in so many other situations, the humans are coming out on top of this battle and currently, there are fewer than 6,500 snow leopards left in the world. That’s where creative thinking, and companies like Honest Pet Products, come into play...

Corporate Cooperation with Species Recovery

The Snow Leopard Trust has created a unique program that gives new jobs to the villagers wives, jobs that allow them to care for their family while their husbands continue the herding. Through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, these families earn a living with their traditional wool-working skills. In exchange, herders agree to protect the endangered snow leopards that share their habits.

The Participants

One of the groups that participate in this program is Honest Pet Products, a very forward-thinking, innovative developer of hemp and wool toys for pets. The company’s all-natural wool cat toys are handmade in Mongolia by women of impoverished, nomadic herding families. But Honest Pet Products doesn’t just give back on an international level, they are busy creating jobs for honest, hardworking people locally as well. They economically support and emotionally encourage people with cognitive and developmental disabilities by hiring them to create their all natural hemp and wool toys in Green Bay, WI and Newfoundland Canada.

Why you Should Give Hemp Pet Toys A Try

Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants in existence and for a good reason. It’s fast-growing, environmentally friendly, and can easily be produced in nearly any climate. One acre of hemp can create the same amount of product as four acres of trees, or 3 acres of cotton - on top of that, we can use every part of the Hemp plant!

Worried about the ‘effects” of a hemp toy on your pet? Don’t be…

Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa is the variety grown for industrial use, while C. sativa subsp. indica (the version used for medical and recreational purposes) generally has poor fiber quality and is therefore not used. The industry prefers the much better quality of sativa for use in manufacturing.

Advantages of Hemp

So what are the advantages of hemp in pet toys? Let’s begin with the fact that they are durable, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, mildew-free and twice as strong as cotton. Need I go on? Okay – they are also 100% biodegradable and the remains of any shredded hemp toys (we have a few) actually replenishes soil. There are no pesticides, chemicals or pollution used in or created as a result of growing hemp, so it’s really a pure, safe and natural solution for pets.

Helping the Environment

One way that you can contribute to a fun, interactive lifestyle for your pet while simultaneously saving the Snow Leopard is to purchase a few toys from Honest Pet Products. Not only do I love the way they do business and support communities, I love how they have created a fun toy that your pets will adore. Swing by and take a look at their line of products. They are long-lasting, durable, and much healthier for your pets than the plastics you’ll see elsewhere. Will your pet likely make short work of the toy? Sure, ours did. But, they lasted longer than that $15 stuffed toy that we got at Petsmart! And, by purchasing from Honest Pet Products, we know we’re making things better on a global scale – even if it’s in a small way.

  • Learn more about Mary Wolff, the founder of Honest Pet Products, and take a look at their entire line of toys for dogs and cats, by visiting their website. We know that you and your pets will love them!
  • For more information on the Snow Leopard Trust, check out this informative video.

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About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.


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