Gratuitous Puppy Post!

puppy with big earsWe’re slacking a bit in our blogging but thought at least some of y’all might enjoy some more pictures of puppies.  They are getting quite large and energetic.  We have acquired an assortment of toys that they enjoy pouncing on although when we try to play with them, their mama steals all the toys.  It would seem cruel except that she looks so silly romping around like a puppy while her little ones are all like “Dude, what just happened?!?”

Will suggested that I write a post about how green puppies are but I’m feeling like it’s rather a 50/50 toss up.  We are getting outside a lot more (although that’s more mama than the puppies) and getting lots of exercise, which will hopefully make it easier for us to bike and walk around.  We spend more time at home with them – excellent cheap entertainment!  They are happy to “recycle” our cardboard tubes and really any sort of food at all (Will has been feeding mama dog banana chips, among other things).

However, they generate an awful lot of trash.  We line their potty area with newspaper (either used or the “end roll” from our local printer) and I had originally planned on composting it all.  Then we gave them a dewormer and I got to see firsthand how puppies are filled with tiny disgusting parasites.  I did some research on pinworms and roundworms and the like and decided perhaps it was better just to throw it all away.  I am resisting the urge to buy bleach and disinfect every surface of the house but I have been using a lot of vinegar.  (A few of the pups got overly curious in their sniffing and had huge sneezing fits; it was sad but funny and they learned nothing from the experience.  Ah, well.)

I’m probably overreacting about the parasitic worms – heck, we let mama poo all over the back yard and don’t clean it up very thoroughly so it’s probably all contaminated already – but it really does give me the heebie jeebies.  This from the woman who is comfortable with all ten of Student Doc Green’s Gross Green Habits (okay, still using toilet paper).  *sigh*  What’s a puppy-loving gal to do?

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    Linnea said,

    January 19, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    I think it’s an important point to make that adopting/fostering puppies is way more green than getting brand new ones straight from the farm.

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    Maggie said,

    January 19, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

    Yeah, we believe in used puppies. I guess? These ones are pretty fresh…. :)

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    Our House Smells Like Fish and Chips | GreenCouple.com said,

    February 9, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    […] returned our foster puppies to the animal shelter on Wednesday.  It was a little sad but also a tremendous relief.  […]

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