Well folks, it’s Earth Day. I realize you have been told the importance of recycling and conservation many times before, but just in case that hasn’t prompted you to start, hopefully the actions by our bodacious pup pals will do the trick! (Yes, I said bodacious.)
Disclaimer: This is not necessarily a scientific or factual article, so don’t get “pup-set.”
1. Puglet the Green Pug Recycles
The ultimate recycling dog, Puglet the Green Pug shows that anyone can help out the environment and reduce their carbon paw print.
2. Using Nature’s Restroom
Dogs don’t need a fancy bathroom with lavender soaps and potpourri. They prefer the great outdoors, which saves water and energy!
3. Burying Things
By digging up the soil and exposing it to air, as well as burying bones and food, dogs help renew and enrich the environment. But mostly they just don’t want Buster, the sneaky neighbor dog, to get their treasured item.
4. Picking Up and Disposing of Unwanted Items
Dogs have the uncanny ability to dispose of hoomans unwanted items. However, not all pups do this the appropriate way. Just remember, their hearts are in the right place.
5. Dogs Love to Walk…Everywhere
One of the energy conserving traits dogs posses is their love for walking as a form of transportation.
6. Dogs are ‘Diehard’ About Recycling
Um, to be honest, this really has nothing to do with recycling, it’s just awesome. I’ll try to tie it in. Let’s see, how about, “Dogs don’t waste electricity or need shoes…just like John McClain.” There, that suffices.
7. The Power Saving Dog
This heroic pup shows us how to conserve water, energy, and toast. Remember folks, always finish your toast, because it is delicious…and your dog probably wants it too.
8. Eating Poop
Yep, just what you think it is. Dogs eat poop. It’s no mystery. By eating that poop, they are cleaning up the Earth and reducing methane…until they poop again. Hmm, the vicious poop cycle strikes again. Very well, you win this round poop. (Apologies if you are offended by the word poop)
9. Dogs Protect Endangered Animals
On Warrnambool’s Middle Island, off the south coast of Australia, Maremma sheepdogs are used to protect the endangered Little Penguin. The dogs bond with the penguins and keep them safe from predators during low tide.
When asked for a comment, here’s what these dogs said. “If you are looking for ransom, we can tell you we don’t have money. What we do have are a very particular set of skills; skills we have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make us a nightmare for people like you. If you let our penguins go now, that’ll be the end of it. We will not look for you, we will not pursue you. But if you don’t, we will look for you, we will find you, and we will kill you.”
10. Planting Trees, Flowers, etc.
Because they are expert diggers, dogs are sometimes called in to oversee the excavation and planting of trees, flowers, etc. Being the nature lovers they are, pups love to help!
11. Dogs Air Dry
One of our favorite things about pups is how they dry. Shaking like a polaroid picture (yes, I realize I just dated myself), dogs are great at conserving energy nature’s way.
12. Dogs Pre-Clean the Dishes
(In my Billy Mays voice) “Do you hate food stuck on your dishes? Tired of always having to clean them again AFTER going through the dishwasher? Then I have the product for you! Doggy Licks! Doggy Licks is a great product that pre-cleans your dishes and readies them for the dishwasher!” (Billy Mays was a really cool dude)
13. Tubby the Recycling Dog
A yellow lab named Tubby has helped his owner gather and recycle over 26,000 plastic bottles! He even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most bottles recycled by a dog! Read Tubby’s story here.
14. Dogs Locate Rare Live Animals and Plants
Dogs have the amazing ability to locate and track endangered live animals and plants. According to an article on Mother Nature Network, “Canine conservation projects include tracking jaguars in the Amazon rain forest and Mexico and monitoring Asiatic black bears classified as vulnerable in China.”
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