Matt and I consider ourselves to be sustainable pet parents. We do simple things like recycle, use eco-friendly waste bags and buy from pet companies that care about the environment. Although Earth Day isn’t widely celebrated or cared about (unfortunately), I think it’s a great way to spread awareness about the future of our environment and how we can enjoy it. Here are five ways you can celebrate Earth Day with your dog.
Go for a hike: There are lots of amazing hikes in the greater Phoenix valley and some of them are super easy. Wherever you live, try and take advantage of an area that you’ve never been to before. Enjoy the sounds, smells and sights of the nature all around you. Hiking can be the best therapy! Check out a great trail that we recently went to in Payson, AZ!
Plant some fruits or veggies: I love giving my dogs fresh produce. If there are some dog friendly vegetables and fruits that could grow during this time of the year in your area, go ahead and plant some! There’s something so rewarding about feeding your dog home grown fruits and veggies. Carrots and cucumbers are great options. You may also considering growing some delicious herbs like mint or rosemary.
Head to the park: If you have nice weather in your neck of the woods, take your dog to the park! It may be fun to check out a park you’ve never been to before. Whether it’s a dog park or a park where your dog needs to be leashed, enjoy the sun, birds and fresh air.
Go to the beach: We don’t have a beach near us but Khloee and Wynston absolutely LOVE going when we have the chance. (We’re due for a trip). Nothing says “Earth Day” like sand in your toes and the smell of the ocean. Your dog will love splashing in the surf and running in the warm sand.
Pick up trash: This may not sound fun, but picking up litter is a tremendous help to our environment. Take your dog out on a walk and bring a plastic bag with you (and perhaps some gloves). While you’re walking, pick up losse trash that you see. Be sure to properly dispose of the litter when you get home, whether it’s in the trash can or recycle bin.
Do you consider yourself to be a sustainable pet parent? What types of outdoor activities do you like to do with your dog on a regular basis?