So, to start, Happy Earth Day to Everyone!
My dogs and I have been out in the garden off an on all morning, gardening, seeding, weeding, pruning, and transplanting. We plant tress every Earth Day on our property, this year we added five more quaking aspens, a luscious pear, and a Mt. Royal plum. Our DANDELIONS are coming up in fields of gold, and our raised beds are starting to take off.
As dog owners we need to care about our environment, from air, water, soil, and the food it is all producing. Why you ask? Well dogs are what are considered ‘expensive’ to the environment. In a study published in 2009, two scientists in New Zealand claim that to produce enough food and for an average size dog, for one year, it takes 2.1 acres of sustainable fertile land. Food as in other animals that your dog will eat, fruit, and grain, so it is more like a chain. STUDY
Let that roll around in your head for a bit. Two sustainable fertile acres, per dog, per year, to grow the food they need to live. Please just sit on that for a moment.
In comparison, an average size person only needs 1.1 acres of sustainable, fertile land.
So as dog owners, we should be fighting for cleaner air, cleaner soil, cleaner water, no GMO crap from Monsanto in any way, and no chemicals that strip the micro organisms out of our soil. For ourselves, and our dogs, we should be the biggest advocates of all. Planting, tending, enjoying, and advocating.
So go plant something today. Tell the Earth thank you for a life well lived so far. Compost and learn to tend your own soil. Grow your own non GMO foods for your family, including your dog. And spend more time outside with your dog. It is simply good for the soul!
My dogs and kids have grown up in the garden with me, and it has always been our place of comfort and love. May this spread to you all, and then may it spread from there! Nancy