Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Our family is not one of the new "green" families. In fact, with the paw challenged one's (PCO) history of oil and gas exploration, gold mining and other such activities, they think that trees grow on trees. Silly people! The PCO even thinks that gas comes out of the ground. He should know better, he sleeps with up to 8 golden retrievers some nights, with the window closed yet.
Bella, Nala and I are helping them turn green. Recently the trash company started picking up two different trash cans. One can is brown, for the trashy trash. One can is green for items that can be recycled. We were having trouble getting the PCO convinced that most plastic items should go into the green can to be recycled. Immediately there was trouble with the concept. For one thing, the green can did not have a good lid and it was pretty low. When they would throw a TV dinner plate into the green can, Bella and I would take it out and clean it. After all, they were supposed to recycle "clean" plastic. We just took it upon ourselves to clean it before it was recycled. We had long used this concept with empty ice cream containers, they always gave them to us to clean, we just had to extend the concept to all ex-food containers.
While we are going green, we also reminded them to stop using the garbage disposal. It takes elecricity, it puts pollution down the drain and into the waste treatment plants where it takes extra work and power, and its wastes water. Use the Golden Disposal Service instead.
Finally we have reached a truce. Instead of just throwing dirty containers into the recycle can, they give them to us first. We lick them clean, then they can put them in the green can and all is good. We have had a treat and the world is cleaner because of it. Plus we don't waste soap and water in cleaning up the recyclables.
Which leads us to the main theme. Want to go green? Adopt a dog. That way you can clean up your recyclables without wasting soap and water.
No, no! No need to thank us, helping the earth stay green is reward enough. Well that and a few more dogs adopted into homes and out of kennels. Maybe we can start a new slogan: Adopt a dog and save the earth!
Mogley G. Retriever