Happy Earth Day! I wish I had a magic wand to make the planet a healthier place on Earth Day. I try to do a few things, like carry tote bags to the store, support the Virginia State Arboretum, and minimize use of electricity.
In thinking about it, though, I realized Rico and Roxy (R&R) inspire most of what I do to help the Earth. For example …
Get some fresh air.
I love finding clean, safe, open spaces for R&R to cut loose. If they aren’t running they’re exploring with their noses. Seeing them so happy makes me feel a bit more protective of the environment. Make it a priority to spend some time outside with your pets on Earth Day. Can’t find a clean, open space? Create one!
The need for shade.
Protecting the yard from bunnies and groundhogs is an all-day affair. R&R needs someplace to cool off from the sun, so, of course, we planted a few trees. What better way to help the Earth?
Reuse and recycle.
Especially plastic bottles, which R&R love to play with. Once they’re done reusing them, into the recycling they go. And, thanks to R&R crushing them, we have space for more recycling.
Rest and relax.
After romping around, nothing beats flopping into the arms of someone you love, enjoying a cool breeze through your fur and a tummy scratch. And since we all know that a tired dog is a good dog, you can thank the Earth for the little sweetie pie collapsed in ecstatic exhaustion in your arms.
These things, alone, aren’t game-changers in the fight to protect the planet. But they could be, if everyone with a pet realized how easy it is to be a little greener in the course of everyday care for their furkids. Having a pet in your life can make every day Earth Day.