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Sat, Jul 5 | By Kris O'Donnell | 109

ORLANDO –- When it comes to helping the environment, even pets are going green.The University of Doglando is central Florida’s first dog daycare center to go green. Since Janie Nelson came here with her 1-year-old dog Lexi, she has … more ›

Dog Daycare Owner Says It's Easy Being Green
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Rusty  K.
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Rusty K.
5 years ago

They are to be commended and respected.

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Lisa S.
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Lisa S.
5 years ago

This is a great idea. It really makes you think. I've been trying to buy green products, but will be taking it even more seriously now.

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Suzanne L.
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Suzanne L.
5 years ago

I think we all need to begin to take "thinking green" very seriously. This is a good article. Kudos!

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John S.
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John S.
5 years ago

Good Job!

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Edie Jo N.
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Edie Jo N.
5 years ago

A step in the right direction.

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Okowasso
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Okowasso
5 years ago

A step in the right direction!

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

Kudos to this daycare owner!

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Blackie1
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Blackie1
5 years ago

Great way to educate owners. It takes a little more effort to make your own cleaning products, but is worth it in the end.

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Ragdollkitties
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Ragdollkitties
5 years ago

Two thumbs up for the owner of this daycare! She is trying to make a difference and should be applauded!

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Very cool!

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Janet R.
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Janet R.
5 years ago

Makes good business sense to consider the environmental impact.

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Liane M.
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Liane M.
5 years ago

We have stopped using any pesticides or weed killers on our lawn. I made my husband stop, especially since we have two dogs that love to roll around on the lawn. So what if the lawn doesn't look like a golf course, it's better for the environment and our dogs. And us too in the long run.

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Ragdollkitties
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Ragdollkitties
5 years ago

We did the same thing. No more fertilizers, pesticides, etc. on our lawn. The dogs would have that stuff all over them and we would track it into the house from walking in the grass. Nope. Our lawn may not look like some of the other lush, green, velvety lawns in the area, but at least I know we're helping ourselves, our pets, and the environment.

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

sounds great!

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

Love to hear about more people going green!

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AuntPittypat
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AuntPittypat
5 years ago

It's great to read about a business owner taking the extra steps to protect their clients and the environment.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
6 years ago

Green is the new... uh, good? Green marketing is a good way to differentiate oneself from the competition. I hope that it will one day be so common that people will have to look to other socially responsible ways to differentiate themselves from the competition.

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Jackie F.
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Jackie F.
6 years ago

I'm going to look at the green bleach, we use alot of bleach in the shelter and it is very harsh when not mixed in the proper way.

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DDRau
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DDRau
6 years ago

Leave it to the folks in Orlando to put this together. Great awareness program.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
6 years ago

Everyone should be doing this! I use baking soda to scrub my sinks and tub at home and it works great, makes the drains smell great and makes your hands soft to boot! You can't go wrong.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Elizabeth M.
6 years ago

I wish we could do this at work. I wonder if you would like to come clean my house (ha)

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

I love it. More things are coming out everyday to help the environment.

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Crttrs
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Crttrs
6 years ago

It is good to hear that people are going green. It is healther for both the environment and living. We have been brought up in a society where you use all the old standard cleaning products. Hopefully that mind set can be changed and more people will go green.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

Thats great! Glad to know pet places are going green

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Carol L.
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Carol L.
6 years ago

As you know Oregon is very green minded. We are supplied with huge recycling containers and containers for yard debris . It was a little awkward getting started now the hubby does it as well, separate and recycle each week. I was surprised at how my trash went down as the recycle went up. I will have to check out the biodegradable poop bags, we currently put it in paper - I enjoyed this story very much.

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Chris
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Chris
6 years ago

We are trying our best to use green products more & more. It is great to see green for our pets.

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Stephanie W.
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Stephanie W.
6 years ago

I agree its not very hard being green. Especially when it comes to my pets.

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Taly E.
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Taly E.
6 years ago

Yay green! It's great seeing businesses and even just your normal person trying to better the world by going green. Good job!

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Sydney  S.
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Sydney S.
6 years ago

That's great! They gives me such a good idea! I never knew you could do that! Next time I go to my local pet store I will definitely be looking for some "green" products for my kittens!

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
6 years ago

A good way to care for pets and environment! Way to go!!

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

A refreshing story. The University of Doglando (cute name) with its emphasis on green for the good not only of the dogs in their care, but also people and the environment is an enterprise that we all should try to mirror. While it is true that "going green" takes some thought a little planning and a lot of commitment in the long run our planet, the human race and our furry friends will be far better for the effort. For the most part our government and big corporations have failed us, it is up to people to see the light and make the effort to make this a better world not only for ourselves but for our children and our grandchildren.

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Kari L.
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Kari L.
6 years ago

I understand the importance of going green with cleaning products at home, but are these products as effective as bleach in killing germs/bacteria/etc in a shelter environment where the animal intake is greatly multiplied?

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Karen B.
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Karen B.
6 years ago

I need to get some of those doggie waste bags, I'm always having to clean up after my little dog when we go for walks, she always has to go, and thats such a neat idea. I never knew they had them, I just use the normal black doggie bags, guess I need to check PetsMart for them.

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Sarah B.
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Sarah B.
6 years ago

I am relieved actually to read this. My husband & I stopped using any store bought cleaners @ home because they contain carcinogens & neurotoxins. Our Rottie died of cancer & I have MS. So we took it serious when we started using all shaklee cleaning products only in our home. We don't want our cleaning products to be making our pets & us sick. I am the one who cleans the house & uses the products mainly so it is important to me that they work. Yes, they do work or I wouldn't buy them. Period end of story. I can't believe I ever used the bad toxic stuff. In a way I feel responsible for my dogs death. It may have been prevented if we had switched to healthier products sooner. Maybe I would not have developed MS at all who knows. Better late than never. Save your health, planet, pets & more use green products only in your home, business, car etc.

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Logan
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Logan
6 years ago

This is great. Everyone should try a little hard to help the earth we live on.

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Christine
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Christine
6 years ago

This is totally awesome! I agree with Deedee, it's another one of those feel-good and good to hear stories!! I love that they do this... I say changing the world one person at a time!! :)

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Mumzy
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Mumzy
6 years ago

nice.

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Humorme7
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Humorme7
6 years ago

a lot of pet owners could learn from this as well...kudos

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Acedogg2001
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Acedogg2001
6 years ago

It makes sense to use these types of cleaners so your pets do not get all the toxins in their system.

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

Kudos for going green!

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Mike H.
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Mike H.
6 years ago

Everyone doing their part helps the environment

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sheila f.
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sheila f.
6 years ago

Every little bit help....kudos to this business owner for putting the environment 1st over profits. We all need to be more like her.

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Nancy W.
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Nancy W.
6 years ago

Kudos to her for doing her homework to find green alternatives and put them into use.

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Brian D.
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Brian D.
6 years ago

I have been so careful where i put my cleaning supplies. I am also have child proofing my kitchen cabinets

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Ragdollkitties
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Ragdollkitties
5 years ago

We have our cleaning products in a cabinet that's locked with child-proof locks too. My cat knows how to open doors, so I had to find a way to protect them in the event that he opened the cabinet. Always better to be safe than sorry.

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Regsingleton
6 years ago

I totally agree with the direction Ms. Patel is taking. She's a visionary on every aspect of your dog and their well-being. I admire her for vision, tenacity and direction she is taking to make sure our animals are living in a safe environment. I have seen her interact with the dogs and she's a natural.

In watching the video you can see how she has the attention of all of the dogs the surrounds her with no effort. Dogs are very intuitive; watch them closely if you want to know about a person. I trusted and will continue to trust Ms. Patel with all of my girls and that's not an easy step for me because in the past I trust them with no-one. I fell that no-one can take care of them like I can until now.

When I was looking for somewhere to take my Gwen . . . one of the first things I asked was about the environment and Ms. Patel responded immediately without hesitation how she was a green environment and the tasks/processes she has in place. I was taken by surprised on items she was doing in which I never thought about. Ms. Patel has taught me a lot more about going green in which I have adopted in my personal life as well. We all have a responsibility and it only takes one person to get the ball rolling.

Thank you Ms. Patel for all that you continue to do!!!!!


Regina

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Corey A.
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Corey A.
6 years ago

I totally agree here. Ever since I became a parent, I have been going green and non-toxic as possible. My dog also benefits from it as well and my hopes are that the world will be an okay place to live for my daughter when I'm gone. Though it saddens me that her kids will never see polar bears ever. It is really a shame that we humans have single-handedly destroyed the very earth that gave us life. A lot of the pollution and environmental damage is the result of products to make our lives easier and simpler.

The thing that I am using now is called the Lotus sanitizing system that uses plain tap water. It adds an extra oxygen molecule which is unstable. You can use it to spray on things like toilets or anything with germs/bacteria/toxins and what happens is that the water instantly bonds with these toxins, then because they are unstable, they explode, thus destroying the toxin/germ at the same time. It is earth-friendly and super safe for kids, babies, and animals. I mean, I spray and wipe my bathroom counter with my fish right there and I don't worry about the spray going in the fishtank. The only thing is that it uses electricity to make the water supercharged. This isn't new technology, it has been used commercially for decades. I also use it to sanitize produce and also destroy salmonella on raw chicken. It can be used to sanitize baby toys and that kind of stuff too.

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Spongebrooke
6 years ago

awesome!

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Julie Kay S.
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Julie Kay S.
6 years ago

As I live through my sixth decade, reading "environmentalists" talking about what's good for the planet is amusing. How many of them brush their teeth with good old environmentally friendly baking soda? How many of them pull weeds in their yards rather than use chemicals? How many use [hydrogen] peroxide around the house rather than the latest marketing products?

Visit: www.using-hydrogen-peroxide.com and read a lot more about the benefits of hydrogen peroxide.

I've never used bleach, and while I don't run an animal shelter, with the inherent issues relating to parasites, odors, etc., my home is clean and safe for both Wiggles and me.

Peroxide and baking soda are household staples and healthful "old-timey" solutions to issues that today's youth may not recall from their grandparents or great-grandparents' time.

"Everything old is new again." Perhaps that saying is apropos (the "s" is silent) in today's return to the old ways by using what is now called "biodegradable." That's what we used to use when waxed paper and other paper products were used. Paper is biodegradable. The pulpwood from which most paper is made comes from softwood trees grown especially for paper. It doesn't come from "old growth timber," "the rainforest," etc. Such trees are a crop plant (trees are plants), and by recycling paper, we help ourselves, animals and plants.

One other thought, while I'm on this soapbox: Burning paper trash (usually in trash barrels) is forbidden in many places, said to be "environmentally degrading," yet "prescribed burns" and other "natural" fires appear to be all the rage with many current Forest Service and "not-for-profit" "environmental" organizations. Fire is fire. One of the byproducts of fire (like a volcanic eruption) is ash. Ash is a useful and beneficial, "earth-friendly" product used to keep weeds at bay, among many other applications.

So many basic products that our parents, grandparents, and/or great-grandparents used still hold true today. Naturally occurring products and compounds can be very good to use. I'm cheering this cyclical "return to sensibility!"

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Corey A.
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Corey A.
6 years ago

Doesn't it annoy you to see so many disposable products out there too? They just make it so that it is easy to use and toss and fill up our overflowing landfills even more. I wonder if maybe these companies that manufacture these disposable types of products should pay extra for the trash they make too. The more product they sell, the more trash it generates. Those toilet scrubbers, cleaning wipes, paper plates, cups, diapers,etc. Really, I guess these days people are too darn lazy to wash dishes or clean out diapers, and other things that take a bit more time and a lot more effort. We are such lazy people nowadays.

The amount of chemicals out there amazes me. It's no wonder why birth defects and autism are on the rise. I really think that they can't figure out the cause because it is a result of many different things.

In the end, it's going to bite us in the butt for all the bad things we do to this planet.

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Janet V.
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Janet V.
6 years ago

A very good article about going green.

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Kadiquilts
6 years ago

I use biodegradable "poop" bags, too....and am tryiing to use more 'green' cleaning products in my home. We are so used to using the products we have been brainwashed to use for years.....it will take some time, but I think more & more people are realizing the danger our planet is in! SO good and timely article Zootoo!

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Ragdollkitties
5 years ago

We also use biodegradable poop bags and kitty litter. I recently switched to green cleaning products for the kitchen and bathrooms. The biodegradable poop bags and kitty litter may cost a bit more, but I feel better knowing that I'm helping the environment.

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Merissa
6 years ago

So glad to see an article like this on zootoo. We used to use Swiffer Wet products all the time until we found out about the potential damaging effects to our pups. Since then we've tried to use/find/come up with the most natural and nontoxic products possible. It is better for our furry family, the planet, all of us. There are lots of recipes for homemade solutions containing vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, etc. There are also many "green products' besides Clorox's Greenworks such as Meyer's or Seventh generation. You just have to look for them and the labels. I think the our dogs appreciate fewer smelly chemicals, too. Again, great article!

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Flowerhead910
6 years ago

This is a great article. I think I'm a bit more concerned because I have birds and they can die because of teflon pans, candles and cleaning products.

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