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Paws on Plastic

Barking Bags are joining the band of responsible dog owners who are part of Paws on Plastic, all doing their bit to clean up the environment. So what is Paws on Plastic? Paws on Plastic is a non-profit Facebook group with the soul focus to help combat the ever-going issue of plastic waste. The beauty is in the simplicity of the idea. While out for your daily walks you’re encouraged to pick up a couple of pieces of plastic when ITS SAFE TO DO SO and, then to recycle it. How did Paws on Plastic all begin? Paws on Plastic started with a small group on Facebook in Stonehaven, Scotland. It’s now become a worldwide group with over 16,000 members...

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Accommodation For Pets - All You Need To Know

Did you know the Law has changed? Have you found it difficult to find pet friendly accommodation? Is this applied to you, you are not alone. According to a recent survey by the Dogs Trust, 78% of pet owners have had trouble finding accommodation which accepts pets. Heart breaking, isn’t it? We all know that pets become more than just a pet, they are part of the family. This is why we have some amazing news that could help you now and the future…  Did you know the laws have changed recently regarding pets in rented accommodation? From 28th January 2021 the law changed now making it easier for you to move with your pets; under the new Model Tenancy Agreement,...

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Dogs and chocolate don’t mix

Easter is a time for celebration in many cultures across the globe but here in the UK it can be a dangerous time for our pooches with all that chocolate and hot cross buns full of raisins, both of which can make your dog extremely ill. Can dogs eat chocolate? Many dogs have a sweet tooth and love the delicious taste of chocolate but it is poisonous for them and could make them very unwell and, if eaten in large enough quantity, could prove fatal. Why is chocolate so dangerous? Chocolate contains a toxic ingredient called theobromine (a bit like caffeine). Dogs are unable to break this down, or metabolise, theobromine and it can do serious harm. Dark chocolate is...

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Could this be the last word on poo?

So…  we know dog waste is an emotive issue, can cause problems for wildlife and be a blight on the landscape. We know that it can alienate dog owners from their community and costs an enormous amount of time and resource to dispose of safely, so what can be done about it and are there ways of making the disposal easier and less environmentally damaging? This is what we have uncovered… Is there a green alternative?Let’s face it, owning a dog brings with it environmental questions. There’s the extra consumption required to feed (and sometimes) clothe them. There’s the increased material consumption (OK I have bought an excessive amount of dog toys and blankets) and then there’s the poo. But...

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Talking about poo again

Dog waste – the factsThere is a lot of poo out there According to the PDSA in February 2020, 24% of the UK adult population now have a dog. We know that dogs bring all sorts of social and health benefits, but we need to get on top of the problem of dog waste if we aren’t going to alienate people in our communities. Even before the boom in dog ownership, estimates suggested that there were over eight million dogs in the UK. That’s a lot of dogs! Unfortunately, that’s also a lot of poo – over 1,000 tonnes EVERY day. Speaking during a Government debate in 2017, MP Anne Main called for a ‘pragmatic poo strategy’, suggesting the amount of dog excrement produced...

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