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#1 Make Your Own Toys

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#2 Dreaming in Green

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#4 Repurpose Those Plastic Grocery Bags

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#5 Share the Hippiness With Your Dog – Go Organic

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3. Natural Pet Food is Not the Same as Gluten Free

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Though the mistake can often be made with pet foods just as easily as with our foods, diets labeled as “natural” do not automatically make them gluten free. If you feel this is important attribute for your pet’s diet, then...

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2. Natural Pet Food Should Be Balanced

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In order for your dog or cat to remain healthy they need a diet that is complete and balanced. There are six basic nutrient groups that need to be present in your pet’s diet: protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. Each...

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1. The Definition of ‘Natural’

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TheAssociation of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which makes recommendations for laws regulating pet food, defines natural ingredients as those “derived from plant, animal or mined, unprocessed or subject to physical, heat, rendering,...

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2. Blankets/Towels

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6. Time

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5. Money

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4. Pet Toys

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3. Pet Food

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1. Crates

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