It was a happy day two weeks ago when we welcomed our new fur-baby into our family! My husband and I had talked about adopting a dog for years, but had delayed because we wanted to be good pet parents. With both of us out of the house for 8 to 12 hours a day, it just seemed unfair to have a dog sit by him/herself for such long stretches. Our reluctance was increased by our desire to travel in retirement; so we never took action on our wish.
Fast forward to Covid-19. Both of us are now fully retired. Our travel plans are, sadly, on hold until at least 2021. So….it was a perfect time to adopt!
Having this not-so-little being in our home has been a delight. Oliver is (we think) about 18 months old and weighs 75 pounds. And man, does this doggie generate a LOT OF WASTE! Dog food cans and bags can be recycled, but what about – you guessed it – all of that POOP! Holy guacamole, I had no idea!!!
So here is what I have learned so far:
If this is too much, there is a system called Doggy Dooley that is it’s own little mini septic system. It requires digging a 4 foot hole and also needs well drained soil. I may try this if the composting is too disgusting.
I am just starting the poop composting experiment today because the compost is ready to roll. The composter is far away from the house, so that’s good. If this doesn’t work out, I’ll try the Doggy Dooley. I’ll let you know how all of this turns out!
I can’t believe it has been over a month since I have posted. The Covid-19 lockdown that we have been living here in California has really knocked the stuffing out of me. Every time I go to the grocery store (the one close by my house that has “senior hours” and wide aisles) and I buy non-organic produce, I feel like I am living a lie. When I use the store’s plastic grocery bags, my soul dies a little (even though I am saving them rather than putting them in the trash). It has been definitely harder living the life I espouse and aspire to.
So, after taking a deep breath, I have decided that it is time to start walking the walk again. Now that I am no longer fearing life altering food shortages or the complete collapse of all our essential infrastructures, it’s time to step back up to the plate.
So I’m going to start by sharing on Facebook the websites, blogs and articles that I have been reading that speak to ongoing efforts to restore our environment and live more eco-conscious lives.
I read somewhere that we’re all in this together, but we are all in very different boats. I think we all need to do what we can reasonably do in these very strange times; just try our best.
3 weeks ago, while walking on Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, I was approached by a young woman and 2 camera men. She asked me if I would consent to be interviewed for SinoTV about current affairs. My first thought, being the high-minded person I am was, “But I’m not wearing make up!”. Once we moved beyond that, the woman began asking me questions about Corona virus, and ended by asking me if I had a message for the people of China. Feeling the weight of responsibility speaking for all the people of the United States, I said something inane about hoping everyone would feel better soon, and hoping they were able to get the care they needed. I still feel pretty stupid about that experience, but I do want to share what that experience and this whole Corona virus situation has reinforced for me.
We got Trouble! Right here in River City! With a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for PLASTIC!!!
Did anyone guess when plastic first came into general use what an environmental disaster it would become? Who would have anticipated it? Plastic was truly a boon to our civilization, helping with all aspects of our lives and the economy. Space travel, advances in medicine - you name it, plastic was a part of it. It has become a necessary part of our lives.