Bella hoovers up any food in sight!
In a small town in the West of Ireland, online shopping is a lifesaver when it comes to pet paraphernalia! I try to shop local but when the only brands available in town are Whiskas and Pedigree, I head straight for google to look for alternatives. You do tend to get what you pay for in terms of pet food, and I’m a strong believer that quality ingredients, higher protein levels and less filler will always pay off in the long run. Not to mention cutting down on the ‘output’ in the yard or the litter box! While there isn’t quite the same level variety of brands and ingredients available here that I’m used to in Canada, it is possible to source a decent selection of products online, where you can also do plenty of research about the product in advance if you’re a dedicated food label nerd like myself! Bella is the classic greyhound garbage compacter and she will eat anything at all (I caught her sneaking a snack of out the ash bucket in a friend’s yard once) so it’s up to me to make sure that she gets the right type of food. Penny is a bit more selective, though she has taken to expecting a small dog treat whenever Bella gets one, and I have put her on food for sterilised cats after she was spayed so she wouldn’t gain extra weight.
Bella would agree with text from dog on this one
One item I searched for in local pet stores with very little success was biodegradable dog waste bags. In Vancouver, you would be hard pressed to find any dog bags that AREN’T biodegradable, so I was surprised to say the least. There is really no need to preserve Bella’s ‘presents’ to me in a landfill for the next hundred years or so! I did manage to find an online shop in Dublin that sells a great product made of corn that breaks down in a compost within about 40 days, and I’m never without one or two of them on my person at any given time…
You may not NEED a reindeer hat for your greyhound, but that doesn’t stop you from wanting one!
There are also many fun things you can find for pets online, sometimes far, far too many of them, so I have to control myself when faced with the lethal combination of a credit card and an internet connection. Greyhounds do in fact NEED some special accessories, including coats for wet and cold days, as well as a martingale collar that tightens when pulled, as their narrow heads can slip out of a flat collar far too easily. There are some great small business owners creating beautiful and unique coats and collars for greyhounds, and they often donate a percentage of their proceeds to animal charities, so I try to support them whenever I can.
Here is a list of useful websites for pet products I have discovered so far:
Biodegradable Dog Bags