A/V Fridays – STAY Book Trailer & Green Dog Tips

Posted on June 11, 2010 by Allie

Okay, so admittedly, the book trailer for STAY has nothing to do with being green. But since STAY is my first novel and I’m super excited, I hope you’ll allow me to veer a little.

And, to make it up to you, here are some things I do to lower Argo & Stella’s carbon footprint:

  • Look for quality dog food that comes packaged in paper, not plastic.  I feed Stella and Argo Newman’s Own Organics, and love that it’s plastic free.
  • Look for plastic free or low plastic options for leashes and collars when you need new ones, but don’t buy them new ones until you need to.  Argo and Stella both wear hemp martingale collars from EarthDog. There’s only one small piece of plastic on the collar, and they are amazingly durable.  Argo has had his collar since 2007, and Stella has had hers since November 2008.  Neither show any signs of wearing out anytime soon.
  • Clean up after your dog, and dispose of the waste properly.  Composting and doggie septic systems may not be the best option, especially if you live in a colder climate, where the waste may not heat up enough to kill water contaminating bacteria and parasites.  This website has a lot of advice for dealing with pet waste.   Unfortunately, bagging and placing in the trash may be the best option for waste.  And if you do compost pet waste anyway, do not use that compost on food crops.
  • Keep your lawn chemical-free.  Dogs eat grass and love to roll around on a freshly mowed lawn.  Make your lawn as safe as possible for them.


  1. Congratulations on the book release! I’ll be going to the bookstore tonight to grab a copy – and hopefully get you to sign it!

    June 11th, 2010 at 2:43 pm
    Comment by Michelle
  2. Congratulations!

    I make Blitzkrieg’s treats. That way I know exactly what’s in them.

    June 11th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    Comment by Condo Blues
  3. Thank you so much!!!

    June 13th, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    Comment by Allie
  4. Those dog collars are so cute!

    June 15th, 2010 at 11:41 am
    Comment by The Modern Gal

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