Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Green Solar Energy Provides a Warm Bath on a Cool Day AND Organic Journey Online Founds Adopt a Dog Park

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko

Solar Energy for a Warm Bath

Brrr! It's a chilly day and I need to bathe the dogs. Tanner just finished his turn and was kind enough to pose, all wet, for you. Fortunately here in Florida, chilly isn't as bad as it would be in, say, Chicago. I can still do it outside, and have warm water to do it. How? I use the greenest water heater available: solar power. It's easy. I take a kiddie bathtub outside in the morning and place it in the sun, in a location that is suitable for bath time. I fill it half full of water. By 2-3 p.m. the water has warmed to a toasty temperature, and bath time can be a pleasant experience for my pups.

Solar energy can work its magic, even in cooler weather. As long as the sun is out, the water will warm up. Your dog may not enjoy an outdoor bath if you live in Chicago, but warm water could be useful for other jobs, like washing a car or scrubbing the outdoor furniture. Who am I kidding? You northerners probably don't do that sort of thing in February, huh? Oh well. I'll stick to the South where I belong. Feel free to tease me in a COMMENT if you like. I deserve it.

Today's website offering is a surprise of sorts. I've been thinking about getting some kind of grass roots thing going to help keep our dog parks clean. With shrinking government budgets, money won't exactly be flowing to park care now, will it? So, I went to Care 2, a green and social action network, and set up an Eco-social action group called Adopt a Dog Park.

If you are a dog lover who enjoys visiting the dog park, you can visit my site, and even join if you like. There you will find photos of my dogs at the bottom in the Shares section, a few words about adopting your own local dog park, and a place to offer your comments, thoughts and ideas. You can even post your own dog park photos. Joining is free, and my only goal here is to encourage others to help take care of our dog parks. How you do that is up to you. I suppose that's what the discussion forums are for--exchanging ideas and such.

Next, I got really gutsy and looked up all the National Awareness "days," "weeks," and "months." I discovered that there aren't any special awareness dates for keeping dog parks clean, so I created one. A bit crazy, I know, but I was in the mood to make a difference and feeling a bit like Rambo. So here it is: National Clean Dog Park Awareness Week is the first full week of Spring, March 22-28.
I'm not done yet. On a roll, I decided I needed to have my own website, one where I could list dog parks that have been adopted and provide ideas on getting an adoption started in your area. Maybe this wasn't necessary, but it was part of my vision, so off I went to Google sites to set it up. I had no clue what I was doing, but, considering that, it didn't turn out too bad. I hope you'll visit this site at Adopt a Dog Park to see my simple creation and envision your own dog park listed at the left just underneath my listing, with your dog's photo shared on the page. I would love for yours to be the next dog park on my list. As you'll learn at the bottom of the webpage, Adopt a Dog Park has its own e-mail: I'd love to hear from you with ideas, questions, or perhaps some technical assistance. I'm SO out of my league!
Spread the word. Someday this will be big. I can see Clifford the big red dog making appearances at dog parks all over the country and big celebrations occurring at every dog park. Photos, costumes, doggie treats, bobbing for dog bones, and free samples of all the best organic dog foods will all be available. Can you see it? If you're with me on this goal, make a poster and put it up at your dog park in March. Tell your dog park friends. Let visitors know about our new holiday. Xena, Tanner and Oliver will be at the Doctor's Dog Park on March 22 to kick it off. I hope to hear from some of you that have adopted a park near your home--a place your dog can call his own.
I have a pillow on my bed that says: "The dog and his housekeeping staff sleep here". Sounds rather like a dog owner who cleans up after his dog, and I suppose that's what I'm proposing here. See you at the park!

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