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Make the pet-planet connection

You care about your pet. You care about the environment. You want to make informed decisions when it comes to involving your furry or feathered family members in your mission to live more lightly on the planet. But how do you know if you're providing for your pet in a way that will leave the Earth as resource-rich as it was before you acquired your dog, cat, or bird?

This book gives you all the information you need to understand sustainability as a pet owner and arms you with the know-how to make the best choices for your pet and the environment. You'll get a list of the best available options for:

  • Choosing pet food (and decoding labels)

  • Purchasing green pet equipment and toys

  • Disposing of pet waste responsibly

  • Pets and household health

  • And more

Thoroughly researched and packed with realistic guidelines for putting ideas into practice, Pets and the Planet is a virtual road map for sustainable pet parenthood.

About the Author

Carol Frischmann is the author of two books and many articles about animals and nature. As a zoo educator, wildlife rehabilitator, and science teacher, she has been lecturing to the public about pets and wildlife for more than twenty years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470275731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470275733
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,492,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the day Carol Frischmann learned to crawl, the family Doberman pinscher gripped her diapers with his teeth to prevent her tumble down a flight of stairs. Ever since, Carol, now a writer and educator, has been repaying her debt to creatures that fly, run, or slither on their bellies.

Carol has shared her love of nature as a high school science teacher, zoo lady, Audubon volunteer, and as a writer for magazines and newspapers.Graduated from Duke University with a degree in Science Education, Carol's website ThisWildLife.com is a news affiliate for Oregon Live, The Oregonian newspaper's web presence.

Books Carol has recently authored for TFH Publications that should go to press in 2013 include Pets 101: Cockatiels, Dogs 101: Dachshunds, and Doglife: Poodles.
A grumpy African Gray parrot and dog visitors of all sorts closely supervise Carol's work in her Portland, Oregon office.

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What perfect timing for the release of this well-researched, thought-provoking guide. President Obama has recently acknowledged the dangers of global warming for the planet. April is the month of Earth Day. Frischmann is way ahead of the curve. Did you know clay kitty litter comes to us via strip-mining? That toxic materials recently discovered in children's toys extend to pet toys? Whether it's a listing of indoor plants toxic to your pets or a discussion of the future of pets and public transportation, Frischmann explores it all. This book is a must-read for all veterinarians, pet store employees, pet owners and anyone considering owning a pet. Our decisions, including our decisions for our pets, do make a difference.
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I recommend this book to all pet owners who want to be eco-friendly with their pet. Includes topics like "greenwashing", Pets and product labeling, How do pets affect the environment, green pet equipment and toys just to name a few. Great book to add to your collection and to refer back from time to time.
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With all the talk and hype that urges us to "go green" it is easy to get mired in the details. What this book has done is streamline all the information and gives it to us in a succinct and clearly outlined manner.

Though the author even helps readers choose the right pet, we already own our dog - but that didn't matter. We were still able to learn about foods, and what's best not only for the environment, but our pup as well; what toys are "green" (who knew?) and even how to dispose of his waste with the least amount of impact on the environment.

The "Take Action" section is great as a learning tool for parents and/or teachers.

The indepth research is impressive throughout this handy little toolkit of a book. It's one that no pet household should be without!
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Frischmann's book tackles the important, but often overlooked discussed subject of how pet ownership affects the environment. It provides information about pet ownership impacts, and great ideas for how to alleviate them. Best of all the author compares the various options pet owners have when making choices.

Thoughtful and fully researched, Pets and the Planet is brimming with great ideas on how to provide better care for your non-human family members without adversely impacting the environment. There are many more environmental considerations of owning pets here than most people realize exist--that makes this book a must read for every pet owner.
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