How you and your pet can help the environment

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These days, most people are at least beginning to make a conscious effort to reduce their environmental footprint.  Pet owners are also trying to keep their pet’s paw prints light as well and fortunately, environmentally friendly pet supplies are becoming more and more readily available.  Eco-friendly pet supplies help keep your pet happier and healthier while improving the overall health of your household.

Statistics show that at least 62% of all US households include at least one pet. That breaks down to about 71.4 million homes. With the overwhelming interest in environmentally responsible pet products, manufacturers have listened to the consumers and eco-friendly pet merchandise is becoming big business.  For 2010, it estimated that $47.7 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S.

Below is a list of products currently offered by The Mom & Paw Shop that will help you become greener pet owner.


Biodegradable Doggie Litter Bags

Business Bags with Bio-Degradable Bags

If you are a dog owner looking for environmentally friendly pet supplies consider purchasing biodegradable doggie litter bags.  If you clean up after our dogs using a plastic bag it will take decades for the plastic to breakdown.  However, the biodegradable option will decompose in only 18 months.  All of our poop bags are 100% degradable and we offer a selection of stylish bag dispensers as well (see left).  You can purchase these products from our online store by clicking here


Eco-Friendly Pet Beds

West Paw Designs' Organic Bumper Beds

The Mom & Paw Shop carries a large selection of eco-friendly pet beds.  Don’t worry, you can buy your dog or cat an eco-friendly bed without sacrificing comfort.  The bed shown above is the Organic Bumper Bed® made from West Paw Designs.  The Organic Bumper Bed® is made with a removable organic cotton cover, helping our Earth by reducing the amount of chemicals we put into the ground. The cushion used on the inside of the bed is made from 100% recycled IntelliLoft™, which was previously plastic soda bottles.  All of the West Paw Designs’ pet beds that we carry are made from recycled plastic bottles.  Since 2006, West Paw claims they have helped divert more than 4.03 million plastic bottles from landfills.

We also carry the Eco+ line pet beds from Bowsers Pet Products.  These beds are made from organic natural hemp fabrics as well as “Eco-Tech” fleece made from post consumer recycled soda bottles.  We are continually adding these products to our website so if you don’t see what you want, please let us know and we’ll be happy to order for you.

Remember…recycling is a cyclical process.  In order for it to work, consumers must buy products made from recycled materials!



Planet Dog's Orbee-Tuff Orbee Ball

In addition to buying toys made from recycled materials, buying durable, long lasting toys will allow you to consume less which, in turn, reduces your impact on the environment.  The Mom & Paw Shop specializes in durable toys but we also carry a growing selection of toys made from recycled materials.  Planet Dog and West Paw Designs seem to be leading the way in providing Eco-Friendly dog toys so look for these brands when visiting our toy section.  You can also read more about these brands by reading the “Looking for a long lasting, durable dog toy?” blog.


Organic Catnip

West Paw Designs' Barn Mouse

And let’s not forget about the cats!  Organically grown catnips avoid the use of dangerous chemicals and pesticides helping protect our environment and promoting sustainable agriculture practices. Your cat and the environment will appreciate organic catnip.


Collars and Leashes

There are a number of eco friendly options for collars and leashes that are stylish and durable. Recycled rubber collars are one example of an eco friendly option. They come in a variety of collars, have a look similar to leather, are waterproof and can stand up to your animal chewing at them.

Collars,  leashes, and harnesses made from hemp is another environmentally friendly option for your pet.  Hemp is a sustainable crop that does not require chemicals or pesticides to grow.  Hemp collars and leashes come in a variety of styles and collars and are extremely durable.

There’s no end to the types of products that can be made from recycled materials.  In addition to the items above, The Mom & Paw Shop carries dog bowl placemats and doormats  from Bowsers Pet Products that are made from recycled rubber tires. 

Although we are still a new company, we realize the importance of providing Eco-Friendly pet products to our customers and will continue to expand our selection so we can do our part in providing a greener planet for our pets to enjoy with us.


Looking for a long lasting, durable dog toy?

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As an owner of a pet supply store, I’m constantly being asked the question, “Will my dog chew this up?”  

While there are many great, long lasting, and durable chew toys out there, pet owners should be aware that there is no such thing as an “indestructible” dog toy.  Just as we supervise our babies while they are playing with toys, our canine kids should be supervised while playing with their toys as well.

I’ve spent many hours researching the highest rated chew toys on the market, and I’ve selected a group of toys that I like the best.  In addition to their overall toughness, I also factored in price, environmental impacts, and aesthetics (after all, the toy should be as “cute” as possible).  Below is a summary (in no particular order) of my toy selection, all of which are available on my website.

West Paw Zogoflex Toys

West Paw Design® 

Hand-crafted in the heart of Big Sky Country, West Paw Design® makes a variety of products including cat toys, dog beds, dog sweaters and jackets, and interactive dog toys as well as soft plush toys.  But they’re best known for their line of durable dog toys for aggressive chewers.  These toys are made from the one-of-a-kind Zogoflex® material which is a super durable, extremely pliable material that’s tough, buoyant, non-toxic, and guaranteed to last!  The other cool part about these toys is they are 100% recyclable and create virtually no waste during the manufacturing process.  This incredible high-tech material is used to make the HuckHurley®Tux®, Būmi® and Zisc® all of which are available at The Mom and Paw Shop.

Tuffy® Toys

Tuffy's "Captain Kurklops"

This manufacturer claims these toys are “The World’s “Tuff”est Soft Dog Toy,” and they certainly go the distance to ensure their “Tuff”ness.  Tuffy’s® are extremely durable toys made with one layer of soft fleece, two layers of industrial- grade luggage material, and one layer of plastic coating in the middle.  The layers are assembled with seven rows of stitching.  Four seams hold the product together and then a layer of material is added to cover the assembly stitching, then three more seams are added.  The toys are stuffed with safe, non-toxic fiber and a protective pouch around each squeaker.  Each toy comes with a numbered rating based on their “Tuff” scale, with one being the weakest and ten being the toughest.  Along with the high quality of their design, my favorite thing about these toys is the overall attractiveness of each toy.  To see our selection of Tuffy® Toys, click here.

Mighty® Toys

Mighty Toys' Wooly Mammoth - "Woody"

VIP Products says Mighty® Toys “Rethink Durability”.  The durability of these toys is created with multiple layers of flexible materials that move with the dog’s teeth instead of tearing.  The Mighty toys have no hard edges which often times promote chewing.  The toys are made with two layers of material, including a layer of industrial- strength luggage material and four rows of stitching.  Similar to the Tuffy® Toys, each toy comes with a numbered rating based on the “Dura” Scale, with one being the weakest and ten being the strongest.  I gave my Newfoundland puppy “Sandy” Seal6 months ago, and she has yet to chew it up.  The toys we carry at  The Mom and Paw Shop are our favorite form the Mighty® Toys series.

Planet Dog

Planet Dog Cosmos

Some consider Planet Dog as the industry’s leading socially responsible, values-based design. The toys are made with the Orbee Tuff® material and are extremely durable, buoyant, bouncy, minty, recyclable, non-toxic and, best of all, 100% guaranteed.  Each toy comes with at Treat Spot™ for hiding a healthy treat and their Chew-o-meter will help you determine what toy to buy.  Two percent of all of their proceeds go to fund the Planet Dog Foundation, and 100% of proceeds from their Glow for Good Ball go to the same cause.  My favorite Planet Dog Toy is the Cosmo.  My Newfoundland has had this toy for months, and it has yet to get even a tooth mark on it.  Click here to see our line of Planet Dog toys.

Premier Busy Buddy®

Premier Busy Buddy - Kibble Nibble

To quote Premier, “The Busy Buddy® line of treat dispensing chew toys are designed to keep your pet busy with good things to chew.  Each Busy Buddy toy is made with a different and unique chewing experience in mind and helps redirect potentially destructive chewing behavior into positive playtime.”  The strongest of these toys are the Kibble Nibble, Squirrel Dude, and Bristle Bone.


Kong Puppy Squeakers

Kong has become legendary in the “strong” chew toy industry.  These durable rubber toys with holes in both ends now come in many styles and colors.  Red is the “traditional” (and most popular) while black is the “extra tough”.  They are dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe, allowing you to stuff them with all kinds of goodies to keep your pups occupied.   The Puppy Kongs come with a squeaker.

Go Dog

Go Dog Dragon w/Chew Guard

 Go Dog’s™ line of fun toys are perfect for all breeds and sizes of dogs. They make excellent toys for great big guys as well as the tiny guys… no discrimination! Some of their products come with the Chew Guard Technology which is constructed with a durable liner to provide a tougher soft toy.  These toys are extremely cute, but I wouldn’t say they are as tough as the toys listed above.