Welcome to A Pet’s Tale! Every other month I will answer your pet questions right here in the pages of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine. As an avid pet lover (I currently have three pets and they are my babies) and long-time team member at Soldan’s Pet Supplies, I am excited to share my expertise with other pet lovers. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Q. Although the days are getting longer, I still worry about drivers being able to see my dog and I as we walk through the neighborhood. Can you recommend any products to help us be seen? A. There are many different things you can use in order to be seen in the dark. I use several myself! I keep a flashing light on my dog’s collar that I turn on every time we are going outside at night. Not only will this help him be seen by drivers, but if he is in the yard, I can see where he is at all times. This light can be solid or it can be flashing. You can also get things that go on the entire collar that light up solid or blink. There are also many different types of collars and leashes that are reflective, so they will “light up” when car lights hit them. Using the two together would be a great combination and would be extremely helpful. Q. With April being Earth month, I’m thinking green. What green pet products should I look into? A. We are always thinking green when it comes to our products. Here are a few of my favorites. Earthborn dog and cat food has a program called UPCs for trees. UPCs sent in from the customer go toward planting new trees. So far, Earthborn has planted 233,396 trees with the help of customers like you! If you are more of a cat person, Fresh & Natural cat litter is also committed to being an earth-friendly company. Their “landscape reclamation programs” strive to be just that. After they have harvested their clay for the litter, the topsoil is then replaced and reseeded with native pasture grasses. Earth Rated poop pick up bags are a great way to pick up after your pooch. These bio-degradable bags are great for the environment, while still being strong. In need of a new collar or leash? Check out Earth New Soy dog and cat collars. The soy fibers that go into making these collars are the by-product of food manufacturing, so there is little waste. Not only does it make a very soft, “cashmere” like fabric, but they are also very durable.
Meg (Margaret) Bashore is a store manager at Soldan's Pet Supplies. Born and raised in Lansing, she has worked at Soldan's for 10 years and loves it. She is a new mom to a beautiful baby boy, as well as a mom to some four-legged kids - two dogs - Toby, a Jack Russell mix who is about 6 years old and Bruiser, an American Pit Bull Terrier who is 3 and one cat, Steve, who is 4 years old.