“It's just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn't it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
Having four dogs, I can attest to the joys of sharing a home with them. They’re always happy to see me, and they’re always cuddly, affectionate and silly. It’s not likely that I’ll ever be dog-less, as I enjoy so much the daily activities I share with my four.
One of our routine activities is to take at least one daily walk. This will be especially pleasant in the beautiful fall weather we are looking forward to here in Eastern PA. The air smells of fireplaces, leaves and cold – and the dogs thoroughly enjoy taking in all of these scents. As a business owner, I have used these bags repeatedly and tested them to the max. I've also advised the product to many of our clients who now use them as well. Picking up poop is not the glamorous part of my job. Picking up poop with a flimsy bag is just asking for poo-in-bare-hand as we call it...and it has happened with cheaper bags.
The entire experience is rather pleasant…until it comes time to clean up after them. There’s nothing really enjoyable about picking up dog poop, but it’s a task that needs to be done. Earth Rated sent me an adorable press kit some time ago, filled with attractively packaged products to try out. Seriously, the little dog on the package is leaping over leaves and he is really, really cute. The first thing I noticed about the entire package was that it smelled like lavender. It’s a pleasant, non-artificial smelling scent. I took a roll of bags, placed them in the dispenser and I was on my way. When it was time to use them, they unrolled smoothly, and I enjoyed the fact that the bag was much longer and taller than other poop bags I’ve used. This keeps my sleeves out of the mess. The lavender scent definitely cut down on the poop smell while we continued our walk. A nifty bonus: there is a clip on the back of the dispenser to hang your poop bag on when you’ve completed your poop-picking-up mission. Something else I really liked about the dispenser was that it came with a perfectly sized carabiner clip at the top, making it really easy to attach to my leash and remove to reattach somewhere else, like a different leash or a belt loop. I have other dispensers that use a different kind of plastic clip that is a total inconvenience to move and switch. Lastly, it’s a really pretty olive green (my favorite color!).
They’ve really thought of everything at Earth Rated. The bags come in a form that contains an EPI additive, and also a vegetable-based form. I tried both, and liked them equally. They have a 100% recycled paper core, which is a perfect alternative to the regular plastic core in most rolls of poop bags. They also offer bags with handles, which are perfect for scooping kitty litter, cleaning out a critter cage, or even bagging weeds pulled from the garden. I've even used them to collect seeds while on walks from plants and flowers I really liked. I don’t think I could say enough good things about these bags – I really, really loved them!
If you’re a pet owner, these bags are a must! Check their website to find out where to buy in your area or order from the amazing Amazon.com and choose from a huge selection of Earth Rated products. Local to Lansdale, PA I have seen them sold at Pet Valu in Hatfield, and Dog Town in Colmar. Follow them on Twitter to check out their current contests, on Facebook for updates and promotions, and Pinterest for some very cute pins.