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The Wee factory

Where have we been?   Wouldn’t we like to know!      Wanted to give you a quick update and let everyone know we will be starting to blog a bit more now that the hard work is close to being done.

Since May we have been working to create the greenest most recycled and reclaimed Wee factory we can build and it is into the final stretches.      When we decided to start Farm Dog we made a choice not to take out loans and take on any unnecessary debt when we finally grew out of our kitchen.  That time has come!   To raise funds for building materials we have been selling a bit here and a bit there,  Ebaying everything we can get our hands on, using money from our other businesses (I do holistic kennel free dog boarding  almosthomepetfarm.com  and  Lynn has a self-service dog wash and natural dog food store) and going to every used building supplier we can find. Craigslist has been great for finding used windows, lumber and flooring.    The electrician was the most expensive bill to belly up so far $2,300. Yikes.    We purchased recycled newspaper insulation and blew it in the ceiling which was great because I am allergic to the normal kind so this was actually a fun experience.   We have done all the labor ourselves except for the ceiling mud and taping and as said before the electricity.   I didn’t want to die so soon.    However, in the realm of girl power I will be installing the track lighting and exhaust fan.    To date all we have left is to sand and finish the floor with a zero VOC coating and put of the walls and shelving.     I am sweating are you?   One of the coolest parts of adding a Wee factory on to my home is that we were able to take the cedar siding off the back of our house and reuse it to create the exterior for Farm Dog!    So that is the Wee factory update.

Front of Farm Dog Building

The outside of Farm Dog

These are our salvaged windows!

A partial view of the inside of the Wee Factory

On another note…   Sustainable packaging.    This has been the hardest facet of creating a sustainable company.   When you can’t order 10,000 pieces of an item or pay to have something custom-made it really narrows your choices.   Also, when you exclude buying packaging from overseas like we have you feel naked and out in the cold.   But to all of you that are starting up your own companies and get to the area of packaging don’t despair…you just have to be patient and keep looking.

We are debuting our Urine and floor cleaner soon and have been working on its packaging for about a year now finally deciding to go with a 24 ounce recycled milk bottle made in Pennsylvania, a pre-cycled trigger sprayer that will last ( I have been testing it at my house and I am in love with how well it works every time)    The cool thing is that you only have to buy the sprayer & bottle once and then we offer a refill concentrate.  The refill bottle is also pre-cycled from  white milk glass that was headed for the landfill.   Farm Dog takes all of it’s packaging back for reuse.  So when you purchase our cleaner don’t throw the refill bottles away!  We will take them back if you are not going to use them again.    However, our refill bottles are so cute you will want to keep them for other uses.  Our cleaner is extremely non-toxic and all you have to do is wash the container out with hot water and soap and it will rinse clean.

Well that is it for now…  thank you for all of your support.   Check out our new website and let us know what you think.

www.farmdogonline.com and help us spread the word about products and making a sustainable future for everyone and our furry friends.

The Right To Dry.

On my last trip to Ireland I noticed that finding a place to wash and dry my clothes was like finding a place to park in New York City.    We went from village to village asking about laundry services and nothing.    We  asked the owner of our B&B what was up.   Dryers were very rare.  She said she would be happy to put our laundry in the washer but they would have to line dry because she didn’t have a clothes dryer and never planned on getting one.  I said brillant!   Our clothes smelled so fresh saturated with sea air that I thought I had died and went to the green emerald in the sky.

Needless to say, we have been using our own clothes line ever since and only use our dryer when it is really cold out.   Risky you say?   No way.  All you need is a few tips to get soft laundry and great smelling clothes.

Number One.

Let the wind do the work.   It is not the Sun that gets your clothes dry  it is the wind.  In fact,  direct sun makes your clothes crispier.   Shady spots are great for clothes lines.

Number Two.

Add 1/4 white vinegar to the rinse cycle and if you can take them out about a minute before the spin cycle ends.   A bit more water makes for softer clothes on the line.

Number Three.

Watch the soap!   It is recommended that you use half the amount of soap that the bottle or box says to use.   This will cut down on soap residue that is left behind on your wash and decrease laundry stiffness.

Number Four.

Give your jeans, shirts and towels a strong shake out or a snap before hanging them.   Hang your jeans  by the pantleg ends and shirts from the bottom.   Pin up your towels by both ends  so that the fold is in the middle.  This way the wind can go through the middle of the towel and fluff them up.  Do the same for sheets and pillow cases.

A note about detergents: Avoid mainstream laundry soaps and dryer sheets.   Use natural plant based soaps and powders like Seventh Generation, Ecos, and Method.    Dogs end up at the vet all year long with unknown rashes chemically laden detergents and fabric softeners.   Sadly most of them end up on antibiotics and steriods to deal with the problem when all their owners have to do is stop using the products that are made by the big companies “that you can trust”  Right!

Energy Savings

Using a clothesline can save you 5-10% on your energy costs per year.  Wow!   As a nation that savings would put alot more green in our environment and make our dryers last ten times as long.

The Right To Dry

Home associations and some cities have outlawed clotheslines because they are seen as an eyesore.    I believe it to be a right to be able to dry your clothes outside if you want to.   People can make rules about how the line should look all they want but to outlaw them completly?  Give me a break.  First your lawn and now the drying of clothes.   Americas obsession with how their little plot of land looks has went a bit too far.  We are the largest user of fossil fuels on the planet.   For this reason alone I challenge everyone to rethink what really matters in life and hang out your clothes.   If you live in an area where their is a ban, join LaundryList.org and join the fight for your right to hang out where  you want to.

To get in on the clothesline movement check out LaundryList.org

Laundry List is a great way to get involved one piece of clothing at a time…get hanging!

When you see this...is it true?

My favorite Environmental go to Earth911.com talked today about the word Recycle.   What does that mean?   To make it simple (what Farm Dog is all about): Recycle means processing a new material back into a raw ingredient where as Reuse means that you don’t have to process the material to use it for the same thing or something different.

So many materials can be recycled but that is not always enough.   Why?   Because Recycling is a business and those businesses have to look at the cost of recycling that material and the demand for it on the consumer end.    Recycling success also depends on where you live.

The best thing to do is check with your local recycling center and ask them what products they do and don’t accept.

Earth911 is a great resource to find out everything you need to know about recycling!

Here is a link to the basics of recycling.    http://earth911.com/recycling/the-basics/

Farm Dog Biscuits are hanging out with the celebs on People Magazine’s Pets Website.  Check it out.  http://www.peoplepets.com/style

The Big Fresh Biscuit

Love these minty fresh biscuits

This is a list of locations throughout Tennessee that carry at least one type of good food.
Note:  Petco: Petco only has three foods that we know of that are on our list.  Solid Gold, Dick Van Patton’s Natural Balance, and Canidae.

All Pet Supermarket: Dick Van Patton’s Natural Balance only.

TRACTOR’S SUPPLY: Food: Taste of the Wild.  A great food that is grain free.  Call before you go to see if they are carrying it.   Tractorssupply.com

Nashville:
Dizzys Dog Wash
512 Heather Place
Nashville, Tn
615-463-7338
Wags and Whiskers
1008 Forrest Avenue,
Nashville, TN 37206
Happy Retales
Brentwood
101 Creekside Crossing, Suite 700
Brentwood, Tn
615-309-1835
Nashville Pet Products
Locations: Nashville,
Hermitage, Bellevue, Franklin
Check website for details.
www.nashvillepetproducts.com
This location also sell many of the foods that negatively affect your dog so be careful.

The Produce Place

Solid Gold Brands
4000 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 383-2664

Whole Foods Nashville
Solid Gold
365 Holistic not the regular
most of their brands are not approved read ingredients and feel free to email Whole Foods to let them know they should have the same standards for pet food that they do for the foods that they sell!

The Dog Store-Nashville-A  mixed variety
2824 Bransford Ave
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 279-9247

The Turnip Truck
Solid Gold
970 Woodland St, East Nashville
(615) 650-3600


Murfreesboro Area

Stones River Pet Products

215 Robert Dr. Ste E  
Murfeesboro, TN 37129
615.278.9573
http://www.stonesriverpetproducts.com

Custom Kare Kennels-Murfreesboro-They carry Canidae.

Nashville Holistic Pet, 73 White Bridge Road, Suite 106, Nashville TN 37205
615-352-1958
Carry: Solid Gold, Canidae & others

RIVERGATE AREA

Super Petz-by the Goodwill
Wellness and Solid Gold

PetCo-Hermitage Area
Ma and Paw’s Pet Supply
206 N Anderson Ln
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 824-0094
FRANKLIN AREA

Pet Supermarke
t – Franklin near T.J.MaxxBrands of Food this location carries.:Dick Van Patton’s Natural Balance
CLARKSVILLE AREA
Total Canine Care, 10 Main St
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 221-0480
KNOXVILLE

Premier Paws,
865-560-1971,
9450 S Northside Dr Ste 104

Pet Quarters, 865-560-0028, 7811 Oak Ridge Hwy

Pet Safe Village Corporation, 865-777-3647, 10424 Electric

Active Pets, 865-577-6793,  6205 Chapman Hwy

Pets Supplies Plus, 865-584-4746, Kingston Pike & Harvest Mill Way

CHATANOOGA

Pet Care Warehouse

423-875-0355

Petco, 423-875-3174,
Hwy 153
Gunbarrel Rd

Bone Appetite,423 756-2663, 103 Frazier Ave

Sun & Shade Garden Center, 423-821-4245, 2921 Cummings HWY

Aunt Sue’s K-9 Bakery & Pet Supply
, 423 622-6261, 1420 McCallie Ave

Natural Foods Market, 423-610-120011 PEOPLES STREET SUITE 74, JOHNSON CITY, TN, 37604 423-610-1200
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ADAMSVILLE
Very Important Pets, 577 W Main St., Adamsville, TN.  731-632-5777.

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