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From the President’s Desk – October
It’s hard to believe that fall is here, along with the chilly temperatures. We all know what that means…snow is on the way!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Energy Awareness Month. Pet owners can go green with their furry companions. Below are a few ideas:

  • Instead of throwing out old towels or bedding, contact a local shelter and donate it. They also accept old pet toys and used litter boxes.
  • Don’t give your pet bottled water. Give them tap water. They won’t care.
  • Use biodegradable bags to scoop up your dog’s mess, or for cat owners, use eco-friendly cat litters.
  • Earth-friendly (and pet-friendly) shampoos and grooming products are available, so why not use them?
  • If your pet makes a mess, use an all-natural cleaning solvent like vinegar rather than bleach.
  • If you have reptile or fish tanks, use energy-saving lights and put them on timers.
  • Wearing shoes in the house brings in extra dirt and pesticides that your pet doesn’t need exposure to.
  • If you buy pet treats, make sure they come in recyclable cardboard. Or better yet, make your own!
  • Buy pet food in bulk – less packaging, plus less cost overall.

Hopefully the tips that weren’t insanely obvious will be a help to all the pet-loving readers out there!

October is also a time when we all need to think about MWN’s new officers.  There are a lot of fun things to do as we continue to make MWN membership grow and bring new and exciting topics,  great dinners and a wonderful way to meet new friends.

See you Thursday at Maverick Grill!

-Mindi O’Kane

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