By Liesl Clark
It’s getting obscene. Something has to change, or I’m going to have to take back all our claims of being a “near-zero waste family.” The pooper has become a one-dog-microplastic-producing-chewup-machine the likes of which has never been seen this side of the Mississippi.
We went away for the holidays and left our sweet pooch in the care of a friend who lives right on our property. And the few times he was left alone (the dog, that is,) he munched up every hard plastic item he could get his little paws on.
And the hard plastics weren’t all he targeted with his sharp little choppers. He ripped up couch pillows filled with plastic microfibers, he found stuffed animals filled with nurdles (and I thought they were filled with beans), and he obliterated pencils coated with a brightly-colored plastic shrinkwrap.
I won’t include a photo of the newly-purchased (for Christmas) very expensive Legos that were altered into disturbing little pieces of detritus. It’s too upsetting for some 9-year-olds.
Are we going to have to deep-6 the k-9?
Well, he’s pretty cute.
But since rescuing him from Craig’s List last summer, our backyard is now filled with little bits of plastics our 4-legged loved one has created from plastic-lined soccer balls, ripped-up kick balls, shredded swimming noodles, chomped and spit out plastic baseball bats. Serves us right for leaving these plastics outside.
What’s a dog-lover to do? This (wo)man’s best friend is quickly turning into her worst plastic nightmare. I’m beginning to wonder whether a good percentage of the microplastics found in the ocean are due to peppy puppy penchants for plastic snacks.
Did I mention how cute he was?
When we’re around, our little guy is a toy teetotaler. Honest.
Research says we should get him a crate. But I can’t bear the thought of a huge piece of hard plastic becoming his home. So, we’re going to try an indoor homemade wooden dog den. The thinking is that this den will provide him with the security and belonging he needs when we’re away.
Do you have a microplastic-producing pet? Share your woes here — don’t be shy — and if there are enough of us perhaps we can start a PPPPP support group (Parents of Puny Plastic-Producing Pets.)