Friday, April 26, 2019

CHIPPER the recycler

I felt so good when I saw this picture of Chipper and then read the article that accompanied it. I think you will enjoy it too.  

Chipper is the pup that Katie Pollak in Mesa, Arizona adopted from a shelter in 2011.  He was so lucky to have a new home in an area where they could take long hikes and they did that daily.  It soon became apparent that Chipper showed a fascination with disposable plastic bottles and that 's where the story begins.

So many dog owners would have looked at that in distaste and told him to "drop the nasty thing", but not Katie.  She took the opposite view and encouraged and rewarded him.  She realized that Chipper was teaching her how recycling works … one plastic bottle at a time.

Now Katie brings garbage bags when they walk and every day they collect the litter that thoughtless people leave in their wake.  And the really exciting thing is that she's started a Pollak's Instagram account and over 28,000 people follow their adventures every day. 

Can you imagine the impact it would make if all the avid dog owners in the world followed Chipper and Katie's example ?  


Blogger Marie Smith said...

Well done, Chipper and Katie!

3:46 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Neat story. Thanks for sharing.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

I love that idea. Great for the dog, makes the owner feel useful and cleans up the environment. We need more Chippers and Katies.

6:33 AM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

Yes it would be wonderful... though Lily is more likely to want to collect little brown piles other dogs have left behind as it were...:(

4:54 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

That is a very good idea, Ginnie, but first we need to train the humans to do what Chipper seems to do quite instinctively.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Grace-WorkinProgress said...

A nice uplifting story. Thanks

7:49 AM  

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