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March 10, 2010

Go, Dog, Go: Next Vacation, Bring Your Pup

Like Steinbeck's poodle, Charley, many animals know that a trip is in the offing "long before the suitcases come out." We assume that your rescued, neutered buddy already wears a sustainably made collar, snoozes on an eco-friendly bed, and produces poop that gets scooped into biodegradable bags. When it comes time to hit the road with your furry companion, consider packing these green, portable accessories as well.

These bendy, BPA-free Packabowls, by Polkadog Bakery, come in cheerful colors and can be compressed to cram in your pack. They are sold with no packaging and can be sent back to be recycled when their days as a doggie bowl are done. $18

Make your adventure-loving pup carry its share with this Dog Pack by Mountainsmith. Made mostly of recycled plastic, it has adjustable straps and plenty of storage compartments. It's available in sizes for dogs weighing 20 to 110 pounds. $45 to $55

The OrbeeBall, the signature toy by Planet Dog, is one of the sturdiest canine playthings we've seen--and it's recyclable. It also smells like mint and is U.S.-made, nontoxic, and offered in various colors and three sizes ($7, $12, and $14.45). The company uses leftover manufacturing materials to make its aptly named RecycleBall ($12).

Call it the canine Clif Bar. Veggie-Hide, by Onesta Organics, is a meatless, wafer-thin snack made with all-organic ingredients, including spinach, flax, and quinoa, that are GMO-free and fit for humans. The company also makes vegan treats for rabbits, rodents, and birds. $9 per 6-oz. pack

Snoozer's earthy-looking Eco Friendly Pet Tote is made with jute fibers, and thus is biodegradable and recyclable. It holds a critter weighing up to 12 pounds, is carry-on approved for air travel, and has ample padding and pockets. The top and two sides are made of see-through mesh, allowing your pet -- and you -- to breathe easier. $60 

To see irresistible close-ups of the dogs pictured above, all of whom were rescued, click here.

--Avital Binshtock

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