Every morning and night on our walks, he’s looking for something tasty — someone else’s trash — that he can bring home for all of us to enjoy. Of course, the best part for him and for us to watch is the 20 seconds it takes for him to turn whatever he’s found into tiny pieces.
Most dog owners might think this is a disgusting habit. I say Chewie’s helping to clean up the neighborhood, and he’s speeding up the decomposition process.
Just in the past month, Chewie has brought home for us to enjoy:
1 plastic wrapper that once contained mahi mahi
1 empty Styrofoam meat tray
1 dirty diaper
3 fast food bags
6 fast food napkins
7 plastic water bottles
1 plastic sinus rinse bottle
1 2 liter empty bottle of soda
3 old dog toys
In addition other people’s treasures, he’s also quite fond of the Villalpando recycling bin. We’ve quit buying him dog toys because the empty milk jug and paper towel rolls are so much more fun for him and don’t cost us anything.
Once he’s had his way with the recycleables, we just sweep up the mess and recycle the bits. It’s amazing how much more we can fit in the recycling bin once Chewie has compacted it.
Now if only we could train him to sweep up and put everything back in the recycling bin.
Austin has the third-highest percentage of households with pets out of major United States metro areas, according to new data from the American Housing Survey.
According to the survey results, 48.4 percent of households have pets in the average American metro area. However, Tucson, Ariz. had the highest rate of pet ownership, with close to 60 percent of households with at least one pet. Oklahoma City was second, and Austin was third, with just over 50 percent of households containing pets. Other Texas cities on the list included San Antonio at No. 4 and Houston at No. 13.