Frequent conversations with the owners of amputee dogs got me thinking about a few things: The sun is out, and you are planning to spend a few of your vacation days getting some work done in the yard. Great! Now, go get your weed killers, your pesticides and other yard chemicalsâ€¦ and take them straight to your local Disposal of Toxics facility. This year itâ€™s time for something different. First, if you are absolutely convinced that yards must be maintained with chemicals, if you simply canâ€™t imagine a yard without them, then please, pause to consider your commitment to chemical yard management. Why are you so convinced? Is that really the only way? The choice is yours, but again, please pause to consider your pet, which cannot make those choices on its own behalf; it depends on you to look out for its health and well-being, and it must live in the environment you create. Consider what may get on your petâ€™s feet or in its mouth, and the possible long-term effects of that exposure. Ask yourself if a greener lawn or weedless garden beds are really worth any risk to your petâ€™s health. It is something worth thinking about. And, those of you with small children may have more than just your petâ€™s paws to consider.