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Dog Gardening

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the October 27th, 2008

Sharing my garden with an inquisitive white German Shepherd can be trying at times. I spent yesterday morning pulling out kale that has become tall and tough with the hot weather. After adding a new thick layer of compost, I transplanted a few bush squash plants that were going to become too crowded elsewhere. Tilu was on her own in the garden later in the day while we were out. Always dangerous after I’ve been busy with yummy compost and earth, but I didn’t have time to put up protective fences. True enough, when we arrived home, there was one squash plant scratched out, but luckily not too damaged. It was only last night, busy picking salad for dinner, that I discovered the real reason behind the digging. I was looking for the fattest radish when I saw what looked like yellow worms sticking out of the earth. But when I shone my torch onto it, my heart went for a bit of a whomp, when I realised it wasn’t worms – it was bird’s feet, yellow and scaly with sharp claws, looking just like a voodoo chicken offering. What the . . . . .??? Horrified, I scratched the legs out with a stick and couldn’t help bursting out laughing when I found they were attached to a half eaten dove. She had obviously pinched it from one of the cats and then buried it to “cook” for later. Right where I had made the perfect bed for the job. I suppose I should fence off my veggie garden, but it would block the way it flows and meanders in and out of the rest of the garden. The Libran in me rejects the fence. So I will have to live with sharing my garden with Tilu and dealing with the surprises she creates.

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  1. Caro said,

    on October 31st, 2008 at 10:23 am

    OMG, I’d imagine it quite horrific to dig up a dead pigeon….ewe. The joys
    of gardening! I suppose when it comes to our dogs, patience is unlimited

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