Thursday, 3 July 2014

The biggest pest in my garden

Is not slugs & snails, oh no! Its puppy dog tails or rather the puppy attached to the tail. When my sister bought her much longed for puppy she hadn't thought it through properly. With her & her husband working full time naturally there isn't anyone at home full time.

Always happy to help anyone out I offered to have her Monday to Wednesday. Actually I was coerced into this little arrangement but thought 'How much damage could one little puppy do'. As it happens, a lot!

In my small garden I have an asparagus patch which I will be extending slightly. The patch is only a couple of years old & I have yet to crop anything from it the asparagus crowns have to develop for three years first. I lovingly feed & water my small asparagus patch & tie up the fronds to stop them from flopping everywhere. Because of this dedication they have been growing well & I was looking forward to my first picking next year.

Then Mitzi came along!


My gnawed asparagus & the fronds she ran off with, Mike is threatening to stuff & mount the dog & I am getting increasingly peeved with the tittered response from my sister 'Oh she is a little horror isn't she'.

The little horror sat in a pot of mint & chewing a pear tree trunk. I will be telling my sister that I will be unable to have the dog the days I work from home as I can't keep an eye on her in the garden. I cant see it going down to well but the dogs is really causing too much damage!

As always enjoy your day xx

21 comments:

  1. My biggest pest is my husbands size 10 feet, although I need the help he doesn't look where he puts his trotters!

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  2. Your sister does need to train Mitzi not to eat plants - one day she could try one that is poisonous, If poppy horrors aren't given limits like children they will become fill grown horrors

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  3. Puppies certainly are a big responsibility and you have been very good at offering to babysit for her but if she is causing that much damage you can't be expected to carryon with the arrangement. We have 4 dogs as you know but D works from home and so they have not only constant companionship from each other but also they are supervised at all times. It's not a good combination to have a young dog and work full time and like you say that's something they should of considered before taking her on. Hope you get sorted out.

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  4. I always wanted a dog, but even though I only worked part time for many years, I actually waited until I didn't work at all until I got one. You're sister has done the right thing asking someone to have Mitzi rather than leaving her alone, that would never do, but she needs to be trained. Archie used to bite the heads off all my flowers when he was a puppy as well as trying to eat slugs and snails, which can actually be deadly to dogs. He doesn't do any of this now. Mitzi is still very young so will be a bit of a tearaway but I'm sure she will be a good girl once she's trained.

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  5. Oh dear, I am sorry you're having these problems Jo - Is there a local vet or other pet-loving group who offer puppy training school in your sister's area? Quite often this behaviour is a result of the puppy (and in some cases full-grown dogs) being bored when left alone for any length of time and sometimes puppy toys can keep them occupied and out of trouble for a while anyway. I wish you the best in solving this problem, xoJoy

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  6. we own an English Springer Spaniel and he loves chasing birds around the garden, expecially my veggie patch! If I'm out there he will sit happily near me with no damage, its when I'm not around that worries me! Amanda

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  7. Sounds as if puppy needs keeping in a play pen!
    Your asparagus will probably be OK, and produce some new shoots next year

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  8. Oh no!! I hope that you and puppy and sister can work things out between you! xx

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  9. Oh no! I'm sorry the puppy has caused such damage. I'm a dog lover, but a ruined asparagus patch would be too much even for me.

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  10. Stick to your guns, gardening is enough work without a tail wagging ninja twice a week.

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  11. Pops and Ted did some digging in the garden the other day. They both know only to dig in a particular area though. They came in with mud all over their paws and noses....
    Poppy used to chew the pot plants when she was small, it took a while but she now knows not to and contents herself eating grass instead. Infuriating for you to lose your asparagus and not even to your own pup!

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  12. Puppies are so cute they are hard to stay angry at. But I am afraid a ruined asparagus bed would be the end all, it would be time for a crate at my house.

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  13. I'm sorry for your asparagus. Reading the comments above mine I thought that Sue is right, what if Mitzy eat something poisonous, it'll be a disaster :(

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  14. I think your sister should have thought a lot more carefully before getting a pup. The reason we went for an older dog when we decided to get one last year was because of the puppy years...I remember our boxer puppy very vividly. I don't think I would have got a puppy if I wasn't going to be at home to care for it...no more than I would have had children if I wasn't prepared to put my work on hold for a while. I guess everyone has different ideas though and that is fine but not at the expense of your garden!!

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  15. Oh wrote a great reply and then blogger errors out...ggrrrrrr

    Bottom line...your sister should have thought more about a pup's needs and what care she would have to find for it before getting one. You have to think of them as children and get them the care attention and training they need along with the time and the love.

    She really does need to compensate your asparagus patch!!

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  16. Oh...I'm so sorry about your asparagus. Actually I have been working so hard to grow asparagus from seeds, actually it's not easy to find asparagus crown here.
    And the biggest pest in my garden is kitty. Yeah... my kitties always play on my raised beds. Running, jumping, rolling, also playing hide and seek! sometimes they sleep on my pots, so the little plants usually broken... hmmm...

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  17. Oh poop! Seriously! I know how hard it is to grow asparagus and man...that would be really hard for me to see my plants like that! The rabbits are bad enough! We had a dog but had to give him to my friend as my son has problems with allergies...and he was a terror in the garden. Laying in my hostas to cool off and chewing the bases of all of my shrubs. I so get this and I would say since this is your sanctuary that you take care of it for yourself. Happy weekend to you friend! Nicole xoxo

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  18. Oh pants! not what you want at all. My chickens are my biggest pest in the garden but thankfully as they have a large coop/run its very rare now days they are left to roam it.

    I do hope the puppy pest is kept home soon, for your gardens sake.

    X x

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  19. My sympathies. I really don't think that's it's right to have a dog if both people work all day and it's left alone or farmed out to others to look after. Flighty xx

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  20. Puppies are cute, but he's gotta GO! Can't have all that hard work go down the drain. Save the asparagus!

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