Dog versus Garden?

comments (9) March 26th, 2015

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genalorainne genalorainne, member
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Ill demolish that flower over there.Click To Enlarge

"I'll demolish that flower over there."


  Probably all of our fellow gardeners who also happen to have a dog or dogs have faced difficulties combining these two components for an otherwise happy life. I mean having a garden provides you with a peaceful hobby where you can vent off stress and actually reduces your chances of dementia by 36% , where on the other hand dogs go bonkers when they see you after you come back from work, give you unconditional love and friendship, do stupid things you laugh at and clean after...

How could this be a bad combo?

Well it goes like this...

Dogs can be crazy, tomatoes not so much. Great disparities. And your dog loves going outside, demolishing everything in its way. Such uncontrollable desire which is somehow multiplied when the dog perambulates your garden, right? And what about those poor tomatoes and potatoes? How can they avoid being destroyed by your otherwise friendly exterminator, given the fact they are literally immobilized by their own nature, bound to quietly await their destiny? And on the other hand some plants can surely harm your quadrupedal friend, by the fact of being toxic for him/her. Well here I am, giving you some insight on how things should be and both sides should remain happy.

1. Try not to poison your dog

Chemicals used in gardens can be quite harmful for your dog(and, in fact, you). These include any sort of slug repellents, for apparently what repels slugs - kills dogs, whatever that may be. Gardening specialists warn you to also avoid weedkillers.

Disclaimer: some of the chemicals you might use would assure you that they are pet-safe. But as a responsible pet owner you should always READ ALL THE INSTRUCTION, because evidently some of these chemicals become harmless AFTER they dry off. So just to be sure - give your plants a go with your hair dryer after spraying them with pesticides and/or herbicides. Or be a rational person and just wait for them to dry off.

2. Try not to poison your dog again

As mentioned earlier even your plants may be harmful for your pooch. We are not sure why a plant would be this cruel to a cute little dog, but here are some you should avoid planting if you have such(the list is huge, so we just mention a couple):

  • amaryllis bulbs
  • clematis armandii
  • asparagus fern
  • foxglove
  • azalea
  • primrose
  • daffodil bulbs
  • yew
  • wysteria

And the list goes on and on. Google is really helpful on this one.

3. Gardening tools may or may not harm your dog

Here the rules are basically the same as with protecting children. Your rake might be useful in aerating the soil and all that but if you leave it carelessly somewhere there and let your buddy running around -  injuries might occur. And let's generalise a bit – everything with sharp pointy edges, if left unattended might accidentally perform sepuko on one or more of your dog's legs. Try keeping your tools someplace inaccessible for your beloved pet. Also this might seem unnecessary but – avoid mowing the lawn if the pooch is playing around. Dogs are smart, but inconsiderate when it comes to play.

4. Other stuff that may or may not harm your dog

It's a famous practice among gardeners to sustain wildlife in their garden in order to have well pollinated plants and therefore have rich crops. This may include having a pond, which is a natural wildlife attractor. In case you have a puppy or just naturally small dog breed it is mandatory to secure said pond, again, making it inaccessible for your little guy.

Another thing you should pay attention to is your fence. Is it harmful for your dog? Is it well placed, could your friend easily jump over it and found itself outside, on the dangerous road, where car drivers speed up, competing with the speed of the sound of their own inattention?

Your fence has another potentially dangerous feature for your dog – you should be careful what you are using in attempt to preserve the wood. Whatever your choice is MAKE SURE it dries off well enough before you let your silly canine comrade lick the crap out of it, because , you know, that's what dogs do. They lick fences. And other disgusting stuff. And their balls.

Closure: your garden might be a dangerous place for your dog, but it doesn't have to be this way. If there's something The Matrix thaught us is that there is always a choice(avoid giving your dog red, blue or any weird colourful pills for that matter.)


posted in: garden, dog, pet

Comments (9)

AlexVardy writes: HEY IT'S REALLY CUTE DOG
Posted: 9:06 am on August 14th
cavanilyn writes: epic pic
Posted: 2:52 am on June 25th
toriwilson writes: i love this pic
Posted: 1:40 am on June 25th
Andylee2 writes: nice one mate
Posted: 10:40 am on June 23rd
machirano writes: great job
Posted: 7:02 am on June 22nd
Shellenrope writes: Dog looks really cute
Posted: 6:03 am on January 19th
Hettieroche writes: cuteee
Posted: 5:31 am on January 13th
jackiewatson writes: impressive
Posted: 6:33 am on December 29th
johanstill writes: very nice dog..
Posted: 1:17 am on September 21st
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