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Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs

Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs
a book for when your dog gardens too, too much!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Buster's New Years Resolutions

Buster the dog, the co-writer of "Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs", has thought long and hard about what his New Years Resolutions for 2015 will be. He considers last year was a fantastic yer, with his book being reprinted, and the first time for copies of the book to be sold overseas!

With that in mind, what could he do to help the year 2015 be bigger and better? Read on, and you will find out!

Buster's Resolutions:

I won't prune things that are in those funny little ceramic pots

I will not prune any little trees with wire on them

I will only dig in the dog run, not in the backyard

There, happy now Carolyn?


Yes Buster, I am happy with those resolutions. I would have been happier if you'd told them to me to type up for you without a snarl in your voice, and your upper lip curled up in that somewhat aggressive way! He's a bad dog sometimes, it's a good thing I love him!

So Those are Buster's New Years Resolutions. My resolutions that are relevant for this blog are these:

Carolyn's Resolutions:

I will toss things to Buster that he's allowed to 'prune' that is chew up and/or eat - carrots, mushrooms etc

I will place the bonsai trees out of Buster's reach, or at least limit his access to them, and so not tempt him to do naughty things

I will give Buster plenty of access to the dog run, where he will continue to be allowed to dig as much as he wants, and will only interfere if he digs along the outer fence line, or the pool fence

And another one - I will continue to promote this funny little book, and sell or at least place as many books as I can in the hands of people who will appreciate the humour and the cute illustrations!


There that's the resolutions done, let the fun for the year 2015 begin!

Carolyn and Buster Cordon

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gardens and Dogs

When you have a garden, and you have a dog too, sometimes there are some things that need to be understood. Dogs like to dig, and they don't care if their humans don't actually want holes all over the place. So your life may involve some hole filling. Get used to it, and move on, watching where you step, of course.

Today in our garden I saw two quite different things, that show how a person can be given delight in quite different ways. The first was the delight that flowers can give. I was out in the back yard this morning, when I noticed our bougainvillea was just starting to flower. This plant is a miniature variety and it grows in a hanging basket. The flowers it has are a lovely shade of orange/pink.

So that was a lovely delight, that any plant lover would enjoy. The second one though was something that might only offer delight to a person with a warpedish sense of humour. It was dog related, and dog owners can sometimes fit into this group. I'd certainly say that about myself!

I'd let out Missy, who is a Pharaoh Hound, and our youngest dog. My husband had gone out, so I was the pooper scooper duty person for the morning. This isn't my favourite dog related task, but when you have four dogs, it's a task that has to be attended to. On a hot day, like today is, it's a task best done promptly.
Our three pharaoh hounds, hard at work! Missy is the one in the middle.

So I was in the back yard again, pooper scooper in hand, watching Missy head out to the dog run we have beyond the actual back yard. Yes, the pooper scooper would be needed, but was she going to make it a quick and easy pick up for me? Oh no, she went the tour, squatting to go, poop holding on as she went, squatting to poop, and letting it go every few awkward steps she took!

So I laughed at her - she's such a silly creature, and she looked so ridiculous! If she'd squatted and gone, with out wandering around as she let go, it would have been easier to pick up, but it wouldn't have been so funny - see, warped sense of humour! When you live with a mini pack of dogs, the warped sense of humour helps!