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Disaster strikes...his name is Klaus!

Category: New Yard | Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:10 pm

Well, it was a very interesting weekend to say the least. I worked planting Friday, Saturday and Sunday all day making several trips to Home Depot for soil, pots, mulch, and yes......plants!

Klaus got right into it 'after' I was finished and proceeded to top off every pot I planted! Yes, all those seeds that I diligently cared for over the last 12 weeks are history. He bit off every one to the ground. I was just sick. But looking down at that solid white little pup with the black soil covered face, I just had to smile.

I doubt I will be starting over with seeds this year, but it remains to be seen that all future planting will be done in the front yard only until he reaches a more mature age.

MMMMMM......tomatoes and cucumbers mixed with the flower beds.....probably not, but my mouth was watering for those freshly picked beauties this year!

What I did plant in the front yard will survive and that will have made all the caring and work worth it in the end!

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SongofJoy57 wrote on Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:21 pm:

Oh No! Maybe he is a vegetarian . . . he must need something green in his diet, but then puppy's like to chew . . . scrolling down and looking at your blog . . . he is quite a handsome pup, and so is your other doggy. Beautiful home you have also.


budagardener wrote on Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:48 pm:

Thank you SongofJoy, the pups are a handful but a joy, and we are loving the new house.
I don't think Klaus is really all that picky....when I got home from work today, he had unraveled a bit of area rug!!


Droopy wrote on Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:09 pm:

Oh, dear, he's got achy teeth that one. Such a shame about your veggies, though. Still, we tend to forgive the "kids" for whatever they're up to. I had a flat coat that loved to dig. At least I got the soil turned over now and again, but I didn't always recover my plants though.


budagardener wrote on Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:22 pm:

Droopy I think you are right.....he has to be breaking teeth or just plain ol' mischeives!


Netty wrote on Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:32 pm:

I'm so sorry! I know how frustrating that can be. My pup was just the same when she was younger. Looking at that cute face and tail wagging (like she thought she had done a GOOD thing) I couldn't stay mad at her too long. She's 3 now and has totally outgrown her interest in my plants.
I hope all the plants in your FRONT yard flourish.


cajunbelle wrote on Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:01 am:

My daughter's two dogs have made me hate dogs. They have destroyed my furniture and carpet. My front yard has no grass because of the runs that had to be put up for them to go outside. I was perfectly happy with my two old girls, very well behaved and mannered those two are. Sorry about your seedlings, I hope Klaus settles down soon.


eileen wrote on Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:39 am:

I had a Great Dane who literally ate 12 standard rose trees when she was a pup. Thankfully most dogs outgrow their obsession with chewing plants and digging so lets hope your little bundle of mischief does too.


budagardener wrote on Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:29 am:

I am hoping he outgrows this. Schultze doesn't bother anything other than the occasional lifting of the leg!
The dogs are not allowed outside of the fenced backyard, so there is no fear for the front yard!


glendann wrote on Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:34 am:

I'm so sorry you lost your plants.I think most all dog when young pups do this .My neidhbors dogs come ove but I've watered them down so mush until they are afraid to dig much.Oreo was never a digger but he was 10 months old when I got him.


budagardener wrote on Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:40 am:

Thanks glendann. I had no choice but to get over it rather quickly....whatcha gonna do? :-)

Maybe he'll be like Oreo in 7 months and not do it anymore!


Palm Tree wrote on Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:47 am:

My dogs were also like that when they were puppies, gradually they were weaned of the digging , especially the areas where I have dug, in the garden. Personally I think that they smell your scent on those areas where you were working in the soil and planting and consequently they also want to garden with you.
I got a sand heap that I keep in the garden - similar to a kiddies san pit - for my dogs. That sand pit and the lawn is their domain.
Nonetheless - dogs are lovely and I can identify with you when you say that you just had to smile - one cannt stay cross at them. I hope Schulze grows out of it.


LilyPlanter77351 wrote on Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:31 pm:

Sounds like he's cutting teeth, poor thing! Luckily when my last three were pups they didn't have a fondness for plants only shoes. When my oldest dog Lucky began digging in the yard, especially under the fence, as he's an escape artist, I found that vinager was a helpfull deterent, as was moth balls, both irritate their hightened sense of smell and the moth balls also keep snakes away but they can create a very unpleasant smell when it rains. Chicken wire under the top layer of soil also helps but makes digging work very tiresome, they eventually expect to find the wire there, which irritates their paws, and you can pull it up.
I am glad that your plants around front are safe! If you find that you really want a garden in the back maybe you could try running a hot wire (make sure you find a voltage suited for both dogs) just around the border of your garden, this was what we finally resorted to around the fenceline to keep Lucky contained until we could bury chicken wire.

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