Our female MinPin has once again decided that our tomato plants are
in *HER* yard for *HER* dining pleasure. Nice green tomatos that
are lightening up are slowly picked by her, and enjoyed. I come in
from watering the garden last night and there she is in the living
room with a nice plump one under one paw and a look that said
"What?". Sure glad I have lots of plants so we can enjoy some too.
Anyone else have critters that enjoy us having a garden in *THEIR*
We looked outdoors this morning and BOTH our dogs were in
the garden: they've learned to put their front paws on the
chicken wire fence, and bend it down. Then they step over
it. We know this because that's how they got OUT of the
fence, we saw it. Drat.
We're re-fencing in a week or two (for another reason) with
4' welded wire fencing, and will enclose the garden with it
- that will keep them out of the garden. That's what we
have for a perimeter fence, and so far, so good.
It's not unusual: lots of dogs will enjoy lots of different
veggies. We have one (a rough collie) who will eat
absolutely anything that people eat, with his favorite treat
being a piece of banana. Our other dog is selective about
veggies and fruits, but will eat quite a few of them.
I had a two-foot tall fence around my garden just for that reason . . . to
keep my dog out of the garden. Because she had so much play area, she
made no attempt to go in but looked very abused when we were in the garden
and told her to stay our. (She was a bit spoiled.<g>) I had a dog this
year for a short time, she spent Sunday morning under the berry bushes,
laying there and enjoying dessert!
I have found the fence, even that short, discourages the cats from going
in the garden though it certainly doesn't have the ability to keep them
out . . . and there is no gate. They are either very smart cats or they
don't like the smell of tomato plants.
I've enjoyed reading this thread. :-)
Your story reminds me of the time late last summer when I was out picking
wild blackberries in a local park. A woman walking her two (off-leash)
dogs came by. The dogs ran up to me (I was holding a large Tupperware
container half-full of berries) and stood at my feet with big, expectant
grins on their faces. The woman explained to me that she'd been out berry
picking also, but as for the dogs, "they pick their own" and apparently
they were looking to me for a handout. I had no idea dogs liked berries
[Subtract two thousand and (one plus two), plus the "." of course.]
I have that beat (unfortunately)... My first Black Russian tomatoes
were finally ripe. Seven beautiful dark brown tomatoes that I'd
waited months to try were lovingly placed in a basket on my diningroom
table. I proceeded to go ahead and make dinner. Next time I walked
by the table, I noticed THREE of my brand new home grown beloved
tomatoes were *gone*! No trace! Naturally, I suspected that they'd
become projectiles for two of my sons. I stomped into the livingroom
to find out who'd been throwing my beautiful tomatoes and where they
were.... and then noticed my little cat jumping on the table, putting
her head in the basket and grabbing one in her teeth! She then jumped
down and ran off.. I followed, (yes, just screaming) and found her
behind a chair, having a great time eating my tomato! There wasn't a
thing left of the others, either! I have since tried her on cherry
tomatoes and Better Boys, but she likes my Black Russians. Figures.
I now put the tomatoes away in the cabinet.
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