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Post  sfg4uKim on 3/21/2011, 3:12 pm

I was working in the yard and looked in the greenhouse to find my Beagle, Sophie, standing in my planting box with my lettuce in it.

BAD DOG!

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P.S. I did NOT kill her, nor did I beat her.

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Post  Aub on 3/21/2011, 4:04 pm

My Coonhound has been know to dig in the strawberries! Of course it only when she's after a critter, so I kind of let her get away with it. But if she puts one big honkin' foot in any of my other beds she gets the sharp full name shout.
"MATILDA FRANCINE GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY GARDEN!!!"

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Post  LaFee on 3/21/2011, 4:10 pm

We have a 110-lb black Lab (he's not fat -- he's just *massive*) with whom I have reached a very amicable agreement.

I give him carrots and the stems from broccoli and cauliflower, and once in a while some peas or green beans mixed in with his chow...and he keeps his big hairy butt out of my garden.

So far we're both quite happy with the deal, and the vet gives her stamp of approval. (she also approves an occasional plain yogurt and a raw egg now and again). She said that big dogs not only like vegetables, but the veggies keep them full without packing on additional pounds, which neutered Labs are highly apt to do.

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Post  ModernDayBetty on 3/21/2011, 4:20 pm

I have two goldens... one is absolutely perfect living up to the stereo type while the other is still in the extended puppy period... Last year, my first attempt at gardening (row stylish) my older boy layed down outside the garden while I was in it, while my puppy would jump the fence... after she saw me digging in it she decided that's where the action happend and dug up my broccoli, hot peppers and two raspberry branches... She's still a handful (youngest sibling syndrome?) but I'm hoping with the raised beds I'll be able to teach her not to go in them prior to filling them up (plus I won't go in, less temptation?).... dogs are an adventure.

Hope your lettuce was okay. :o)

And on the feeding your dogs veggies.... wish I could grow banana's.... my little girl puppy loves banana's. It's the weirdest thing I've seen a dog beg for (and it's the only thing she begs for :scratch: )....

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Post  florenceq on 3/21/2011, 4:27 pm

I have three little ones and none of them understand the difference between my raised bed and the ground they are allowed to romp on. One of them is really good at critter control but the other two are worthless. I always tell them they are lucky they are cute because if they had to earn a living they might go hungry! I finally had to put up a fence to keep them out.

On a separate note my rat terrier loves carrot but his absolute favorite is cantaloupe. He won't leave me side when I am cutting into cubes.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 3/21/2011, 5:13 pm

ksroman wrote:I was working in the yard and looked in the greenhouse to find my Beagle, Sophie, standing in my planting box with my lettuce in it.

BAD DOG!

Kim

P.S. I did NOT kill her, nor did I beat her.

I told my boxer what my gramma used to tell my beagle......."I'm gonna cut your tail off.....right behind your ears!"

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Post  middlemamma on 3/21/2011, 5:44 pm

I am not huge on animals...I am normal to the degree that I love puppies and kittens etc, they are adorable. We have a 14 year old cat that just minds her own business..she is lazy and docile and my kids love her to death. When she is gone there won't be another...I hate cleaning a cat box.

We have a 5 year old border collie mix that is a god send for me because the whole family wanted a dog and I did not. I spent 4 months looking for the "right" one because I know myself, if she didn't behave and drove me nuts...kids and hubby in tears be darned...I would get rid of it. I just cannot handle an animal that doesn't behave....

The point is...my little border collie is just a wonderful animal...she seems to know I just need her to be good....I walk her all around my garden and tell her...no....no....no....no.....no and she looks at me with these deep dark eyes like OKAY MOM I GET IT. And she doesn't go in there....

The neighborhood dogs are another story....and I am about sick of them. I seriously don't want to hurt an animal...but I am tempted with a bb gun or something...I bought spray last year that helped keep them out...but it was awful smelling and made my trips in the garden unbearable for me! My father in law said black pepper around the perimeter of my garden would help cause they get it up their nose and take off...so I may try that this year. Last year they had 2 dogs that they have on electric collars...but they don’t stay on top of the batteries and as soon as they die they are over putting bug huge holes/paw prints in my garden. This year... Rolling Eyes though, due to the roaming the neighborhood tendency of these dogs, we now have 8...the two plus 6 little puppies....albeit cute...still a garden menace.

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Post  AndreaHall on 3/21/2011, 6:47 pm

I was having a problem with my cats in the garden, and tried a bunch of different things before buying a motion-activated sprinkler (at the suggestion of some of you forum peeps!). It's been soooo awesome. And fun! Although a day hasn't gone by that I don't forget to turn it off when I wander out to the garden, and I end up getting hosed. Thankfully, the cats learned much faster than me and since installing, I haven't noticed a single shred of evidence of cat in the garden.

The dog is absolutely terrified of it too, but I've had dogs that think sprinklers are great fun toys as well.

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@middlemamma wrote:The neighborhood dogs are another story....and I am about sick of them. I seriously don't want to hurt an animal...but I am tempted with a bb gun or something...I bought spray last year that helped keep them out...but it was awful smelling and made my trips in the garden unbearable for me! My father in law said black pepper around the perimeter of my garden would help cause they get it up their nose and take off...so I may try that this year. Last year they had 2 dogs that they have on electric collars...but they don’t stay on top of the batteries and as soon as they die they are over putting bug huge holes/paw prints in my garden. This year... Rolling Eyes though, due to the roaming the neighborhood tendency of these dogs, we now have 8...the two plus 6 little puppies....albeit cute...still a garden menace.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 3/21/2011, 7:12 pm

Jennie,

I had a neighbor a long time ago that would sit on his back deck overlooking the golf course and wait for the strays to stroll by. The second they squatted in his yard, he shot them in the bum with a salt pellet. He said they would yelp like crazy and run all the way home. After about the third pellet in the derierre, that particular dog would just pass him by with it's nose snobbishly up in the air.

I don't know where you would find those anymore, but boy howdy would that be fun. I have a fenced yard, so I don't get stray dogs....only tree rats. And, for them, I am building a catapult this summer to launch them off my deck....it sits about 10 feet high.

I will have a 6pack of beer and a couple cobs of corn. When one gets in the seat, I will launch him right off the deck and out into the yard. Another thing I've seen done that doesn't hurt the animals.

Hurting animals is cruel, but having some fun with them when they bother us just makes us top of the food chain imo.

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/21/2011, 7:45 pm

So far I have had no critter problems in my garden even though there are no fences between the properties around here - except for one barn bunny that lives under my storage shed. But problem solved when I started sprinkling the used cat litter (just the urine-soaked corn litter, no 'lumps') around my garden perimeter.

However, even tho' my cats are indoor cats, one IS a garden kitty - see avatar for picture of Prince Panther, the Gardener. Both of my cats will play fetch, but only with their favorite toys - each has one favorite. The garden kitty's favorite is...SEED PACKETS! Broccoli or radish seeds are the favorites because they rattle so well, but tonight while I was sitting next to my seed box he came up and nosed right in, batted a few with his paw, then daintily selected one packet (out of at least 30 possible) with his teeth and hopped off the box and trotted away with.....the CATNIP SEEDS!

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Post  FarmerValerie on 3/21/2011, 8:44 pm

My dad used to make his own salt buckshot, you pack it yourself, but he put pepper in his to make the sting last longer, only took one shot, oh and you use rock salt.

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Post  bullfrogbabe on 3/21/2011, 9:32 pm

I have my own bad dog but he is young (we just got him last summer) and I am still working on him. Bronx likes to pee on my SFGs and he usually pees right through the front of the deer fence onto whatever is in the front row of the boxes.

Last year it was the romaine lettuce and the green onions. Luckily we are always out when the dog is, so we taught him to pee somewhere else on command. The veggies in the front row were well watered, as I sprayed them off with the garden hose everytime the dog went on them. We didn't use the out-side leaves on the romaine and were well washed when we did use them.

I am sure we will have to remind him this year once the snow melts.

My other option is to re-install the deer mesh out from the boxes a bit to leave a gap to any pee just lands in the buffer strip!

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/21/2011, 9:40 pm

@bullfrogbabe wrote:I have my own bad dog but he is young (we just got him last summer) and I am still working on him. Bronx likes to pee on my SFGs and he usually pees right through the front of the deer fence onto whatever is in the front row of the boxes.

lol! Sounds like you need a compost pile that you can train him to pee on - save the Romaine AND get a compost accelerator!

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Post  CindiLou on 3/21/2011, 11:34 pm

Here it is illegal to shoot an animal even with a slingshot and crab apples (that is if you get caught!) There is a strict leash law on dogs. The police will come pick them up right away if you call.

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Me Too; Bad Dog

Post  The Cynergist on 3/22/2011, 12:54 am

ksroman wrote:I was working in the yard and looked in the greenhouse to find my Beagle, Sophie, standing in my planting box with my lettuce in it.

BAD DOG!

Kim

P.S. I did NOT kill her, nor did I beat her.

Hi Kim

Another Kim here (Though I prefer Kimberley)

Last year I was steady chasing my dog Kiti out of the garden. She's half beagle, half shitzu. Do you suppose it's the beagle in 'em? I didn't kill or beat her either, but there were times when I could have cheerfully strangled her. You should have seen the show we put on for the neighbours; me chasing her around the yard trying to get my hands on her.


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Bad Dog/Good Kitty!

Post  Goosegirl on 3/22/2011, 6:29 am

I sometimes wish our little baldy cats could come out into the garden with me - Panther the Gardener is a good digger (under supervision, of course!), he already carries the seed packets around, and I think I could train him to drop the seeds in the little holes he digs! He is also a good bug catcher, so if I could confine him to a specific area in the garden, it would be insect-free! Maybe I am destined to have a kitty-guarded greenhouse.....

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Post  FarmerValerie on 3/22/2011, 8:18 am

Yes, Beagles love to dig.

Cats can be trained to do amazing things, like use AND flush the potty.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/22/2011, 9:29 am

@florenceq wrote:Snip......On a separate note my rat terrier loves carrot but his absolute favorite is cantaloupe. He won't leave me side when I am cutting into cubes.

My Rat Terrier is the same way! They (they being Rudy the RT and Bomber the JRT) will do begging tricks for sugar snap peas (every time I go to the pea patch in summer, I'll turn around and they will both be sitting pretty, begging for a pod) Rudy prefers watermelon to cantaloupe. The JRT is not fond of carrots and will carefully pick them out of any soup I mix into his kibble....The RT gets excited, thinking he just scored when he finds that pile of carrots on the floor.

So far the only Bad Dog problem I have is finding the bones the JRT likes to hide in my SFG. For some reason he thinks they belong under the cilantro. In that case I go growl at the man who gave him a bone but did not go pick it up after an hour or so.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 3/22/2011, 12:32 pm

LOL These stories are great!

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Post  The Cynergist on 3/22/2011, 12:46 pm

Hi Farmer Valerie,

I enjoyed The Killer At Large post on your blog. I would like to share that video if it's okay with you.

This twinkie addict, however, will require an affidavit, and notes from both your priest and your mother that cream filled cakes are indeed bad for you. . . lol!


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Post  FarmerValerie on 3/22/2011, 1:04 pm

Hey, no problem, I have no rights to the movie, and if you want to just refer to my blog post to send people to for more "opinions" (I have one on everything it seems) go for it. I watch that one from time to time, it just kills me to see unhealthy kids.

I told my grandson that chocolate milk had as much sugar as cola, he's 5, he went to school and told his teacher, she told him his grandmother was WRONG. I wanted to buy all of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution DVD's from his TV show and send them to her. But I got her back, we read a book about dinasaurs in the Bible, and I told him to tell her that the Bible has dinasaurs in it....... BAD GRANDMA-TEEHEEHE.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 3/22/2011, 1:06 pm

I guess Sophie could also be a "good dog" since a few years back I was feeding her cherry tomatoes. When she had her fill, she ran off with the last tomato.

Apparently she buried it cuz the next year up popped FIVE healthy plants.

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Bad Farmer Valerie . . . Bad Girl!

Post  The Cynergist on 3/22/2011, 1:13 pm

@FarmerValerie wrote:
I told my grandson that chocolate milk had as much sugar as cola, he's 5, he went to school and told his teacher, she told him his grandmother was WRONG.

It sickens me to think about all that we've been taught to think was healthy, when indeed it was not. How about the fact that we humans are the only animal that NEVER gets weaned off of milk, and that we're the only animals taught to drink the milk of other animals? I remember being given chocolate milk because I hate milk and my Grandma, God Bless her, was told that chocolate milk would be a good way to get me to drink it. I still hate milk to this day, and thank goodness because I have since learned about all the dangers of milk; chocolate or otherwise.

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Post  Jay Bird on 3/22/2011, 1:14 pm

Bad Dog stories!
Latigo- the blue healer woh like top herd the Guineas also likes to bury his rawhide bones in the Mels mix! Maybe he is planting it to see if it will grow a rawhide bone plant.

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Wife calls me at work , one or two of the big dogs (Honey or Cobey) has killed sylvester the cat, We have seperated them and Honey now sleeps at grandmas house and Cobey is in the back yard behind the electric fence. My thought is its the pair of them after the chase rather than just a killer dog. One of them may end up going to a new home without cats.
Honey is a ridge back hound and Cobey is a Yellow Lab Chow cross, both are heavy breeds with hunting instincts both are guilty of chasing cats and squirrels and anything else that prowls the night which keeps my garden and chicken coop critter free, but cant have them killing the wifes cats. I really believe it was like sharks in a feeding frenzy

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Post  The Cynergist on 3/22/2011, 1:16 pm

ksroman wrote:I guess Sophie could also be a "good dog" since a few years back I was feeding her cherry tomatoes. When she had her fill, she ran off with the last tomato.

Apparently she buried it cuz the next year up popped FIVE healthy plants.

Kudos farmer Sophie

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