As you can see, I have two dogs. I used to just have one. His name is Kobi. He's the pretty boy with the blue eyes. He looks a lot meaner than he is. I found him about 4 years ago on petfinder.com - a website for rescue dogs who are up for adoption. Trust me when I say, don't go to the website unless you're ready to adopt a dog. Whoever is doing Petfinder's website and marketing is ON POINT. I'm not an easy sell and both times I've gotten on the site I've ended up adopting a dog.
Anyway, even though I'd banned myself from getting on the website, lately I've just been thinking about how Kobi might need a friend. Right? I just kept thinking of Kobi braving the backyard all by himself - lonely. Wolfpack of one. So I did the forbidden and got back on Petfinder. Needless to say I ended up with another dog in less than 48 hours.
His name is Curby. And he's a digger.
I don't totally blame him. Maybe he's just a hard worker. MAYBE he's like me and just doesn't do well with down time. So digging makes him feel productive. Think I'm projecting here? Regardless, it's a bummer when you've slaved all spring and summer fighting for your fledgling garden only to see it get torn to shreds in one afternoon. Well, that might be a bit of an overstatement but I did lose some astilbe (sigh) and hellebores (nightmare). Fortunately I came home in time to save my other shade plants and transplant them to the from yard under the loropetalum.
The curious thing was that there was no sign of the missing plants other than about three scraps of astilbe. Im pretty sure Curby ate the plants. Roots and all. I say that because a) they are nowhere to be found and b) he's been throwing up here and there for the last couple of days. I can't say beyond a shadow of a doubt if the vomiting is because he ate huge quantities of soil and plant matter or if it's because he eats an entire bowl of food without chewing a single morsel. Nor does he take a single sip of water. Just inhales it into his tiny 30 pound body and then gets the hiccups. I think he's got a lot of abandonment issues to work through.
On the bright side, the dogs aren't digging in the sun garden. I think that is because they are too busy peeing all over everything I've planted there. If you happen to read this and have ANY idea how to keep your dog from treating your flowers as if they were fire hydrants, please pass along your wisdom in the form of a comment. I would most appreciate it.