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Dog damage

Damage to a raised bed in the garden

Our dog Lucy works overtime to keep predators away from the perimeter.

Sometimes she gets a little too aggressive when it comes to small critters and runs them all the way into the ground.

We briefly considered building some sort of barrier around each bed, but the damage is rare and usually easy to fix.

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Wow. And let that be a lesson to whoever Lucy was chasing. Every once in a while you gotta make an example of someone...that groundhog has probably already moved to another state.
Comment by J Mon Jan 16 18:57:43 2012
My dog, Daisy, is also a potato thief. So I just throw out a couple of potatoes in the yard and she chews on them.
Comment by Mona Mon Jan 16 19:07:10 2012

J --- Usually, she's actually digging up small mammals that are tunneling under the mulch. I've seen her dig up an area about three feet in diameter to get to one.... On the up side, we never have damage of our root crops by small mammals.

Mona --- I tossed those potatoes aside when harvesting because they were green and too small to really peel. I'm hoping they'll rot before spring so that any blight won't be carried over to the new year, but they're still sitting out there! I don't like putting bad potatoes on the compost pile because they'll just grow....

Comment by anna Mon Jan 16 19:43:24 2012
You'll have to teach her about no-till gardening.
Comment by Brian Mon Jan 16 21:10:59 2012
Thanks for making me laugh first thing in the morning. :-)
Comment by anna Tue Jan 17 08:21:00 2012

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