Well, I won't be having a garden in the back yard this year and here's why:
We adopted a 6 month old lab mix from the Inyo County shelter in June. They had just picked him up the previous day. I walked right past him and couldn't even look at him...he looked too much like our previous dog, my black lab, Ripley. However, HE was the one hubby picked out. (OF COURSE!)
We were heading up to a cabin that didn't allow pets AT ALL, so we arranged to pay his fees, have him neutered, had him get a rabies shot, a tick bath (he was COVERED with them) and a deworming. We picked him up on the way home and he rode home for 5 hours on hubby's lap. I only made one stop in Adelanto to use the restroom. I took him out on a leash (they even gave us a harness for him), but he didn't do anything.
He has now met all 5 grandkids and loves them! His mix apparently is Weimeraner. He "points" and howls at fire trucks, just like our son's Weimeraner, who we had for the 3 years that he was living in an apartment. He also has the body and long legs of a Weimeraner and he constantly has to be touching us! In fact, he sleeps between us at night. He has absolutely NO food aggression, but he is a good watchdog! In fact, when our son met him, he wanted to take him home...!!! NO WAY~ He is an excellent rider in the car now and hops right in, eager to go on new adventures!
HOWEVER, like both a lab and Weimeraner, he LOVES TO DIG! My hollyhocks that I planted from seed are mostly destroyed. I didn't even bother to plant sweet peas. FORGETABOUTIT. So, I've planted sunflowers and hollyhocks (harvested from last year's crop) out in the front yard. My sunflowers are already 4' tall and the hollyhocks are growing. I also have a few California poppies out front. I'm hoping for a really pretty front yard next spring!
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