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That darn dog!

August 28th, 2009

Inca has been a very bad dog lately. She has been getting into my garden bed and wreaking havoc.

Who, me?

Who, me?

It started when I went in there to trim the basil. I'm always busy and tired, and I only get in there to work once a month or so. I'm a bad plant mom. My friend Dave built me the tiny garden back in the spring (2009) to encourage a shared love for gardening. That, and because he's nice.


So, it's been there for half a year and it never piqued her interest, but on this particular day, Inca saw me unhook the small gate and realized that fun things lay behind that flimsy mesh barrier. Things like Manoa lettuce, wild tomatoes, and other fun herbs.

If she wanted to remove the herbs to cook me dinner, that'd be one thing, but I've been coming out just about every day to large, telltale paw prints in the dirt, and more and more dying plants.


My stupid, jerry-rigged solution

My stupid, jerry-rigged solution

Labradors are SO smart. There are three stakes nailed in at intervals, with a thick mesh zip tied to all but one stake. On that last stake, the mesh is simply hooked on, acting like a gate. First, she realized she could tug at the mesh, unhook the bottom, and crawl in under.

Stop talking and pet me.

Stop talking and pet me.

I thought I fixed that by putting a big cinder block at the bottom to prevent her from nosing under. She moved the block. Right. What's a concrete brick to a 70 pound dog? So I lined the entire bottom with blocks to create more deterrent.

You think THAT's gonna stop me?!

You think THAT's gonna stop me?!

To heck with you, she said. She simply yanked the mesh away with her teeth and broke it.

A running list of casualties:

Lima bean plant



Half dug up thyme

Half dug up mint

Partially trampled lavender

Semi broken green onion

I plot my next attack...

I plot my next attack...

I know it's my fault for not giving her more stimulation, and I know it's what dogs do anyway. They dig. But dang it, Inca. Can't you dig up the weeds instead of the vegetables?

Posted in mom, pets | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “That darn dog!”

  1. Rosette:

    oh you should never taken your dog out while you are digging around in the garden. DOG LEARN AND WATCH WHAT YOU when I dig outside to pull weeds I wont take my dog out ..HE DOES WHAT I DO DIG!

  2. Rosette:

    yes for some reason my dog think he is helping to dig while I dig...I FIGURED this out I was digging then all of the sudden he dig dig I keep putting carpet where he will dig so he wont dig ..finally he stop... SO when you go out and if he starts to dig you discipline them right away and say no! NO..YOU must do this until he stop ..then don't dig infront fo them.

  3. Rosette:

    once they mark the territory inside your garden they will I have two fences one is he is around concrete HE CANNOT DIG CONCRETE when I go out he can stay in that section then I let him where the grass when I can monitor him..less stress for me....

  4. Rosette:

    my dog is small so any none sense I can pick him up...but he can run fast that is why I have two fence...if he gets out the next one will stop him.

  5. hemajang:

    Cute story and I love the photos of your dog, yeah, hard to get too mad at her. May I suggest a wire mesh like the kind they use for concrete reinforcement, less likely to get unhook and go under. We use that for our dog in the back yard.

  6. theDman:

    Bad Doggy alright!

    Try to teach her that her kind would be very popular in Kalihi or Waipahu if she doesn't shape up.

  7. Rosette:

    yes with dog hard to train them unless you have proper equipment.

  8. Rosette:

    I made sure I told my husband better build me a fence I AM TRAINING THIS DOG ...!

  9. Rosette:

    maybe you might have to use planters to plant your herbs.

  10. Rosette:

    when you have a dog YOU HAVE TO FORGET THE HERBS ! I tell myself okay HOW LONG are you going to live so I get my life back....omg..yes with dog ...full time job.

  11. Rosette:

    the blocks might fall on his paw...I design my yard dog friendly....I make sure th eplants are not goign to affect my dog. YES almost a year and half training.

  12. midori-mm:

    Awwww...but, she's so cute!!! 🙂

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