We are down to desperate measures… I have replanted one of my flower beds more times this spring than I would like to count. It has been so dry this spring and so hard to get anything growing. And then … the dogs. Our two dogs just love to dig nice holes in the ground and lie down comfortably in it for a nice rest in the cool dirt. They just don’t realize that in doing so they are digging up my Lantanas and my Vincas. So we finally did this:

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OK, it is probably considered really tacky if you live in the city to put a hot wire fence up around your flower bed, but what is a country girl to do? At least it is working. The dogs haven’t dug in the flower bed for a week. 

Bella

Bella

This is Bella.

Beau

Beau

And this is Beau.

Is that a sign that we are just country folk? It looks rather rustic right now, but I am hoping that we can take it down in a few weeks.

We tried the scoldings, the giving treats to the dogs when they “weren’t” in the flower beds, sprinkling out a store bought concoction containing pepper, and now finally — a hot wire fence around it. One of my sons set that up the fence for me. Does it look too drastic? At least it seems to be working. After a couple of weeks, My Honey says I’ll be able to just put up a cold fence around anything else that I want the dogs to stay out of and they well. Now the son that put up the fence is suggesting that I buy a cheap little children’s plastic swimming pool and fill it with dirt for the dogs to lie in. I wonder if they really would like that?

Blessings, Betty

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