This is my offering for the Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Pets in the Garden, hosted by Gardening Gone Wild.
I don’t have much to offer when it comes to pets in the garden. I don’t have any pets, unless you count my daughter’s fish (which we’re having much success with, by the way–none have died or eaten each other in at least three months.)
My wife is allergic to dogs, cats, feathers, algae and oxygen. She’d be most content if she lived in a plastic bubble. So, no pets for us. Or indoor bouquets of flowers for that matter. Okay by me. I save on not having to buy flowers. And pets, to care for them correctly, require work. I hate work.
I did grow up with pets – dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, birds, and even, for a short time, a monkey. Haven’t you always wanted a monkey?
I do have these two dog images and one great idea from gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo. The idea I found intriguing was this “potty area” for this gardener’s dog, photo on top.
It’s in an unobtrusive area of the garden between the corner of the house and a fence, underneath some trees, where not much would grow anyway. You’d have to know it was there in order to find it. Fortunately, it really only matters that their dog, a large german shepherd, knows it’s there. They use it as a litter box, in that, on occasion, it has to be cleaned out a bit, it is a big dog after all.
And look how nice they made it. It’s bricked in, with decorative fence and formal plantings in stone planters. It’s filled in with pea(pee?) gravel and surrounded by greenery.
It’s the nicest outdoor bathroom I’ve ever seen. I should put together one like this for myself, so I don’t have to run in the house with muddy shoes while working in the garden.