I've read several blogs recently that have shared their experiences with pets in the garden. At Gardening Gone Wild the design workshop of the month is pets in the garden. I found this a very interesting topic since we have a pet and a garden and yes, I've definitely had to design things specifically around her.
Our dog Gracie is a 4 year old Bichon Frise. We really never planned to get a dog, but after meeting my brother- in -law's Bichons we fell in love with the breed. Here she is when we first went to the breeders. Before I go any further I must say I highly recommend this breed. She is very good with kids, friendly, only barks when someone comes to the door, loves to play, doesn't shed and this breed is hypo-allergenic.
When she was a puppy she liked to chew and eat everything: plants, rocks and sticks. I was with her constantly while she was outside to monitor what she was into.
She eventually outgrew this phase and also decided she really didn't like being outside all that much. She liked to follow the neighborhood cats around our yard that would visit. She liked to relax on the chaise lounge chairs in the sun, but that was about it.
That was until she discovered our raised vegetable beds. About 2 years ago my oldest daughter finally had her first successful crop of carrots growing. She would check them everyday just waiting to pick them. Unfortunately Gracie discovered them too and I came out one day to find her pulling and eating every single carrot. My daughter was understandably upset. On top of that I found that there are several fruits and vegetables that are unsafe for dogs to eat, some that we grow. Among the list are grapes, onions, tomatoes, apple seeds, cherry and peach pits. I wanted to keep her safe as well as out of trouble with my daughter.
Here's the little carrot eater in action, eating this nose right off the snowman!
We decided to put up a little white picket fence along the side yard where the raised beds are to keep her out while we aren't supervising her. I actually like how it ended up looking, and now it functions to keep her out and also acts as an entrance to the vegetable garden.