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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Garden Helpers

Due to popular demand, I've decided to reveal the crew that does my gardening for me.   These all came to us as adults already named.  First up is Henny Penny AKA Chocolate (because she's so sweet.)  Mostly she likes to cuddle but she would do incredible things if only she had opposable thumbs.


Here she is sharing her opinion of the work the Rigby has done.  Rigby knew Chocolate before he came to us as they lived in the same house.  Rigby is the son of a friend of Chocolate's.


Stryder is 11 and doesn't much care for gardening anymore but loves to nap, preferably with Chocolate and me.  I'll miss our afternoon naps now that school has started but am sure that they'll carry on without me.  Stryder is also known as the grump because he growls at everyone but me.  We're buds.

Sarah Sue is the youngest of the crew at a bit over two years old.  She came from Kelso, WA and loves to play.  She's also fond of pushing the other dogs out of the way when she wants attention and dragging Rigby by his tail if he won't play with her which is why she is sometimes called The Menace.  Sometimes known as Mermaid because of the way she sort of swims on the bed.
 
This crew doesn't so much help me garden as they  keep me from gardening.  Who wants to pull weeds when there are tribbles to play with? 
 
 

27 comments:

  1. They're all gorgeous Peter! How could you still garden when at home when you have all of them cute ones to play with??

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    1. I don't garden much, as my garden shows, because I'd rather play with the pups.

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  2. They are all so adorable (well, except for Stryder, who did indeed bark at me). Actually, just kidding, he is very handsome too. We all love our pets, don't we?

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    1. We do love our pets. They're non judgemental, forgiving, and loving. And if we get tired of them, we can simply put them in another room for a while.

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  3. Oh those little faces! I still fondly remember them all snuggled up next to you on the couch.

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    1. It's good to have furry company, isn't it?

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  4. Ohhhh!!! I absolutely love them!!!!!!! they are so cute!!! thanks for introducing them to us :)

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    1. I'm glad you love them, they're pretty special to us too.

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  5. I don't think you could have a cuter group of companions in the garden. They don't need to do any work - being cute is their occupation.

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  6. Too cute! Where do you find the time? Thanks for sharing your kid's pictures with us.
    At first I thought the white snout is a sign of age, but since Sarah Sue has one, I guess it's part of this breed's marking. Forgive my ignorance, what is this breed?

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    1. There's always time to cuddle with little furballs. They are Pomeranians and the white snout is often a sign of age but sometimes darker colored poms show the white snout earlier in their lives. (Don't know if that's considered a flaw or not.)

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  7. What adorable little helpers you have ! I will show these photos to Mickie and Rosie.

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    1. Thanks, I was pretty fond of your gorgeous kids, Mickie and Rosie, when I met them!

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  8. I'm trying to think of what to say without seeming over the top, so I will hold back and just say THEY ARE ADORABLE. And I want to see them in every post from now on, no pressure. Oh...my...
    I love that Stryder growls at everyone but you, haha! Chocolate looks like she has a little smirk in the first picture, what an absolute sweetie. Imagine the cuddles with that bunch!

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    1. They keep us laughing! I'll try to include them in more posts.

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  9. Nice team Peter! They bring you joy of life and gardening is your business:))

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    1. Thank you, Nadezda! They bring me much joy!

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  10. They are so beautiful, its amazing you get any gardening done at all. My old dog, retriever cross,used to just lie on the grass while I was weeding, moving along the border when I did. But then she insisted on carrying the tools back to the shed, quite often the watering can (empty by now) or the bucket for weeds! They are such wonderful company.

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    1. It's a hard choice between playing with the dogs and gardening! Fortunately, they are fond of a good afternoon nap together after a day of gardening. How wonderful that your helper carried the tools back to the shed for you!

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  11. Such cuties! Yesterday my parents' dachshund Willy kept me company while I sowed mache. Is a great garden aficionado - grass to run and roll around on? Great! Shrubs to hide in? Super! Dirt to dig? Awesome!

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    1. It's good to have company that keeps us entertained!

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  12. TOTAL CUTE OVERLOAD! I showed their darling photos to cats and said 'garden helpers' several times in a behavior mod tone. Cats like to lie down exactly where I am weeding. Or lie down in holes just dug for shrubs. Or lie down on top of plants in pots. Notice we have moved from 'garden helpers' to 'lie down' as operative words here. That's where I'm afraid we are stuck.

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    1. I miss having cats but often neighborhood felines keep me company while gardening. Your cats sound like as much help as my crew which I have to watch every minute that they're loose so they don't squeeze under the fence.

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  13. Cute! So cute they kinda don't even look like real animals but like anime characters. Your house must be a barrel of fun with those guys around.

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    1. Our house is so cluttered that it's sometimes hard to find the dogs. Maybe we should go back to a bigger breed.

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  14. What precious members of the family. I bet they make you smile every day.

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