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Jed loves gardening. It is one of his favourite activities, almost on the same level as trying to smuggle rancid bones into the house.

Now, he’s no longer allowed into the vegetable garden after he nibbled the top off all my beetroot seedlings. Instead he hovers beyond the perimeter of the fence, alert and quivering. He watches intently until I throw a weed over the fence, whereupon he pounces on it and worries it.

The other morning Husband and I decided to reclaim some land in the small area at the bottom of the drive where, if you sit and watch, you can actually SEE the weeds advancing across the flowerbed in a strategic military formation I like to call Operation Choke.

Naturally Jed was at the front line of defence in the thick of the action. I think this is his idea of ‘helping out’. You can’t say our dog doesn’t pull his weight.

In addition to indiscriminate digging, Jed also functions as a Weed Disposal Unit (WDU)™.

As you can see, Jed takes weeds PERSONALLY. Unfortunately, he has trouble differentiating between flowers/herbiage/vegetables and weeds. (That said, I’m not sure Husband can tell the difference either.)

Jed likes to ensure the weed is extremely dead before moving on.


Comments on: "Weeding canine style" (4)

  1. Cian said:

    Just wonderful – I’d so love to get my hands on a similar WDU – but we have just signed a no pets waiver on our apartment 😦

  2. deadlyjelly said:

    Darn. A goldfish just doesn’t have the same facility with weeds.


  3. Cian said:

    We were only talking about a goldfish earlier this week, but unfortunately they just don’t get excited enough when you get home – I mean what are they going to do? Swim extra fast around the bowl?

  4. deadlyjelly said:

    They also have an inconsiderate habit of dying on you just when you’ve started to bond.


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