As you might be aware from a previous post, we’ve had an ongoing battle between the pups and the flower gardens…with the pups winning, so far.
And from that post, you could see that in one garden we now had nothing but a potential mud bog every time it rains or we water. Well, Ruthanna and I finally decided that something had to be done about that and soon. We finally came upon a plan! We would just fill in the holes and then cover the whole area with gravel. Then this spring we could buy / build planters to place throughout the garden area to get it back to our garden oasis.
Of course, once we got started, we realized we needed to not only fill in gravel in that garden area but to also take it all down the side of the porch since grass wasn’t growing there and something needed to be there other than dirt. This required MANY more 50lb bags of gravel than we had originally planned but that was ok as it needed to be done. Or at least we thought it would be alright. Now that our backs are not quite so sore, we are again feeling that this was a pretty good idea.
Seriously though, believe it or not, it really turned out looking pretty darn good and we actually surprised ourselves on this decision! We figured that this spring once the planters were in place, this will again look like a garden oasis! Hahahaha, foolish humans! Never underestimate the power of pups!
Now I wish we had remembered to take a picture of how nice it looked when we finished but I can tell you that at that time, my back was telling me of other things to do than take a picture. So I will try to get a picture soon and add it to this post.
Almost immediately after finishing the project, Sadie quickly decided that we were the absolutely the best parents in the whole wide world! How could we possibly have known that at the top of her list to Santa had been a private up-close-to-the-door bathroom! Now she didn’t have to go way out into the yard to poop! We were absolutely the best in her mind. No more going way out back if it was cold, night time, rainy, or near dinner time. She could jump out, poop and get back in quick so as not miss any of the action inside! "You guys are the best!"
Ursa on the other hand, obviously had a different idea about the whole situation. Her thoughts were clearly, "you think that’s going to keep me from digging? Ha, I’ll show you!"
And of course as always, Fargo’s thoughts were "Zzzzzzzzzz, huh, a new place to sleep, ok, maybe later, Zzzzzzzzz."
So as always, we’ve just ended up trading one thing for another, we now have to pickup poop everyday from the gravel area so it won’t stink and we still are having to deal with holes but at least we are not dealing with muddy dogs. Which for now, works for me!