this year's garden-ette and sweet dogs in their small backyard

Here are some visuals for this post.

This year's crop, we hope: eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, and thyme.

As you can see, it's a fraction of the backyard we used to have, and kind of bare. But it does the job! We're putting a canopy over the patio.

"Wither thou goest...". Diego is pledged to Tala. Wherever Tala is, the big boy is right beside her.  

This goes all the way back to when she was first rehabbing from her spine injury. Three years ago:

And today.


johngoldfine said...

Those sweet dog pictures are something--all my dogs hate each other! Good feelings flow vertically to Jean and me, not sideways to each other. At best, they ignore their packmates, while at worst, 10-lb Boca guards to the death (not that we let it come to that) anything she regards as a resource: lap, couch, three-month old bone, warm stove, etc.

laura k said...

Wow, that's amazing (to me). Cody HATED Tala when we brought her home, but Cody had been the only dog for more than a year, and had grown even quirkier in her older age. She didn't hate Tala so much as her presence. But over time she came to accept her, then to love her in her quiet Cody way.

Other than that, all our dogs have loved each other. But we've never had a pair love each other the way these two do.

Tala just wants to play with Diego all the time. She leads him into the living room like it's a playground - the carpet gives her more stability than the tiled kitchen floor - and she very deliberately tries to get Diego in there so they can play.

She dotes on him. Sometimes she nuzzles his ears or licks his snout, or if they're lying near each other, she'll put her paw on his foreleg.

Tala is affectionate to us, but she prefers Diego to either of us!

allan said...

On walks, they will often look over at each other and then bump noses!

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impudent strumpet said...

What is the function of little tiny fence around the garden? I saw quite a few of them when I was walking through the house section of the neighbourhood lately, and they don't make any sense to me. They look too short too keep bigger animals out, and the holes seem too big to keep smaller animals out.

laura k said...

Imp Strump, that low fencing keeps the dogs out of the garden. They respect it as a boundary and don't jump over it! Unless, of course, delicious chicken poop is present. But absent something yummy on the surface of the soil, the dogs won't dig in or trample the garden if there is a small fence in p!ace.

impudent strumpet said...

So dogs understand fences at a symbolic level?! Awesome!