Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:49
We have a rescue terrier cross, now aged 6, who's favourite garden activity - when not tearing around with the other dog - is digging up rats in their dens. Fine, except they're in the borders..... She also hears moley tunnelling and then tries to dig them out of our lawn.
We also have Bonzo Dog, a rescue Labrador who hadn't a clue when we got him a year ago aged between 2 and 3 as he'd never been outside. He charges through the undergrowth to help Rasta with her ratting and, being a Lab, he also charges through our pond. He hasn't a clue how to dig but tries to copy Rasta and it's hilarious to watch as he tries to use both front paws at once. He likes to keep me company whatever I'm doing so when I'm gardening he sprawls on the beds but does move happily to the path or lawn when asked. He's had to learn about people, cows, horses, goats, pigs, sheep, cars and other dogs as he now meets some or all on daily walkies. He loves chasing pheasants and hares. So does Rasta.
We are about to make them a path through the shrub border so they can gallop through the underplanting without wrecking it.
We also have a rescue cat we found abandoned in the field next door. We've had her 21 months now and she's an indoor cat who has only recently discovered it's safe to go outside for an hour or so a day and that she is allowed back in. She doesn't approve of snow or rain. She likes to watch the birds at the feeders but can't get at them.