My approach to most things in my life is to dream big and then run towards the dream as far as my energy (and wallet) will take me. One of my many dreams is to have a wonderful yard with a big kitchen garden, sweet smelling flowers and comfy chairs to sit while my cabana-man brings me spiked ice tea. Living with three labradors makes this goal a little harder to accomplish. The dogs eat anything that smells good or generally seems like it might taste good and they pee on the rest. On top of this challenge, my house appears to built on a giant sandbar where little grows.
As Leo (lover of all things Sweet Dog) was unloading all my garden soil from the car, he mentioned that my life was alot like Sisyphus, the king who was condemned eternally to repeat the cycle of rolling a heavy rock up a hill only to have it roll down again as it nears the top. Ha! After a lot of trial and error, I found a few flowering plants that survive in a yard where the dogs wander freely and enjoy sleeping in the warm dirt.
Recently I was researching "March-Poison Awareness Month" for a blog post and discovered that most of the plants growing in my yard are on the ASPCA's list of PLANTS TOXIC TO DOGS. To make things worse, our chocolate lab, Ella, has not been feeling well lately. I had changed her food and supplements but I never considered that my obsessive gardening might be an issue. Now, I know that Ella's problem may not be due to the plants but like most mothers (dog and human), I have defaulted to intense guilt. I encourage all dog owners to look at the list of toxic indoor and outdoor plants and please, tell your friends and family.
WELL, dreams are hard to crush in our house. Luckily for me, the ASPCA also lists NONTOXIC PLANTS for dogs, cats and horses. I have removed the toxic plants and this weekend I plan on robbing a piggy bank and going to the nursery to try my luck with a new list of plants.