Apr 15

Gardening with Dogs

If it looks like a stick, smells like a stick, and acts like a stick, it’s a stick. Or at least that’s Moby’s interpretation of the situation.

Our backyard is geared towards having a place to relax for us and a place to play for the dogs. It’s shady and hard to grow grass, so on one half the of the yard our “grass” is actually weeds (FYI…weeks require way more mowing than actual grass!). On the other side of the yard, we have pine straw down. If we didn’t, it’d be pure dirt because for some reason, even weeds don’t really like to grow over there.

We have a few beds with some plants in them, but one in particular has not done well.


On the left is grass of some sort. Next to it, Rosemary. In the middle is a Philodendron (we call him Phil), on the the right is a Crinum Lily (we call her Carla). In the front, we’ve had a variety of plants over the last few years – most recently Lantana.  What’s left of the Lantana is shown below.

Yeah – hard to see, right? (The one on the right is camouflaged by all the clover!) That’s because of the above – if it looks like a stick, acts like a stick and smells like a stick, it’s a stick. And Moby LOVES sticks. So, one dying branch by one dying branch, our lantana has become nothing but an actual stick.

So, we set out to ACE Garden Center to get some new plants. We went looking for more lantana. Then it occurred to me – maybe we should check to see if it’s toxic to dogs since Moby likes it. Guess what? It is. Good news – it’s mainly the berries that can make them sick and Moby only cares about the branches. He hasn’t been sick yet, but we didn’t really want to test it out. So, we started looking at some other things and of course, everything we liked was on the list of what wasn’t okay. We never had an issue with Brutus, Dixie or Boney eating things, but Moby is a big fan of anything that he can carry or chew on in the back yard (including things that aren’t plants).


We ended up going with some boring ferns (but haven’t gotten around to planting them yet). Our search continues for a regional shade plant with color that isn’t toxic to the hungry hungry hippo aka Moby.



May 12

Fake Plastic Trees!

Posted by Brutus

My new bed arrived via the loud truck this afternoon! My Uncle Lee was nice enough to provide mom with some bed stuffing earlier this week so we could use it right away!

I’m sure mom will be taking lots of pictures of us enjoying it this weekend, but here is one of me making sure it is up to my standards.


May 12

A New Bed

Posted by Brutus

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve been in touch, but I’ve been spending most of my time sleeping, eating or begging for treats. Mom has a good selection of treats for me to choose from, so who can blame me for wanting to sample them?

When I’m not eating, I’m sleeping. As you may (or may not) know, Mom has a thing for Molly Mutt beds. We each have our own, though we all share. With summer right around the corner and warm weather almost daily, I like to meander out to the back yard and take naps in the sun. Mom wants me to be happy, but doesn’t like that I get dirty. She was very excited when she heard a month or so ago that Molly Mutt was coming out with an outdoor bed!

Mom logged onto Facebook today and the first thing she saw was that Molly Mutt Outside was available! So…this will be arriving for me soon


I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to share this one with Dixie (who also enjoys laying in the sun) or if I’m going to keep it all to myself.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite bed or pillow for relaxing?

Dec 11

So tired…

Whew! Last night mom and dad hosted a party for some friends and neighbors and as usual, we weren’t invited. However, after a while we convinced them to let us in on the fun. Everyone that was here kept commenting on how adorable I was (duh!). Mom and dad said we all did a really good job is socializing – even Dixie who usually runs to her room when there are too many people around. One of our neighbors gave us lots of treats so our bellies were FULL at the end of the night. We’re still tuckered out this morning…Allie had been in bed all morning!