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Free To A Good Home

This is a discussion on Free To A Good Home within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Actually I think the little girl would be absolutely brilliant at hunting... she goes crazy ...

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    Actually I think the little girl would be absolutely brilliant at hunting... she goes crazy when we go to the farm and the way she stands when pointing at birds and sheep is just so classic! Of course, and I didn't want to say anything but, I guess they take after their dad... good breeding as they say...

    But, I have to refuse this hunting! We are a mild, gentile kind who don't want to see poor little pidgeys in mouths... well ok, truth is I'm a little squemish when it comes to that sorta stuff so I guess hunting out the plastic squeaking chicken will have to do!

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    ps julie, they know they are on parole... the photo was taken post destruction and after they were told to go to bed. The look is as guilty and sorry as it gets...

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    LOL, Tim!

    Looking pathetically sorry (after the fact) is an inbred doggie trait. It's a survival thing. It has nothing to do with whether or not they'll pass up the next chance to chaw on your 'chids as a salad snack. (They will without hesitation.) They'll just melt your heart with brown-eyed apologies every time!

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    aaawww, Julie, you mean they won't be good from now on???

    hehehe, well I've found an extra deterrent. Couldn't find apple bitters but found something called "Skeddadle" which is apparently made up of Citronella Oil and Eucalyptus Oil. It's all natural woo hoo... It's like little green pellets which is suppose to be placed around the plants. I just love the smell of it though, so I don't know how it's going to keep the pups away, but gotta try something.

    Thanks again for all the suggestions.

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    Try ground red pepper. My pups used to dig in houseplants and a few nose fulls of ground red pepper cured them. They are almost ten and haven't touched a plant for years. Sometimes an excited tail does some accidental damage though.
    Shalene

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    Thanks for the suggestion Shalene,

    Today was actually a bit of a test for the 'kids' and the plants. I took them out for a run really early this morning, ie 6am, for an hour then fed them and then left to play 'marshal' at the orchid display on at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. I came home only an hour ago to find some very hungry puppies but all my plants intact. And the weird thing is I put some of them within reach on the patio table, and they are still on there, nothing eaten...

    I had used a product called "Skeddadle" for a couple of weeks after the chomping episode and they stayed away from the plants after that... but I haven't used it for a while so not sure what is going on...

    Maybe they just know that Dad #2 isn't home for a week so they are playing good coz there is no one else to look after em...

    End of day, I'm just happy none of my plants are eaten... esp the ones about to bloom.... err, with sheaths, errr, with new leaves/roots/keiki et al...

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