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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; Hi Everyone, I have two very naughty German Short Haired Pointers that I want to ...

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have two very naughty German Short Haired Pointers that I want to give-away. They are six years old and are in good health. Brother and sister but one is white with brown spots and the other is brown with white fleckings.

    Word of warning though, they do like to EAT orchids, in particular Dendrobiums. In fact I had better show you what they do to them...

    This is after I have put the plants in a pot of sphag moss... and the little other chewed bits placed in the compost bin...



    4 years down the drain.... imagine finding the pot and the bark and the plant all over the grass...

    So, given that my partner would probably kill me if I did give the little ones away, does anybody have any suggestions on deterrents? I have to keep the Dendrobes outside because of the high light requirements... and no space indoors.

    Oh and I'm sure I'm not a bad dad! The pups gets taken out for a walk twice a day, they get a ball and a rope when I leave for work and sometimes a treat bucket, ie 2l juice bottle with treats inside that they need to push around to get to the treat. And I even come home for lunch some days to also give them luncho-s.

    Maybe I just shouldn't grow orchids

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    First I'd cut off the brown on both, then spray them liberally with Neem oil. (The smell alone should make them repent.)

    I'm just thinking out loud here, but what about those pepper sprays or something like tabasco. Could you spray your plants with something organic like that, not hurt them, but make them very distasteful to the pups?

    Julie

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    I have heard of people using Apple Bitter on plants , but don't know if it safe for orchids. Apple bitter is sold in pet stores, and I have to say, I had a naughty cat it worked wonders for ).

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    Thanks for the suggestions Julie, OrchidTraci,

    I have seen Neem oil at the hydroponics store so might try that. Can I just spray all my plants with the oil at any time? Alternatively as you said, maybe tabasco/pepper spray might work... hmm, trip to the grocery store.

    What's apple bitters? Is that like apple juice without sugar additives? Hmm, the kids like to drink all sorts of things including champagne and beer so not sure if bitter stuff would work. (and it's not me who gives em the drinks either).

    so maybe I'll try the hot stuff first or the Neem oil first...

    thanks again.
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    ps here are the two crims... looking like they have done something wrong!


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    Apple bitter is a spray used with pets to detere\ them to chew on things they shouldn't be chewing. My cat would always chew up the legs on my dinner table . One taste of it and she never chewed it again!

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    LOL Tim,

    I was suggesting cutting the brown spots off the dogs and thenspraying them with the Neem oil! It doesn't smell for long after it's applied, so I doubt on the plants it will be sufficient deterrent, but who knows...

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    Traci, I think I know the type of product you mean. Don't know if we have apple bitters but we might have other stuff that is similar. Will put that on the pet shop list of things to get.

    Julie, that completely went over my head heheheh. But now that you mentioned it, if I get the brown stuff off then I will have a GSP var. alba... very kewl!

    cheers
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    Look at the photo...these poor dogs are trying to tell you that they would prefer to be out bird-hunting instead of punishing you and your plants! I can help you get started if you wish!

    German Shorthairs are the BEST!

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    Flush them up! Man, quail are some fun shooting. The shorthairs are beautiful. And they are sure smarter than my buddy's Irish Setter. Where is my 16 guage?

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    Ok, so maybe you don't cut out the brown spots...

    ...but they're on parole - so warn 'em!

    Julie

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