Thursday, 14 September 2017

Banjo

Here is a photo of Banjo, following his recent trip to the Vets



His cone is bigger than Moxie's. We thought he would be resistant to wearing it. But he has been very well behaved. Like Moxie, the hardest part for Banjo is the need to be quiet and not run and muck about, so that his wound has time to heal. 

The same day I took this photo (Tuesday) I was watering the garden and went to move the sprinkler and discovered.....



A large branch had fallen on top of the sprinkler and the plant I was watering. The plant a small Brunfelsia survived because it was surrounded by a cage to keep the dogs away. Brunsfelsia is reportedly very poisonous. 



This photo is a close up of the cage with the Brunsfelsia inside. I am glad I wasn't standing there when the branch dropped. 

And the photo below is the tree from which the branch fell. 



7 comments:

  1. You've made life a lot easier for your two dogs, by getting them desexed. Days becomes less stressful for them, and you. But I'm glad no real damage was done by that falling branch. We've had crazy winds today, and a fallen branch somewhere in our vicinity, took the power out for 3 hours.

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    1. Yes the branch fell right where I had the sprinkler watering that area of the garden. Just as well it didn't fall when I was bending down to pick up the sprinkler.

      It was very windy here too, yesterday. This morning the air is calm and the trees are still - I hope it remains that way for the rest of the day.

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  2. I remember Samson would bump into everything with his cone. Sounds like Banjo is very tolerant and recovering well.
    Kylie

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    1. He is really missing being able to run around and play. He is one of those dogs who loves to run. Moxie prefers rough play and chewing things. We are keeping him as quiet as possible, I am looking forward to him having his stitches out. He is a real darling.

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  3. I'm going to ask why you nurture Brunsfelsia, when it is reportedly very poisonous?

    Just wondering...

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    1. It is a good question. Brunsfelsia is one of my favourite shrubs. Ours was planted well before we got the pups. Many older homes and gardens already have Brusfelsia growing as they are a common garden plant in South East Queensland. Our home in the suburbs, like those of our neighbours had both dogs and a brunsfelsia or two growing. Our dog Chloe never chewed on the one in our garden. (We also had Oleander growing in the front yard.) However she did have quite a thing for Hibiscus flowers, strawberries and tomatoes. Moxie and Banjo seem to have high chewing needs - they have toys and we give them dog chews - pigs ears, rawhide chews etc. They also find their own things to chew charcoal being one, sticks are another - they have destroyed a number of bromeliads, and bitten branches off some shrubs. Moxie has even in the past week taken to having a bit of a chew on the bottom rail out on the patio. (They are pretty good in other ways - they don't chew our shoes, or my gardening gloves which I leave on chairs outside, or pull clothes off the line like many puppies do.) Once they are past the chewing stage I will reconsider the future of the Brunsfelsia. There are a lot of common garden plants which are poisonous to both humans and animals and some plants which give animals rashes if they come in contact with the leaves. Many pet owners are unaware of this. We also have a dog run, which is where they are kept when we are away from home, or when we are working outside or inside and are unable to keep a close eye on them.

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  4. Dogs in cones, they look so cute. I love brunseflia plants, so easy to grow. I had a few branch falss from the wind this week, small ones thank goodness.

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