|Sienna...if she's not sleeping, she's following me around or begging SOMEone to throw SOMEthing for her, lol|
My garden is currently 4 raised beds (4X8) in a 'corner turn' type of layout. The one box against the side of the fence near the large tree/bush thing, was growing new trees out of it that germinated and such through winter, sprouted, etc. Well, ONE in particular, was as big around as a nickle! I was in a frustrated mood the other midmorning (don't get me goin' on the reasons), so I took the dogs out and we went into the garden...they LOVE going in the garden with the mama, lol, there's all sorts of mischief for them to get into, and dogs love mischief, especially ornery ones. I had my 'claw' tool and was turning the soil (it's no longer frozen), so when it would rain, it would help push more rocks to the surface so I could clear'em out. Well, I decided to take the claw to this tree thing, and the rat terrier (Angel a.k.a. Booger) noticed and started digging around where the claw was digging. THEN, the golden retriever (Sienna), noticed that Booger was digging, came over to see what it was, and realized it was (in her blonde head, lol) a stick (and sticks get thrown for her to catch, ya know lol), and got a good grip on the 'stick' with her mouth, and started yanking on it. So, I stopped with the claw, and Booger and Sienna kept going with much enthusiasm, I might add, until Booger got the roots loose enough for Sienna to yank the 'stick' out of the ground and then she shook it to get the dirt out (that's right, the dirt needs to stay IN the garden). Peeps, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Seriously! Now, Rat Terriers were bread to hunt, and well, to get rats in the barn (we let cats do that now, but in olden' days, rat terriers were the ones that use to live in barns and get the rats and snakes, to their demise at times). Then they used rat terriers for hunting fox and subsequently to dig truffles (the root, not the yummy chocolate drops, unfortunately lol). So, I guess Booger's inbedded instincts kicked in and she saw her mama digging (she likes to dig, usually it's for a rock or something she THINKS she smells), and just dug around the root. Sienna, being the blonde that she is, probably just saw the potential of a stick, lol...and if she got it loose, that maybe I'd throw it for her, lol. After this, I pointed to another one that was a bit smaller and said, 'dig it, Booger,' and they did the very same thing!! In the end, they dug up 9 small trees out of that bed for their mama that day! They got extra treats when we got into the house...and then, alas, they got into and ate cat food and had to spend an hour in 'jail,' lol but the point is this, they were being good doggies for their mama, and was helping her (good thing, cuz I can't root dig very well these days). I had them dig up a few more yesterday, as well. I so need to get that on video to post on YouTube, or at least a pic to post on here for ya'll...you'd get a kick out of seeing it.