A gardener's best friend? Not.
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Michael Tortorello, who writes for the New York Times about his adventures as a rookie gardener, had a fun story this week that will be familiar to us all.
Dogs in the garden. (Lulu? I am talking about you!)
He tells of Bertie, who dug a hole in the garden into which his owner stepped, twisting her knee badly enough to require rehab.
Dogs look at gardens and have two questions, he writes. "Can I pee on it?" and "Can I chew it."
And they can also deliver parasites they pick up in the garden to their owners.
In an accompanying piece, Tortorello offers tips from the experts on how to get your dogs to behave in the garden.
The best advice seems to be, don't let them in the garden at all. And, he adds, an exhausted dog is a well-behaved dog.