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Posted by Mummy Dearest on Jun-6-2005

For the third time in 24 hours, someone has been too lazy to hook the latch on the porch door properly and the dogs have gotten into the garden part of the yard.

An hour ago, I discovered them once more in the garden. Elvis had dug up one camellia and chewed another one down to a stump.

I know that it is just a shrub, but I found myself crying and feeling sick at heart.

If- through human laziness- the dogs get into the garden enough times, they will destroy it eventually.

This has momentarily killed the great joy I was getting from the garden and given me yet another thing that I must nag about : do the latch all the way in.

  1. blackbird Said,

    …and Win is still there? coincidence? I think not.

  2. sue Said,

    Actually, blackbird, once it was Meg, once it was Han and this morning it must have been the blue fairy, since both Han and Sally swear they closed it well.

    They were the only one’s to pass through the porch though.

    My poor bushes.

  3. Karan Said,

    Buy one of those snap close hinge things for it so that it automatically closes and latches. They are easy to install and work great. Pinched fingers eventually learn their lesson.

  4. sue Said,

    Karan : very good. Thank you.

    I’m also thinking that a simple lever type thing would do the job.

    You know what Mr.Jo would say about the latch ? Wood expands and contracts.

    He drives me nuts with his talk about wood at times.

    But then, he loves wood. Even had a wooden boat for a very long time .

    Which one might expect from a shop’s carpenter.

  5. Angie Said,

    You might try sprinkling around the shrubs one of those commercial granulates that have urine of other animals in it that is supposed to deter dogs and cats from gardens. We bought Critter Ridder and it has kept the cats away from the garden out back. Just a suggestion. I am sorry about your bushes.

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