Not too long ago I posted an article about the dangerous Sago Palm. You can read it here. I did quite a lot to help reduce the risk of my girl Sasha eating one of the seeds or leaves of this lovely but deadly tree. I had some cheap willow branches as a tiny makeshift fence to further the “no fly zone” mentality in the heart and mind of my pup. I have also trained her to stay out of all of the beds and gardens. Quite well I may add, she is such a good dog! Who’s the good dog? She is!
When other dogs come by for play dates and shenanigans, they are not so obedient. The last visitor jumped right on in to the hot zone with no trouble at all. Now, I don’t want anyone’s animal to get hurt, but I also don’t want to cut down the tree or make a large fenced area around it either. Both would be unsightly to me.
So, when I set out this morning to do some repairs to the willow fencing, I decided to add a little teeny tiny picket fencing as well. I also added quite a lot of wood stakes all around to make it a bit more solid and stable.
This is all well and good for my aesthetic purposes, and should prove enough of a barrier to keep my well trained Sasha out of harms way. But what of the untrained guests? There are a few puppies as well as a few friends of mine that would be in there in an instant sniffing and chewing whatever they find. For that, I use some chili pepper flakes mixed with regular pepper. I sprinkle it all around so when an animal (or wayward friend) goes sniffing, they get a slap in the face with a powerful spicy blast. Works well and lasts for a few months depending on the rainfall.
The fence itself is also secured better with aluminum wires tied to the stakes. Now you can give it a gentle kick without it flying all over. I decided to test this out on Sasha by putting one of her bones in there to see if she’d go after it. I’m sneaky like that.
Mission successful! I quickly retrieved her bone and gave it back to her receiving much praise in the process. I’m not a fan of people that tease their dogs, not even for a minute so I didn’t want to torture her any further. Side note: please don’t ever tease your dog! It’s cruel and will only serve to get you deservedly pooped upon.
So, mini project was a success and now I can rest a little bit easier.