Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Matron's 2010 Dogblog!

Welcome to Matron's 2010 Dogblog! It is time to celebrate our canine gardening chums! The two best things in life are dogs and gardening - so this is celebrating both. A big thank you to everyone who sent pictures! An even bigger thank you to the patient dogs who posed for photographs! So here is the 'dogfather' of them all. My Buddy is 14yrs old, a rescue dog from Battersea dogs home. He has the most personality of any dog I've ever owned. His parentage is 50% Beauceron, 25% Border Collie and 25% Dalmatian!! He is also the inspiration for my new Company Blackdog . He hates having his photo taken and if it wasn't for me holding a big chunk of chicken above the camera he wouldn't have bothered!
Rebus the cairn terrier lives with Kay and enjoys supervising on the allotment blogger's plot.

Carrie, aka the blonde bombshell loves to nibble sweetcorn cobs. She lives with Sue and is aptly named because she carrie's things around, she even helps sue empty the washing machine.

Goober lives in Nairobi, actually he is Buddy's honorary Nephew. Found wandering the streets in Lisbon, and is now a globetrotting diplomat!

Polo, aka 'the plot defender' is just such a little cutie! she is a rescue staffie cross and lives with Damo at the Two Chances Veg Plot. She keeps pigeons at bay and destroys sticks! Go for it girl! those sticks need to know who's boss!
this is Tara the terror! She lives with Yolanda at Bliss Garden in the Netherlands. Tara is a kooikerhund, a duck decoy dog! Tara just loves cats, drinking from the new water fountain, and getting mud on her face!

Archie lives with Jo at Through the Keyhole. He is a 4 month old Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Jo says he is more of a hindrance than a helper, and is hoping that he will grow out of his habits. Jo - I'm afraid he won't - you'll just learn to love them!

Rowdy lives with Mike at the subsistence pattern food garden. What a beautiful dog, and it looks as if he likes his root vegetables too. Very sensible!

Gwyn , oh Gwyn! how did you get to be so beautiful? Gwyn has just been promoted to head gardener at veg patch blog. Brains and beauty!

Bobby is one of the few veterans from my previous dogblog. He lives in Lincolnshire with John at Midmarsh. Bobby is a rescue Lurcher and believes that supervising is a good excuse for sunbathing. Keep at it Bobby!

Pickle is aptly named because he keeps getting into a pickle! Makes friends easily, not only with the Vegegable Vagabond, but with the cows next door! What a sweetie!

Maria Antonia lives in Portugal at Jardim com Gatos. You can see from this picture that she wears a coat of natural authority, a born leader. She likes to chase flies and also hunts for mice and lizards. No messing with this girl...unless you happen to be..

Draco the giant puppy. Draco lives with Maria Antonia but he is not allowed into the veg garden, just think of the mess those giant paws would make. That doesn't stop him sitting outside the garden looking sad!

Holly the Border Terrier takes a break from helping Joy. Here she is in the shade from one of the hot spells in the North East this Summer.

Samson is a 4 year old Dogue de Bordeaux. This gentle giant lives with the Happy Plotter.

Tara and Niki live with the Hills and Plains Seedsavers. Here they are sunning themselves in the garden this Spring.

Wyatt is clearly a veggie dog! He is so famous they named a blog after him. Wyatt Gardens!

This post has been brought to you by Blackdog, DNA tests for mixed breed dogs! A million thanks, pats, and cuddles to everyone!


At 8:48 AM, Blogger BilboWaggins said...

How lovely to see everyone's four-paws. Hopefully by the next time you do this we will have someone living with us who can participate.

Scratch behind the ears and tickle under the chin for all ....

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Magic Cochin said...

Such great doggy portraits!

I'm in love with Goober!... then I saw Gwyn!!!


At 10:13 AM, Blogger Jo said...

I've loved reading this dogblog and looking at all our wonderful helpers (or hinderers in my case). Thanks for bringing them all together.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Let's celebrate our canine friends:)) What a huge kennel!

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Mr. H. said...

Oh my gosh, they are all so adorable. Rowdy is very proud to be part of your beautiful pictoral post.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

A great set of gardening helpers. I could take them all home with me.

Reading about Maria Antonia chasing flies reminded me of a Jack Russell I had which used to leap up and catch bumble bees between his front teeth. I could never stop him and he never got stung.

At 9:10 PM, Blogger gintoino said...

What a great bunch of 4 pawed garden helpers! I think I'm in love with Gwyn (Hope Maria Antonia doesn't read this...)
Thank you for organizing this Dogblog, Matron!

At 10:21 PM, Blogger mc55 said...

love it ... my kitties want to know when you'll do a catblog :)

At 11:21 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Well done Matron. What a lovely collection! Great idea to share our dogs and our gardens.

At 3:39 AM, Blogger Wyatt said...

What a great photo gallery of furry garden helpers.
Happy Digging!


At 8:20 PM, Blogger mangocheeks said...

I don't have a canine friend of my own, but have enjoyed admiring these amusing characters. Thank you for sharing.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Lottie said...

What an absolutely fabulous blog post - simply the best!

I can't have a dog - so make do with chickens - who are great little helpers

Off to look at all their blogs

At 12:18 AM, Blogger Maggie said...

Hi matron,
I love seeing everyone's canine friends and also looking at their blogs and also the links to other blogs.
I have not been posting much lately but visiting new sites motivates me.
We are having some wonderful spring days, great gardening weather.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger erusson said...

Polo looks just like my dog, she's a Staffie cross but we don't know what with... can you help?? x

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Matron said...

erusson - yes, I do DNA tests for mixed breed dogs, you can find out what breeds make up Polo.


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