Henry the Weed-Eating Dog

Henry, the weed-eating dogThis is Henry, one of the four dogs we are watching this week.  They are all very sweet and generally mild-mannered but we have noticed that Henry is special.  Henry is a weed-eating dog.

His owners have carefully planted a selection of tomatoes and peppers in big pots (well, some of them might be labeled as “five-gallon buckets” by the unimaginative) out on their back deck.  They told us to enjoy the bounty this week so we’ve been munching on cherry tomatoes as we sit around the pool (oh, the perks of housesitting).  We happened to look over yesterday and saw Henry carefully eating the grass out of the containers.   He showed no interest in the tomatoes or peppers but was very thorough in his grass annihilation.

As an amateur organic gardener, I am always looking for new tricks, tools, and secrets.  I don’t think it gets much better than a weed-eating dog in terms of environmental friendliness and minimal labor.  Plus you get the companionship of man’s best friend!  Alas, I have no idea how to actually train a dog to eat weeds.  That would be the million dollar trick.   Pretty much all the dogs I know will eat grass sometimes.  However, Henry has access to an entire lawn so I’m not sure why he prefers to eat his grass out of the tomato planters – perhaps it is sweeter and better fertilized?  Whatever his doggy logic may be, I am quite impressed and hope one day to have a weed-eating dog of my own.

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    Dagny said,

    July 21, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

    I’m impressed. I’m just about to adopt a dog and lets hope I have as much luck with my puppy as Henry’s owners did.

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    Jessica said,

    July 24, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

    I have two pest controlling cats. They’re pretty cool. But they don’t eat weeds (although one of them eats my onions).

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    Maggie said,

    July 24, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

    Dogs and cats generally are much more useful for pest control (although I never quite got used to receiving “presents” on the front porch, especially of the dead baby bunny variety) than weeding. But I love the concept!

    I haven’t met any cats who ate onions but I have met dogs who ate strawberries – perhaps even more aggravating.

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    Tim & Marcia said,

    July 24, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

    Henry’s favorite backyard treat is actually Ragweed! His inside treat is spent toilet paper tubes.
    He’s kind of strange like that.
    But we love him anyway.

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