Monday, June 16, 2008

Through dogs eyes

These little beady eyes belong to Oly. Oly is vacationing here at Greenbow while his momma is away in New England for a week or so. Oly is a an almost 7pound toy poodle. He comes to Greenbow often as he and his momma babysit for Luna when we are away. So it is like a homecoming for him to come stay with us. This tiny little dog is such a sweetie. He enjoys wandering through the garden paths checking out new territory.
I was just thinking today of how the garden might look from his point of view. Everything would look so big. Like this Blue Angel Hosta that he is standing beside. One of those leaves looks almost as big as he is. I am sure a Sum and Substance leaf is larger than he.
Now Vinny on the other hand weighs a whole 20 pounds and stands a little taller than Oly. This little imp is rarely still. His Jack Russle/Rat Terrier breeding plus him being only a year old makes for a lively guest.
He is always on the look out for squirrels or any other creature that happens to wander into our garden. He can barely see above most flowers but that doesn't bother him. He plows right through path or no path.
Luna being a big dog doesn't seem to mind the flowers in the garden. She can usually see over them or she, not often but occasionally plows through them. Ususally she does the plowing through in pursuit of a rabbit.
I sort of know how they feel walking through the paths in our garden since during a tour of a garden with huge azaleas I felt like I was in a maze. It feels like another world. I too occasionally felt like plowing through a small break in the azaleas to see what might be on the other side.

23 comments:

garden girl said...

Aw, cute little doggies! I'm glad to see Luna looking so well. She doesn't seem to mind her houseguests. You go Luna - keep those bunnies from munching on the flowers!

Rose said...

Wow, those are some azaleas! I've heard you mention Vinny before, but I don't think I've ever seen him here. Luna appears to be a good hostess; she doesn't mind her guests? Our dogs were always good about respecting the garden, but the cats--now, that's another story.

Karen said...

How cute, what a ham Oly is posing for the camera.

Teri C said...

What a cutie. Her and luna are complete opposites in size. That azalea garden is awesome! wow

beckie said...

Lisa, that hosta with Oly is very pretty. I think she is admiring it too. Cute post and actually a good idea. It is important to 'look through other's eyes' once in a while. (not for dirt in the house though!) But to gain from their perspective. I don't do that often enough when it comes to the grand girls, I know.
I can't believe the size of those Azaleas!! That must have been some garden walk. Rose and I are going on one Sat. I think I can see another plant shopping trip coming!

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

What cute pups. Your Luna is much more gracious than our cat who shares her name.
--Curmudgeon

Jayne said...

We always had poodles when I was growing up, and they are such sweet dogs. Nice that they get along with Luna so well. :c)

Cheryl said...

What a lovely post, I love dogs, I really do.
That little poodle Oly has such a sweet face.

My terrier is just the same, charges through anything despite what might be growing there. She is a nightmare but my cavalier king charles treats the garden with respect. Dogs with differenct personalities.

A fun post which I really enjoyed.

mon@rch said...

Aww, great series of pictures and this poodle looks very much like one of my mom's older dogs!

Nan said...

What a delightful post, and a great idea. I love those dogs!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Awww... what cute houseguests. Luna seems to like having company, but I bet she also likes it when they leave and she has "her" garden and people to herself again.

By the way, don't you think that the garden must make it much more interesting for the dogs to be in the backyard? I mean, when my backyard was all grass and concrete, there wasn't much to sniff, there were no lightning bugs to cause you to turn your head in a hurry, there were no beans to steal... for Coco, I mean! :)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Those are large azaleas!
We had a black tiny toy poodle for 10 years, she was a great little dog.

cyndy said...

Looks like EVERYONE is enjoying the garden!!

ps...is that a gooseneck loosestrife I see??

Deb said...

As a dog lover - I really enjoyed this post & seeing photos of Oly, Vinny and of course, beautiful Luna. I'm sure they enjoy your lovely garden as much as you do.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

What lovely guests you have staying with you Lisa. I bet Luna enjoys their company as they enjoy hers. Little Oly has such a sweet expression in his eyes that it comes as no surprise to me that this little poodle is such a sweet and gentle creature. Little Vinnie is quite the rascal and I'm afraid he will be like that for a loooooooong time to come. :-D

Frances, said...

Hi Lisa, what a treat to see Luna's guests in the garden. Did you get down on hands and knees to view your garden the way the little ones do? Ouch! Luna is full of grace as always. I want to comment on your bloom day post here too, if that is okay. ;-> I can't believe your eremurus. It is something I have struggled to grow and have failed three times so far. I order the roots, plant them immediately, always well drained sunny spots, and nothing, nada, nix. What is the secret to your success with them?

Frances at Faire Garden

verobirdie said...

Interesting post about different perspectives! But the last picture is the best one! Love it!

Mary said...

I love your dogs. You not only have a safe haven for bees, birds, and butterflies, but you nurture a great place for doggie safaris. My dogs would be in HEAVEN to visit you!

jodi said...

Cute...for a dog and all. Not as cute as the lovely Luna, however. I have cats bigger than your little visitor!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Oly & Vinnie are so cute! (Luna's cute too.) I remember what it was like to have dogs running through the garden in pursuit of a squirrel or rabbit.

cindee said...

Your dogs are so cute!!! I have a rat too(-; His name is Jack. He is very interested in anything that will run from him. He loves to dig and climb and chase things. He is our pride and joy(-: LOL

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is nice to see that we have lots of doggie fans out there. Our little buddies have all gone home now. We miss them. I think even Luna misses the excitement they bring to the household. Thanks for stopping by and visiting with us too.

Kim, I too think the flowers and bushes make the garden much more interesting to the dogs.

Cyndy, yes that is gooseneck loosestrife. It is about to bloom.

Frances, I don't do anything special for Foxtail lillies. I just have to remember to not dig them up when they die back during the summer. They just seem to like the sandy dry soil that they are planted in. However where I used to live I had clay soil and they did much better there. I wish I had a magic potion to tell you about. It is pure luck that they live here.

Mary, you can bring your little dogs here anytime. Luna likes company.

Oh Cindee the digging is the only thing that Vinny does that I don't like. He gets a whiff of something and can make it half way to China before I can stop him.

Marvin said...

Great photos and and interesting twist on perspective. Having lived with a small (6#) rat terrier for almost 16 years, I have a feeling Vinny "thinks" he's much larger than he actually is. No fear.