Monday, September 12, 2011

USING YOUR DOG AS A LAWN ORNAMENT

A growing number of Floridians are employing man's alleged best friend to help spruce up their yards and, at the same time, control pesky weed infestations.
     "If properly installed, a dog can make a terrific lawn ornament," says Wade Wacker, a specialist with the Florida Department of Agriculture's office of horticultual canine development. "And some breeds, especially basset hounds, can also be put to effective use as ground cover."
     The benefit of planting dogs in your yard, says Wacker, is that they can provide a constant source of high-nitrogen fertilizer and, during drought conditions, the excessive-slobbering breeds can be used for irrigation.
     The dog in this photo, a two-year-old basset named Monty, recently ingested a pound of mozzarella and a filet of wild salmon meant for his owner's dinner table. Monty also feasted on several square yards of carpet, three pairs of sunglasses and a pair of sandals. Monty's owner is reportedly considering using the dog for mulch.
    

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mulching a dog? Really, Bob, isn't that a bit much?

Bob Morris said...

That dog has a lot of nutrients. I'm sure the plants will flourish. Just a matter of feeding the little bastard through the mulcher...

Mike H. said...

I thought Rick Scott cut the Horticulture Canine Development program.

Bob Morris said...

Actually, he sub-contracted its responsibilities to a company owned by his wife.