|Gruntle Bucket 1999-2014|
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Sad times. RIP Gruntle Bucket.
I personally spent more time with him than I have any other beastie, human or otherwise, so it is quite a loss and our house feels weird without him.
Whilst not strictly a permaculture post I would just like to mention a few things that I think dogs are good for in gardens.
-Fur provides bird nesting material, holds soil together and provides nitrogen as it breaks down.
-Food scraps can be eaten by dogs as part of their feed to reduce the need to buy food for them. Human food in most instances will be better for them than any dog food out of can. Gruntle ate all kinds of fruit, too so he was good for eating slightly over ripe fruits.
-Protection from cats for the many frogs that live here. The smell of a dog reduces incursion by the neighbours pesky cats and possibly also helps keep rats at bay a little. As Gruntle got older and ranged around the yard less, we noticed there were more rats in the garden.
The garden had become a series of small barricades so he could walk around so it is a relief to finally be able to rearrange certain areas of the garden which had become static so the blind old dog could get around without falling over things. It is good to be able to walk around the garden without stepping over things and not having to help the old boy up. I miss him and I will forever but I was glad I got to hang out with him for 14 and a half years. Thanks, Gruntle. You were beautiful.