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    I think GF that you are maybe being a tad sensitive ......a lot of threads on here start off as one thing and end up completely different including a certain amount of banter between grapes . Those comments were not all from VC and no-one was taking the piss at your expense or mocking you .
    Lighten up a bit GF stay with us and you will come to realise that this is actually a friendly place .......
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    This is something that I spend alot of time thinking about. I have 3 little canine hooligans running around the garden and 6 house kitties who will munch on anything green! Also wanting to do a cottage garden style..
    I think it lends itself quite well to being pet friendly TBH. There are tons of herbs you can grow in borders and beds and most have very pretty flowers. Borrage and lavander for instance. Then you have some lovely foilage from various thymes, rosemarys, sage, or fennel, etc. You could also go for a potager effect and plant cabbages, chard, lettuce in there too.
    Im also planting cornflowers, forget me nots, lobelia, phlox, marigolds and nasturtiums which are pretty safe I think.

    Sadly the house has to be fairly plant free for me coz the cats really will eat anything!! As the bite marks in my Mother in laws tongue can attest too!!LOL
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    Im also planting cornflowers, forget me nots, lobelia, phlox, marigolds and nasturtiums which are pretty safe I think.

    Yes I think all of those are - and humans can eat the marigolds and nasturtiums too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverWyreGrower View Post
    My dogs have eaten much worse things they have found in the house...

    These include a whole packet of contraceptive pills, a tub of butter, an entire Battenburg cake (plus wrapper), a bluetooth headset (pulled from a charger which was plugged in), an entire roll of poo-bags (empty ones obviously), used tinfoil, snotty tissues etc... not to mention over 10 cushion dog beds....

    Frankly, I'm fairly pleased when they decide to eat the apples and plums from the garden!
    Oh dear, your dog must be a bit like one of ours! She is terribe. Digs up anything and eats anything. Animal, mineral, vegetable, clothing! I had to trim the apple trees above dog head height as the dwarf apple had a limb low with loads of apples and she used to whack her head into them and then pul them off and play with them. She snaps up the applecores the kids throw - no problem with chewing seeds tho straight down the hatch! She's started on tomatoes now as well.
    I don't worry too much about the dogs and plants (altho maybe I should) but I am wondering about paddock plants and the horses. Quite a few plants are poisonous if they eat enough of them. Usually they don't as they aren't that tasty, but when feed is scarce it can become important.
    I once had a german shepherd who used to put his jaws around the cherry tomatoes and just squish them on the vine - deliberately. I was tempted to buy a chilli plant and see how he felt about that - but I didn't. I think that a lot of plants that are dangerous are either unappetising, so that not enough is eaten, or downright nasty tasting so they aren't eaten at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral007 View Post
    I think that a lot of plants that are dangerous are ... nasty tasting so they aren't eaten at all.
    We had an Old English sheepdog (rescue) that ate a lightbulb; dry rabbit food and once, a box of tampons.
    Both the current dogs like to eat dried parrot poo straight off the paper. They're scroungers, dogs, and true omnivores.

    OH's staffie used to eat stones, and he did go to the vets for that more than once.
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    My mum used to say " Ah but nature is wise, most animals know what plants to eat/ not to eat etc?" - and it does seem to work that way up to a point.... but then eating tampons LOL?

    Mine will try to eat horse poo, given the chance and roll innit for eternity - never seems to remember that a B-A-T-H always follows lol!

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