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Some of you may remember

That last fall John & I had to put

Our beloved Scottish Terrier Peg to sleep.


It was tough

She was after all a great “garden dog”.

After an appropriate mourning time

We began the search for a new dog.

We both felt it was time to try a new breed.

So John googled all the traits we wanted

And came up with…

Are you ready

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

What a mouthful.

PBGV for short.

After searching for awhile

And through the magic of the internet

We were introduced to a 4 year old breed dog

Being “put out to pasture”  and in need of a new home.

So it was a week before Christmas Coco entered our lives.


She was instantly friendly

Did not shed

Eager to fit into our lives.

And after plowing through a pair of leather sandals

Followed by pulling a leather skirt off the hanger

And eating a giant hunk out of it.

She was on thin ice with me.

Since the skirt debacle she’s done little to no damage.

But that’s Coco in the winter.

The question remained for spring.

Will she be a good garden dog?


I am pleased to report she is a great garden dog.

She doesn’t dig.

Travels on the path most of the time.


And stays close by

Without being in the way.

She is friendly beyond our wildest dreams.

We marvel at how her tail is still attached

Considering how much she wags it.

She is the first dog we have ever owned.

Who likes me best.

Though John feeds her faithfully each morning

I’m the one who walks her

And for that reason she is with me every step

Of every day.




Up the stairs.

And back down.

Earlier this summer she did get a little

Too curious about the baby Thrushes

Growing in the Abelia bush by the kitchen window.

Mama Thrush would “talk” to her constantly

As she ran circles around their nest.


We were all relieved when they took wing

And flew the nest.

Well, maybe Coco wasn’t relieved!

So it seems I’m lucky once again.

A fun dog who loves my garden

But does not actually want to be a gardener.

One gardener per household is just fine with me

And apparently Coco agrees.









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