Sunday, August 31, 2008
What Kind Of Tree-Eating Dog Is This?
This is my new enemy. It's a new "puppy" that my neighbors got. They don't let it run free all the time, but occasionally I see it in my yard.
Last weekend I was outside watering my new baby trees and the neighbor dog came over. As long as it doesn't bite me or dig holes I am ok with it. I hauled the watering can to my tree and went back for more. When I came back the bark had been stripped off of one side of the trunk! That's odd, I thought. How come I didn't see that before? And what kind of animal would do that? Deer? Javalina? Really big rabbit? I looked at the dog and thought, no, it couldn't be. If that dog wanted to bite something he would have bit it on both sides. As I was examining the tree for clues the puppy wandered over, gingerly grabbed a strip of bark with his teeth, stripped it off and ate it! Ahhh! Of all the trees around here he has to eat my new baby tree!!!
I thought about wrapping the trunk in duct tape but I didn't think that would be good for the tree (if it survived at all). So, I grabbed two 2-liter bottles from the recycling bag, cut off the tops and bottoms, slit the side and wrapped it around the trunk. I haven't had any more dog problems and the tree looks ok so far.