Home Grown

Easy chicken salad with options


Finally, I have had enough of watching my garden and flowers destroyed by our puppies, so Josh and I decided to put up some extra protection to keep the puppies away.

Our seven lab puppies are continuing to grow and get into trouble. After watching them shred several pepper plants, leaving just a stem behind, and ripping out flowers by the root, I had enough.

We have cattle panels around our garden, but the puppies can crawl through and into the garden much faster than I can scoop them out. If it was just one or two, I could probably keep them out, but with seven … I’m outnumbered.

It probably looks crazy, but Josh and I ended up wrapping snow fence around the cattle panels to better protect our remaining garden plants. This has kept the puppies out of the garden so far.

Unfortunately, once they lost access to the garden, they moved on to my flowers. It was impossible to keep them out; they were destroying everything quickly.

So, we had to come up with a way to keep them out of the flowers. We ended up dragging their plastic playpen fence out of the garage and placing it in front of all the flowers.

So far, the plastic fence is working to keep the puppies out of the flowers, but it’s a pain to drag it outside in the morning and back inside at night.

Of course, now they are just finding other things to do and ways to get into trouble. Their new destructive activity is digging. I have no idea how we can stop that.

Thankfully, the puppies will be ready to go to their new homes in a couple of weeks, so we will be able to take all the extra fencing down and fill the holes they’ve made.

I will definitely miss the little buggers, but I won’t miss their destruction. One puppy at a time is enough for me.

This is a recipe I recently found and tried. It’s simple with lots of optional ingredients to change it up. Enjoy!


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