Pet friendly – or not?
I enjoyed your ‘Pets Special’ issue last month (October), and was interested to hear that pets seem to enjoy using paths in gardens. Having just added some paths to my own, I was delighted to find that my toddler also enjoys using them to guide her through the garden, thank you! Ashley Jones, Scottish Borders
Am I the only one getting fed up of seeing Monty’s dogs inside or on the front cover of Gardeners’ World Magazine? I have no problem with dogs or cats, but in context. I buy the magazine for gardening information and ask that the editors take this into consideration when compiling it. Paul Gibbins, by email
As a keeper of several tortoises, I really appreciated your suggestion ( Pet-friendly gardens, October issue) to “cultivate a patch of dandelions for a cherished tortoise.” It is worth noting that all of the plants listed to avoid by cat and dog owners should be avoided by those who own tortoises too. Stuart Otley, by email With regards to Pet-friendly gardens (October issue), I totally agree with Monty about keeping play in the garden to a minimum and using regular walks to stimulate your dog. I’ve found that providing a warm, comfortable vantage point, where my dogs (pictured below) can watch me while I’m gardening, keeps them calm and content. Jackie Maynard, Wiltshire