Pet friendly – or not?

Gardeners' World - - We Love November -

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

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