A quick Google search on dogs and gardens will pull a lovely list of posts that give advice on how to participate in America's number one hobby - gardening while living with a dog. Here is a sample of some useful lifestyle suggestions for gardeners who love dogs:
The reality for the nation's millions of urban dwellers is that outdoor space is at a premium and many of us must use every inch of space - indoor and outdoor for maximizing the amenities of our dog lifestyles.
Here are our tips for citified living with dogs and gardens.
3. Dogs love a shady area to lounge. Roof decks, stoops, and tiny spots of grass need to serve many purposes for urban dwellers with pets. All pet owners understand that dogs love to lounge but seek to avoid excessive heat. Urban areas can be particularly hot because of the lack of green space generally, and often our outdoor spaces are uncomfortable in the heat of summer. Umbrellas, pergollas, blinds, and fencing can all provide just the right amount of shade to keep your pet cool when lounging. New barkitecture designs can feature canapies too!
4. Water is the key to comfort. Hose down the deck or bricks; fill a kiddie pool with water; keep the water bowl full at all times; wet your pooch; and don't be stingy with ice cubes. Water in all of its forms helps our dogs to stay cool when they spend time on our roof deck. Sadie and Lily are quite content to lounge on the deck for hours, but they must have water, shade, and an area that has been cooled off with water.
MM & RY 2008