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Plant Eater

Discussion in 'The Boxer Ring' started by Lizzie, Mar 24, 2002.

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  1. Lizzie

    Lizzie Boxer Insane

    Oct 3, 2001
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    The other day I went out and left Diva inside (as it was such an awful windy and rainy day). I was gone for four hours . Diva is fine inside and I have never had any damage.

    Anyway, I got home and everything was fine. A couple of hours later I was looking at the vase of sunflowers (my favourite flower) on the cabinet in the dining room. I looked and thought something is a bit odd here. Well, the front sunflower that was gently hanging over the front had no petals on the lower half! I scouted the floor thinking that they must have dropped off, but they were nowhere to be seen. I stepped closer to discover what is obviously boxer nail scratches on the top of the cabinet. I wasn't angry, as the cabinet is pretty old and scratched already (mind you I would have been had she pulled the crystal vase over!). I did have a good giggle though as I could just picture her with front legs up on the top of the cabinet and stretching for the petals and having a quiet nibble and thinking to herself "right, while Mum's out I'll just clean up those petals for her!"

    Diva does seem to have a penchant for plants. There are no potted plants on my deck at the back of the house as "Diva the Destroyer" does not give them a fighting chance!

    Diva, almost three, dark brindle and white, natural ears, docked tail
  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Boxer Insane

    Jan 12, 2002
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    Isn't that just like a dog! they are so curious, just hope you dont have any plants that are poisonous to animals. My dogs have never touched any plants yet, Ozzy hasn't seen summer yet either. My cats (cat now) were always eating my cut flowerssmashicon
  3. Austin's Mom

    Austin's Mom Boxer Insane

    Jul 14, 2001
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    My husband is in the landscaping business so every summer our back yard has a "tropical" look. (nothing posionous) Austin tends to wander around and nibble at the leaves of the plants. Not that he doesn't get enough to eat or anything! And then there are the small pines-they all have brown marks across the middle where he pees on them! :o

    HELENE Boxer Insane

    Jul 20, 2000
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    The one plant that I like but can't have in our garden is the Michaelmas Daisy. We don't know why, but Sergeant loves the leaves. He grazes on them just like a horse eating grass smashicon . We first noticed it one year when one side of the stalks were bare, the side nearest the small fence! Then we caught him , it didn't matter that we told him not to , 'But Mum I like them' . It didn't seem to make him ill.
    Our other Boxer that we used to have , Brenin, watched me plant a Sage Brush that I got from up north one year, I went inside and Brenin went straight up to the plant, pulled it out of the ground and raced around the garden with it in his mouth shaking his head from side to side; I put him inside and planted the poor thing again, we didn't let him out again for a while, but he went straight to the plant, pulled it up again and by the time he had finished with it, it was just a stick. I never did get another Sage Brush plant.
    Why is it that they take to certain plants? Is it because they are like us, different plants attract different people/Boxers?
  5. tanyaj77

    tanyaj77 Completely Boxer Crazy

    Nov 7, 2001
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    :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: Helene that's sooo funny!! Isn't it just like a boxer to be so crazy? I can just picture your baby running around the yard with this big plant :D
    Boz hasn't seen summer yet but I'm guessing I'm going to have to have a plant free yard as he ate our little shrub already after he dug most of it out of the snow :rolleyes:
  6. AlexG

    AlexG Boxer Buddy

    Oct 10, 2001
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    Helene, I can just picture your dog running around with a plant on its mouth. I thought our boxer is the only one who likes to terminate plants.

    Living in a tropical country, we have so much plant around for our Nala to choose from. When I walk her on wooded areas, she ignores every plant except grasses which she likes to pull the leaves a chew a bit. In our yard, she loves ANY POTTED PLANT! :confused:

    One time I planted some lemon grass (a kind of grass used for Asian cooking), she started with the leaves and then one at a time went for the stems. Another of her favorit e are our orchids. We have a small orchid collection before we brought Nala home, now those orchids are outside of the fence for their protection. :( And some orchids were given away to my sister. I really enjoyed raising those orchids, I guess our She Devil really does not want any competition for our attention. :p

    Our American rose plant, even with its thorns suffered same fate...

  7. cascel

    cascel Boxer Booster

    Oct 15, 2001
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    You NAME it Annie will EAT it.....

    UGHHHHHHH - at least some of your boxers only NIBBLE! LOL, annie (who is 9 mths old) will eat ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING that even LOOKS like a plant! LOL, I've even caught her trying to gnaw on my FAKE TREE in the bedroom! UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    My hubby "tried" to plant some tulip and iris bulbs outside - they're gone, she ate through the trunk of a small tree I had in the house, ummmmmmm what else, I know I could name more LOL

    Between her and my cat (who chews on cut flowers) I can't have a single plant - even though I keep trying - I'm about as bright as the dog! LOL
  8. CC

    CC Completely Boxer Crazy

    Jan 14, 2001
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    Xena has a real taste for lilac bushes. We have them fenced off with chicken wire but now that she's grown up she can reach over it!

    Dave let her out in the yard to play the other day and went out quietly to check on her - she had some branches in her mouth and was pulling with all her might on them trying to tear them off! Doing that full-body tug! He said, "Xena, what are you doing?" and she just froze and looked at him out of the corner of her eye. He took a step toward her and she just took off at light speed across the yard!! What a silly girl!

    Guess I have to figure out another way to block off the bushes!
  9. cb977

    cb977 Super Boxer

    Oct 14, 2001
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    I worry about Sammi. I've realizd that grazing in the grass can't harm her, but she also munches on alot of different plants. Researched it and came up with the following:

    POISONOUS PLANTS IN THE YARD Common Name Latin Name Common Name Latin Name
    Azalea Rhododendron Holly (fruit) Ilex
    Black locust Robinia pseudoacacia Hyacinth (bulb) Hyacinthus
    Carolina jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens Lantana Lantana
    Christmas Rose Helleborus niger Larspur (annual delphinium) Consolida ambigua
    Crocus Colchicum Lily-of-the-valley Convallaria majalis
    Daffodil (Jonquil) Narcissus Monkshood Aconitum
    Daphne Daphne Myoporum Myoporum
    Deadly nightshade Atropa belladonna Oleander Nerium oleander
    Delphinium, perennial Delphinium Oak Quercus
    Elderberry Sambucus Tobacco Nicotina
    Foxglove Digitalis Wisteria (seeds, pods) Wisteria
    Goldenchain tree Labumum Yew Taxus

    POISONOUS HOUSE PLANTS Common Name Latin Name Common Name Latin Name
    Caladium Caladium bicolor Pothos Pothos
    Dumb cane Dieffenbachia Mother-in-law's tongue
    (bowstring hemp,snake plant)
    Elephant Ear Philodendron Rosary pea (seeds) Arbus precatorius
    Mistletoe (berries) Phoradendron serotinum

    Eggplant Leaves
    Potato Sprouts and Green Parts
    Tomato Green Parts
    Rhubarb Leaf Blades
    Apricot, Cherry,
    Peach & Plum
    Leaves, Twigs & Seeds

    POISONOUS WILD PLANTS Baneberry Marsh Marigold
    Buttercup Nightshade
    Castor Bean Skunk Cabbage
    Hemlock (Marsh and "Poison") Western Poison Oak

    It's not in the neat columns that I copied, but the names are available for your information.
  10. Saywinboxers

    Saywinboxers Boxer Booster

    Jun 27, 2001
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    Spraying and yards

    To ZWINK------ You might try putting a tarp over your fence in the area in which your neighbor plans on spraying, that would catch the over spray. I agree with you on not wanting chemicals used around our dogs.......Hopefully you received this in time. Cindy
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