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Puppy or Greenhouse? Which would you choose? ;)

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As some of you know, I was ‘informed’ recently that funds were insufficient for my greenhouse. I didn’t whine, I didn’t complain. I counted my blessings and settled in for a long frustrating wait, without propogation and a summer without courgettes and mini-cucumbers…..sob….sob (quietly mind, so as not to cause a nuisance to OH).

Then, all of a sudden, a family decision was made for a new puppy. A Labrador puppy to be precise. We even chose a name for the puppy. I was ‘selected’ as the delegate to call the breeder and make arrangements to view the puppies in the next few weeks. Of course, this involved asking the price for the said puppy. £600. :O

So then I started thinking….and a little devil in my mind started niggling away in my brain about the cost of my greenhouse (approx £650) that we ’can’t afford’. The next day there was a ‘conversation’. This is how it went….

..“erm…do you think we can afford a puppy?” ….“Oh yes”, says he..“.well, says I ….greenhouse not that much more than puppy”….“well”, says he…“what would you rather have, greenhouse or puppy?” ….“GREENHOUSE!” says me, without hesitation…..“well”, says he…“you get a greenhouse then and break your daughter’s heart!”

I KNOW!! You are all shocked and horrified at this terrible blackmail. I also know that some of you are LOL ing….but that’s ok because I was laughing too…because my OH has a knack of making me laugh when really I could be beating him around the brains with a shoe.

Anyway, I had planted the seed hadn’t I. I didn’t need to say any more. Today he informed me that it is time to order a greenhouse……see….I always win in the end! :)))

OR…..

Answer….BOTH! Score: K-1 S-0

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Brilliant Karen Lol nowI do remember a conversation with you at castle that no large dogs for your home that Molly was a perfect size.

How's things today with you all.

3 Mar, 2014

 

New home Kath! I feel a bigger dog will actually be a security for me here. Molly is not going to put off any strangers! Labradors have a good strong bark.

3 Mar, 2014

 

*** GREENHOUSE*** and a PUPPY lol. I would go for the Greenhouse Karen.

3 Mar, 2014

 

:) I thought so YDD.....I expect a lot of people on here would too!

3 Mar, 2014

 

Lol lol lol, love my Bonnie but definitely the greenhouse will be less work than a puppy lol. Labradors are gorgeous, love mine but Bonnie was a nightmare as a puppy, so naughty, you wont get chewed furniture by opting for the greenhouse, happy greenhousing. x ps the kids will get over it, let them have a puppy to look after when they get they're own gaff

3 Mar, 2014

 

Funny thing Dawn...when I told Rachel that her Dad had used her as a blackmailing tool, she was 'furious' lol...."I am not 7" were her words! :)))) Our house is just a sitcom without a camera!

3 Mar, 2014

 

I'd go for the greenhouse and a rescue dog - have your cake and eat it. And a well grown lab would be past chewing furniture, doors etc.

3 Mar, 2014

 

Ha ha ha, Rachel sounds like my Charlotte with her relationship with her Dad. Maybe your hubby can have a puppy when he retires and he can look after it, lol. Joking apart the greenhouse will be wonderful, so exciting.

3 Mar, 2014

 

Stera, you raise a good point, but rescue labs are hard to find, and rescue dogs come with their own issues. We have to consider the existing dog....you know, the very strong-willed and bossy JRT that is our Molly!

My OH is an absolute sucker for animals Dawn. We had three cats before Callum came along and turned out to be very allergic. And yes...it will be 'muggins' here who gets to train it, clean up after it and take it to the vet!

3 Mar, 2014

 

ooooooer how evil is my daughter, lol actually I love my dogs but think greenhouse would win in my book. lol.

lol, Scott will you never learn. He should know not to try and out blackmail a woman. (especially one related to me) lol. wonder when he is going to learn. lol. SUCKER!!!!!

3 Mar, 2014

 

Lol...his heart is much better than mine! :)))

3 Mar, 2014

 

Tell me about it. I'm a sucker too for animals but its the emotions along with the work of them that adds up. I love the cats, they are far less work than the dog, but I worry about them too. Maybe now Callum is away you could consider a kitten, as a compromise, love kittens, hard to resist.

3 Mar, 2014

 

Sadly, Molly does not feel the same way Dawn. It would be funny, but very messy!

3 Mar, 2014

 

Result! Good for you Karen . . . and, since you ask, I'd have chosen greenhouse, especially with the size of garden you have. I couldn't possibly enjoy gardening without one!

3 Mar, 2014

 

Thank you Sheila! It's good to have your support! It probably won't help me when I'm standing at the pearly gates, but I feel better for now! :)

3 Mar, 2014

 

Whoops forgot about what JRT's are like, lol, brought up with them. Going back to labradors, lol, my kitts love Bonnie, they lie with her and rub up against her, she tolerates them but would never be nasty, she is a gorgeous dog.

3 Mar, 2014

 

Ido love labs Dawn. We couldn't have had one in our old house, but she will be happy here. We just had a man come and give us a price to build the new gate pillars and wall. Hopefully that will all be done in time for the puppy's arrival, and that will make doggy life so much easier! :))

3 Mar, 2014

 

Great to hear the dogs got a home,
Ive had a lab for 14 years, they are so lovely and boy can they eat,

"Tip"
hide anything you value that'll fit in their mouths as puppies they chew any & every thing?

One small thought ref the greenhouse,

Did you think of buying a used greenhouse?
You offten see people moving home selling off used "very good greenhouse's and these may have all the staging and heaters thrown in with the sale !!!!!

Just a thought.

3 Mar, 2014

 

Hahaha....I would go for a greenhouse :)))

3 Mar, 2014

 

this is having your cake and eating it!!

I'd have gone for the greenhouse - don't need taking for walks or house-training, and no vet's bills - but then, a greenhouse doesn't let you know it loves you, or play rough-and-tumble ... and it's not very good company!!

4 Mar, 2014

 

I would consider both too, a reputable rehoming centre like Dogs trust would try to match you with a suitable dog.
personally a retriever rather than a lab, mine was so good bless her x
the setter was adorable and loving but thick as a brick :0)

As to the gh ours is half block walls with recycled double glazed windows and door, works very well as the dg keeps the temperatures even
Good luck x

4 Mar, 2014

 

NEITHER I AM AFRAID KAREN. IF I HAD THE £650 AND YOUR SPACE I WOULD GO FOR A MINI ROSE GARDEN.
DIFFERENT TASTE MAY BE.

4 Mar, 2014

 

Right...in reverse.....

Costas....each to his own! You enjoy your rose garden! I love roses too.:))

Steve, my Mum is LOL if she reads your comment. She used to have geese loose in that space which is now her garden. They scared me to death, and yes, I have been on the wrong side of a goose many times. They also leave horrid green poo everywhere!

Pam, and everyone else who suggested a rescue dog...we have been looking at all the dog rescue sites for weeks, and there was nothing suitable at all. I think there are a lot less rescue dogs to choose from In Scotland.

Snoop....not here...courgettes don't grow outdoors here...not well at all, I've tried it. If you start them off indoors, and move them out during June...they still usually stop producing or get rot. They only grow well under cover.

Fran...you're spot on...cake and eat it! :)

Dungy, yes, we did think of that, and I did search the recycling sites, to no avail. Also, I was very keen to have a greenhouse that looked smart as it will be sitting in full view in my front garden. A recycled one would be great for an allotment though!

4 Mar, 2014

 

lol I read and laughed my socks off Karen, geese I would have them again in the field but we need it for the ducks. They are the best guard 'dogs' ever.

I remember our labrador having puppies, she was a tiny lab. but her puppies grew into whoppers. A friend had a puppy and they had to put a chain and padlock around the fridge as he used to open the door and help himself, his name was Oscar and he was huge. lol. I can see you now chasing yours around that cottage and trying to rescue Scotts slippers or worse. lol. You have no idea what you are letting yourselves in for. lol.

After saying that they are the most adorable dogs ever. Sarah has a chocolate one and he is so gorgeous. Big and cuddly and loves everyone but not Walter. Who thinks he should play with him. Sarah's dog is getting old now I dread to think what she will do when anything happens to him. He is so loved. Hope you have hours of fun with yours and your greenhouse. lol.

4 Mar, 2014

 

Lol...it's clear that none of you have discovered the metal dog crate! It makes the chewing problem a thing of the past. Molly has always slept in hers until very recently. She now sleeps in her carry crate but with the door open as she is so good. The new puppy will be sleeping/resting in one too! We have a plan!

4 Mar, 2014

 

lol :O) but make sure it is bolted tightly as she will escape, lol. :O)

4 Mar, 2014

 

Oh Karen I with your Mum in that one:)

Would you not. Like to prefer to enjoy getting your garden in order and greenhouse first before a puppy.

Just a thought.

As this is your Dream garden.

4 Mar, 2014

 

Ooh, what a decision, Karen.....at my "advanced age",the greenhouse would be a priority.....puppies need time as you already know.How great you have been able to have both.....Remember, walk first before you start on the day's gardening!!LOL.

4 Mar, 2014

 

I know I'm a bit late to comment here Karen (see my new blog) but for me it has to be the Greenhouse.
1) It repays you with things you can eat as well as enjoy looking at.
2) You can go off for the day/s without either finding a kennel or taking it with you.
3) You can stay dry inside while still enjoying 'gardening'
4) You don't have to take it for walks on cold, wet winter nights.
5) No Vets bills!
6) Cheaper in the long run...
But...if the OH says you can have both it's a no brainer lol!

4 Mar, 2014

 

Hope you find a dog to suit Karen, I must say we haven't since our old girls passed away, they are such a tie especially as they got older.
wouldn't like to say never though......

4 Mar, 2014

 

my daughter went out and got her own lab x huntaway..she works full time so now i have a puppy to look after when she's in work...i didn't get a say in it... i I have a green house but couldn't go in there today as Rollie causes havoc in there...my 3 terriers know the rules so hopefully he will learn soon..so when are your new arrivals arriving?

4 Mar, 2014

 

Well Sandra! the pic above is of the actual puppy litter..only three weeks old now, so it will be mid April. The greenhouse will be ordered soon. I don't know how long it will take to come. A little wait....

4 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks everyone for your comments..it seems that most of you aren't up for the puppy! Lol....I can understand that!

4 Mar, 2014

 

Hi Karen, you're very lucky to be getting both, but i I had to make a choice, the green house wins hands down, much more useful than a dog, Derek.

4 Mar, 2014

 

You know how to get your way Karen ;) and well done on doing so!
Being in the job I am - give me a lab over a JRT any day. As much as Molly is a lovely dog - they scare the jeepers out of me. Been chased down many a path.
Will be looking forward to seeing both your new additions - you might end up with a pond quicker than you thought ;) depending on how quick the pup can dig. Only joking - I'm very pleased for you in both respects.

4 Mar, 2014

 

Thank you Derek and Scottish! I do know that my OH is the best! And much better than I deserve!

I must admit Angie, I am looking forward to having a real dog...but my Molly would charge down the hall to lick you every day. I know a lot of them are very aggressive though!

4 Mar, 2014

 

Definitely a green house Karen ! But you seem to have won any way ! Both ! What a lucky girl you are ! Enjoy !

4 Mar, 2014

 

Interesting one K.......at our age it would certainly be the greenhouse! Only because we have been down the lab route three times, the German Shepherd route twice, the Collie route twice, the Burmese cats three times the Abbysinian, the moggies lost count!!! .....now if we want a pet we borrow our daughter's!!
And it all depends on the nature of the dog, not all labs are well behaved, or easily trained, so the best of luck with that one, will you go for a bitch or a dog?.…....the mum looks to be quite a large lab looking at the photo, cannot believe they cost that much now !! we always had pedigree animals, tried a rescue unfortunately it was a disaster.
I can only wish you lots of luck, and to have a greenhouse too, you are a very very lucky lady, and if you get a lab as half as good as Black Bess and Captain (large yellow) you will be doing well.........
So now there will be no more garden photos just pics of adorable lab puppies, and we all know just how appealing they are don't we?

4 Mar, 2014

 

Karen I would have done it the same way, now you are all happy, the crates are a brilliant idea, all my family have them for puppy training, it makes a new puppy feel secure as well.
As you know we have Morgan, very loving and appears to be the laziest lollapping dog around except when food is around, then he's grease lightning, lol., my youngest daughter also has a lab.he is a Fox Red longer legs but also a towrag if the food is around, also a very loving nature, ...The trick with a pup is to remember its a baby and buy the childfriendly equipment, lol....you are sure in for some fun times..

5 Mar, 2014

 

Thank you both! The mum does look big..probably just as well as there are 12 pups in her litter. We will always have bitches..no males...too frisky! When we go to choose I will be looking out for the calmest one as we did with Molly. She is a very good dog for a JRT. :)

5 Mar, 2014

 

I can see you`ve chosen very wisely Karen ... in the husband department that is.lol. The greenhouse you`ll soon have in shape a little longer with the puppy but you deserve them both you`re really knocking that garden into shape.

5 Mar, 2014

 

Ah, stroller! that is so kind of you! thank you, :)) x

5 Mar, 2014

 

i have endured the loss of too many dogs to go through that again. it is heartbreakng. so as i have a greenhouse would keep the money in the bank for a rainy day.

if i were going for another dog then it would be as before a rescued animal.
blue was a border collie,
charlie was a cocker/labrador cross and
maisie a cocker spaniel.

6 Mar, 2014

 

That sounds sore MD. I can understand why you are reluctant to form a new doggy bond, but it sounds like you haven't totally discounted the possibility. :) I am really looking forward to going to see the litter some time after next week. :)

6 Mar, 2014

 

A little tip K from OH and myself......when choosing from the litter, never buy a dog/bitch whose ears stay cocked when you speak to them, they should be down and close to their head, believe me it works........

6 Mar, 2014

 

Thank you! I will take heed of your experience and advice! :))

6 Mar, 2014

 

and don't buy the puppies that comes bounding up to you, because they are the dominant ones in the litter and consequently would take a lot of handling

7 Mar, 2014

 

karen love cockers to bits, but we are taking a breather as we have young grandchildren and dogs and young children don't mix

7 Mar, 2014

 

What a choice to make, you lucky lady talking him into both :)

I don't know what I'd go for. I'd love a full size greenhouse, but likewise would love a dog (maybe in a few months once the gardens done).

Looking forward to seeing pictures of the new pup. Enjoy the peace while it lasts lol.

7 Mar, 2014

 

A greenhouse is forever.....not just for Christmas. :0)

7 Mar, 2014

 

Yes Karen....GEESE and a greenhouse!! We used to have them, they'll protect your property great, people are very wary of them and you'll have eggs to bake with...half of one for a cake...lol! My Gilbert was my best friend for years. I can't imagine you gardening with a new puppy, for every plant you pop in the ground, he'll be bringing you two back! Hard to resist puppies though....:((

10 Mar, 2014

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Karen I have come late to this Blog but reminds me that not only do I learn about plants on here but also the devious way the female Goyers minds work, Have made a note of 18 that I need to be careful of.lol
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10 Mar, 2014

 

Result Karen!!!
I'd go for the puppy I think getting me broody seeing those gorgeous labs.
We had one of the puppy crates for Fudge, well it was a necessity in the end or we'd have had no house left lol he could chew through anything, he only had to see you put your coat on and he went in it mainly as he got a biscuit, yep ruled by their stomachs :-), at 18 months the chewing stopped as if by magic and the crate went.
Good luck with the puppy can't wait to see pictures :-)

11 Mar, 2014

 

Those cream coloured roly poly pups are lovely. Greenhouses are angular and rather quiet but very rewarding. I hope your choice of pup after all the wise advice is a good choice. One thing I wonder. Friends had a Jack Russell and got it a look alike pal.....they fell out big time and one of them had to go. It was rather sad as the older one was badly bitten. Someone else took her and nursed her back to health. She lived happily ever after.

15 Mar, 2014

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