While I have introduced and chronicled the human allotmenteers that make up our plot collective I have been very tardy in introducing the other important members of our team. So, without further ado I give you Ruby and Pickles.
( that is a lesser spotted husband sitting next to them!).
Both Ruby and Pickles live with Manda. Ruby is 8 ( I think…) and is a Sprollie which is a border collie / springer spaniel cross. She is not a nuts as you think a cross of those breeds would be. However, she does bring a level of border collie neurotic concentration to watching people dig that is quite something to behold. She can watch Dave or Neil dig for hours on end in the hope that one of them will throw stones for her to chase. They won’t though because that has been banned. Failing that she will get stuck in herself and loves to help dig holes which is partly the reason that we ended up with our first pond…
Pickles is a Shih tzu and is only a year old. He is thoroughly adorable but frankly not the sharpest trowel in the allotment shed!! Unlike Ruby once he has run round the plot like a total nutter he then falls fast asleep. Unless there is food. Pickles can hear a picnic being unpacked from 100 yards!
He really is a very sweet ball of fluff but definitely has a way to go before he is up to Ruby’s digging standards.