The Pope has the Popemobile and Teddy has the Pupmobile. The old one finally died with 130,000 miles on it. As with everything else in our lives, our cars revolve around Teddy. We have to choose one which has a safe area for her and where she can be comfortable for hours on long trips. Chows are very sensitive to heat and get heat stroke very easily so she needs good air conditioning.
I made sure to cover any exposed metal using rolled up beach towels. Underneath the puppy mats is a cooling pad. It is a plastic mattress filled with water that keeps her cool when she sits or lays down on it.
Her maiden voyage was this morning.
She allowed us to put her in but she is not looking too happy. Maybe she doesn't like the new car smell. I have had several calls from my husband telling me that they are stranded at the park because she is refusing to get into the car. Chows are really stubborn. And they have trouble parting with their old pupmobiles!
We checked out the phlox early this morning. It's not quite at it's peek yet.
The red azaleas are about to bloom right below the viburnums.
I have had a lot of questions about my potting bench so I thought I would tell you a bit about it. Last spring I started using a folding table covered with an oil cloth. That did not work very well so I started looking for something else. I found this old farm table at a florist that I frequent. Then I added the birdcage which was found at an antique store.
I added a cheap metal towel rack and use "S' hooks to hold gardening tools.
One of it's drawers is missing so I filled part of the space with a metal garden sign and added larger "S" hooks to hang things on.
I found and old plant stand at a thrift store and painted it. Now it can be used as a display stand throughout the year. Right now it is holding sedums which need to be potted. There is a McCoy green cauldron and a glass pumpkin waiting for Fall. Next to the cauldron is a copper water pitcher for watering small plants.
The table still has one of it's drawers which I use for storage. I added the garden sign to the front of the drawer. I pick up small tables and stools at thrift stores and paint them and place them under the table to hold assorted things like this rooster pitcher which I also use to water small pots. I look for small rooster and chicken salt and peppers at thrift stores to use as decorations. And of course my trusty little pickup! I love that car! Tomorrow I will show some closeups.
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