Ed’s Garden Operators’ Canine Helpers
This is a really busy time of year for an Ed’s Garden Operator. With the milder weather we’ve been having, the grass is still growing. This means that there is still mowing to be done. However, the challenges of Autumn (lots of clearing leaves!) and getting all our lovely customers’ gardens in shape for the winter ahead are there too.
We’re not complaining though. We love it. Especially when the weather is kind, with bright, crisp Autumn days.
With limited daylight hours, our Garden Operators can do with a bit of help to get on top of their workloads. Indeed, some of their own canine apprentices have been providing an extra set of paws to get the job done.
As everyone knows, we love reviewing performance at Ed’s so we just had to ask our guys how the new recruits are measuring up…
This is Baloo, a lovely and loyal German Shepherd. She has recently started helping Bob, our Garden Operator in Horsham, to deliver his gardening services.
Bob says, “Well, I’m probably a little bit biased as I’m very fond of Baloo. However, she is really getting to grips with the challenges of being a sidekick . Nothing is too much trouble for her and she is very versatile in helping out with whatever I need. She is just great at multi-tasking.”
“Whether it be guarding the van or helping me uproot a somewhat stubborn tree, she is on it. Her focus is amazing and even a rogue squirrel in a garden won’t distract her from the task in hand. However, I can see it takes every ounce of her willpower to ignore them! What can I say apart from I’m really lucky to have her on board. If she can keep her current level of motivation, she will go very far indeed!”
Monty’s moment of truth!
Another recent recruit is a rather dashing Hungarian Vizsla called Monty. He lives with Stuart, our Ed’s Garden Operator in rural Norfolk. Clearly a handsome and delightful chap but we asked Stuart if he could sum up how Monty is cutting the mustard.
Looking thoughtful, Stuart says “ Well, it all started off brilliantly in the summer when Monty was very keen to spring out of bed and get to work. Sadly, since the cooler days have kicked in, it has all changed. Monty does a quick weather check before he decides whether he is going to grace us with his company or just stay at home snuggling beside the Aga. It really isn’t good enough.”
“Monty is still a very young fellow but I feel that his current commitment level could be better. I am out in all weathers but Monty…well, he just doesn’t seem to be made of the same stuff. In all honesty, he seems to be a bit of a fair weather gardener.”
“If only he could get his work ethic right, he would go far in this business. His interpersonal skills are second to none and everyone who meets him tends to think he is wonderful. It’s not fair really. I toil away, day in, day out, without as much as a grumble and yet Monty is always the one who wins the popularity vote hands down with my customers!”