Meet Pete the Nursery Dog

– Posted in: Succulents


What do you think Pete is up to? (2 min. 37 sec.)



Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
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Southern Meadows July 6, 2013, 5:39 am

What a sweetie! He seems to know the inventory very well. Even knows where the next flat needs to go!

Susan from Vista July 6, 2013, 8:18 am

I know, I know!!! He’s my neighbor, so I have the inside “scoop”. He is a wonderdog who makes a great team with the lovely Mistress Carmen.

joan carroll, mg retired July 6, 2013, 9:09 am

Looks like the dog is checking for lizards.

Mara Aditajs July 6, 2013, 10:05 am

What a wonderful helper! Looks like he was making his daily patrol to make sure that all is well and proper. Our hounds are a joy & blessing, aren’t they!!
Thanks for sharing Pete and his story!!

Tim Havenith July 6, 2013, 1:34 pm

I’ve seen these sorts of wanderings before. I think Pete is making a mental checklist of plants that are ‘needed’ to make his collection/display complete. This list will be fantastic, but unaffordable. Conversation regarding this list will last many days/weeks, until you give in and buy them or he gets the hint!

A lovely video 🙂

Diane July 6, 2013, 2:27 pm

Pete is beautiful and I have never seen such a tidy greenhouse. Could Pete be looking for water to drink? If not, he is definitely herding the plants…;-)

What a nice post!

Margaret (Peggy) Herrman July 6, 2013, 2:51 pm

Pete is fastidious in making an inventory, making sure all is well. He is very careful as he goes. He obviously comes with great herding genes. Please give Pete a hug from the Ladies as well as Max our Siamese who checks our inventory.

Pam July 6, 2013, 8:41 pm

I think Pete is busy protecting all the succulents from all the lizards at Oasis!

Jennifer July 6, 2013, 8:59 pm

Lookin’ fer lizards…

Candy Suter July 7, 2013, 3:19 am

What a cute pup Pete is! He is looking for places that need succulents added. Must keep those shelves full! LOL But then he might be looking for baby kittens or were they bunny’s?

Sheila July 7, 2013, 9:44 am

Looks like he looking for a “tree”. Tough for a dog with all those succulents around.

Jason July 7, 2013, 12:04 pm

Checking inventory, obviously.

Marialuisa July 7, 2013, 10:02 pm

Is he the snail and slug patrol? I have never seen snail damage or debris at at the nursery.
I’ll hire him for my garden.

Jayne July 8, 2013, 6:10 am

If Pete is like other Aussies I’ve met, he’s looking for a clue as to what pocket the biscuit is hiding.

Lisa-St. Marys ON July 8, 2013, 8:08 am

I thought he might be checking for baby birds that needed to be herded back to their mother.

Lily Parkes July 9, 2013, 10:48 am

It looks like Pete wants to pee. Just kidding, it is obviously enjoying that succulent beauties and protecting it from possible threat. I wish I can have a pet like Pete.


Debra Lee Baldwin July 10, 2013, 11:46 am

I was at the nursery that day to do a video of something else, but Pete’s behavior caught my eye, so I turned the camera on him. That led to my asking Carmen to have him accompany her when she brought in a flat of plants to fill a gap.

It all came together serendipitously, and this is one of my top favorite videos of the 40+ I’ve done to date, because I was able to manipulate the footage to imply that Pete was hard at work as Carmen’s helper.

Most of my other videos have to do with succulents and how to use them in design projects. If you’d like to view them, go to YouTube and do a search on “Debra Lee Baldwin.”

Pete’s looking for lizards. His breed is used for herding, but when Pete’s at the nursery, he’s really into hunting. He enjoys the thrill of the chase.

Karenade July 12, 2013, 1:58 am

Hi Pete! Are you checking if everything in the garden is alright? 🙂

Dayna July 17, 2013, 11:28 am

Pete does an excellent job at checking over all the inventory! Love this!

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