Gretchen was working at the potting table under the end shelter when she noticed something odd right by the table. It was Francine, our friend the softshell tortoise, in from the woods, laying eggs in the same under the shelter.
So we fenced the dogs out until she politely asked to be let out. Then I put a weighted crate over the eggs, to keep critters away. Apparently it takes 2-3 months for them to hatch, so we’ll see.
Francine could not have found a safer spot to spawn.