Sama, you want one of what full time, the sod cutter or the muscled young man?* LOL* ;)*
Forgot to water the tomatoes?* I'm sending out the 'cruelty to tomatoes' police!* I am glad you enjoyed the ones you were able to harvest though.
Rescue pup?* How wonderful!!!* I volunteer in animal rescue, have 4 rescued dogs and two cats and always tell folks to adopt a rescue instead of buying a dog or cat.* To help keep her from digging you should try and walk her at least twice a day and try and get her to retrieve a ball for you.* Often dogs that dig are bored even though they may have an entire yard loaded with toys.* Exercise helps with that boredom.
Do you have any grass in your yard or is it all weeds?* Maybe you could renovate a section at a time by hand.* Just dig out the weeds, put down the compost,* mix it in with a shovel, level and seed.* Would that be doable?
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.