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Who's eating Vin's pumpkin patch?

Back in late June, I got the idea in my head that it would be great to grow a pumpkin for Vin in time to harvest for Halloween. I'm just terrible at gardening, but I really like the idea of growing an edible garden, so we visited a nearby nursery and bought some small pumpkin plants. I bought several just in case I kill some of them.

But shortly after planting them I noticed that something was eating the leaves. I asked the nursery staff, and they suggested that it might be earwigs, and that one way to find out would be to lay out a shallow dish of extra virgin olive oil, and earwigs would be attracted to eating it, and would drown. The lady then proceeded to tell me that it's a bit of a humane death because they die eating something they like, but at that point I wasn't really listening. Sorry, humane earwig death is not really high on my list of priorities.

I set out the extra virgin olive oil at night, and in the morning....nothing. No dead earwigs. The oil was untouched. This can't be right. I am positive I've seen many a happy fat earwig in the back yard.

I decide to leave the dish out the following night just to see if maybe I would catch at least one.

Missing oil

And in the morning....no oil. What? That's weird. How could that be? I mention it to Steven.

Me: "Did you dump the oil in my earwig trap?"

Steven: "No, why would I do that?"

Steven: "..."

Steven: "Shelby!"

As you can see, Shelby is nowhere to be found.

July 16, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

...Shelby is now clean...on the outside
( Doggie Grooming Parlor ) and now on the inside too.. OH MY GOODNESS.....UMMM (thanks to the oil )
Poor Shelby...hope she didn't have a tummy ache.!!!!

Posted by: Ann Crago | Jul 16, 2009 7:51:34 AM

my rather athletic and naughty pug once climbed on a small coffee table, jumped onto a stool, and climbed from there over the bar between our kitchen and living room. he proceeded to walk on the kitchen counter to the stove, and promptly ate half a leftover pizza and a frying pan full of used vegetable oil that we had used the night before.

needless to say, i came home to many messes and a very whiny, sad, sickly pug. my vet told me he'd be fine, but that he'd probably be sick for a day or two. we were up until 3 a.m. rubbing his belly and running outside!

silly ol' pugs eating oil.

Posted by: brandi | Jul 16, 2009 8:30:07 AM

....Oh Brandi...Poor Puggy or Piggy???
Glad he is better.!!!!

Posted by: Ann Crago | Jul 16, 2009 8:57:18 AM

Sure hope it wasn't Shelby slurping the
extra virgin olive oil and if it was her,
then I hope she will not be sick--just a little wiser next time....keep your readers
posted if you find the culprit! thank you.
Love the pics of Vin...

Posted by: Jade | Jul 16, 2009 10:03:28 AM

LOL, that is too funny! Crazy pug, that Shelby. I love reading about her antics and now with Vin its even better!

Posted by: Marie and crew | Jul 16, 2009 11:31:48 AM

Bleck! Oh, Shelby! That's disgusting, LOL!

Posted by: April | Jul 16, 2009 6:05:07 PM

LOL. You made me laugh. As the "mom" of a 1 yr-old puppy I can so see that happening. Hope Shelby doesn't feel the effects.

Posted by: Gretchen | Jul 16, 2009 6:44:27 PM

Well....the vet says a LITTLE oil is good for the coat....sigh....

Posted by: Traci | Jul 16, 2009 7:46:41 PM

Poor Shelby. Rolled up newspaper will attract the earwigs. They hide inside overnight and you can pick up and dispose. Hope this helps your pumpkin patch.

Posted by: jonni | Jul 22, 2009 11:51:47 AM

Wow! Jonni, thanks for the tip! I'll try that one with my squash plants. Now if I could just keep those rascally pugs out of my garden!!!
And Winnie, olive oil will not hurt Shelby, I give it to my dogs all the time! I put 1 tablespoon in their dog food bowl (about 5 cups, I'm feeding 3 dogs ) every other day. I mix it around and they gobble it up! They even have the tendancy to turn up their noses when there is no oil in it! Persnickity pugs anyway! The Lab, doesn't care, she eats everything!

Posted by: Lisa | Jul 22, 2009 11:59:10 AM

Silly Shelby! I hope there are no lasting effects of this because of course she'll not remember feeling funny after eating the oil. Mmmm more food mom?

On another note, can I please ask your readers to keep another little pug in their thoughts today (and in the coming days)? Another pugblog I've been following is Walter's blog (http://walterthepug.blogspot.com/). He was hit by an SUV about two weeks ago now and is having his second surgery today. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Posted by: kmillar | Jul 24, 2009 6:56:30 AM

Hi Shelby-

Kendall, the Cavalier, tagged you in our blog today, if you want to play! http://kendalldog.blogspot.com/2009/08/we-were-tagged.html

Posted by: Gretchen | Aug 2, 2009 1:02:28 PM

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