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Leaf eater

Steven and I were out for a weekend, so Shelby stayed with my parents. Upon returning home to pick her up, we were informed that Shelby had been quite naughty when it came to the houseplants. In the first photo is evidence of her bad behavior.

However in this next photo, it's obvious just how bad she was. Those used to be nice leafy plants, and now the edges are torn to bits.

August 24, 2005 | Permalink


She must be rebelling... she wanted you to take her with you!!!!

Posted by: Pugbug77 | Aug 24, 2005 8:50:53 AM

My pug does the same thing to the Hybiscus plants in my backyard. But hand him some lettuce and he wants no part of it!

Posted by: Jessica | Aug 24, 2005 9:05:42 AM

But with that face how can you get mad?

Posted by: Cat | Aug 24, 2005 10:43:12 AM

Dear Winnie, I hope Shelby does not become ill from snacking on house plants. She looks OK in the photos...bet she was glad to see you when you returned. P.S.
You deserve to get away from the residence and leave Shelby with your family. Do not feel guilty about this!

Posted by: Jade | Aug 24, 2005 12:09:49 PM

do you think she's mad because you posted the picture of her with the Vader helmet?

Posted by: polly the pug | Aug 24, 2005 3:30:32 PM

I think you need to call in CSI to test the evidence. She looks to sweet to do anything like that.

Posted by: sandy | Aug 24, 2005 5:43:34 PM

the plant in the top picture appears to be a philedodren (sp), i think they are poisonous, please check on that, you may have to move it. i just love Shelby!

Posted by: susie | Aug 25, 2005 6:15:23 AM

Mom is looking into the plants issue. Shelby didn't get sick, but surely it's not a good idea for her to chew on strange plants. She's usually pretty good about these things. I see her mouth a lot of stuff just to test it. That seems like a good survival instinct.

Posted by: Winnie | Aug 25, 2005 4:40:21 PM

Mild punishment.A time out with her Darth Vader helmut on.If she chews on Grandma's plants post more internet Vader photos.May The Force be with Shelby.

Posted by: Mike | Aug 25, 2005 8:17:43 PM

I think Shelby was sad because you left her. Our little one did something similar but she chewed up our bar stools to the tune of $80 each to repair them!

Posted by: Nancy | Aug 26, 2005 6:52:35 AM

I'm glad Shelby didn't get sick from the plant. Sometimes Jack will chew things up, but not actually eat them, so maybe she did that? It's frustrating, knowing that you can't explain to them why they can't eat the plants and just how dangerous it is. Jack is going through a phase where he won't do it while I'm looking, but as soon as he thinks he can get away with it... And all that puggy cuteness just makes it harder to be consistent.

My first pug puppy, Windy, died after eating a household plant. Windy and I had the same birthday, so I guess we would have been not quite 3 months old. My mom had gone in the other room to get something, and when she left, Windy was napping with me in my infant carrier. When my mother came back a few minutes later, Windy was convulsing and acting like she couldn't breathe. My grandpa was able to do an emergency tracheotomy, which let her make it to vet. The vet couldn't do anything to help her. I think that was the last time we had indoor plants in our house and it took my parents awhile after that before they let us get another pug. (Or any pet for that matter).

Don't forget about grapes and raisins being on the toxic list too. They can cause kidney failure in dogs, and iirc, it only takes a 1/4 cup to cause that in a golden retriever sized dog. Just thought I'd pass that along, because I remember someone telling me that raisins were "healthy treats" for dogs and I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet.

Posted by: Caitlin | Aug 26, 2005 12:58:03 PM

I found this website on toxic stuff "for" dogs:

kiss from Tommie the Toronto pug

Posted by: frederieke Arps | Aug 27, 2005 6:57:50 AM

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