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The great outdoors makes Shelby's poop black

It's really great seeing a little pug in the great outdoors. Shelby really likes foraging around the backyard, and I feel good that she's relatively safe playing back there.

However, we've got an olive tree out there that has been dropping fruit / seeds for many years now. And Shelby has taken to foraging for olives and eating them.

Olive hunting

I've no idea if this is bad for her. I didn't even realize that uncured olives were edible, or even tasty. We have noticed that all this olive eating turns her poop black. My mom tried cleaning up the olives but there's literally years of seeds out there.

Sigh...there's no stopping this pug.

Olive hunting

May 7, 2008 | Permalink


Too cute! When my pug Mushu goes outside, he always eats grass and sticks. I can't stop him. He even eats his own hair when I furminate him.

Posted by: Ana | May 7, 2008 8:06:12 AM

lol - pugs are so much like little piggys ... thus why so many of us call ours "puglets."
Mine has been going after tree droppings lately (which I think may be responsible for her recent digestive troubles that have caused numerous trips outside at all hours). In addition, she pops the head off of dandelions and eats those like they are going out of style. Oh well, what can you do!!!

Posted by: Alana | May 7, 2008 8:18:25 AM

The last time Dory was at my mother's, she decided to chow down on a puddle of mud! Ugh... pugs are cute, but they're disgusting! LOL!

Posted by: April | May 7, 2008 8:36:22 AM

Ooooh! Where can I get an olive tree?

Posted by: Pugsley | May 7, 2008 8:36:36 AM

SO adorable! She's like 'Swiss Family Pug'. Soon she'll be riding ostriches.

Posted by: Nevis | May 7, 2008 9:18:33 AM

I'm almost positive that the seeds are bad for her; any seed that doesn't get digested in the system can clog her up or could make her sick. Pugs do tend to put everything in their mouths, right?

Posted by: diana | May 7, 2008 11:22:18 AM

i hope she doesn't have problems with eating the olives! i have no idea if they are good for dogs or not....i hope she'll be ok! keep an eye on her! :)

Posted by: dana | May 7, 2008 1:21:27 PM

I take it that Shelby isn't a picky eater ;-)

Posted by: Tiny | May 7, 2008 3:17:19 PM

You hit the nail on the head of one of my biggest "pug" frustrations. Ruby will eat sock lint, bugs, paper dots from the hole punch, doll hair, and cat poop. Yet when I try to give her something - not DROP it, dropped stuff she lunges onto like she is starving....I mean holding something out to her - she sniffs it and looks it over like I might be trying to poison her. AARGH!

Posted by: DancesInGarden | May 7, 2008 4:08:09 PM

My pug Mushu (Ana, you chose a great name!) will also eat anything including mud and clumps of mown grass. I keep having to pull him away from "goodies" when we go out for a walk. Several months ago he stopped to sniff several rotten pears which had fallen from a tree. But instead of eating them, he decided to roll around in the mushy fruit. Yechh!

Posted by: J.D. | May 7, 2008 6:40:19 PM

Oh my, Shelby's face has partially disappeared underground while she is
scoping Olives and Olive pits....if you or
Steven ever see a sale on some type of protective ground covering, would that help
the area around the tree trunk and where
the loose olives fall?

Posted by: Jade | May 7, 2008 8:39:45 PM

My pug eats crayons!!! Among other things. He roots around the bucket the crayons are in and picks out a crayon and sits down to chew it like its a bone! Pugs are so funny!

Posted by: Gina | May 8, 2008 8:02:33 PM

My cats get the occasional black olive as a treat.

Posted by: Jax | May 9, 2008 8:29:13 PM

Shelby likes olives! She has a sophisticated palate, of course! I hope she doesn't put on weight from all the extra fat grams/calories, though. Love the shots of her foraging!

Posted by: Boston Shelby Fan | May 10, 2008 7:55:07 PM

Happy Mother's Day Winnie! I hope you have a wonderful one. You were already a pug-mommy, but now you have double the blessings.

Posted by: cat | May 11, 2008 7:51:51 AM

She's looking for the wine and cheese as well. Classy !

Posted by: Kuckoo | May 11, 2008 5:10:41 PM

Yay! I love puppies. When i grow up I want to be Dog-Man and own Kripto!

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