Sunday, December 28, 2008

Alanis takes up a new hobby

Alanis decided to take up pruning. The other night she started nibbling on the leaves of my 8-yr-old hibiscus plant. It's a special plant because a friend gave it to me after my husband died. I've had to prune it sometimes because it tends to get scraggly, especially in this house where it doesn't get enough light. Late in the summer, it blooms with vermillion flowers.

It was sitting by the front window with leaves like this:

The yellow parts are from the flash.

Alanis' attentions left leaves looking like this.
When I said, "Alanis, no," she stopped. A couple of hours later I was lying in bed, just getting to sleep when I heard pad, pad, pad downstairs, followed by rustle, rustle. I ran downstairs and caught her with a leaf sticking out of her mouth. I took it away and hauled the huge plant over to the kitchen counter. Aside from the fact that many houseplants are poisonous to dogs, I can't have her grazing on it every time she wants a snack.

I guess the green beans and snap peas I give her just aren't enough.


  1. What a beautiful plant! Our mom can't have them in the house because she can't remember to water them! We're thinking your mom needs to come up with a clever way of keeping you from chewing on her special plant, Alanis!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  2. Hi Alanis
    My mom doesn't have plants either. The cats will just crop them down to the earth. Maybe mom could buy you some Greenies.
    See you soon.
    Love Ruby