Bonkers for Basil

An interesting episode took place at Pug Slope HQ the other night, although the bulk of the action destruction took place while I was out to dinner. I think it might be time to resurrect the Sid Cam.

A day prior, I had picked up a new basil plant from Trader Joe’s and plunked it on my window sill so it could bask in the summer sun.


The photo above isn’t my actual plant (image is from, and although mine didn’t look as lush as this particular plant, it still had a good amount of healthy green leaves on it.

Earlier in the evening, Sid kept paying excessive attention to the Basil plant. I thought it was pretty funny because normally he pays no mind to all the houseplants I have strewn around the apartment. Well, in hindsight this should have been  a warning sign because later that night I came home to find the apartment floor and all the dog beds covered in clumps of dirt.


Scattered amongst the soil clumps were a couple remaining basil leaves – partially-chewed of course. As for where the rest of all the leaves, the stems, and the roots all went, there is only one logical explanation:


Yep. Don’t let that sweet, tilted face fool you. Sid is one cold-hearted basil killer.

*** FOOTNOTE:  Of course the first thing I did was search the internet to be sure basil is not toxic to dogs and I was relieved to find it was not. In fact, basil can supply them with “positive mood altering effects” – well whoopee! Too bad sweeping up an apartment full of dirt clumps at midnight on a weeknight didn’t produce any positive mood effects for this human.

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7 Responses to “Bonkers for Basil”

  1. avatar Alex Says:

    Sid, your basil habit is hurting you and hurting those around you. You need to get help so you can stop.

  2. avatar Noodles Says:

    Don’t tell Noodles. . . it is the one plant she has not tried.
    Love Noodles’s mommy

  3. avatar Payton's mom Says:

    At Christmas, you’ll have to bring home one of those small rosemary “trees”. I’ve known a few pugs that like to brush up against them. It’s hilarious. 🙂
    Sid, next time maybe make some spaghetti sauce with that basil and your dad won’t be so out of sorts.

  4. avatar Idaho PugRanch Says:

    were you going to make some pesto Sid? I do want to thank you for your appreciation of my – uh my spark as you say! I make life interesting for sure! Also glad you like our new header, it has only been up since Monday, and mom says to tell you that photo shop is a wonderful thing when you are trying to get 3 pugs together BOL!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  5. avatar tweedles Says:

    Oh Sid,,, well- do you feel more mellow now!

  6. avatar Meredith LeBlanc ૐ (@MeredithLeBlanc) Says:

    Fresh basil is wonderful with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, for future reference. Are you part Italian, Handsome Sid?

    Meredith & Scarlet

  7. avatar Southern Fried Pugs Says:

    Haha! And basil is great for heartburn. Maybe you should have saved a leaf or two for your dad!

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