Friday, September 12, 2008

Big Bugs

Grandma and Grandpa came over today and kidnapped Momma to go to the Garden in the Woods and see the Big Bugs. For those of you who live in Master Chew Sits, Garden in the Woods is run by the New England Wild Flower Society and is right here in my home town of Framingham. It covers 45 acres and displays 1500 native plants including 150 rare and endangered speices. They also have an invasive plant jail where you can learn about non-native plants that will eat the natives if you plant them.

Even though there are no dogs allowed, Momma says it is still worth visiting (plus, if you have any human pups, they have lots of exploration programs and activities that help them learn about nature).

In addition to be a nice place to walk around, they are currently displaying Big Bugs which are gigantic sculptures of, your guessed it, bugs!

Here's a butterfly. Its all done by combining different kinds of wood, most of which the sculptor, David Rogers, finds using fallen trees. The Garden is very peaceful and lush.This kittie lives in the garden and hunts mice and whatnot.
This spider was bigger than pee-wee!They don't let you get too close to the bugs, but here is Grandpa with a big old spider. I think he could have walked right under it.

There are just so many peaceful spots like this lily pond.Which just so happened to have a giant dragonfly in it.Looks like Momma was a little intimidated by the big ant.Guess it didn't phase Grandma.Each bug has a sign so that you can read all about it. This is one I hope I never meet. It sticks its big nose into its prey and then sucks its juices out.Ewwww!There are all different habitats in the garden (bog, swamp, meadow, pine barrens, moss garden) each maintained by dozens of volunteers. This one is most peculiar. Its a cactus garden right here in Master Chew Sits!Finally, Momma with the biggest bug of all. A 20 ft. tall preying mantis. EEEEK!Whilst Momma was away, one of the flowers on my observation deck spontaneously leapt from its pot.Here is where I tried unsuccessfully to put it back in.Of course, rather than accepting the obvious (that the flowers were making a break for it), Momma immediately thought that I, Mango, had somehow been involved and had actually (gasp) pulled the flowers up myself.

Nope, not me, come on, is this the face of a flower murderer?
She's unconvinced. Time to pull out the smoochie face.Mango Man! Oh yeah!


MJ's doghouse said...

Mango man...i believe you...even if she doesnt....that is the cutest little smoochie face ever...

Abby said...

Hi, Mango...

I believe you...No one could look that innocent if they weren't...

I think it's just a defective plant...

Abby xxxooo

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

I didn't believe that you were the flower murderer!
Those flowers were tough on your paws, how could you yank it out?
Oh I know, must be the big wind Ike, yeah, Ike it is!
Thanks your mom for sneaking us into the garden in the woods. Did you see my air dragonfly resting on the runway?

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Hey, tekhnikhally if woo stayed on the trail, woo wouldn't be IN the garden!

WOW - those bugs were ALMOST as RH as WOO!


BenTheRotti said...

Mum is positively GREEN with jealousy! she says her and the beans would love it there, but it's a bit of a trek from our place!
No dogs allowed! how rude! I mean look at your face! What possible danger could you impose?

Speaking of your face.. Mum wants to reach through the screen and smoooooooooooch you!
Don't blame me.. YOU did the face!

have a great weekend buddy

Ben xxxx

Unknown said...

Booker is absolutely EXCITED about all the bug legs to pee on! How cool would that be?

Peanut said...

why are our mothers always trying to blame us for things we didn't do? Those giant bugs are kind of scary.

Shmoo said...

I once saw a tv show where a plant committed suicide by leaping out of its pot and the dog got blamed. Forensic evidence showed the dog was not to blame and the dog got a cookie... show this to your human and demand a cookie... or a nose print expert to rule you out as a suspect.


Dewey Dewster said...


NOw those are some scary lookin' bugs there....if they were real, they would be frightening fer sure...nope we're sure you are innocent of the flower caper....but were ya chewin' on the chair there?????

Dewey Dewster here....

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Oh, shucks, Khyra stole our thoughts - we were going to say that those bugs were bigger than RH. Oh well, GMTA.

And as for the flower, anyone knows that marigolds are so bitter to the taste - why would sweet little woo want to taste something bitter?

Pssst, is the wallymelon still there?

Woos and wags, the OP Pack

Niamh said...


You have such and innocent expression on your face! How could your mom suspect you of murdering defenseless flowers. I have been known to eat a few flowers on occasion. I'd stay away from those massive bugs if I were you.

Your friend,

Moco said...

What a nice place to visit. Grammie would love to go there.
I have seen flowers like that jump out of the pot before. They have a death wish. It is nothing to do with you, Mango.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
Those are really Big Bugs!
I know you did not do it! Some flowers tend to fall by themselves!
Kisses and hugs

Noah the Airedale said...

Those bugs are pretty scary matie. Thank goodness they're not real.
Shame you couldn't get to go along Mango.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

The WriggleButts said...

that smoocie face should convince anyone! And Mom loved that garden!


Molly the Airedale said...

You guys sure grow big bugs in Master Chew Sits! Gosh, what do they eat?!
No way could you be guilty, Mango! Now with that sweet face!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

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Nancy at the Farm said...

We LOVED your pictures and narrative. What a cool place to go to! But why don't they allow dogs? With bugs that big they need dogs to keep people safe!

Too bad about the flower. I think it was suidcidal. Seriously. Your Mum should take the whole pot to a therapist to see if she can save the rest. BOL!

Love, Dozer, Cooper and Dottie

Sunny,Scooter, (sometimes Jamie) said...

Iabsolutely believe you Mango! Those dang flowers act alllll innocent. We know better, right??
ALSO-I saw a no pets sign in that buggy place(cool bugs) and yet I saw a CAT. hmmm with the excuse it catches mice. Not a pet?? I think serious descrimination. You do have the cutest, most handsome smootchie face.Makes me just want to give you a muuuaahh!*blush*

River said...

How can anyone resist that smoochie face? You and Bolo are the smoochiest. We like the big bugs--they were amazing looking.

love & wags,

Chef said...

What an interesting place. It's a good thing no pets are allowed because I think those big bugs would scare the you-know-what out of most dogs. What's a what-not? I'd like to chase one.

And for sure you didn't kill the flowers, Mangoman. They just jumped out of the pot. Mama's flowers do that all the time.


Unknown said...

I totally believe you Mango! A face like that wouldn't lie

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

We chomp our toys, too. And Princess has been pulling up cuttings that dad wants to root. Guess we have a lot in common!

Sophie Brador said...

Aw Mango, you are so handsome. I would be happy to have a talk with Dex. Randi probably is too old for him, but I completely understand his attraction to older women. I mean, look at me. How can these young pups not adore me?


chummy's mum said...

Oh Mango! We totally believe you too! Your big face is so soulful! *smooches*

That looks like an awesome fun place to visit!

Chums and family

Lindsay said...

Mango Man, it is unfair that you are being accused of flower-cide! Hope your Momma came to her senses quickly!

The Girl shuddered at all of the big bug pictures. Way to go! :)

Brown dog kisses,
Dannan and The Girl