Saturday, April 16, 2011

Scheming on Saturday

The Momster thinks she can outwit us.

Notice anything different in this photo above?

Somebody found a way to keep her hostas and shrubs safe from sibes. Maybe if Ciara keeps her eyes closed, that new fencing will magically disappear.

Mom, is this a test to see if I really am an obedient pup or a true sibe who knows no rules? You do realize how easy it would be for me to clear this measly barricade, don't you?

Now who would have suspected that the first party to enter the restricted zone would be Phantom!!!

Hey, she left an opening here for me so I wouldn't have to exert myself and jump over it.

For now we are being distracted from the no-sibe zone by all the other interesting things in our environment. Maybe we will just let her think we are behaving, you know, sort of lull into her thinking she has won. Then when she least expects it, we will invade that zone.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara - and yes, we can hear the Herd's hu-Dad chuckling all the way from here:)

Note from Mom: I found this fencing at Lowe's and it is attractive, not terribly expensive, and just might give the plants a chance to grow. Am I dreaming? Maybe, but it is worth a try. So far none of them has tried to get in the section that is completely enclosed. The only reason Phantom has an exit on that side is because I bought all the fence sections available at the two closest Lowe's and need to make a longer trip to get some more. As you may have noticed, I still haven't taken off the price labels - just in case I don't win this one:)


Furkidsmom said...

Good luck to your Mom! We're pretty sure you will figure out how to get past that fence!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Kari in WeHo said...

how long till they just hop over it? ;)


Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

Yeah, you all looked very well-behaved there. But we suppose your Mom knows you best.

George the Lad said...

Butter wouldn't melt in your mouths, so the saying goes :) Hope the fencing works mom ;)
Have a Good Week
See Yea George xxx

Bobby said...

Ha! Ha!, I do not know you guys but i bet the little fence does not stand a chance. I think I would bet my next weeks treats on that. Thank you for pawsing by.
Licks Grumpy Bobby.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, humans. They're always trying to outwit us and they just don't learn.

Sue said...

We tried putting fencing around the new plants and learned that Bailey takes that as a challenge. If she sees fencing, then she works at getting onto the other side. It's better for us to just try distracting her.

Good luck!

The Thundering Herd said...

No, no, the hu-dad is not chuckling. More like laughing really hard. Of course,we have removed screen doors that were in our way.

Mrs. JP said...

Does Ciara look like she's happy with that fence? No, I don't think she likes it. I think they're waiting for you to turn your back and then they'll scoot around the end there.
Hey, nice try though!!! I girl has to try to protect her flowers.

Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

BOL, as your furpal, I hope the 3 of you manage to get into the restricted area!

But A hopes that your Momster's plants don't get murdered. Hehehehehe. Oh, and A says good luck to the Momster!


Reilly / Bree said...

I am thinking it won't take long before some pupsters figure out they can jump over the fence....but we can hope they don't :)

♥ Sallie said...


I think it looks very pretty! Even if it doesn't work.


Channon said...

Good luck, Mom!

My problem isn't the fur-girls... it's the deer.

Gus said...

Good Luck Mom! we like the fencing, but don't want to bet on the success.

kisses from Gussie n teka

just in case.

Anonymous said...

We think Phantom was just trying to keep safe from the Pest by being behind the fencing!! :)

I actually really like the fencing you got...hopefully it will do its purpose and not get jumped over! Bummer about having to go to a Lowe's farther away! Maybe it could be a nice little day trip.

Elyse and Riley

Sierra Rose said...

Very timely post! We were at H-Depot this morning looking at the very same fencing...didn't buy it yet, but are testing out pea gravel (too many weeds grow in our yard if we did grass) and a few other items... a definite work in progress...and has been for some time :(
Love your grasses, and no weeds anywhere!!!! Have fun playing pals :)

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

Ms. ~K said...

Oh I love it!
Too bad it won't keep the deer away from my hostas, daylilies, roses,....
The pups look very appreciative of your efforts to keep them out of trouble! :)

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, your momster do so be dreaming! My mom gibbed up planting stuff in MY yard a long time ago. As soon as she woz finished planting and would go inside to wash her hands, she would come back out to find me skipping around the yard with flowers, leaves and roots in my mouf. BOL! Hey, I woz just sparing the plants from the slow death of mom's black thumb.

scotsmad said...

Good luck, we hope to see how the plants are in a month or two.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Amber DaWeenie said...

We can already hear the wheels turning in 3 Sibe's heads....well, particularly 1 Sibe's head. Let us know how well this works for you.. Have a nice weekend!

♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ said...

Hi dearest friends,

We have missed visiting you so much!!! Put today Mommy let us catchup on what all we've missed at your blog.

I just gotta tell you what happened when I got my stitches out today. There was a lady there that had 4 husky puppies in a basket. They was so cute, or so Mommy said. I was too busy playing with the ladies little boy. He sure gave me some good belly rubbing. The pups are all white except for a little one that had black spots on his face.She got to hold him. She said he was a little butterball and felt so soft. I think Mommy wanted to bring him home with us.

Mona didn't get to go today. Just me and Mommy but she sends her love along with Mommy.


BeadedTail said...

Well, it looks nice at least! It'll be interesting to see if it keeps you out of your mom's plants though. At least you still have the rest of the yard to dig in!

Wild Dingo said...

you know, i tell Loki all the time that Formosan dogs have a lifetime warranty. we can return him ANY time... maybe it's time for you used that same logic for Miss Puppy Pants... and her following brothers...

Sarge said...

Wow, this looks like a doggy agility challenge to me! There may be some nasty remifications, but a good test is sometimes worth the pain!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

houndstooth said...

This looks like a challenge just waiting to happen! We're going to enjoy seeing how far this one goes! Not that we've read anything anywhere about Sibes misbehaving or anything!


giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I'm laughing... not at Phantom showing you up OR at you trying to outsmart those sibes. You get an A for effort and the fence does llok nice!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

That looks very pretty! I was laughing at Ciara and then saw Phantom and burst out in a bigger laugh! I imagine they could get over it if they wanted to but being the good Sibes they are, they won't (I hope!). It is very nice looking! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Anonymous said...


Good luck there OPMom!

I hope that you will win this one but I have to say I gots my doubts!

Have a Pawsome weekend!

woo woos, Tessa

ra husky said...

hehe, we sibers can be very determined! Love the pic of Phantom in the restricted zone- looking so innocent!


Sagira said...

Good luck with that. I don't think there is such a thing as a no Sibe zone. hehe.

Anakin Man said...

hu hu's
yous can't fool us wits 'dem fences-
we's can sneak our ways in to dem restricted areas especiallys if 'dere is food-

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We thought they were Minnie Pearl's fences ;-)


Stella said...

A couple of possibilities here, have Lowes create some 6' tall barriers for you (the black IS very attractive, I think) or two, go back to planting stuffies.

I am more for #2 myself.

Cheers and hugs,

Stella (and Jo)

Oskar said...

Good luck, I bet the sibes wage and epic battle!

Nubbin wiggles,

TwoSpecialWires said...

If it works, let us know. Then, if they make it in a REALLY tall version, maybe it would work to keep out the deer.

(We're not holding our breath ... besides, we'd have to go to all the Lowe's between here and Kansas!)

Paws crossed. For everybody. Even the hostas deserve a chance.

Jake and Fergi

Huffle Mawson said...

I want your mum to win this battle, but I want you all to defeat the human's measly attempt to beat you all. I'm torn!

Wyatt said...

That is a very pretty fence...but can you hear us laughing out here in Oregon...

Wyatt and Stanzie

KB said...

I'm afraid that even this Lab-mom is chuckling! Good luck!!!!!

I can't remember if I've mentioned this but, when K was a pup, she dug and dug and dug. So, we had a big pile of dirt and wood chips delivered that she was allowed to dig! It worked! However, I must admit that we didn't have anything as tempting to her as that beautiful red mulch and new plants!

Tanuki Maxx said...

LOL! Good luck mom!
You guys really are cooperative with the camera for a group photo each time!
Wish we have a garden, where i could bury my stuffs..!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Maggie and Mitch said...

The fencing is very pretty. We are wishing your mom lots of luck!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Honey the Great Dane said...

Wow - what pretty fencing!! Usually when I've seen this kind of stuff to keep things out, it's that ugly chicken wire type this is such a nice change!

Good luck keeping the pups out! ;-)


Mango said...

That fence might look good, but it is not going to do anything to protect the hapless shrubbery. I think perhaps a six foot stockade is in order.


tula said...

what? a no-sibe zone. what is this world coming to??? just say NO- right Phantom~~


ArtemisiaFSS said...

It looks very nice and we thinks it will work. Phantom was very clever to find the opening.

Fenris respects the baby gate even though he could jump it easily or knock it over like Scylla does. Of course all he has to do it wait cause sooner or later Scylla knocks it over for him. The Mommy was very annoyed to wind up taking a bath with Scylla & Fenris watching.

Thor said...

Good luck Mom! The fencing is pretty, let us to know if it works for you!

Thor and Jack

Amber-Mae said...

Those are very purdy fencing but I'm not sure how they're gonna keep the pupperoonies out of there. I know my River will be able to get in there with no problem. Good luck anyway!

sagechronicles said...

We did that in our back yard too. Toby kept killing everything by peeing on it, so it keeps him away from the shrubs. Works pretty well!

FiveSibesMom said...

Okay, the FiveSibes are chuckling over here...something about the alleged "no Sibe zone??" I think the fencing and the landscaping looks marvelous...and I wish you luck with the "zoning" efforts...I find it symbolic that it was Phantom (leader of the pack?) who found the way in...will Ciara be next...? Great pics!

Piappies World said...

We wish the momster luck with the fence. We wonder how long you will make her think she has won the battle this time around. Our hu-grandmom has totally given us and has let us do the landscaping of the garden for her.

The fence is really pretty and has made the garden look good.

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

soggibottom said...

Think you have been wishfully thinking this will have any effect :-) Good luck though, personally, I don't like to do the gardening :-) :-) Think my mum is pleased, SHE IS ALSO VERY LUCKY :-)xxx

soggibottom said...

Forgot to mention, any thing planted could possibly be a weed... and might need to come out anyway... we aren't good at telling the difference.
:-)xxx luv AMES

Lucille, the Great Dane from Italy said...

Well, it is very nice, it was worth a try!
You make me remember a quote from a film, well there is nothing about gardening in the film, it is "Galaxy Quest", but the motto is "Never give up, never surrender"!!! Eh eh eh!!!
PS: my flowers are not going very far either... :( so I do not have much to laugh!!!
Ciao Lucille (& human)

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Woo-mom. Looks like you have some smart pups there.:)

Lincoln said...

haha Phantom you're my hero :-) I would have jumped over that fence quickly ! Anyway, fences are meant to be crossed aren't they ?

Mr Koda MD said...

Good luck with the fencing! Ma says it looks very fancy and rustic!

Lorenza said...

Phantom! I can't believe it!
The fence is pretty. I hope it works!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Suka said...


Your mom is sneaky, but us pups are sneakier! ;-> I think you pups will be able to figure out a way to enjoy the plants despite the new barricade. Doesn't "restricted zone" translate to, "where the fun stuff is?" :->


p.s. Glad you pups are O.K. after the storms. We got lots and lots of major wind, some rain and thunder, but nothing like others received.

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Two words: you're dreaming☺

ForPetsSake said...

I sure do wish you luck - I haven't found a gate yet that will keep Arwen out (or in, as the case would be).

The fencing is VERY pretty, though!

Sapphire said...

pretty fence!! great poses too :)

kissa-bull said...

we fink that if their is an opening the sibebabies CANNOT be blamed for any plant destroyin tee hee hee. besides word around town is that if you wee wee on the plants they grow better and greener . we has'nt tried it yet but maybe you can try it and report back tee hee hee

pibble sugars and wee wiggles
the pittie pack

Remington said...

That looks VERY nice!

Clive said...

That looks like a very good idea! Clive has never gone into any of our flower beds but the same can't be said of our visitor this week!!

Murray's Mom is watching her flowers disappear by the hour and she's not very happy!!

take care
Clive & Co

Holly and Khady said...

Is there REALLY such a thing as a no-Sibe-zone? I'm thinking not.

Khady Lynn

Au and Target said...

Imagine trying to keep you lovely three out of the plants! Impossible :-)

Martha and Bailey said...

Oh these humans know so little about gardening!
Imagine trying to stop you from a little digging to aeriate the roots!
We ae not sure about that spelling but never mind we are basets!
Also we find plants thrive from a little canine pruning in just the right places.
Still it wont take long to get rid of that fence - we think your momster has lost her grip on sibe reality there.
Much love
Martha and Bailey xxxx

Anna the GSD said...

I love that your humor your mom long enough to get photos and for her to think she "won"!! BOL! Silly peoples, you can never win!! :)

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Cyber-sibes said...

Ha-roo ro roo, don't woo love a good challenge?

jack & moo

Deborah said...

I like it! Is the weather really that nice? My crew destroys my gardens and I am really thinking this year keeping everyone restricted. :(

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We think the fencing is pretty so even if it doesn't keep them out we say keep it. We think that it will at least slow them down a bit! Or you know, confuse them into thinking they can't get in there for a while to at least get the plants started so maybe they are more hardy.

The Teacher's Pets said...

It is a good thing that you posted photos of the freshly pruned shrubs because those photos may be all that's left of the shrubs after a few days or weeks because of your mischievous pups! Hee-hee!
We will keep our fingers crossed that the pups don't cross behind the fence though! Good luck!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

If they stay out, it will be a gift of lettng you have your way rather than the fencing working you know...THAT is Phantom's message! But it looks nice.

Sally said...

♪♫♪♫♪ Oh, give me land,
lots of land
under starry skies above,
Don't fence me in........
Nice woooh