Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wood pile marauders

We keep a stack of excess/leftover/scrap lumber next to our garage/shed.  It doesn't exactly stay neatly stacked.

We've had bunnies take shelter under it; wood rats live under it; snakes dwell under it.  And the dogs just can't stand it!

I recently moved a huge skid (wooden pallet) from the concrete board siding delivery to the wood pile, then re-stacked all the lumber on top of it - basically to keep the wood off the ground and give the varmints a fighting chance at survival - a means of avoiding canine carnage, if you will.  I think this just further aggravates the pups.

They spend hours digging, rearranging, chewing over there.  And at least once a week, I play a game of pick-up-planks.  Fun for everyone!
 BB and Thelma, don't try to look innocent!  You're the worst of the lot!

"Wood pile?  What wood pile?  We have a wood pile?!"

90 comments:

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Haha! Love this. Sort of like trying to find a needle in a haystack, I imagine. Beautiful Thelma. :)

Carole Meisenhelter said...

made me smile; lovely photos .. all so innocent in light of fun on the side when you're not looking?

Giga said...

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Mama-Bug said...

Dogs just gotta have fun; even if it drives us crazy!

rainfield61 said...

Say hi to both of them.

Kathy said...

A nice diversion for them.

eileeninmd said...

Cute post, I am sure BB and THelma have fun re-arringing the wood pile for you. I hope the critters stay safe. Have a great weekend!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

"Who me? I didn't do it and I don't understand the question." (my hubby's favorite refrain) LOL!

Lynne said...

Thelma and Louise . . . and YOU, bring me a huge smile!

trav4adventures said...

They sure look innocent, don't they! HA!

Lynne said...

and who is smiling now . . .?

Sorry about that BB . . .!!!

Woody said...

Who me? I didn't do anything! Can I have a treat for being good?

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

lol naughty doggies....just be grateful they have not tunneled under the pile...My Uncle's Blue healer would get a whiff of a mouse and tunnel to China given a change.lol

Blessings Kelsie

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Hmmmm. Looks exactly like the back of our garage/shed. Except we have some metal piping for contrast :)

Deb said...

lol...we have the same problem around here...stack up anything...the dogs unstack it...

Jan n Jer said...

They are like your alarm system not to stick your hand in the wood pile...danger is near!!!!

Sandra said...

jake would really like to visit your wood pile and help with those planks, but NOT stacking them, UN stacking them just like those 2 innocent looking canines. i can see your new look of the house siding behind the dogs. it is really pretty

Millie said...

I don't think they look innocent at all. That Thelma scares me just to look at her.

latebloomerbuds said...

I love hearing about the escapades around the ranch. Cute post T. Margie

Pam said...

Its hard for fun loving pups to ignore smells. Just look at those innocent faces.
Nice shots, Theresa.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Hehehe. We have a pile too and our wild bunny Simon lives there part time. Your dogs look so innocent. Must be someone else messing with the pile.

Karen said...

It's a doggy playground!

bailey-road.com said...

I love those two characters!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Seems like the dogs find laying in the sun more interesting than looking for varmints in the woodpile. :)

Sylvia K said...

What a pair those two are! And, yes, dogs just gotta have fun indeed! Great shots for the day and a big smile to start the morning! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

BB & Thelma, focus on the tree rats, okay?

Mom of M&Ms said...

hahha love that innocent look...rofl

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Your puppies have something to keep them busy.
Costas

Montanagirl said...

LOVE it!! She looks pretty innocent to me! Great post.

Barb said...

I'm pretty impressed that you want to protect the varmints! it takes a special person to do that!!

heyBJK said...

Awww, poor doggies! Why does it always have to be difficult for them? haha

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Your dogs are hilarious. They're always finding excitement!

Ellie said...

Ha I love the pictures of your doggies - they look as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouths.
But rats and snakes ewwwww.

Andrew said...

A wonderful post T.. Poor dogs all that wildlife... just out of reach!
Enjoy your weekend... re-stacking.

Susan said...

Funny, course it's probably not to funny when you have to re-stack the wood all the time. Your dogs just crack me up. AND, so beautiful!

Pricilla said...

Poor bunnies

Fjällripan said...

Hahaha, fun post! Lovely dogs :))

Chip Allen said...

Buddy and Molly think my lumber pile is a playground, too! They're always digging out a choice scrap to chew on.

ladyfi said...

Oh, I can't resist those adorable doggie faces!

barbara l. hale said...

Gotta love Thelma and the dogs' attitudes in general.

Rita said...

How could any dog resist any kind of rodent snare--LOL! ;)

wayside wanderer said...

It's like a doggie toy box!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Haha, too cute. They do have a way of looking completely and totally innocent. Think of the pick up sticks as good exercise. :)

Annette said...

We don't have a wood pile but we do have a shed that is up on skids. Snakes, cats, racoons... probably rats too. It drives the dogs NUTS because they can see and smell the varmits but they can't get 'em.

Robin said...

T, and both dogs are saying "look out, she's pointing that thing at us again!" I wonder what they think we are doing?

Ms. Becky said...

oh your white doggie (Thelma?) is so beautiful. that face! but BB has a whole lot of character too - I play no favorites! that wood pile is like their TV - always something to watch. happy weekend to you TWG.

Farm Girl said...

What a wonderful wood pile. Wow all of the projects I can see sitting there to be made. :)
We get all kinds of wildlife under ours too. When I scream now, the dog is always right there. She knows I have just uncovered wildlife.
I bet they enjoy that place. I know ours keeps Sasha entertained for hours.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Cute! I especially love the last photo and caption!

Desiree said...

Your saving grace is that those planks are too large to be carted indoors! Our pups regularly bring smaller logs into the kitchen and tear them to shreds. Usually soon after I've vacuumed and got everything looking clean and tidy! I know those "Who? Me? No ways!" expressions only too well :)

mick said...

You must have lots of patience to re-arrange that wood pile every week or so! Dogs can get into so much mischief!!

Samantha said...

Them tearing down what I just stacked ..that would quickly lose its humor!

Gorgeous shots of the dogs.

Farmchick said...

LOL! At least the animals are having fun!

IanH said...

I've got a horse that does the same thing, but with a loaded wheelbarrow or anything else that I'm working with.

Julie G. said...

Silly dogs! Our pups rearrange the backyard potted plants, lawn chairs, etc. quite often on their never ending search for scurrying critters. Thanks for the smile :) Another wonderful post!

Diana said...

Beautiful animals! we have recently adopted a wild abandoned kitten, a tough one so far, but I'm not giving up. She looks at me rather like your dog. ;)

Zondra Art said...

Your dogs are beautiful! It is so cute how they paly and enyoj!:)
Lots of greetings!

Clint said...

Sorry, I'm not buyin' this business about "canine carnage". I don't think those two would hurt a flea. It's pretty obvious to me they are spoiled. Ha.

CameraCruise said...

Lovely post, made me smile.
Great photos of your innocent dogs.
Have a great weekend.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Very cute. Oh dogs.....they are really something aren't they?

missing moments said...

LOL ... oh, the joy of the hunt for them and the agony for the hunted!

Michaele said...

I could take those off your hands for you. The dogs or the wood - either one : )

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, I have a pile that looks suspiciously like yours. I don't however have any dogs (yet). Have a super good Sunday tomorrow!

Ann said...

If you live near door to me, my other next door neighbor will ask you if she can have the timber. Every Friday evening, she has a bon fire party. It is not a BBQ, just a giant bon fire.

The next day, I see them removing the bricks on the base of the fire ready for the next. Very strange,

BlueShell said...

Hi, thank you for visiting!
Oh, I’m sorry- this is so funny!
Despite your efforts…the wood pile is still causing troubles…but the dogs Love it!!!!
They are both lovely! – “What wood pile”??? LOLOL…

Good night
Blue Shell

Candy C. said...

Great story and photos, especially the last one! LOL!!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Boy do I know about wood piles being pulled apart in the past. No dogs know but hubby missing having the dogs to flush pack rats out. Sure can keep the dogs busy for hours. Have a wonderful weekend.

SweetMarie said...

Those two beautiful dogs digging through a wood pile looking for varmits? Never...LOL!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

It is their playground, missy!
You are lucky they let you live
there :)
Happiness to you tonight!
xo, misha

Rose said...

They want to make sure you get your exercise!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I thought only my Jack Russell Terrier was that determined! When he was in his prime, the little 10 pound fellow would have moved an anvil if he thought a mouse was under it!

Daniel said...

Interesting... a messy pile of wood, 45 gallon drums... for burning scrap wood?

Poor dogs, seemly getting the short end of the 'sticks'.

Linda R. said...

Ahhhh.. How sweet to help out the little varmints.. Such great photos. I always get a smile when I stop in!!

Hugs, Linda

Country Mouse Studio said...

Good thing you're so easy going :O) You probably couldn't find better entertainment for the dogs

Randy said...

Too funny, great shots too.

parker said...

Doggie version of Lincoln Logs.Those innocent looking creatures surely didn't scatter that fine looking pile of wood!

Kerry said...

Those polka dot ears are verrrrry stylish. I'm just very very sure there is no problem here.

Flat Creek Farm said...

I just *heart* your pooches to pieces! Our canines ~ they make life so interesting + frustrating + lovable, and all at the same time ;) -Tammy

Hilary said...

Sneaky little brats.. but so cute.

pattisjarrett said...

Certainly you have them mixed up with someone else!

magda said...

Hahaaaa, you have a nice humor!!!
The dogs are lovely!!!
Have a wonderful week!
Many greetings and kisses

sigit hermawan go blog said...

best picture... nice post...
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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like it's giving everyone lots of exercise:@)

Breathtaking said...

Why do they do it!! Given the opportunity they all seem to enjoy
this game of rearranging wood.My
dog chews so much wood, but as she never seem to come to any harm,I have given up worrying!! Nice story.

Roan said...

Cute and innocent, I'm sure!

Ms. ~K said...

I always enjoy seeing these sweet faces! :)

Allison said...

The Swiss would make that pile disgustingly neat. I myself like it your way!

bon bon said...

they know they're too adorable for a scolding.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

oh i love your doggies!!

we have a similar pile outside the shed...but yours IS neater! :)

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my - I think those dogs are brave - and you too - I'd be going the opposite way. sandie

Margaret said...

ha ha. I would be horrified if I had to lift those planks up and find out what resides under them this week!

Your "babies" have such innocent faces... how can you say such things? ha!

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