The other morning I woke up naturally. That happens almost never with a new baby, so I decided to take advantage. Mike and Annabel were still sleeping, so I got up, made myself a cup of coffee, and went to watch the morning news. When I walked into our living room, I noticed there was torn paper strewn about. I figured Rigby had torn up a random napkin. Then I looked closer, and realized there was a red cap in the middle of the floor.
I looked at it for a few moments thinking hmmm, that red cap looks familiar. And then a light bulb went off.
It was from my emergency peanut butter jar that I stash on my couch.
And yes, I DO take loving portraits of my peanut butter jars. And YES I keep it on my couch, where do you keep YOUR emergency peanut butter?!
ANYWAY. I started to look around for the rest of my jar, realizing there was only one likely culprit. After looking for a bit I found the jar up against the TV stand…licked clean:
Well, licked as clean as a certain six pound dog’s tongue could reach.
You could even look in and see tongue tracks:
Then I realized Rigby was already in the living room, looking very guilty and very full:
I put my face in hers and was hit with the delicious smell of sweet sweet peanut butter. Oh the humanity!
I woke up Mike so he could see what his dog had done to my emergency PB. He started laughing and then told me that in the middle of the night, Rigby had gone bonkers. She climbed on him in bed, getting in his face and woofing and nudging him. He finally got up to see what her deal was and she ran to her water bowl and started barking. He gave her more water then went back to bed. When we checked the water bowl that morning, it was empty.
How the hell did a six pound dog not only get my peanut butter off the couch (where it was behind a pillow hidden from Mike STOP JUDGING) but then OPEN IT? The lid was definitely screwed on. How did she unscrew it HOW HOW HOW?! What’s next? Is she going to learn how to turn doorknobs? Open my drawers? Grab a knife to threaten me into giving her all the treats in the house? SHE DOESN’T HAVE OPPOSABLE THUMBS!!!
I’m scared, people. Please tell me other pets have done something like this or I am going to sleep with one eye open.
OK, I admit this one is new, but we did once have a rottweiler eat all the way through a wall. I’m talking ate a HOLE in the WALL. I have huge respect for Rigby’s smarts & determination. She must have been plotting this for a while
heehee–now that’s one you don’t hear every day!
Oh this had me chuckling…still after having read it minutes ago! hahahaa Sorry to laugh your expense and the loss of a jar of peanut butter…
At any rate…a few Christmas’ ago we gave our daughter a bag of chocolate carmel reisen. Janelle opened the bag and had a few and left the bag under the tree where we leave all our Christmas presents to show all who come over! We left later that day to visit family and upon returning home found several reisen candy wrappers in tact minus the candy…as if they were unwrapped by human hands…certainly not by Jenny paws; our 11 yr old Brittany Spaniel! She ate 7 of them but left the eveidence/wrappers…the wrappers hadn’t been chewed at all…still woulda loved to have seen how she did that! lol
By the way Rigby is absolutely adorable!
pamela @VampireSmitten says:
Maybe just maybe it walittle bit opened to where she could open it? Hmm better watch out for rigby!
Erin (@tinker_bitch) says:
My doggie, Dakota used to open the cupboard, remove one extra-large rawhide bone from a costco bag of 10, and close the cupboard. Doggies are sneaky.
Oh no! Rigby has learned — the hard way, which is the only way — that gluttony can have terrible, terrible consequences.
My cat opens jars, lids, and doors. Once when I left the weekend he opened the freezer and knocked stuff out of the door and opened the pantry, pushed out a five pound bag of sugar, tore it open and covered my kitchen in sugar. I’ve seen him bite lids off with his teeth to get into the treat container. You better start hiding your emergency peanut butter! I’ve totally had a jar of peanut butter on my couch for days at a time before, it’s completely normal
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I have the weirdest dog ever. He continues to amaze and baffle me daily. I could rattle off stories like the thousands of dollars worth of stuff he’s chewed up, or the strange items I find stuffed in the couch, but you wouldn’t even believe me if I told you.
*grin* I don’t have any brilliant lid-opening pets so no help there, but I can totally relate to the emergency peanut butter jar thing… It’s so not weird!
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My dog once ate a 1 kilo bag of twizzlers licorice – and then became a veritable liquid licorice fountain for the following hour. It was so so so disgusting, but also so hilarious. This was about 15 years ago and i still laugh to tears every time i think about it.
My dog figured out how to turn on the sprinklers when she wanted a drink. I blamed it on my son and turned off the hose, but an hour later the hose was back on and there was Violet slop slop slopping at the dripping water.
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Kate @ UpsideBackwards says:
So is Rigby still a six-pound dog? Or is she creeping up towards seven or eight pounds now?!
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The dog we had when I was a child could open doors. He slept on an enclosed back porch (we lived in the country) and during a storm one night he opened the door to the kitchen and walked upstairs to wake up my mom – he wanted the windows on the porch closed, evidently. I heard about a friend’s dog who figured out how to move a kitchen chair so he could climb on the chair to reach treats that were stored on top of the refrigerator.
Small dogs are magic, our Lhasa Apso managed to get a tray of Chicken Madras off the kitchen table and demolish the lot, 3 very large whole chillis included. We covered the house in newspaper that night for obvious reasons but his iron constitution (the one that couldn’t handle plain ol’ roast chicken without a blip) survived the curry. Small dogs are magic.
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My dog can open doors that are completely closed. She nudges them with her nose and goes wherever she pleases. I’m actually thankful that I’ve only lost one pair of slippers since she’s learned how to do that – she saves her trick for opening the back door to go outside. It’s amazing what these determined little animals can do!
My Lily is pretty darn smart, but has never done an amazing trick like that. That is really quite incredible. I think you may just have to install a RigbyCam, so you can see what she’s doing when no one is looking. After all; what will she do next,,,steal money from your handbag, and take off, in the middle of the night, to buy some crackers to go with that peanut butter!!
She’s a sneaky little minx, that one!
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My dog ate the first turkey I ever cooked by myself! Well, half a turkey because I had split it with my neighbor. I never even got a taste but the neighbor said her half was delicious.
My dog Ripley figured out that if he jumped up high enough there was a button outside to open the garage roller door. The first two times he escaped I blamed my poor husband but the third time I found a muddy paw print on the console lol After that it had to stay locked which sort of defeated the whole purpose of it having a remote
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Well, my lab didn’t open any jars but he once ate 11 assorted donuts. I was still dating my husband and we bought a dozen donuts one weekend. He was acting up so he had to stay home while we ran an errand and when we came back the box was still on the counter but empty. He took each donut out and apparently didn’t like the cherry filling on one since it looked like he squished it out w/ his foot and ate the rest of the donut! The only bad thing was the sugar overdose wasn’t good for his stomach and when we were driving back to Houston he threw up all over the back of my car. It wasn’t pretty!!
A friend’s dog did the same with PB. Got the jar off the (high) shelf in the basement pantry, took the lid off and licked it clean. No joke, the next week, she went for the loaf of bread. All she needed was the Fluff and’s she’d have had a killer sandwich!
First off the way you wrote this made me giggle. Thanks for that I hope She doesnt get a tummy ache from all that PB.
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My dog, Bunni, is about Rigby’s size and she opens everything. Her favorite thing is water bottles which pull of easily because of the soft plastic. She has opened larger, more ridged jars before also, so now we keep everything where she can’t reach it.
This entry made me giggle. The photos too! I can just imagine it!
When we were on Holiday a few years ago, a family friend looked after the dog (Bonnie) and one day she phoned us and told us that Bonnie had somehow opened the fridge in the night and ate a whole block of cheese! It’s a mystery as to HOW she got the fridge open!!
That is hilarious. With dogs, when there’s a will, there’s a way – and Rigby clearly needed a PB fix.
xo from CT
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dogs with peanut butter= where there is the will they will find a way!!!
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My dog Charlie is quite the counter surfer. He has managed to steal whole pounds of butter (and left the container on the counter), he ate a whole pan of cornbread straight from the tin once too (so it took me ages to see that it was gone as the tin was still by the cooling rack), and the worse thing he did was eat half of a baby carriage-shaped cake I was baking for a friend’s baby shower. I had just finished icing it as the doorbell rang and you can imagine the rest. I had to stay up half the night to make another one. Oh, and he ate all my tax forms last year before I had filed.
He loves peanut butter too, so I’m sure he is cheering Rigby on.
We had a lab that got the cap off a 2-liter of Sprite, spilled the entire thing all over the kitchen, and licked most of it up. It was an unholy sticky mess and we found evidence of it for months (mysterious stickiness is my least favorite mystery).
This reminds me of the “unholy sticky mess” my dog made. Buster got into the pantry and took off throughout the house with a bag of powdered sugar. There was a trail of white powder from the kitchen, to the family room, on the sofa, through the dining room and into our bedroom. I found the bag of sugar in our bed. Somehow the dog managed to also spill water on some of the sugar in the kitchen. That took FOREVER to clean! And yes, we still have the dog!
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I had a dachshund in college that opened a jar of peanut butter, ate it, then washed it down with a Dr. Pepper that he turned over from the coffee table. Mischievous, aren’t they?
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I don’t have emergency peanut butter, but I DO have emergency chocolate spread. Also, I used to keep a pair of white rats who could open their cage no matter what I closed it with, including unwrapping thick wire that I twisted tight with pliers. Eventually I put a padlock on it.
Holy cow….I have the same rug! It just arrived via UPS yesterday and I love it!
And now I’m craving peanut butter. Thanks, Rigby.
Kathy in Indy says:
My more than slightly obsessive compulsive black lab George just HAS to have my water bottles when I am done with them. He then proceeds to hunker down and take off the lid. Then he’s off to look for the next bottle. He has even sneaked up behind me and took my full bottle from my hand!!
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Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
I think Rigby is ready to drive. Hide the car keys!!
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OMG laughing soooo hard! That photo of the guilty and full Rigby is PRICEless! All I can think is, maybe it wasn’t screwed on super tight? And she got to licking and licking and licking and got it to come off?
My husband and I have often said that in our house, the cats we have probably think WE are the pets….
Katie in WI says:
So funny, I love Rigby.
Our dog once got in the cupboard where the leftover Halloween candy was stored and ate everything except a sucker stick.
Also, she (50 lb golden retreiver) climbed up on the table to lick the cream cheese from the container (and left lick marks like Rigby did).
Sarah P says:
I love how she finished off your emergency peanut butter in the middle of the night and ran out of water, panicked, and woke Mike for more water.
It’s like she was stoned and out of Cheetos.
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I have never laughed harder, thanks heather.
it IS an emergency PB jar…rigby was jonesing!
haha..too funny! We have cats and so they don’t really do anything like that..our one cat we call him “catdog” because he takes my husbands shoes (size 12) and carries them upstairs and puts them in front of our bedroom door…lol..he plays fetch too. My sister has a dog that somehow got up on the kitchen counter, took a whole box of tastycakes and at the whole thing…wrappers and all!!
Kim Q says:
I had a dog in college that would tear my house to pieces when I left for any reason. As such, I bought a crate and began crating him when I left. It worked for a while.
One day I came home to find my house torn up and my little dog sitting in the middle of my bed. I KNEW I had crated him before I left and figured maybe I did not latch it correctly.
So the next time I left, I made 100% sure that the crate was latched correctly. I came home and my house was torn up AGAIN! Low and behold, the dog had figured out how to open a spring loaded latch that was tough for even me to work sometimes!
So of course I had to come up with a new solution, as I was running out of house supplies that had not been torn to shreds. So I tried putting a cinder block up against the door to reinforce it. I came home and the little dog (15 pounds) had bucked his whole crate out from its spot, the cinder block was out of the way, and the little dog had torn up my house AGAIN and was sitting in the middle of my bed.
AHHH! What is one to do??? But the next solution finally worked. I drilled 2 holes through the plastic of the crate in front of the door, and I had a steel pole (??? don’t ask why) that I was able to stick through the 2 holes to secure the door. He was never able to bend the steel to get out again.
Dogs, they are something else.
lololol, funniest story ever!
my beagle stood on her back feet and nosed open the trash and ate leftover chinese take out!
If she is smart enough to get the top off the PB, I personally think the next step should be to change Annie diapers! I mean, really how hard can that be? She is obviously a gifted doggie!
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Omg!!! Tooo funny! I hope Rigby does not have too bad of a tummy ache today!
My dog did not open a peanut butter jar BUT she did something just as bizzarre!!!
On Christmas day, after presents and our feast, we were getting packed up for our vacation to Orlando when I noticed that the Christmas tree lights were not working. I went over and flicked the light switch that controlled the outlet where the lights were plugged…nothing. I picked up the wire in order to turn the manual switch on it and saw the wire was severed. I was puzzled. There weren’t any chew marks, it was a straight clean cut. The lights were just working and now out of the blue there was a straight cut across the wire. My kids are ten and super smart so I knew it was not them. So I asked my husband, who, may have been not as smart…. He said he did not do it. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw my English Bulldog Fiona with a PAIR OF SCISSORS IN HER MOUTH!!! She has been chewing on the plastic handles and somehow managed to cut the christmas tree lights with it! Furthermore, I found a lantern charger next to the tree cut. WTH!!??? About a week later, when we came home from vacation and settled down to watch a rented dvd, we discovered her final destruction, a cut RCA cable!!! I know people find it hard to believe but my DOG used scissors to cut three wires in different rooms! lmbo!!!
omg, hilarious! (And a little scary)
I’m not really sure what was funnier – The photo of the peanut butter jar all licked clean, Mike giving Rigby water in the middle of the night (how on earth did Rigby not have to pee right away in the morning?!!), or that you have an emergency stash of peanut butter. (ahem, mine is Nutella but not in the sofa!)
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Once I came home and found a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter on my bedroom floor. Apparently the dog wanted a sandwich. I’d still like to know if he gave up, or if I came home and busted up the party.
Haha. I love that she needed the water so badly.
My last dog, before we lost her, used to do some really ninja things. Opening doors was one of them. She figured out the backdoor with her teeth and we would often find her in the garage.
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What’s next? The jelly jar of course!
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Mary @ Holy Mackerel says:
Too funny!! And here I thought I was the only one with a emergency PB stash. I feel validated now.
Our dog, Gryphon, has snuck up to my bedroom where I keep another stash of contraband, and one time he ate an entire super-sized bag of Cheetos and some chocolate, and then spent the rest of the night panting and very sick. Not sure how he did what he did. But Rigby’s escapade beats Gryphon’s for sure.
Cute and smart – you’re in trouble!
Our dogs take the lids off of anything they can. Their favorites being peanut butter and Nutella. So everything like that has to be locked in the pantry, otherwise it empty (FYI 80lb dogs have longer tongues and can wipe those suckers clean)
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Shannon Kieta says:
Defineately sleep with one eye opened! Defineately!!! LOL! And NEVER say no to her!
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Lee Cockrum says:
My German Shepherd dog opens doors.. the kind with knobs, NOT levers!! He can open from either side. He knows how to pull from under the knob with his nose if he is on the side that the door opens in. Once the door is open a bit, he curves his paw around to pull it the rest of the way!! He also knows how to push the storm door latch with his nose to get that open to go out. to come in he pulls the handle with his teeth, foot around the door and in. He has a certain “hip wiggle” that he does in and out of the storm door so that it does not catch his tail!!!
So, if I were you, I’d just keep my eye on Rigby, no telling what she will figure out next!!
that is too funny! I wonder what it is with dogs and peanut butter. I have yet to meet a dog that doesn’t like it.
Just had to add that my Yellow Lab puppy (she turns 1 next week!) WILL NOT TOUCH peanut butter. She doesn’t just not like it, she hates it. At first we tried putting it in a Kong chew toy when she was a puppy to keep her busy, and she sniffed it, shook her head, and left it alone. One day my daughter was full and tried to share her peanut butter sandwich and Starbuck picked it up in her mouth and then spit it out and shook her head like, “Ew! THAT stuff again!”
She is weirdly snobby about food though. She refuses to eat bread of any kind, cheese or even eggs! Meat, she goes crazy for obviously, but the weirdest thing is that she LOVES tator tots.
Yellow labs are so cute. haha, tater tots? that is too funny. Sounds like Starbuck is one of a kind =)
Oh Rigby! I hope she doesn’t have stomach trouble after all that PB! Thankfully, my dog has never done anything like that, but I see all sorts if stuff at work: chicken bones, diamond earrings, parts of shoes, money (I’m a vet tech). So really, anything is possible
The emergency jar of peanut butter hidden from Mike? Now I realize I’m not the only one! I have to keep my stash of chopped walnuts hidden from my husband (whom we have nicknamed “The Forager”) who will scarf down anything he finds. I NEED those walnuts for my morning cereal, just a scant handful, but if he were to know they were in the house? … Yep, gone in 60 seconds.
My sweet Chihuahua, Bentley, once ate my bowl do chili. Not impressive at first thought but here are the details; I was pregnant with Keelyn at the time and all I wanted that day was Wendy’s Chili. I went out, bought a large chili, and brought it home to feast on. Like Starbuck’s Coffee, it was only one degree below the temperature necessary to melt skin, way too hot. So I left the chalet with it’s lid on, on the end table next to my sofa. I went to the bathroom, then the basement to do laundry (I was not very good at bed rest). When I returned the shill, bowl, led, spoon…all gone. Not in the living room gone. I thought maybe I took it with me…not in the basement, not in the bathroom (yeah well where do you eat your chili?). GONE. THe next night I see my sweet Bentley coming out from behind the soda where he never goes. I take a peek behind the sofa to see what he could possibly be doing there and I find my chili bowl (sans lid which I still cannot find), and the spoon. He had pulled the chili from the table to the floor to behind the couch without spilling a drop onto my LiGHT BEIGE carpet. He is amazing!
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Jackie Mask says:
my dogs area thieves also!! just last night they snuck into my emergency bag of m&ms (yes chocolate is very bad for dogs, but they ended up being fine- just drank a lot of water) and they have also stolen loaves of bread off the counter (how!? HOW!! their paws barely reach the counter!!!). It is amazing what dogs will do for human food! who can blame then though… their food smells foul!!
cindy w says:
My mother-in-law had to put a deadbolt on her laundry room door, because her Springer Spaniel figured out how to stand on his hind legs and open the doorknob with his front paws. (He’s supposed to sleep in the laundry room overnight.) So, yeah, I’d say stranger things have happened.
Poor Rigby, no wonder she was thirsty!
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While my dog, Kira, has never gotten into a peanut butter jar she has however learned to open doors. And just to be clear she’s only 18 lbs. I’ve never seen her do it because she only seems to do it to get to me so I’m still wondering how she does it.
Rigby is obviously highly intelligent. She knew not to wake you!!!
Our cats love socks and shoes. All of my flipflops have holes in them. If you take your shoes off after a long day, their faces are immediately stuffed inside the shoe. Also, when we come home, there will often be a pile of socks in our living room waiting for us. It’s bizarre.
thank you, for once again, brightening my morning…..i am laughing my head off! you have such a gift for writing.
Jen @ lifelove'n'wine says:
Oh my gosh, this is hilarious! Haha, I can totally picture my dog doing something like this…though I’m not sure that he would be able to get the cover off. She is sneaky! Maybe her and Annabel were in on it together?
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Anna Marie says:
Our bulldog got into the kitchen cabinets one night, opened the tupperware container of flour and ate every bit of it. The kitchen looked like a snowstorm had hit it and the vacuum clogged beyond repair when I tried to clean it all up.
Dogs are smart, what can we say? Next time, put the jar inside a tupperware, or better yet, hide some spinach in the peanut butter….yeah, that will teach her!
moosh in indy. says:
FACT. Your tiny girl dog is part frat boy.
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Haley W. says:
My dog, Jenny, hasn’t opened any lids, she just chews through everything. Nothing in my house is safe. She raids trash cans and tears through fast food sacks. She has eaten every wooden spoon I have ever left dirty in the pan on the stove (maybe I should do the dishes more often? ugh). Yesterday she consumed a 12 pack of Cadbury mini eggs, foil wrappers included (she’s going to have some shiny poop)!
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You do know chocolate is not good for dogs? Please don’t leave anything with even a little bit out for your dog to find, or she will get a taste for it!
Oh my goodness, I’m dying laughing! The best part of this post? “where it was behind a pillow hidden from Mike STOP JUDGING” I’m not judging. I’m enjoying!
Our home is also blessed with a 6lb white theif. We had to install childlocks on the cupboard door where the kitchen garbage was hidden from said theif. He uses his nose and paws to get in. The smart little bugger also can get into the kids zipped closed backpacks, finding his way to the zipped closed lunch boxes to feast! Those cute Maltese puppies should come with a warning.
Watch out– she’s going to take over the world!
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my boston terrier ATE A CUP, well, chewed it anyway, to get the crusty apple juice that was on the bottom of it. This was AFTER he hate a yankee candle. yep, it smelled like frosting. a guy knows what he wants, right?!
I have child locks on my cabinets to keep my beagle out of them. She’ll eat anything – including poopy diapers..that’s ALWAYS fun to clean up!
Katie C. says:
Dogs are amazing, let me tell you. I am impressed with Rigby’s dexterity, but my own doggy has some pretty impressive skillz. She is able to press on the garbage can foot pedal and open up the lid, then jump up and quickly grab some tasty morsels that are in the trash. She doesn’t do this when I am looking, but the other day I heard a thud and then a “clink clink” and realized it was her dog collar clinking up agains the side of garbage can. The thud was obviously her using her little paw to open the lid.
I can only imagine what she would look like if she ate a whole jar of peanut butter! I bet she’d look guilty – yet VERY happy and full!
Thanks for the morning chuckle!
About three weeks ago, I came home to find my dog had eaten a dozen eggs. Yeah, raw eggs. That had been in the refrigerator when I’d left. And the fridge door was STILL closed when I got home.
I still have no clue how that happened.
That. is. Hilarious.
I love the picture of it licked perfectly clean. Amazing!
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I had a Golden Retriever mix who could very reliably get peanut butter jars open. She could lick them completely clean though. Rigby looks very full and satisfied indeed. lol
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Lisa @ lists in my pocket says:
This made me laugh out loud! I’m not judging you though…who doesn’t love peanut butter out of the jar??
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OMG, that is hilarious! I’d love to know how Rigby got the lid off!!!! Nanny cam, anyone?
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Hmmm… could it be Mike perhaps who is the culprit here?? Maybe he got to your emergency stash, raided it, then saw/heard you coming and quickly put it back but forgot to do the lid on properly… which is where Rigby comes in… OK, I may have projected some of my own sly actions onto the story but IT MAKES SENSE, NO? My dog ate a whole armchair while we were out for the day, it looked like it had snowed inside our house. He was most likely taking out some of his frustrations on this chair as we had just moved into that house (and the chair was new too…) but still….
Lynn B. says:
My sister’s cats actually ate their kitty condo! They pulled away the carpet that was lining the outside and then ate the cardboard on the interior! And these are CATS. Regarding the peanut butter, if you ever need to give Rigby any sort of medication, you now know a good way to disguise it!
What constitutes a peanut butter emergency? Just wondering in case I need to start hiding jars…you never know!
Katie Ann says:
LOL at Rigby begging for late night water!! I’ve never heard of a dog opening peanut butter before but it doesn’t surprise me either. I’m with the others who said if there’s a will there’s a way. I not only have an emergency stash of peanut butter, but I have one specifically for my work cooler that travels to work with me as I’m a peanut butter snob.
This post made me laugh out loud. It is too funny that she woke Mike up for more water. Imagine how thirsty she was after eating all that peanut butter
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I know one other dog who got a jar of peanut butter open. She had a real name, but everyone just called her BadDog.
Heather @ CSAHM says:
LMBO! I think I am more impressed that she was begging for WATER after she tore into the peanut butter, lol!
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Oh yes. Rigby is in good company.
My 10-12 pound dachshunds have performed similar amazing feats for food. I’ve even had a diaper bag unzipped – through outside zipper and an inner pocket zipper – to get to a pack of chewing gum.
That is hilarious! I also have an emergency stash of peanut butter on the bottom shelf our our endstand…I am glad I am not the only one…
Where to begin with my dog, boy do I have stories…We had a german sheppard, lab, and pit bull mix. Her name was Dakota May. I really think she had it in for our stove. When she was a year old, I came home from work, and I went to start supper, and tried to turn the stove on (it was gas with electric start) and it wouldn’t light. I looked for the reason why it wouldn’t light, and then I saw it…She had chewed through the cord! I don’t know how she did it, but it was completely chewed! She was acting fine, and I took her to the vet to make sure. A couple months later, she chewed through our brand new coffee maker cord that we had gotten as a wedding gift. She was good for a couple more months, we got the cord fixed on the stove, I get home from work to start supper, and go to turn the stove on and all the knobs were GONE!! All I had to do was look at her. She went right out the doggie door, and then I thought, Ohmygosh…We have a fenced in back yard, and by this time it is 6pm, and the middle of winter, and there is 2 feet of snow in the back yard. I find my husband’s flash light, and put my boots on to look for the 4 stove knobs. I only could find 3, and to this day I don’t know what happened to the 4th one. A week after that, we got a new stove, and she never touched the new one.
Ha ha ha *snort*! Having seen this done before by a bichon, I would guess that Rigby wedged the jar against a stable object (e.g. back of the sofa, edge of a chair) and pushed her nose against the lid in the right direction until the lid started to budge. After that, it was party time! Our cats can open mail and doors, and turn off the coffee machine. Some day they will take over the world, I just hope they remember I was nice to them and scooped their poop way back when…
What a way to start the morning!! I haven’t laughed that hard in weeks!
I vote for leaving another jar in your hiding place, and setting up a ‘Rigby cam’
Rigby is so adorable, and smart!
Our (almost 1 yr old) yellow/white lab puppy opens doors. She stands and supports her weight with one paw and uses the other one to open the door. When we’re home, she only does it to get into a room where we are, but every time I leave to go somewhere I shut all the bedroom/bathroom doors and when I get back, even if it was just a 10 minute trip to drop kids at school, she’s opened every single door.
The other night my kids were all sitting at the dinner table together (rare, sadly, with our schedules) and our puppy jumped up and sat in an empty chair and just looked serious like, “Where’s my plate?” My 4 year old went and got her dog food in a bowl and she sat and ate at a chair at the table. My kids were delighted!
I just have to add that we were not pet people, and used to get all annoyed by people who treated their pets like children. Now? “Starbuck” is seriously our 5th child. My hubby BABY’s her, she sleeps on our bed, she is so spoiled, and we have totally become those people! lol Dogs are the best!
My friend’s very small dog did this too. We came home and he had opened her lunch box, eaten the oatmeal packages, unscrewed the peanut butter lid and licked as far as he could. He did not feel well that evening. Kudos on the emergency peanut butter – great idea!
A girl has to do what a girl has to do, right Rigby? If you did not have thumbs, and there was a jar of peanut butter there, you’d figure it out too! Ha! My current dog can get himself out of his locked crate, he can open the pull out cabinet where we keep the garbage (he’s not like Rigby, he has no standards) and he pretends to pee when it is too cold to be outside. I love the evidence, it is too cute. If Rigby is anything like my dog after a stolen eat fest, you are going to have a very gasey day ahead of you. I’ll be praying for you guys living through the burnt PB smelling toots!
This. Is. Hilarious.
1. Confession: I thought everyone had a private peanut butter stash until I was about 15.
2. Maybe it’s time to start hoarding and rationing peanut butter, so when Rigby takes over the greater Los Angeles area, you’ve got some bargaining power.
.-= Angie´s last blog ..Menu for the Week: March 21st–27th, 2010 =-.
We also have a maltese – very smart dogs. Sammy can open zippers and often gets into purses and backpacks searching for chocolate and goodies! He will eat the chocolate, leaving the wrapper as evidence!
I’m not sure how Rigby got his face down the jar that far myself without getting stuck!
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The Great PB Caper is a little scary! Wouldn’t it be cool, though, if you woke up and Rigby had coffee brewing and breakfast on the table? That would be awesome!
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Atleast I don’t feel so bad and that my dog is the only one now!-My year old lab is SO BAD, he can open doors and gates and can find food anywhere…cabinets, back of the counter, zip-lock bags and tupperware containers. We have to keep the pantry door locked from up high! Gotta love these sweet dogs!!! Don’t give Rigby too much grief-who doesn’t love peanut butter??
Hahaha Rigby is fantastic! It was totally her and Annie causing mischief together late into the night
Lesley O says:
We once had a German Shepherd that ate a box of glass x-mas ornaments and also ate through a wall!!! A WALL!!!
My friends Roti/Pitt mix chewed through METAL dog food cans to get at the food!!! Her teeth still contain silver streaks in them from the metal, several years later!! She is also a notorious counter surfer and they one day came home to find her actually standing on their kitchen counter!
My other friends Lab/Roti cross ate an ENTIRE bag of dog food! She was bloated and had the trots for days!
Ahhhh, dogs. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them!
This had me craking up – I am LOVING the tongue tracks! Hilarious! My cats just knock things down…fortunately they haven’t learn how to open jars just yet
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Becky @TheRealBecks says:
we were out of town this weekend and had a family member watching our dogs. when we got home one of them had somehow gotten out. my shoes and my carpet are the major casualties. it’s madness.
.-= Becky @TheRealBecks´s last blog ..Weekend recap =-.
That is great! You should set up your video camera and see what she REALLY does while you guys are sleeping. So funny! Can’t wait to see what trouble Annie will be getting into when she’s up and moving around. Take care! Loved your family photo from yesterday too. Your Maddie clothing collection is also a little bit of awesomeness!
My boyfriend’s family dog, Rascal (apt name, I might add), is a cookie monster, and he will open bags, cabinets, and even tupperware containers and suitcases (he had to get into the suitcase to get the tupperware, then open the tupperware) to get cookies. You can’t leave anything on the counters that he could reach- all cookies, cakes, bread, etc. has to be put behind appliances on the counter or on top of the fridge. It’s insanity- and you never catch him in the act. My one cat, Mattie, is pretty freakin’ smart too- she opens cabinets and doors and has torn through a bag of cat food in a cabinet once. Fortunately for me, neither she nor her counterpart, cat #2 (Marcel) like human food, otherwise I’m pretty sure I’d be screwed. This post was so funny. I hope Rigby learned her lesson!!
i have a cat who can open cabinets that require one to TURN THE KNOB to open. i put an expensive cut of meat in there to defrost while i ran an errand (she is adorable but not trustworthy). i came back to find bean dining on my dinner.
I used to hide candy bars in my closet to keep my husband out of them…ok, fine it was so I could keep them all to myself! I came home one day and my dog had somehow gotten the door open and unwrapped a York Peppermint Patty and eaten every delicious bite. He had also tried to get my 3 Musketeer Bar, but thank goodness that wrapper proved to strong for his little self and it was left for me to enjoy!
our dog has broken into three peanut butter jars in the last couple of months. We keep them on the counter for the dog pills.
You may notice that your dog has some problems when trying to poop today.
K Faull says:
My theory is that Rigby got Annabel to help. Am sure she would be the perfect partner in crime. Very funny story!
I absolutely keep chocolate stashes hidden from my husband- especially now with Easter so close. Easter candy is the BEST.
Our dog used open doorknobs with her mouth.
My cat is just great at opening closet and cabinet doors, climbing in, and closing them behind her.
Thank you for the laugh, Rigby. I’m going to be chuckling at this one all day.
Heather B. says:
Heather, I’ve always liked you but that you keep an emergency stash of peanut butter just made me have a new found respect for you. Well done, Spohr. Well done.
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My pug once swallowed a tampon whole. He went into the bathroom and took it out of the trash without disturbing a single thing. Most dogs would get into the trash and make a huge mess, not mine, sneaky little bastard.
I guess a day or so after it happened I could tell he was really uncomfortable, he wouldn’t sleep at night and would even whine a few times that night (he never makes a sound). I gave him some Metamucil the next morning and by that afternoon he had, um, passed it.
I don’t know how dogs do what they do. It baffles me as well.
Oh, boy. Let me list the things my naughty beagle has gotten into: Three jars of Tums when I was pregnant with my daughter (by the third she had stopped eating through the plastic and had learned to pop the top off), a full bottle of our other dog’s pain meds (which had been sitting on the counter in a child-proof container), landing her in the hospital for three days, a jar of mayonnaise, which I found in her dog bed, countless pieces of pizza (she knows how to get on top of our bar-height dining room table), and lately granola bars, which she is able to get to by opening the top of the package just as we would.
Her antics are amusing but mostly expensive! A few weeks ago I found a pack of sugar-free gum in her dog bed, which she had taken out of my purse. $300 later (to induce vomiting, check lab work, hydrate her, etc), we found out she had not actually eaten any gum. Grrrr!
Trisha Vargas says:
Rigby is awesome. Her gall stones gave her superpowers!!
Oh my gosh. That is so freakin funny and cute.
My little Bella does similar things, but not for food (oddly enough). You may have actually seen a picture of her on the internet once – One day while I was at work, she jumped up on the table (far above her head, by the way) and got a tube of liquid lipstick and ate the whole thing. For some reason, she LOVES cosmetics and if I leave chapstick or carmex or lipstick anywhere she can find it, she will eat it!
Will links work? http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/loldog-funny-pictures-innocent-dog.jpg This is my Bella!
Well, maybe she’ll learn how to work the faucet, and she won’t need to wake Mike up in the middle of the night for water anymore.
Jessica Seuss says:
When I was about 19, I lived with my aunt & uncle and their dog, a huge yellow lab named Taos. At the 4th of July party, he ate the entire bag, plastic and all, of hot dog buns.
.-= Jessica Seuss´s last blog ..My (Grand)Father’s House Has Many Rooms =-.
I am seriously trying to contain my laughter at work as I read your halarious post. You are so funny, I love your posts, they always make me laugh, cry, or both. Hope you have a wonderful day!
Idea: *Maybe* a certain husband found the “hidden” peanut butter and accidently forgot to tighten the cap?
While I’ve been at work, my dog has escaped from his crate, jumped on the couch and turned on the TV.
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My two cats have figured out how to get in my cabinets under the bathroom sink. (And yet, they can’t seem to figure out how to get out most of the time.) One day, Penelope came trotting into the living room, looking pleased as punch, a wrapped tampon in her mouth. Another time she pulled a used condom wrapper out of my trash can and began playing with it. Thank God I didn’t have guests…or my mom around.
Okay, so that’s not as impressive as unscrewing the top of a PB jar, but it’s still pretty funny.
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had a firend with a beagle who could open the refrigerator – and did and ate everything! she had to install plexiglass over the seam so she couldn’t get in!
My basset hound opens water bottles. We’ve managed to convince her to wait for the empty ones, but she loves it. Vitamin Water bottles are her favorites because there’s sweet water inside.
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I had to put child locks on our kitchen cabinets to keep my cat out.
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Miss Grace says:
I have a jar of emergency peanut butter on top of my dresser.
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I’m guessing that if Rigby was able to open the peanut butter jar on her own and successfully communicate with Mike to get her more water, Rigby already knows how to turn door knobs and go to the convenience store for her own private stash of peanut butter.
Legally Fabulous says:
hahaha! my great dane does stuff like this all the time. we call her “houdini”
the worst part is though that NOTHING is safe from her because she’s so big. she has actually gotten knives out of the sink and bread off of the top of the fridge. I always joke I’m gonna set up a nanny cam to watch her… sounds like you need one for rigs!
Alicia @bethsix says:
Um, no. My dog does nothing anywhere near that intelligent. I think Rigby may be a freak of nature.
My dog DOES open the doors to my study, which we keep closed to keep him out because he likes to lay on the couch and rip the pillows up.
But they’re French doors you just push open.
So, yeah, no.
.-= Alicia @bethsix´s last blog ..Trash TEEvee =-.
Once our beagle, Pluto, ate a whole tub of butter. Another time he ate a whole bag of cherries, pits and all. Another time 16 pop tarts (8 chocolate, 8 strawberry). Got them out of the box and the packaging.
My husband set up a video camera to see how he was getting on top of the counter. Beagles can jump far!! We had to move the couch.
Erin @ One Particular Kitchen says:
MY DOG DID THIS! I seriously thought he was the only one in the world. How does a dog open a jar of peanut butter? HOW? Mine was a 50 pound dingo, too, so that thing was completely empty when I got up (it was also a middle of the night PB raid). Good thing they’re cute.
.-= Erin @ One Particular Kitchen´s last blog ..Key lime amaretto sour =-.
We HAD a dog who ate thru our back door, once we replaced the door she somehow figured out how to open the door via the door knob and come inside and lay on the bed while we were out of the house… She doesn’t live with us anymore, she was too psycho.
Anyway, sorry for your peanut butter loss.. Not sure if you want to add to her new found addiction, but they make peanut butter flavored treats for dogs!
.-= Jess´s last blog ..Ouch. That hurt!!!!! =-.
I have a friend with a big Lab that managed to get a 4lb corned beef out of a pot on the stove without spilling a drop of water.
Apparently you have been spotted while sneaking the PB. Time for a new hiding place, the jig is up.
Our cat really likes to play with pen-sized objects (pens, straws, chopsticks.) One day my husband came home from work and the cat was in the bathroom, batting something under the bathmat. Then he realized it was a paring knife, which the cat had batted out of the dish rack, out of the kitchen and into the bathroom. And then he threatened to knife my husband, the little punk!
No answer about your dog. But I have a border collie. Oh the stories I could tell you. It involves cat poo, avacados, paint, grapes, kleenex, paper towels, yogurt, and anything else she could reach. She doesn’t have thumbs (they were removed) so I’m guessing that her long tongue is longer than we thought.
That made my day! My parents have 2 – 14 lbs. schnauzers and one of them, Lily, is like that. She can open zippers to get to whatever is inside my moms purse. She also managed to get the tupperwear top off of her treat jar but being as smart as she is she walked around with the bucket in her mouth because if she put it down she knew her sister would swoop in and steal treats. My mom found her with the treat bucket over her nose. All my dogs do is eat the trash… pretty gross. I hope she’s not too sick today.
Oh, really hilarious!
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My dog ate my Christmas turkey….raw.
Mine once got up on the counters and grabbed a tin of muffins. I swear to you, it had a lid on it. She ate 12 blueberry muffins. I didn’t even know she could jump that high, much less get them off the back of the counter.
Mine lives for Peanut Butter…so i can see how Rigby figured out a way to get it. Bet you her coat is all soft for the next few weeks. ha.
These stories are AWESOME! I love the tongue marks, Heather
My parents’ dog once got into a bag of hershey’s kisses I left in my room. He delicately peeled off the wrappers, ptui-ed them out on my floor, and ate the chocolate (called the vet but he ended up fine).
My beagle has always been crated. When she was small, I had to make sure there was nothing within 18 inches of her cage; she would leaaaaaan with her paw out between the cage wires, get hold of it, and pull it into her cage.
Now picture this: The vertical cage wires are about 1.5″ apart, and horizontal wires go across about every 6-8 inches. So through a 1.5×8″ hole, she was able to pull my corduroy light winter coat [“barn coat” style, with hood and it comes down to my thighs] and a thick twin sized bed comforter, among other things. She actually still does this if left in her cage for too long. I’ve gone to switch out the bedding in her cage and found “missing” hoodies (adult large hooded sweatshirts) that she pulled in there through that little slit.
That is really too cute!
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We have a boxer named Tuff. In the past 24 hours alone he has locked himself in the bathroom, tried to open the patio door with his teeth and when I woke up this morning there was a licked clean empty ravioli can…on the landing of my stairs.
And according to my 3 year old son, Tuff also pees on the toilet seat.
.-= Vicky´s last blog ..Brothers =-.
HA!! Maybe Tuff has been to my house to visit, my son swears he didn’t do it too!!
I hate Jif. I’m pretty sure Rigby does now, too.
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My mom had 3 pies sitting on her dining room table to cool for Thanksgiving dinner. She had to run to the store for some forgotten dinner ingredients.
While she was away, her 70 pound German Shepard licked all of the pie plates clean. Just the filling, mind you. He didn’t bother with the crust. Who has time for that when there are two more pies ready for you to devour??
Love the dog stories!
Be thankful it was PB.
I have a German Shorthair whose favorite treat is dirty baby diapers.
Ick. Those make a mess when they’re torn up all over the floor.
The vet says that’s a German Shorthair thing. I say it’s DISGUSTING.
HA HA HA!! *whew* HA HA HA!!
I actually do have a story to share, but I’m laughing too hard at the fact that you have a jar of p.b. stashed IN YOUR COUCH! That might be the funniest thing I’ve heard in a loooong time.
your post made me lol – several times. Thanks
I have a yorkie maltese mix and now I know where she gets her sneakiness from. I had an HVAC repair guy come over one morning while I was still eating breakfast, a bacon cheese omelet. I set it up on the table and went outside. I came back in and she was on the table eating my omelet. She is 3.5 pounds! We had to buy a large metal trash can with a foot pedal for our kitchen because the plastic one with the swinging lid was too easy for her. I felt for sure she wouldn’t be able to get into the metal one…. I though wrong she pulls at the bag until it comes up and then graps what she wants. I think Pixie was the perfect name for her because she has some magic powers somewhere=)
Aaron's Mama says:
My mom tells a story about the Siamese cat we once had, Brandy. They were having company over for a barbeque and she had to turn away from the HUGE brisket she was preparing in the kitchen. When she turned back, it was gone. She stood there confused until she heard a faint dragging noise in the hallway. Yes, Brandy had somehow gotten the brisket off the counter and was using all his might to drag it down the hall (presumably to stash it under my parent’s bed). My mom still says she doesn’t know how he could have possibly gotten that huge slab of meat off the counter and halfway down the hall. I guess where there’s a will…..
Ha ha! Poor Rigby must’ve been so frustrated when Mike got her water instead of milk! So funny though!
This is hilarious – my dog did the EXACT same thing, only he’s 90 pounds, so it’s even more baffling to me how he managed to get the lid off with his bear paws. His tongue managed to lick the whole jar clean, though! Then, to top it off, the joker tried to bury the evidence in the backyard.
I wanted to punish him, but I was totally impressed by his sneakiness and handiwork, so he got off easy. :o)
your dog is awesome. LOL!
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I think my story takes the cake.. literally.
My lovely 90 lb German Shepard somehow got the cake we just made (and set on the way back of the counter) off the stove, onto the floor without breaking the glass dish it was in.
We had a very clever husky who once ate a pecan pie that my mom baked as an apology to my dad who was returning from a trip. When they got home, he went to find it and accused my mom of lying to him because he couldn’t find that pie or the tin that it was “supposedly” baked in. Months later, we were moving and all these little pieces of tin foil came out of the bottom of the couch. Apparently, said husky ate the pie and hid the evidence (including replacing the cushions)!!!
Oh, you’re not alone. I had a cat named Lucy who could open and close drawers. We used to keep a plastic bag of catnip in one of our kitchen drawers. One morning I came downstairs, and found my little ladylike Lucy sprawled on the kitchen floor, with this glazed look in her eyes, and she was dusted with catnip. So was the floor.
The odd thing was, the bag had been put BACK INTO the drawer, and the drawer had been closed. It was like she thought we wouldn’t know she’d been into it if she hid the evidence…but she was the evidence! She was so wacky that day.
I have heard of dogs opening jars before…but usually big dogs!
Poor Rigby looks so full!
Just the laugh I needed this morning!
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I am in tears over here, I’m laughing that hard. You have the coolest dog ever!
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punk rock mom says:
When our dog Flip was a puppy. Before he moved to the Santa Barbara ranch. (a real ranch not the kind that parents tell their kids dogs are going to when they…well you know). He somehow unzipped a couch cushion and took out off the stuffing. No rips anywhere, just an open zipper!
Ok! I just had surgery & laughing hurts!! Thanks Rigby!!
Our neighbor has a dog who will find the PB jar, take it outside, work on it til the lid comes off, and then licks the whole thing out.
My mom’s dog was able to get the See’s Candy box open and then get the candy out of the little papers w/out ever disturbing them. My mom would get the blame!
I love that you keep emergency PB hidden in your couch. My mom, though, is wondering why you don’t have the all important side to the PB: chocolate chips. PB & choc chips are her downfall. I am more of a Nutella person myself. Now questioning why I don’t keep our stashes closer to us~why are they stuck in the kitchen pantry?!?
.-= Mary´s last blog ..Post-Op =-.
HAHA! I love it! Those pictures of the jar and Rigby are PRICELESS. Funny how she could only get so far in the jar…I almost feel sorry for her! Give her a spoon and let her have the rest…please??
Marti from Michigan says:
Oh Rigby, you just had surgery for kidney stones, I sure hope you don’t want to go through THAT again!! Cutie!!
We were a cat-loving family growing up. My older sister had a male cat who loved to go into the dirty clothes basket and get my sister’s bras and panties, and my brother-in-law’s underwear, and take them down to his (the cat’s) bed area. He did that once when they had guests, and everybody just roared laughing to tears!
You might want to hide your emergency PB jar somewhere else.
Lex - @laprimera says:
OMG this made me laugh so much! Bwahahaha!!!
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Amanda M. says:
There are so many things not normal about this post. rotflmao
Oh my gosh, that’s hilarious! I can soooo see my maltipoo doing that!
At least Rigby the Incredible has GOOD TASTE! My 40 pound boxer, Shelby, drug a GALLON jug of CANOLA OIL onto the lawn…from our curb, where my husband had set it while cleaning out our trailer, unscrewed the lid, and was lapping up the CANOLA OIL that was running out of the open jug. 1. YUCK!! 2. How the hell….???
Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] says:
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I so completely want to scratch that dog behind the ears and rub her belly. She is so cute.
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Just Jiff says:
OMG! I laughed SO hard reading this!
I love PB, so I won’t judge you for having an emergency stash.
That’s HILARIOUS that she woke up Mike to get her more water. LOL
.-= Just Jiff´s last blog ..Random Stuff. =-.
Love the pictures!
We had a dog who unscrewed and ate toothpaste, but only mint flavored. Another dog in the neighborhood was known for stealing things off grills (yes, while the grill was on…you had to have some one outside at all times watching for Rex because the Webber top would be knocked off and there went your burgers…or an entire turkey…). Had another dog who figured out how to open doors – literally turn the knob with his mouth. They’re just like sneaky kids and cookie jars…
My dog is a lab/border collie mix and is admittedly smarter than me. He HATES when I talk on the phone and will do anything to get my attention when I am on the phone … steal pillows, baby toys, items off the counter. One day he jumped up, grabbed a dirty steak knife out of the sink, and proceeded to run around with the knife …. blade out …. around the house trying to get my attention.
I don’t talk on the phone much anymore.
Hahah, I am laughing my butt off! I have a sneaky dog too…she doesn’t even bother to wait til you’re asleep, if you have a plate on your lap that appeals to her (i.e., anything) she will creeeep up beside you and pull something off!
I have a friend with a dog as sneaky as Rigby…she ate a whole box of chocolates…that were wrapped up in cellophane!
WOW! That is impressive!!! Who knew that canine babies could unscrew PB jars!? Way to go, Rigby! That is too cute!!!
Amy Collen says:
This is one of the greatest stories ever. What makes it so funny is the “emergency” peanut butter jar. LOL! I don’t even want to ask. Emergency candy, yes…emergency um goldfish snacks…sure but peanut butter. Very cute. I giggled. Rigby finally decided it was time. She plotted crafted and on March 23rd she decided to make her move. It is like Shawshank Redemption with the spoon! So love this story! Go Rigby!!!
Amy Collen says:
Oh wait, wasn’t a spoon…it was that little pic axe thing for shaping stones. Ugh, I’m tired.
Ok equally as important as how he got to the jar and how he got it opened was how did he not poo all over your house and then pee everywhere he didn’t poo after consuming all that PB and water? HOW???? HOW??? HOW????
haitian american family of three says:
I used to be a LMP and one day I was trading massages at my house and heard a sluuuping noise and looked over to see my dog eating all the massage cream! He ate the whole container-poor puppy laid around for the rest of the day. My client and friend had a good laugh about that.
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Michelle Pixie says:
Oh that’s a hoot! Hopefully the jar wasn’t completely full otherwise she’d probably be having a PB overdose and need medical attention asap!!
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Oh yeah, that’s a guilty look if I’ve ever seen one.
Hope Rigby’s tummy is OK!
My dobermans have done that a few times. You can tell they tried eating through the plastic first – destroying the wrapper in the process (I suspect the male spearheaded this effort) and when that didn’t work, they unscrewed the top and licked it clean (and I know the female was the one to figure that one out, she’s the brains of the outfit). Ever since she did, I have to keep the peanut out of their reach, which is hard when you like to keep emergency peanut butter on the couch, as I do (never knew anyone else did too until I read your post)!
Okay, NOW that is funny!! Love the after pic of Rigby! What a complete and utter look of contentment on her face! Too funny!
And if I were you, I WOULD sleep with one eye open. Obviously she has magical powers
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Oh my god, how this made me laugh! Emergency peanut butter! Stashed on the couch! Hidden from Mike! It’s just too much funny! I love it.
This was just too funny!! Thanks for the smile on a rather drab Wednesday! :o)
p.s. Too funny how she was all over Mike for extra water after her Peanut Butter escapade!
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Mama Fuss says:
Well, that tops the tricks my dogs have done, but it is HYSTERICAL to me. And I love the fact that you have EMERGENCY peanut butter and if I had the same, I would definitely keep it on the couch, though my daughter seems to have a mild peanut allergy and I would have to be very sure SHE didn’t get to it…
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I’ve really enjoyed reading the stories of the animal antics. We had a cat that my daughter said opened her closed door. We always thought she was exagerating but maybe not.
We have a dog who LOVES chocolate and didn’t get the memo about it being deadly. She once jumped from the kitchen table to the counter (really further than a dog her size should have been able to jump) and ate two large pieces of Costco chocolate cake. Smart dog though, she left the (mostly lard) frosting. Another time she got up on the table and opend 4 boxes of Frango chocolate candy. Fortunately I only found 2 empty wrappers but there was candy and cardboard all over the place. We now know that chocolate has to be in a very secure place.
Thanks for sharing!! Today felt like Monday and I was in desperate need of a good chuckle!! Rigby looks SO satisfied (or maybe a little ill) in that picture!!
Have you read the book or seen the movie Marley and Me?
Dogs are AWESOME!!!
Nope, I have had many dogs and cats in my life, but none have opened up a jar of peanut butter, or any other jar for that matter. I believe Rigby is talented in that area.
Did it make her sick, eating all that peanut butter? I’m wondering what kind of “surprises” she gives you today
I wish I could tell you that our dog has done something like that but I can’t… that’s just darn impressive. Maybe stay on Rigby’s good side?
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I cannot relate at all. I have two beagles with 3 brain cells between them. They would never be smart enough to do something sneaky like this! They stand in the rain, confused, instead of coming to the back door to come in.
RIgby is a scream! Is she a maltese?
Haha! I have two cats who I lock up in the spare room when we have people over who are allergic…anyway, they learned to work as a team and open the door. One stands up on two legs and bats at the door nob while the other reaches his paws under the door to pull it open. Unbelievable!
I dont know you, but I had to comment when I read this post. My tiny cockapoo figured out a way to climb up onto my counter to get a pair of socks the other day… she’s obsessed with socks. She also knows how to get into the dryer if they’re in there.
The thing about the water bowl also made me laugh. My dog brings her water bowl over to the kitchen sink, drops it on the floor and cries until I give her water. Dogs are so good at getting/ communicating what they want.
Thanks for a good laugh.
That’s the cutest thing ever….how she pushed the jar up to the TV and enjoyed herself to the very end that she could….hopefully she didn’t have a PB hangover….
Amy S. says:
bwahahahahahahaah! Thanks for the laugh, I needed it.
Sara G. says:
Our Beagle can open cabinets. Remember, baby-proofing and dog-proofing can go hand and hand.
That made me laugh the entire way through!!! Smart doggie! And although I don’t keep an emergency jar of peanut butter stashed anywhere, I do love me a big ol’ scoop of the stuff on a spoon every now and again so I can understand having some extra on hand…..behind the couch cushion…hidden.
I have a cat who carries GIANT plastic pipes, stuffed animals, and shoes up the stairs at night.
This has our Jack Russell, Katie, all over it!
Example 1 (just 1 of many!): My Birthday
Sexy Nerd was away in Michigan, so he sent me a bouquet of tulips. I set them in a vase on my dining table, then continued to study for a chemistry test I had that afternoon. It’s baffling how bad I am at chemistry, especially when you consider the massive chunk of my UNM classes that involved it (including labs, I think I took 10 chemistry classes. I still do not know any chemistry whatsoever!) I said good bye to Katie, went to school, miserably failed my test that I’d studied all day for (on my birthday!) and returned home. Needless to say, I was feeling stressed out.
Katie had jumped onto a dining chair and onto the table, where she knocked over the vase, spilling water on everything, including my textbooks and notebooks. She grabbed as many tulips as she could and scattered their remains throughout my apartment.
Example 2: Sexy Nerd’s Pizza
Back from school, Sexy Nerd was ready to leave for work one day, when he realized that he had forgotten his pager in the other room. He set his briefcase down on the coffee table and left. Inside his briefcase was his lunch: a cold personal pan pizza, inside the personal pan pizza box, wrapped in a tied plastic bag. Surely, you know where I am headed with this.
When Sexy Nerd returned less than a minute later, Katie had gotten his pizza out of his briefcase, out of the bag, and out of its box. She ate it beneath our futon, where Sexy Nerd couldn’t reach her, while growling at him.
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I just put my PB away because I was ashamed. Thank you for sharing your story – now I feel comfortable bringing it back to the couch!
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Karen B says:
We have a Pekingese in our family that loves toothpaste. When she can get a hold of a tube (say the little sample one my mom keeps in her purse) she unscrews the cap and pushes out the toothpaste and licks it up. Not a single toothmark on the tube, and she does not have opposable thumbs either. No clue how she does it though, as we have yet to catch her in the act.
Don’t be scare! Mine did something similar, but he was a little more weight conscious. He opened the water bottle and was drinking from it! holding it with his 2 paws and not spilling much. I could just hear in the middle of the night water being drank and then I realized what he was doing. WAS THE CUTEST THING!
I had an Old English Sheepdog that was BRILLIANT. During the winter we would keep him in our garage as it was very cold and sometimes my dad would park his car in the garage too.
Mack (the dog) opened Dad’s car door, chewed off the crank for the non-power windows, and successfully let the battery drain.
One other time Mack figured out how to open the garage door. We found him sitting outside of the garage one day when he shouldn’t have been.
oh my god. if you even READ this response, it will be a miracle, since there are so many.
I just wanted to say, it is REALLY nice to see a little bit of your sense of humor coming back. I know that Maddie will always be that hole in your heart, and ESPECIALLY because April is so soon…but you made me laugh, and it is nice to laugh every once in awhile.
Great story though. hahaha.
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oh wow. i cannot stop giggling. that is hilarious.
our dog knows how to open deadlocks. he tries every time we have a thunderstorm. we have to use lots of baby gates.
emergency PB hidden on the couch? GENIUS!
Rigby has just been thinking all these months,”Mike may not know where the PB is… but I do.”
Good job RIgby for gaining that confidence to finally get ya some!
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Jen L. says:
Rigby is quite the talented dog. My in-laws were watching one of our dogs once and he ate lemon bars off the kitchen table while no one was looking. He got busted when they saw the powdered sugar all over his face.
I have just started reading your blog but wanted to tell you how much I love it. I can’t imagine the grief you are living with. Maddie and Annie are precious!
My brother’s dog is that smart. She’s so good with getting things apart without destroying them completely he’s in production on producing a dog toy that has parts they can unscrew. It’s like a motorskills toy for a pet. I laugh everytime, but she’s a genius dog. Sounds like she and Rigby went to puppy school together
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We had a Yellow lab growing up that would open the fridge while we were gone and eat the lunch meat hot dogs.
We ended up have to put at latch on there to keep her out.
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I think Rigby was tweeting from your account earlier today.
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AMAZING. oh, rigby. the fact that she woke mike up for water in the middle of the night from it is hilarious!
I’m a bit behind and so I’m just now reading this post. Since so much time has passed, I’m sure Rigby’s fine. And no, she won’t learn from that experience even though she likely didn’t feel too good for awhile. … My brother and his wife have a beagle that can do stuff like that. Of course they only do it when no one is around to see it so it will always remain a mystery as to exactly how they do it, but I guess where there’s a will – there’s a way!
Our dog ate a whole jar of tums, the super size one at that. Poor Bradley had to get his stomach pumped so he could calm his speed down.
Oh my goodness, that is so funny. I love the photo with the jar licked half clean.
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I CANNOT STOP LAUGHING!!!! So funny!
“How the hell did a six pound dog not only get my peanut butter off the couch (where it was behind a pillow hidden from Mike STOP JUDGING) but then OPEN IT? The lid was definitely screwed on. How did she unscrew it HOW HOW HOW?!”
O.O The world will never know!!! I think you’re going to have to install a, “Rigby-Cam” to try to catch her in any more peanut-butter-early-morning-antics. =P I also think it’s safe to say that you have a “SUPER DOG” in your hands. And one who loves peanut butter just as much as you do. Peanut Butter is awesome though. In New York there’s this little shop that serves you different kinds of Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches. Sounds like heaven to me. I must go one day. ;o)
Please watch her closely, Heather!!
High fat foods — like peanut butter — can trigger pancreatitis, which is potentially deadly. And the symptoms can be subtle in the beginning. Hopefully, she didn’t get too much!
A woman after my own heart. I’m a glutten with the addition of a handful of chocolate chips…. I’m so caught red handed when THE er.. the 4 peanut butter spoons don’t completely clean off in the dishwasher. Now all I get from my husband is… “oh the bear was in the cupboard again, Liam” of course speaking to my son just loud enough for me to hear…. We both got a huge laugh this weekend when my parents came to visit and for some odd reason my mom brought 2 containers of peaunut butter (not sure why as they have no clue about the pb addiction) . I opened the cupboard – coincidently as my husband was behind me… he thought I bought them all, youcan imagine the look i got!
Have a great day Heather!
I am convinced my dog Buster has opposable thumbs! We had those lever type door handles on our pantry which he figured out how to open and would help himself to afternoon snacks while we were at work. This included a jar of peanut butter as well, that he got the lid off of! Then again, the peanut butter was for him and our other two dogs anyway, as I put it in their Kong toys. (Sorry, but I can’t stand peanut butter! Blasphemous in your eyes, I know!)
Sometimes I would think he didn’t get into anything because I’d find no evidence anywhere . . . until later. Like when I was changing the bed sheets and I found half a bag of Tostitos stuffed between the mattress and the headboard! Or a package of flour tortillas. We had to put a round doorknob on the pantry with a child proof doorknob cover. Another time I came home and heard some strange sound and when I walked into the kitchen, one of the gas burners was on, lit up with the flame blazing on high! The kitchen was so hot it must have been on for a while! I have no idea how he turned the knob because we have a cooktop, where the burner knobs are on top, not on the front. I was at Babies R Us that same night buying knob covers for those as well! Buster is handful, that’s for sure!
Our dog Tucker is crated during the day because he’ll eat anything and everything in the house. He’s a 85 pound German Shepherd mix so he’s got a big metal crate. We came home one day to him outside the crate running around, crate door still closed. Next day the same thing happened. He was able to squeeze out a little tiny space in the door that maybe had a 3 inch opening. He later ate the crate. Literally ate it.
My 8 pound puppy stole and pulled the lid off of a small tub of Zankou Chicken’s garlic sauce. And licked the tub clean. He (and his crate) smelled like garlic breath for days….
Kristy H says:
Our dog has eaten thru everything! Her favorite lately being old, I mean OLD boxes of candy!
You know how they say not to give a dog chocolate? Well, our dog sniffs it out and devours it, like every single day!
Last night, I bought myself one of those Wonka Bars, they’re pretty big so I ate a little chunk and put the rest on my dresser.
Later on, I walked into my room to find my bed with strips of foil all over it, and the dog sitting by the stairs with chocolate on her nose!
Haha, on more than one occasion, my parents’ dog (a Bichon) has figured out how to get up on the dining room table AND sideboard, and helped himself to my Mom’s gourmet desserts that are staged for various holidays, parties, customers, etc…He has, I believe, far surpassed even a cat’s nine lives, but has not yet has his “lethal” dose of chocolate…he’s working on finding it, though, I think!
So I happened to be making peanut butter toast for my 2-year-old a couple of days ago and I noticed that the nutrition label says that 2 tablespoons of peanut butter has…wait for it…ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY calories. If that’s true (and I have no reason to believe it’s not), how many frickin’ calories did Rigby ingest?? That’s probably more than her total calorie consumption for the past year and a half! Better get that doggie on the treadmill, stat!
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hmmm, addictions can be serious things! Hiding the PB behind a cushion, needing an emergency stash. It’s more serious than we realised
Do be careful though – lots of calories in PB unfortunately.
Wow a lot of comments! Apparently a lot of ppls have emergency PB and/or animal stories. Have you tried natural peanut butter? The kind that separates oil/peanuts unless you refrigerate? No added sugar. Anyway…my dog story is borrowed from my parents who have 3. Their biggest is a Viszla. He is a show dog and should know better. But show dogs will do whatever their handlers tell them in the ring and are NIGHTMARE DEVIL DOGS at home. He took an unopened bag of easter-colored foil wrapped peanut butter cups off the dining room table. Ate whole thing except plastic wrapping. Didn’t act differently at all. My father discovered empty bag and tiny trail of garbage, & called vet. Vet said give him a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and take him outside and wait for the magic. Within 10 minutes Skittles was throwing up what my father described as an Easter colored milkshake. It was the chocolate and peanut butter that was more deadly for the dog than the foil which he would have passed. Be careful, Rigby! Heh.
PS your baby is growing and growing and is just so beautiful. I love your pictures.
not only has one of my dogs done the EXACT SAME THING (she stole it off the counter)…but one of my other ones somehow found a tin of mints that was still sealed with plastic, ripped off the plastic, opened the tin and ate the entire contents of it!!!! there were all these dents in the tin and i found it wedged between my dresser and an end table totally empty…not to mention the fact that he was like 13 years old at the time and barely able to eat solid food let alone open and consume an entire tin of mints!!!
Megan J in Ohio says:
So, so funny! Our dog (golden retriever) has eaten:
a leather jacket
a screen door
a whole roll of aluminum foil
a wallet with $100 in it.
a water bed mattress – that was full at the time!
the mirror off a 72 Monte
a metal chain leash
Frighteningly, he pooped most of these items out in almost the exact condition they went in…eewww!
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I saw my cat’s tongue-tracks on our stick of butter this morning. But he didn’t open the butter dish; my husband conveniently left the lid off. The amazing thing is that this cat is 18 and still jumps up onto the counters. I guess butter’s a big motivator.
But THAT? Little Rigby? Amazing!
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For over a year we lived with only a giant Chihuahua and a cat. Then we brought home a Jack Russell. That is when things got interesting. I never had to worry about leaving things within jumping height of the Chihuahua because she never messed with anything she wasn’t supposed to.
I awoke the morning after we brought home the Jack Russell to find her covered in chocolate and my ver expensive, one bit at a time, very dark chocolate bar wrapper in the middle of the couch. She had stolen it out of my purse, carefully unwrapped it and eaten the whole thing. I had taken a bite out of it about the size of a dime and she ate the rest. So, of course I called poision control, explained how much she ate and they informed me that she would be quite uncomfortable with an upset tummy that day but that she would ultimately be ok.
We moved on and I got a hanger for the closet to put my purse on. Then, I came home one day from work to find a box of pasta had been completely eaten. Somehow, she had gotten it off the counter where I had put it that morning when trying to decide what to cook for dinner. It was not on the edge of the counter. I guess she is juat an acrobat. I had visions of the Jack Russell being boosted by the Chihuahua and then sharing her haul with the Chihuahua.
Once my husband and I went to Red Lobster…had our English Springer Spaniel, Bailey, in the car. Had shrimp leftovers in the front seat closed up in a bag. We went into a store for no more than 5 minutes. Came back, Bailey ate all the shrimp and left the tails neatly in the foam container. Hmmmmmm.
My dog one morning while the hubby and I were sleeping took all of our shoes by the front door (about 6-8 pairs) and drug them all into the living room – in pairs!! He didn’t chew a single one, just drug them all into the living room and matched them back up with their mate. Talk about creepy dog antics!
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Just reading this post now and it’s making me laugh! Rigby and our dog Ozzy would get along like old chums! The list of “food eaten by Ozzy” is very extensive. A pound of tomatoes, a pound of frozen chicken (yes, frozen), a can of formula (followed by part of a bottle), and his latest 3 pounds of butter. Yep, 3 entire pounds of butter and part of the container. Let me tell you, the results were not pleasant. Yep, Rigby and Ozzy would get along great!
1. Dogs; too funny
2. Emergency PB, of course!
As a doggy person, I LOVE THIS!!!
I was on Curvygirl’s magazine, saw your last name, and had to come in to read your blog … you see, I grew up in Edison, NJ, in the bell-bottomed 70s, and went to Ben Franklin elementary school with, and a Catholic church, Larry Spohr! So yeahhh I checked the “about” section … I remember this redheaded kid being an only child, but I may be wrong … anyway – never saw anyone else with the last name so I wondered!