Bigger than a Bread Box


Our humans went over to our hu-grandparents again Saturday night which meant they got to see Ruby and Tartok, our cousins of The Thundering Herd Annex.  Notice how you can’t actually see our hu-dad’s feet because of the smart camouflage socks that he is wearing.  What an incredible fashion sense he has.  But this post is not about his style, but about our cousin Ruby.


During the last week, she has put her counter surfing skills to great use by scoring a half loaf of bread (discovered by our hu-grandmother when she went to make sandwiches) and then three hamburger buns (what was used to make sandwiches when bread disappeared).  With bread becoming an endangered species at The Annex, our humans – Siberian experienced that they are – played really, really dirty.  They bought our hu-grandmother a present.


A Bread Box!  The Horror!


Doesn’t the eye cut from Miss Ruby say it all


Dreaming of ways to beat the box


P.S. – For anyone traveling in the area, note that I-40 is closed due to a massive rock slide near the Tennessee / North Carolina border and probably will be closed for quite some time.  The last time we had one of these slides, the road was closed for months.  For all of the motel and tourist venues, this is particularly bad news because our area loses its Western route.  Considering all of the struggles due to the economic challenges, we really feel for the small business owners who rely on the tourist trade.  For those of you to the east side of us, a tremendous opportunity for you to visit with far less crowds and probably some bargains in the coming months.

Since we travel this stretch of interstate regularly, we are just thankful that we were not there at the time of the slide.  Not at all unusual to see the evidence of slides along this particular stretch of road and there are few exits – most of which don’t go anywhere anyway.  Well, us hikers like them, but anywhere ELSE.

You can read a newspaper article about the slide here .


  1. Steve and Kat on November 3, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t think it will take Ruby very long before she can open the bread box. She’s just that Siberian.


  2. Wild Dingo on October 31, 2009 at 12:40 am

    What is it about sibe’s and “bread”? it’s like crack to Juno.

    Don’t worry. That bread box won’t last long if I can read Ruby right…

  3. Sierra Rose on October 27, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Oh my! Ruby! Good work. Bummer on the box thing. We know you will find a way.
    Not good on the road. We’ll be seeing some of these in our area this season.
    Nice dad socks by the way.

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  4. NCMountainwoman on October 26, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Ruby, you’ll get no sympathy from me. You just can’t stand between a human and a sandwich.

    Seems as if clearing the slide is going to be far more problematic than first indicated. If they have to cut a road above the slide in order to stabilize it, I don’t think any part of the road will be open for at least a couple of months. What a pain for any of us in western NC, especially (as you pointed out) the merchants in the area. Fortunately the BRP closure doesn’t affect us too much. We go up 276 and get on at Cold Mountain so we can still get to Mt. Pisgah.

  5. the Army of Four on October 26, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Woo, Ruby, I am so sorry. And I understand completely. A couple minor surfing sprees and all of our stuff was put in the magic cold box or in the food safe — the appliance formerly known as the microwave. And then there’s the $200 trash can Meeshka’s mom told our mom about…. woo. The Ft. Knox of trash cans.
    PS: Our grandma is at the Biltmore – I wonder if the slide is going to affect her travel back to VA? Or is it south of there?

  6. Bentley on October 26, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    A breadbox? That’s not nice! My humans keep the bread on top of the refrigerator. *sigh*


  7. Huffle Mawson on October 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Wait, there was a foot in that photo???

    I think that Queen Natasha will have some words of wisdom for Ruby, about how to deal with this bread box menace.

    Huffle Mawson

  8. Marmalade on October 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Oh no–a bread box… My humans still can’t forget the great bread caper of summer 2007… (two humans, two loaves, the hounds won). I’m sure you’ll find a way to outsmart the silver box soon. Slobber and hugs,
    Marmalade, bread hound extraordinaire

  9. The OP Pack on October 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Are we sure it was Ruby, and not Tartok or maybe an evil squirrel? That breadbox looks a lot like one of those wastebaskets by Simple Human that are designed to keep us pups out. But we are smart and clever so we are sure Ruby will find a way.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  10. gus,louie and callie on October 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Perhaps Ruby was framed? Did you ever consider that? There are certainly a few other pups in the house….

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  11. Stella on October 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    The other thing is, Ruby scored some home made dinner rolls cooling on the counter top. They HAVE to cool you know, before you can serve them, and they can’t cool in a bread box, they HAVE to cool on the counter.

    So, Ruby, don’t give up, your Mom will whip up some more of the rolls, I bet. She is probably famous for them, just be good for a while and BOOM, then surprise her with a pan of dinner rolls eaten by at least half. Save a few for the diners, its only polite!


  12. Mochi on October 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I’m sure Ruby will figure out how to open the bread box in no time…or find something else to get into! 🙂


  13. Denns the Vizsla on October 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Hmmm, “bigger than a breadbox” is bigger than I thought it was!

  14. Jack on October 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Yikes! Mom saw your post and shrieked. apparently, she has always wanted one of those silver breadboxes. She says “Lucky Grandma!” I say, lucky it’s not in MY kitchen!

    a-roos to yous,
    Jack a-roo

  15. KB on October 26, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Because I have a very mischievous dog, I know Ruby’s next move. She’ll move onto other kinds of food or even non-edible objects sitting ont he counter. Just you watch…

    Great photos!

  16. Khyra on October 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I’m sure Ruby will figure out something SPECIAL to khommunikhate her displeasure!

    Has she enlisted Khousin Natasha yet?

    Tank woo fur sharing the news about the rokhkslide – that does sukhk fur travellers and businesses in the region –


  17. MAXDOG on October 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Hey guys
    Don’t let that silver box get you down! Where there is a will, there is a way! And, we believe you also have genius.
    Keep warm and stay safe.

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