Ruby’s counter surfing has been quite constrained lately.  Well, her success rate has been diminished.  She still surfs, just has not made a score since the “sweet potato” incident of a couple of weeks ago.  But that certainly has not slowed her kitchen patrolling instincts.

She is, however, seeking help from all of her fellow canines (ok, and any felines with expertise).  Any safecrackers out there?  Ruby says this is a safe that she has not figured out yet and the humans frustrate her with how easily it opens and closes for them.  How oh how are they doing that?

How does this thing open?


  1. Ben on February 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Rudy, Rudy, Rudy-
    This is very easy. First try using the flip nose approach to open the lid. Then try the paw on the pedal approach and then if all else fails take a running start and knock that sucker down.

  2. The Army of Four on January 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Woo. Huffle is right. It does look like that blasted trash can that Meeshka’s mom recommended to our mom. I can’t crack that thing at ALL! It’s the Ft. Knox of all trash cans!
    If you figure yours out, Ruby, please let me know.

  3. Dennis the Vizsla on January 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am advised by tucker that their is a majik fut peddle on theez trash cans wot kawzes them to open ha ha ha that is the crazyest thing i hav ever herd tucker!!! ok bye

  4. Holly and Khady on January 28, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I’m all for just using your snooter and head to just dump it sideways. Then, the prize is all yours!!!

    Our humans keep all our trash cans behind doors. Even the one in the bathroom is in the cabinet! They are seriously no fun!

  5. Life With Dogs on January 28, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Ever catch them using a stethoscope? 😉

  6. the_Dogfather on January 28, 2010 at 12:14 am

    mmm…..i’ll pass this one as the rewards is not so enticing. Go for something else you can easily get hold of, plants, rugs, tissue and make a big MESS!!When the humans come, give them the “I’m so sorry but i’m really hungry” look and they will feel guilty and give you food!!

  7. Steve & Kat on January 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Well, I happen to know how to open those silver trash cans, but now Mom puts it in backwards so I can’t reach the release. It’s really annoying. Kat prefers the less elegant way and just tips the can over.


  8. Kit on January 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Take one step forward and you’re home free!!!

  9. Sonic on January 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Oh we have one of those things at our place too. My Pops says the trick is to “use the Force”. But if you can’t mentally open the lid by yourself, you can also “use the Force” to make your humans do it for you.

    I tried, but I don’t think the Force is strong with me yet.


  10. Tucker on January 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I know I know!

    This is how it works – Dad doesn’t pay attention, Momma stuffs lotsa of good smelly stuff in it – yells at dad to take care of the garbage cause it’s his chore. Distract your Dad with the TV or the Video Games. Momma gets mad and stuffs more foodables in – it gets so full the top pops open.
    Ta – Da – food for you.

    the result will probably be the Dad getting in trouble and the pupper getting off Scot free 🙂

    I have experience in this exact situation, trust me.

    woof – Tucker

  11. Mochi on January 27, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I say push it over! 🙂 Good luck Ruby!


  12. Clive on January 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Somehow we reckon Ruby will work out how to get it open!

  13. Huffle Mawson on January 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Uh oh, that looks like the simple human trashcan that my bestest friend Zimmie’s mum has.

  14. Sagira on January 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I have a feeling Ruby is going to figure this out in no time. 🙂

  15. gus, louie and callie on January 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Stomp on that little thing at the bottom. That will do it…

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  16. Biloxi and Siber-sibs on January 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Harooooo Ruby,
    Woo see dat wittle thing sticking out on da bottom of da trash can. Step on it. Lid opens like magic. But Nikita found a new way. He uses his snoot against the lid to and nudges it open. Jest tryin’ ta help.

    Husky kisses,

  17. Stella on January 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Like Jack-a-roo said, Put your little foot on the pedal and hold it there, don’t get into the can and move your foot off the pedal or you will wind up with your head in the closed can. You’ll get it easy!


  18. Twinkietinydog on January 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I’m terribly sorry, but this question is out of my league. The trash can is enormous and awfully tall. I guess you can start by getting a tall ladder? I’ll let your less physically challenged furiends tackle this one. Nice puzzle though.

  19. Anna the GSD on January 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    The pedal thing only gets you so far…the pedal broke off our can, so now I’m hopelessly lost. Instead I just steal toilet paper and kleenex from the bathroom garbage can…much more fun to destroy and it looks like snow!! 🙂

  20. jake and Fergi on January 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Every time we see the word “cracker” , “crack” or “cracking” we get a little anxious these days. We were almost afraid to open up this post and read it. But now that we have, we can breathe a sigh of relief and suggest … contact Eric (the Square Dog). He has a new Recycling Program in the works (in London) and we’re confident he has already begun investigating this troublesome situation.

    Waiting for handouts,
    Jake and Fergi xxoo

  21. Blogging Dante on January 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Ruby should come have a little workshop with Dante — Dante has successfully uncovered and raided a bin like that before!! He has this digusting craving for used paper products — YUCK. After trying many types of bins, we have resigned to keeping them locked away behind doors, that’s the only way to keep him out of it!

  22. Kari on January 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    nope, we have destroyers who make things into little pieces if they want in

  23. jack a-roo on January 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    See that little pedal at the bottom?

    “Woo put your right paw on,
    woo put your left paw too,
    woo put your right paw on,
    and woo stomp them both, a-roo!
    Woo do the trash can can-can
    and woo turn it inside out.
    That’s what its’ all about!! Ha-woos!”

    hope this helps….
    jack a-roo & maybe NOT moo

  24. Elizabeth & Luna on January 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Hey, that garbage can looks familiar!

  25. KB on January 27, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Our R would simply knock the entire garbage can over… that would work with your model, I think. Good luck Ruby.

    BTW, since we’ve become so good about getting food out of R’s reach, he’s moved onto CDs and DVDs. He emptied my bag, which contained food, tossed aside the food and destroyed my MRI CD. He repeated the performance with my husband’s bag. He gnaws them but doesn’t eat them. Have you ever heard of other dogs with such an odd predilection?

  26. The OP Pack on January 27, 2010 at 8:26 am

    We think it is only a matter of time before she figures it out – she IS a sibe after all.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder (who can’t figure out why our wastebasket is inside a cabinet)

  27. Houndstooth on January 27, 2010 at 8:01 am


    Lilac says that she waits until it gets really full, then pries it open with her nose and hits the jackpot!


  28. Khyra on January 27, 2010 at 7:16 am

    I think she might do well to enlist her brofur Tartok with this projekht!


  29. Cocorue on January 27, 2010 at 6:27 am

    i just know you will figure it out and very soon too….you are a smart huskie after all,right????

    sorry, i’m not much help as i can’t even reach the pedal bol


  30. Wild Dingo on January 27, 2010 at 2:31 am

    My Money is on Ruby figuring it out. she’s sibe. Her Humans are going to seriously have to get another system for garbage disposal. I would bank everything i had on her figuring it out.
    wild dingo

  31. Sierra Rose on January 27, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Hmmmmmm. Yea…we have one of those too…not sure. Will start working on ours, and let ya know!!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  32. Suka on January 27, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Rudy, I wish I could help you! I am a counter-surfer like you. And also like you, I have made some great scores! But I have never seen a safe like that so I am not sure what to woof you. Perhaps you can hire some bloodhounds. They are great at sniffing out mysteries!


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