The Best Vantage Point

When we built this house, we were quite experienced with the antics that the dogs can get into. Thus, we built the porches on the back of the house with lots of glass to bring in the light, but used very few screens. The dogs would have a great vantage point to survey the field and be able to monitor movement in the house.

Note how the crates are strategically placed in front of screens.

To protect the few screens we have, we strategically placed the dog crates in front of the windows. So, dear reader, how many of you think the humans actually outsmarted the Herd? But, of course not. Imagine the hu-dad’s surprise when he walked through the kitchen and saw this:

Vantage point

Look, hu-dad. I am at your eye level.


Let me just sit here and wait on you.


Why are you shaking your head, hu-dad?


On the good side of things, at least we know now why the wire on the crates was getting bent.


  1. Susan J on March 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Hahaha, never underestimate a husky. :)-

  2. Kimberly Parker on March 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I just love Typhoon’s expression! Even experienced Sibe owners are surprised now and then!

  3. Susan Buckley on March 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    In our house the bugs were too bad to not take them down. Having Sidney (see her puppy tail of escaping the x-pen) and her mother who came to us later it was a matter of time before the sliding door was ruined. First nice day the dogs were wrestling when one of them turned and headed for the door. Not realizing the screen was in they both ran through the screen leaving the frame in place. My husband and I just looked at each other like “That lasted long.” For the summer we left the glass door open and the screen in place. It would flap in the breeze of their coming and going but kept the bugs out of the house so everybody was happy. A makeshift dog door. Typhoon reminds me of Sidney.
    Susan Buckley
    Redwood Siberians

  4. Teddy Westlife on March 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Dear Hu-dad

    I thought you said you were experienced.

    Teddy Westlife.

  5. houndstooth on March 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Hmm… Maybe you need some shutters that you can open and close…

  6. Lisa Myers on March 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    That Typhoon is just the cutest little guy!!!

  7. jan on March 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Amazing how often humans think they can outsmart dogs….and seldom do.

  8. Piappies World on March 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Uh oh… Typhoon. At first we didn’t quite see the trouble of you being on eye level with hudad but when we read the bent cage wires… Perhaps you can get back on the soft and comfy mattress over there. What do you think, Typhoon?

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

  9. Charlotte Anderson on March 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

    On our wonderful trip to Alaska we got to visit 2 dog sledding camps. One was outside Fairbanks and the other was on top of a glacier in a state park. In both camps the dogs all loved to sit on top of their house to survey the world. It seems that your Serbs are just doing what comes naturally. Have any of The Herd made it to the top of your house?

    • D.K. Wall on March 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Yes, we have seen that, but usually those houses are solid roofs. Typhoon is sitting on a wire crate! How those wires do not bother his feet is beyond us.

  10. Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus on March 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

    We LOVE Typhoon. (We love the rest of you, too, but we haven’t had much experience with the antics of younger Sibes, and Typhoon is pretty much living up to our wildest expectations!) We don’t have accessible screens at our house; Mom put in a screen door one summer and it lasted Abby wanting outside once. We now have glass in that door year round (and Abby only knocked it out once… luckily it’s shatter-proof…).

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  11. Cathy on March 4, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Never underestimate them!

  12. Holly & Khady on March 4, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Silly hu-dad, don’t you know if it is possible to get ON something, we will?

    Have you seen my snow mountain? It is my favorite place to survey my yard!

    Khady Lynn

  13. Ice 'n Ayla on March 4, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Ayla sez: “Only Typhoon!”

  14. Wild Dingo on March 4, 2013 at 2:06 am

    tsk…tsk… woo will nefur learn to outsmart sibe.

    i don’t get tho why protect the screens? they will tear them down? why put up screens in first place? nose prints are so nice on doors… i’m still kicking myself for putting glass at dog nose level. doh!

    • D.K. Wall on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

      The sliding glass doors we wisely opted to have installed without screens, knowing that they would never survive. We did expect the screens on the windows to survive, but maybe that was optimistic.

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