Boom Boom’s Nutty Story

We have a tale to tell about one of our fluffy tails and the trouble Boom Boom got into, but we have to warn you—it is a nutty story.

I can't believe you're telling this story
I can’t believe you’re telling this story

The end of last week was quite emotional around Chez Herd by the Sea. We said good-bye to Miss Cheesy on Thursday night and spent Friday gathering supplies in the light of the growing COVID-19 storm (really hard to imagine how much has changed in the seven days since). Our job was to stay in our crates while the humans ran their errands.

Landon’s skill for extracting himself from crates is legendary. For example, he once escaped from his crate, unpacked a bag of Halloween candy (without eating a one), and hid them all around the house. And we mean everywhere. Under couch cushions. In the sheets and blankets of beds. In shoes. Pants pockets. Drawers. Cabinets. The humans found candy in surprising places for weeks. Landon was amused with himself.

Twist ties were applied to the corners of his crate. Carabineers locked the door. And still he escaped. He once slid the tray out of the bottom of his crate and slid his body through the little slit for the tray. He was nicknamed Gumby for a while before Boom Boom stuck.

Boom Boom - Master Escape Artist
Boom Boom – Master Escape Artist

Fortunately, the intervening years have added some maturity to the Boom (Sorry, we had to stop typing. Hu-Dad was laughing hysterically). He escapes less often. But when he wants out, no crate has been built that can contain him.

We blame Southern Siberian Rescue, the terrific organization that guided him from Virginia to Chez Herd. Unfortunately, he was enrolled in their prison program. Dogs were assigned to inmates to learn skills. It is true that Landon can sit quite pretty, whether you ask him to or not. Other commands have no effect. But we also suspect the prisoner trained him in the art of escape.

Ooooh—the story is getting good
Ooooh—the story is getting good

With that background, we go to last Friday. The Hu-Dad entered the house, tired from all of the events of the day. He walked into the dog room (aka, his study) and discovered three happy Sibes in crates…and one empty crate. Landon slinked into the room behind Hu-Dad and attempted to sneak into his crate, but he was busted.

A quick search of the house revealed nothing. The humans looked high. They looked low. And they found it. A large can of mixed nuts had been removed from a shelf, the plastic top opened, and a large quantity of nuts consumed.

The first order of business was an online search of the side effects of nuts on dogs. Fortunately, none of the ones he ate were harmful, but we expected some, well, er, aftereffects.

Landon’s diet was changed to (again, we are being delicate) lubricate the system. The first output came early Saturday morning. Around 2 am. Landon complained of a sore tummy and Hu-Dad took him outside to the yard. Landon hunched over, and produced. Hu-Dad took a bag, aimed a flashlight and…

His instant thought was the world’s smelliest Snickers bar. Except with a lot more nuts.

No one will look at Snickers bar the same again
No one will look at a Snickers bar the same again

Production was voracious. Multiple times on Saturday. Continued on Sunday. By Monday, the slogan became “sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.”

The other dogs found the output “interesting.” As in Hu-Dad had to make sure every single reproduced nut was picked up from the yard after each “event.”

It was a long few days, but we are happy to report Landon is nut free today. And his crate has additional locks.

We warned you this was a nutty story
We warned you this was a nutty story

NOTE: Thank you everyone for all of the notes of condolence on our sweet Miss Cheesy. We appreciate them all.

We hope you are surviving the great lockdown of 2020. We are doing fine. We are fortunate to have great trails to walk, so we continue our twice a day strolls.


  1. tammy j on February 24, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    I needed a smile. and I laughed right out loud.
    this writing was wonderful! I had to read it again.
    [By Monday, the slogan became “sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.”]
    you and Chez Herd are perfect. (and beautiful Miss Cheese Whiz is ever in our hearts)

  2. Debbie and Ruby on February 24, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Almost a year later and still waiting for a vaccination and maybe getting somewhat back to normal. At least Chez Herd by the Sea is always a bright spot in the day. Boom Boom is cute as usual.

  3. Jean B Burkhardt on February 24, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Hu-Dad-here we are almost one year later and still the pandemic is with us! This post was both happy and sad. Miss Cheesey I know is still missed. BUT reading about Boom Boom’s escapes brought a laugh and smiles!!!

  4. Vincent Porrazzp on March 20, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for a well told and entertaining story.

  5. tammy j on March 20, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    I also needed this.
    and you never disappoint! XO

  6. wanda washington on March 20, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Herd & Hu-Dad I needed this today thanks

  7. Lori & Izzy Bear on March 20, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Oh Landon… You are a nut ????????. I can’t tell you how sad I am at Miss Cheesey’s loss… big hugs to all.

  8. Juno's mom on March 20, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Too funny… (now anyway.) I didn’t know, (or maybe remember) that Landon is an ex-con. 😀 I imagine that some mischievous distractions are helpful in dealing with missing Cheesey.

  9. Debbie and Ruby on March 20, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for a morning laugh!! Brought back memories of my Danny with 8 carabineers on his crate. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

  10. Jean B Burkhardt on March 20, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Hu-Dad I too will never hear that jingle again and NOT think of Boom-Boom!! He is the greatest escape artist and hope the 2 new locks will contain him but we’ll see. I am glad you all are safe and well and hope all of us here will be safe until this pandemic ends! have a great weekend all.

  11. Terry+Rory on March 20, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Hahaha! Those sibes will do anything to keep us entertained!
    Nutty as he is- he is sooo beautiful!
    So glad to hear from the herd… you are a real highlight in our day♥️
    Happy SPRING????????????

  12. Don Davis on March 20, 2020 at 5:26 am

    I can’t get the jingle out of my mind now….. Thanks BoomBoom!

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