Maggie Mischief

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Monday MischiefWe love Mischief Mondays, but to be honest our senior dogs Jack & Maggie are usually pretty good, so I don’t always have good mischief to report. But this week is different.

Our dog Maggie has some fear issues. We’ve written about her in our Tale of Tails series that you can read here. When she first came to us a little over a year ago, she would barely move from her bed. She has been with us over a year now and is really growing into her own, become more confident and daring. Recently she has developed a stubborn streak and is a bit of a mischief maker. It’s hard to ‘discipline’ her as I’m so happy to see her acting like a regular dog. Her latest escapade involved our avocado grove.

We have about 10 avocado trees in our front yard. We have them fenced off so the dogs can’t get to them as I know they not only aren’t good for them, but they can be pretty fattening. The fence is just a simple garden fence that is old and only 4′ high. Jack recently discovered that he can easily jump a 4′ fence, so we’ve had to reinforce it in a few places. Then he discovered a spot where he could go UNDER the fence, so more reinforcements. Maggie in the avocados

But sneaky little Maggie took note of what big brother was doing, and since she is 20lbs lighter she can wiggle under more sections of the fence!  I mistakenly figured that simple little free standing fences – you know the 10′ long ones that have a little spike you push into the ground? I figured that would work to keep her from digging under.

Not so…here’s where I found her this am – after the reinforcements. I’m afraid I’m going to have to breakdown and buy a new fence to keep  her out.

And poor Jack knows he doesn’t fit and just walks around outside the fence looking longingly inside at all the yummy avocados.

Here’s a few more pictures of her escapade.

maggielonging4avocadoOh, How I wish I could get under this fence and get that luscious avocado.

thisfencecanotstopmeMaybe I can reach…

maggieunderthefenceThis worked yesterday…

ItsnotmineWhat avocado? That’s not mine…

We are joining the Monday Mischief Blog Hop hosted by Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, Luna Dogs Life and My Brown Newfies



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  1. Tut, tut, tut! You really are a mischievous dog!
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  2. Isn’t it amazing how they can find the tinest gap and wriggle through? I almost had a heart attack once when Mr. N found a gap the size of a paperback and ended up next to a busy road. I managed to lure him back with a treat but it was a scary experience.
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    • I know, I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see her do it.
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  3. Go Maggie! I love a naughty dog, especially one like Maggie who is just learning to get up to mischief. I never discourage Beryl when she’s naughty … as long as she’s not doing something expensively destructive or dangerous! Same goes for Frankie too, now that he seems to be past his destroying cell phone stage thank goodness.

    Would Jack and Maggie eat the avocados? I doubt Beryl would and I know Frankie wouldn’t.
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    • They absolutely eat the avocados, that’s why it’s fenced off. They can be harmful, but all of our dogs have eaten them without harm. But they are pretty fattening too, so we try to keep it to a minimum. Our Sally would eat them pit and all…now that was dangerous because she would end up throwing it up later. Not fun!

  4. Geez, hope Jack doesn’t go on a hunger strike to try to slim down to Maggie’s size so he can get in the fenced area! Funny how you want a dog to come out of her shell and when she finally does, you sometimes wish she was back in it. It is lots of trouble for you but I’m sure you are happy Maggie is being such a dog and really starting to blossom into a normal dog.
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    • Don’t give him any ideas! Although if he started eating those avocados, he’d just balloon up again.

      • and then he would be stuck in side the fence rather than outside – LOL!
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        • BOL…that has already happened – he’s jumped the fence, but can’t jump back out…and is stuck in there. Pretty funny as he gets a little freaked out – but do you think it stops him? Of course not.
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  5. Score! Way to go, Maggie!

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    • I know – it’s hard not to be a little proud of her daring.

  6. It must be very tempting when they can see something they want.
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  7. that is too adorable!
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  8. Haha! Look at Maggie getting all sneaky! Isn’t it funny how we think that those types of fences can keep the big dogs away? We used a fence similar to that to keep the Newfs from going under our deck. They quickly figured out that all they had to do was lean against it and they could bust through!
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    • Yeah – we’re pretty naive sometimes. But we’ve had Jack for 2 years now and he just discovered this about a month ago!

  9. Yaayyy Maggie! It’s so gratifying when a fearful dog extends his or her comfort zone. I see a real fence in your near future. 🙁

    • Yeah, probably going to have to break down and do that…trimming the avocados first 🙂

  10. Yeah Maggie, coming out of her shell. Sweet girl!

  11. Oh, hilarious! What brilliant dogs! What animals, besides humans, are avocados good for? My chickens won’t touch them.
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  12. Good for her! It is great that an older dog can still play some tricks! Lee and Phod
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  13. I would go to great lengths to reach an avocado. How great that you have so many of the trees. They would be my entire diet.
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  14. Ha ha ha! She seems quite pleased with herself! I find there’s something really sweet about the shy dogs when they get into a bit of mischief.
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    • There is – that’s why it’s hard not to smile when I see her doing it!

  15. She seems persistent, and it definitely paid off! Good for her!
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    • She was, she tried every spot.
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  16. LOL that is excellent mischief. Good luck keeping her out now that she knows about the yumminess. 🙂
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    • Gardner coming to cut the trees back and getting new fence…we lost the battle.
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  17. I love the stories and photos of “shy” Maggie breaking out of her shell. Our huskies could squeeze through places too small for mice, but huskies are famous escape artists. Maggie is going to give labs a bad name with all this mischief!
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    • Oh, I hope she does. It’s really so fun to see her being confident!
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  18. Haha – Good job buddy! Glad you’re coming into your own on the mischief front!

    Were you getting an Avocado for my Mum, she’d LOVE to have those trees in our garden!

    I’m proud of you,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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  19. Roooo MAggie is one pawsome and clever girlie getting her paws on those yummy avocados! *Waggy tail*

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