Friday, December 17, 2010

The "Vault"

Sir Bear has been giving us much grief lately.  We had a large Rubbermaid container in the kitchen that the dog kibble was stored in.  It was put in there to keep Bear out of it.  Well, he finally figured out how to open it and the very same day the Duke filled it up, Bear got into it and ate about four pounds of food.  His sides were sticking out and very hard.  The Duchess thought he would need to go to the Vet.  She was very worried about him getting Bloat.  As luck would have it, the poor guy couldn't keep it down and spent the next hour or so throwing up kibble. He was a sick guy.  In the morning he was totally uninterested in breakfast.  He didn't eat again until dinner time.  Higgins and I secretly laughed at him because he is such a glutton! 

After that terrible night the Duke and Duchess began hunting for a more secure container.  They bought a clear plastic one that had latches that snapped up and over the lid to keep it on.  Ah ha!  They thought he would never be able to get into that one.

Less than a week.  Yep.  He did it again and this time ate even more than four pounds.  Labs never learn I guess.  Anyway, it was another long day and night for everyone.  After that the Duchess had to keep her bread machine on top of the dog food so Bear couldn't get into it.

This was not a satisfactory solution at all, but everyone was stumped.  The Duchess was trying to figure out where else she could put the container, but nothing would work well.

 Then she found THIS!  "Gamma's Vittle Vault".

It holds over 50 pounds of food and keeps it fresh with and airtight seal.

BUT, the lid screws on, it doesn't snap on.
This absolutely has to be "Sir Bear Proof"!

Nice....and very sturdy.  He can roll it around the kitchen,
but he'll never get it open.

Fingers and paws crossed!



  1. Aha! Score one for the Duchess. :)

  2. Labs and their food, just absolute gluttons! Fantastic storage solution though, wonder if he manages to work THIS one out ... lol

  3. We will keep our fingers crossed! Let us know how it works!


  4. Fingers crossed, but dogs are determined little devils!!

  5. That should do the trick!
    Wyatt and Stanzie would probably eat their way through a box of dog biscuits, but they don't care about kibble that much....

    Wyatt's Mom

  6. Mom's never give up! That is why they are so smart..
    Hugs, Mistaya

  7. Let's see who is cleverer and more determined?

  8. A friend of mine described a Lab as a life support system for a stomach:)
    They live to eat, that is for sure.

  9. Hello Emma Rose, You will have to forgive Sir Bear, unfortunately not all dogs are quite as smart as a Border Collie. I'm sure you would not dream of taking off the top without permission and even if you did accidentally knock it off you would not steal the contents but if you were tempted just a little you would only eat the right amount and not be greedy so as to make yourself sick. Well I like your solution to the problem and they were right not to rely on the bread maker to keep him out because they would probably have come back some time to find Sir Bear being sick from having eaten to much bread that he baked in the bread machine. Have a happy Christmas Emma Rose.

  10. The Duchess is wise to never give up, hope this one works. We never get a chance to open our kibble safe - it is in the garage:(

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  11. Somebody is hungry! That vault seems like just the ticket. Good thing they make just about everything these days!

  12. OMD! Well... he is certainly a clever one - we goldens love our foodables too, if we can snag "something" open. Mom keeps our food in the garage, cause it's just too tempting for us. In fact, I, Sammie, got into the garbage just two nights ago and had a big hard abdomen too... but I never upchucked it. But I've been paying for it with the most miserly meals (if you can call 'em that) ever since. Your Highness - we bow to you!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie and Avalon

  13. Oh my dogness.......I can believes he could get into all those containers. He is just like da Bears at Yellowstone Park, getting into everybuddys foodables!

    Good Luck with da Vittle Vault!

  14. Oh Sir Bear!! That's a lot of kibble to be snarfing down!!??!!! How did you, Emma and Higgins not partake? Well...I'm glad anyway...for tummies sakes :)
    The new food vault looks like a winner! You could hang a sign on it with "Dirty Diapers" or something so Sir Bear will know absolutely...NOT KIBBLE!! :)

    Happy Holidays my friends!!!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  15. Good job Bear. We will try and help you figure out how to open that thing
    Snorts and Snuggles
    Benny & Lily

  16. Oh dear!! Poor Duchess and Sir Bear!! You have had such a time! I didn't know a dog could eat that much at once!! Me must really be a smart guy to get into those containers or Holly and and other doggies in the past were not smart because it never happened! Knocking on wood of course. Here's hoping that that container works because we know the Duchess is going through a time of it and Sir Bear is probably not feeling well. Lots of love, Holly and mom

  17. Holey Cow, Sir Bear may not be smart but he certainly is very tricky!
    But looks like the Duchess out tricked him this time! Never give up!

  18. I laughed until I cried..poor Sir Bear..I did feel sorry for him..but twice? The new vittle vault will certainly do the trick..I would think it is a much better solution than the bread maker.
    I could leave 50 pounds of food unattended around here..Chance would never over eat..he is a pain in the butt to get to eat anyway:)

  19. awww, poor sir bear...those tummy aches must have been totally ouchies!!
    me 'n asa have a vittles vault, too! trust me, sir bear won't be able to get into yours!!

    the booker man

  20. That looks very similar to the containers that store Herd Food. And, yes, we have thieves here, too.

  21. Crossing our paws over here for the "vault" solution! Hope Sir Bear is over his tummy ache and learned his least for a month...right?


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