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What Do Dogs Do When They Are Home Alone?

Updated on November 9, 2015

Dogs Home Alone

Hannah and Tyson
Hannah and Tyson

What does your dog do when you're not home?

If you've ever wondered what your dogs do all day when you are away from home, you are not alone!

We wondered, too!

We had two wonderful rescued dogs, a yellow labrador retriever and a border collie mix. They were both very good, well behaved dogs, but we knew at least one of them was getting up on the bed while we were away. As evidence, we found dog hair on the bed and sometimes the pillows and blankets rearranged when we got home. But with 2 dogs how do you know which one is the culprit?

We decided to find out what our dogs did when left home alone by setting up a hidden camera in our bedroom to see who was getting up on the bed. Read on to see what our dogs did when they were home alone!

All photos by the author, Vicki Green, unless credited otherwise.

Hannah the Border Collie


Suspect #1

Hannah the Border Collie

Description of Suspect #1

Female (spayed)

Border Collie Mix


11 years old

48 pounds

Dark Brown Eyes

The suspect is very active, agile and intelligent. She is rather high-strung and domineering. Has occasionally gotten into trash baskets when unsupervised. Not afraid to discipline and control the behavior of other dogs with a bark, body slam or a nip.

Tyson the Labrador Retriever


Suspect #2

Tyson the Labrador Retriever

Description of Suspect #2

Male (neutered)

Labrador Retriever


9 years old

95 pounds

Medium Brown Eyes

The suspect is calm and at times almost lethargic. He may not appear very intelligent but his demeanor may conceal a devious mind. He has been known to lounge on furniture and snatch food from countertops.

Which of our dogs do you think was the culprit? - Was it Hannah or Tyson?

Which of our dogs do you think was getting up on the bed when they were left home alone? Be sure to vote before looking at the results of our hidden camera!

Which dog do you think will be caught getting up on the bed on the hidden camera?

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10 AM - The suspects shortly before we left

Hannah the Border Collie and Tyson the Labrador
Hannah the Border Collie and Tyson the Labrador

Our Hidden Camera

A Motion-Activated Trail Camera
A Motion-Activated Trail Camera

The Hidden Camera!

Find out what happens while you are away

We decided to set up a trail camera that is motion activated to see if we could capture the culprit on film! These trail cameras are designed primarily to be mounted outdoors along a trail to see what wildlife pass by. They are activated by motion and can take photos at night or day.

Trail cameras can be set to take pictures at specific intervals. We set the camera to only take a picture every 4 minutes.

We left the house about 10 AM and returned a little before 5PM. Take a look at what the photos on our camera revealed!

(Photo by Guy Sims)

A Hidden Camera to Spy on Our Dogs - Find out what happens while you are away

The motion-activated camera we used is an older model, but we have since upgraded to a newer one which works even better. This motion-activated Bushnell Trail Camera takes digital videos, has night vision and the batteries last over a yearl

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Did you guess correctly what the camera would reveal? - How did you do?

So now that you see the photos, how well did you do guessing on would happen while we were away?

Did you guess that both dogs would get caught getting up on the bed?

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An Inexpensive Motion-Activated Spy Camera

Bushnell 6MP Trophy Cam Essential Trail Camera with Night Vision
Bushnell 6MP Trophy Cam Essential Trail Camera with Night Vision

These trail cameras are a lot of fun. They are designed for outdoor use so they are sturdy and weatherproof, but can be used indoors, too.


Want a Hidden Trail Camera Yourself? - These scouting cameras have many uses

Trail cameras were designed to be mounted outdoors on trees along game trails to see what animals came along the trail, so they are rugged and water-resistant and are handy for many other uses. In addition to seeing what your dogs do while you are away, you can use them day or night to see who or what is wandering through your yard, stealing your fruit at night, getting into your garbage, tool shed, chicken coop, or attic.

Keeping Your Dog Busy with a Buster Cube

Buster Food Cube Large Size (Colors May Vary)
Buster Food Cube Large Size (Colors May Vary)

Buster Cubes are a great toy to keep your dog busy. Fill the cavity inside with dog food or treats and make them push the cube around to make the treats fall out. The difficulty can be increased as your dog learns how to work the cube.


Keeping Your Dog Busy and Out of Mischief While You're Away

Apparently Tyson spent most of his day sleeping on the bed while we were away, but what was Hannah up to? A more active dog like a border collie may need something to keep her busy and out of mischief!

Watch More Dogs Home Alone - Destruction From Two Dogs Left at Home

A Crate that Doubles as a Table

Medium cage with crate cover
Medium cage with crate cover

This crate is made from wire but fits inside a wood frame so it looks nice enough to be used as a nightstand or end table. Includes a removable plastic tray for easy cleaning and a removable divider in the center of the crate.


Contain Your Pet While You Are Away

If your dog is destructive while you are away, instead of being frustrated by the damage, crate training your dog may be a solution. Many dogs who suffer from separation anxiety feel more safe and secure in left in a crate if they are gently trained to use it. Destructive dogs may chew through a soft crate and may do better in a more closed airline type of plastic kennel or one made of wire.

Border Collies in the Burbs

Border Collies on Top of Mount Washington
Border Collies on Top of Mount Washington | Source

More of My Dog Adventures

Another page about Tyson is My Dog Has Megaesophagus and there are more adventures with my dogs on my blog, Adventures of Border Collies in the Burbs.

© 2008 Vicki Green

Do you know what your dog does while you are away? - Please leave your paw prints here!

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      alslad 8 years ago

      Thanks for adding another great lens to the Gone to The Dogs Group. I think I'll invest in one of those cameras to watch what my kids get up to


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      Nickis Trends 8 years ago

      Very cute doggies! 5 Stars.

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      Oakley_TheGoldenLabrador 7 years ago

      This is a very creative lens. Doesn't everyone want to know what their pets are up to while they are gone from home? What is the worst thing you caught your dogs doing while you were away?

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I suppose your dogs are not allowed on the bed when you are there. The thing that gets me is that when you get home they are not on the bed and look so innocent. 5*s and fav.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      That made me laugh. Too funny. My dog sleeps with me and is allowed anywhere in the house, so I'm sure a time-lapse video or series of photos of her while I'm not home would just show her going from one nap spot to another.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Cute and fun lens.

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Very engaging lens! Thanks for the entertainment!! I'll have to have a video, now, to "catch" my two dogs. 5*/fav/roll to dog-love-1

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Looks like the Lab really enjoyed himself on your bed! Ha ha ha. My 3 sleep with me since I live alone. Don't know what I'd ever do if I had a man in my life LOL.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      This is funny! I have wondered at times what my cats have done when I am away, although I suspect it's sleeping a lot. I guess they take comfort in sleeping in our beds when we are not there.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      That is funny! I have wondered about my dog too.

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      QuiltFinger 7 years ago from Tennessee

      LOL! I saw an episode of It's me or the dog where Victoria Stilwell turned on a webcam while the owners left the house to see how much the dogs were freaking out while the owners were away. What a charming lens. Your pups are so cute I couldn't be mad at them and that bed looks awfully comfy. ;)

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      What a great ideas for a lens. Funny too. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @VarietyWriter2: Thank you :-)

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      nelabai 7 years ago

      hehe funny lens :) My cat probably sleeping or eating - she doesn't do anything else

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      If I were a dog, I'd sleep on the bed when my owners were out too. :) Really nice page.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your dogs are very cute. For me, ignorance is bliss. I'd rather not know what my dog and cat get up to while I'm away. This way I can keep believing that they are total angels. ; )

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      Webcodes LM 7 years ago

      Lazy dawgs!!. Fun lens. If I do one of my wife it would probably be.. visiting the mall.. visiting the mall.. visiting the mall.. sleep.

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      AndieS 7 years ago

      Good, funny lens

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      hilarious! ...the pictures...the videos...the whole lens...funny...great lens...thanks for sharing...and thank you for visiting my breast cancer lens...I appreciate your comments!

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great lens Vicki I needed a laugh thank you.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've always wondered!


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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      This was too funny! Thanks for investigating and sharing with us. Looks like big dogs pretty much nap all day.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Very funny lens. My dog also gets on my bed when I am out and my daughter said it is anxiety and wanting to be nearest to my smell. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Pets health

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @norma-holt: Thank you

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Now THAT is the life!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Poor dogs, no privacy! LOL.

      Excellent lens...surprise ending!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Fun! Was beginning to think it was just the one, then the other came into the picture. LOL Nice that they at least didn't have a pillow fight. :)

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your expose' on your dog's life. Very cute.

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      Love this! So funny and I've often wondered this same thing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish I had put a camera in the house when my two dogs were younger, they surely raised some hell back then. Now they are old and just sleep. (miss those old days) Great Lens!

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      What a cool idea for a lens:) Lots of fun.

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      Christine Larsen 6 years ago from South Australia

      Hallo Vicki, and thank you for your comments on my lenses. Just wanted to say this is really funny. And yes, I do know what at least one of my dogs did whilst we were away one day - she got pregnant! And her name was Candy, and she had 8 puppies!

      At least yours weren't 'sleeping around' - just sleeping!!


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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hahaha. A very clever concept. Thumbs up for this funny lens. I bet you've inspired lots of other owners to try to catch their pets in the act, as well.

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      Health-Gal 6 years ago

      very funny, especially those videos!

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      Tom Fattes 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Love the videos. I need a new trashcan, because I know exactly what my dog does when he's home alone.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      What a fun lens - I need to get a camera to tell me what my cats are doing while I'm away.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      LOL, I never thought about it ~ nice to see what the spy pictures and videos (the 2nd one was a hilarious production) ~ great job! **blessed by a Squid Angel** :)

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      Marijoyce 6 years ago

      This is too funny. I loved this lens. I already know what my dogs are doing, they basically live inside when they're not out in backyard and I work at home so they pretty much run the place and run all over the place even while I'm here.

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      What a fun lens! The camera idea is great, I would love to have one to check out my cats to see what they do while we are gone! Thanks for the great time!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We always try to remember to close our bedroom door when we go out. Our German Shepherd will get into anything he can.

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      Wonderful play-by-play of what dogs do when they're home alone. Blessed by a Squid Angel ~

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      shincyriades 6 years ago

      Dogs are pretty cool, and these doggies are even more so - love this lens! I have my own about my two cool cats :)

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      hershel01 6 years ago

      I love lens about dog's, not sure what I would do with out them in my life, they make you laugh, giggle, and cry sometimes,they are always there for you just wanting to make you happy, great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I knew what was coming with this lens. Hilarious. Our dogs do the same thing. They have a tough life, don't they? Love your lens and thanks for visiting mine.

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      QuirkySue 6 years ago

      LOL'd at this! My two dogs don't do much besides sleep all day I'm sure, but only ONE of them can jump high enough to get on the bed! Tyson sure looked comfy! :D

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      Mikayla 6 years ago

      Haha funny, I know my dog gets on the couch when I'm away cause she always pulls off the cover!

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      I love this lens! I know both of ours are up on the couch and our new bed, the "big brave guard dog" did not hear the garage door, or us walking in... I went upstairs to find him passed out and drooling on my pillow!

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      We have 2 German Wirehaired Pointers and I don't want to know what they do when we are gone. I know we get the sad puppy dog eyes when we leave so I am sure if they could talk we would get an ear full when we got home. Of course that would be after all the licking and tail wagging was over. I love this lens, it made me laugh and then laugh some more.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      I had a dog that was specifically trained not to get up on the furniture...but he would if he was alone, dog hair gave that away. About the time he was 14 years old, he moved to slow to get off the furniture in time when he heard the door. When caught he had that "I'm sorry" look, so what are you gonna do?

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      thesevenfigures 6 years ago

      My pup is a super active one...she nearly tears down the place. I keep her crated and hope when she is old enough that she will keep her teeth off the couch :/ Tried everything..

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      This lens was a lot of fun! Sadie (my pit bull) moves from my bed, to the guest bed, to one couch, then to the other couch all throughout the day and evening, and she'll even change two or three times throughout the night... She's something else

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      corteeze 5 years ago

      Hah, too funny! we have two dogs as well... often wondered what they do all day... :)

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      Vladimir 5 years ago from Australia

      I'm not at all surprised at what dogs do when home alone. I expected more damage. I know what dogs are like!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Too funny! The second dog seemed to just get up on the bed to sniff where the first had been all day.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      What a clever idea! (both to do this and to make a lens about it). Not sure I would go that route, but we've only had our puppy for 10 days and he'll probably always be too small to jump up onto a people bed.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      no, because i have no dog :-)

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      pamscape 5 years ago

      yep, little weinie dogs go room to room looking for trouble and a soft blanket to crawl under.

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      Marie 5 years ago

      Read your lens a while back and enjoyed it immensely. Came back to bless it today :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Don't you wish they could update your lenses while you were away! :D


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      marlene3 5 years ago

      Really well put together lens!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      I love this!! Great video also. Thanks for the chuckle-break.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, thank you for the laugh. So funny

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Too cute! I think I'd rather not know what my dogs do when I'm not home...

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      A cute, funny lens. Thanks for a good laugh. Well done.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Oh my. What fun. I love your dogs. I guessed Tyson and thought I was right up until the very end.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      This was great fun to read. Still chuckling at the antics of these wonderful dogs.

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      RobGrawberger 5 years ago

      Great job Loved The way you put this together.

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      ottoblotto 5 years ago

      Too funny!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this immesely.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I tell my cat to watch the phone while I'm out. Actually, I think she sleeps.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      This is so funny. My pets wouldn't do anything like this :) I know my dogs don't do anything wrong, but my cats unplug the phone. They keep us laughing don't they?

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      dcopps 5 years ago

      What, you don't allow your dogs on your bed?! That's why we HAVE dogs! Especially at night. Great lens, though. Loved Tyson a lot.

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      designerpuppys 5 years ago

      Probably sleep. But I'm sure gonna find out!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Returning to bless this lens.

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      sallemange 5 years ago

      What great fun. I leave Grace our black labrador in the Kitchen when we go out. All doors have locks on them - just in case

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What? My dogs into trouble when I am gone?? They are perfect! *wink wink* Nice lens. I enjoyed it!

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What? My dogs into trouble when I am gone?? They are perfect! *wink wink* Nice lens. I enjoyed it!

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      AllDogs LM 5 years ago

      I work at home and notice that they do sleep a lot, always wondered what they would do whenever I am gone though ...

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      BorderCollie LM 5 years ago

      Love your "detective work" lol. I should do that sometimes with my dogs. Who knows what they are doing when I'm gone.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      TeeHEEE!!! to funny!

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      So funny! Yes I have some idea what my dogs do...move shoes, sleep and chew on anything I leave in their paths. two puppies.

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      Adrienne Jenkins 5 years ago

      Hmmmm. We have certain forbidden comfy items like our couches and the kitchen counter so it would be interesting to see.

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      This fun lens is being featured in a Purple Star post at SquidooHQ today. Take a look!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      Oh my gosh, your lens has me smiling! It's too cute! Blessed.

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      fun lens... congrats on your Purple Heart!

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      DrJeff7 5 years ago

      That is funny. A stakeout!


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      DrJeff7 5 years ago

      That is funny. A stakeout!


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This made me laugh, thanks for sharing!!!

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      Computersloth 5 years ago

      This is one of the most original lenses I've seen. Very entertaining!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I Love this lens! I voted for the border collie and was sure it was her....wrong!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Too funny! I guessed Tyson but didn't guess both. I need to get a trail camera - very cool.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Hilarious! My dog can't jump that high or I think she would do that too.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love this! Tyson sure knows how to get comfy! Congratulations on your new purple star!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      I guessed Tyson, but not both dogs. This is so funny ... thanks for the laugh! Clever lens idea. ~~Blessed~~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I guessed that neither of them would do the deed. I blew that one. Doesn't matter, they're both still cool and this is a very cool lens. Congratulations on the Purple Star.

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Ahhh, I don't have dogs but, they sure do rest a lot while you're gone, no doubt missing you much. Congrats on this fun topic, enjoyed watching your pets!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      That literally made me LOL! This was great. I thought it was Tyson, but it was both! Makes me wonder what my dogs do when they are left alone lol. Maybe I should get one of those cameras..hmmmm. Thank you for sharing. =D

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      I figured it was both. LOL. Silly dogs...Gotta love them, eh?

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! Very well done!

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Really Cool lens. Too funny! My dogs know not to be on our bed.. we have come home and they would be all curled up in their sleeping area nice and comfy but then you could feel the comforter and find a warm spot. Once day we decided to park out by the mailbox and walk in so they wouldn't hear us pull up. We peaked through the curtains and darn sure- they were piled up on the bed. We went back, got the car and they heard us pull up. No doubt, when we walked in the door they were curled up in their bed...not ours! I must say, they are smart enough to know better and how to get away with it....or so they thought.

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      candy47 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I had a lovely cat when I lived at a big housing co-op (16 bedrooms... and roommates). It was difficult to keep the cat from sneaking out so he was generally closed in my room when I left the house. One day, I forgot. I walked in, found him sprawled inside near the door. I picked him up and told him what a good boy he was for not going out. The next day, a housemate told me he had been in the front yard playing with the when I was seen walking up the road. He had run to the door and someone let him in.

      I was torn between suspecting Tyson and suspecting both those doggies.

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      Carol Brooks 5 years ago from Florida

      Very cute lens. What a great idea. I have no idea what my dog does while I'm gone, but I'm pretty sure she's either on the bed or under it.

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Don't have dogs anymore; just cats. Awesome lens. You should start a "Doggie/Kitty Surveillance" Company, Holmes :-)0

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      shotwellphoto 5 years ago

      That's so funny that the labs lay there all day!

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      dlparkerj 5 years ago

      My dog ate through the basement door when we weren't home. After that, we gave him the run of the house.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      What a fun idea! I don't think I want to know what my dogs are up to though...

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      My dog had to come and have a look while I was watching the video. Probably wants some pointers! Little ones are more restless...

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      We know our Boarder Collie attacks our Yellow Labrador if there is any thunder and that the Collie sleeps at the top of the stairs and the Labrador at the bottom, but we have one sofa hog and know the Collie gets on the bed if we forget to put the gate up as shown by a trail of black hairs. I found the delayed action movie fun as I always suspected they spend most of their day asleep.

      What a great lens idea and fun too. I pinned it for you.

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      StewartClan 5 years ago

      I love the way they just sleep unless something is up for them to look at outside. This is a great lens, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats on your purple star!

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      How interesting and cute that you set them up as suspects, that was funny. I figured Tyson by Himself. Never underestimate the quiet ones,lol. Congrats on the purple star.

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      Linda F Correa 5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Very interesting and original

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great way to write this article about your dogs. Don't have dogs myself but still enjoyed reading this.

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      Ceeshell 5 years ago

      LOL. Tyson looks like he found the best spot at 1:10. I love how Lucke stays pretty still while Yahoo is all over the place. All 4 look like sweet pups!

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      MEDerby 5 years ago's like a nanny cam for pets

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      charles frazer 5 years ago

      Very cute lens gotta love it. Nicely done. =)

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      EmergencyPrepar 5 years ago

      Makes me want to get a camera. I know our little dog shakes before we leave as if he were scared. I never leave him more than to go to store or run errands. He doesn't like us leaving but I'm pretty sure he just sleeps since that is what he enjoys most :)

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      Kapalbility 5 years ago

      Still chuckling here. I feel the same! My dog always sleep on my bed... My stuff are always coved in dog hair. Cute lens!

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      happydesertgirl 5 years ago

      What a wonderful idea for a lens..and to see what they really do when you are gone!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These cameras are great to capture the good and bad sides of our pets behavior

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      Sky-lab LM 5 years ago

      Of course I wonder... I think now she mostly sleeps, but when she was a puppy it would have really been interesting to see :) I as well was thinking of putting a camera, but never actually did it. Nice article :)

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      I could always tell by the hair left behind on the couch who had been up there. So funny!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Love your lens! How fun. Blessed!

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 5 years ago


      I have never enjoyed a lens like I did this one before. It was so interesting to read... I was so tensed to think that what the end will reveal.

      LOVED IT!

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      Go-Modern 5 years ago

      Hilarious lens, well done!

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      Elares 5 years ago

      very cute :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Adorable. I did suspect both dogs! :) I have a friend who used a camera to discover which dog was getting into things in one room of the house while they were gone at work. Turns out the day they set up the camera, one dog (the suspect) came into camera range, lay down on the floor, and stared at the camera. He sat, lay down, slept, wandered in and out of the room all day, and frequently stared up at the camera. Seems dog KNEW the camera was filming him and he was on his best behavior (hey, I'm just a dog here...) all day. My friends never did 'catch' him at his misbehaving. :)

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      Laniann 5 years ago

      What was Hannah doing between 10:30am and 4:30pm? Enjoyed the story.

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      TopMovieSoundtr 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star, Vicki. Well deserved! I'm hoping to catch my furry culprits in the act as well. Cute story, well told.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      How cute, I love the way you set up the story and it was interesting to see what the dogs were doing, looks like they like sleeping all over the bed too. LOL

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Oh my gosh, this is hysterical. I love it. I wish I could do this. Maybe you could set up a business for loaning out your camera. LOL. what a great idea. blessed.

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      This is hilarious! One of my main takeaways is how much dogs love to sleep!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very sweet, funny lens! One more Squid Angel blessing and pinned to my dog board. The hidden cameras look fun. BTW - the steel framed pet beds are great to donate to shelters, they really improve the dogs life.

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      animalsafari 5 years ago

      While dogs will still be dogs, they are still man's best friend. Beautiful lens about dogs and how to catch them while you are away. These beautiful creatures just have their own comfort zones wile you are away. I guess they always want to feel how it feels to be part of a greater family as well.

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      What an interesting and fun lens. At first glance, I guessed Tyson, then thought if one gets up the other will too. However, Tyson really loves your bed!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      LOL! This is too funny. I guessed Tyson but didn't think that Hannah would follow suite! Cute article. Blessings!

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      Stress-Master 5 years ago

      What a great looking lens, funny as well. Dogs really are rascals when your away. Some times even just while your back is turned.

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      Susan300 5 years ago

      So glad I stopped by; this was a fun lens! :) Congratulations on your Purple Star. *Angel Blessed*

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      sally-james-56232 5 years ago

      What a super lens. I love dog videos, and that one was excellent. Many thanks for showing us what your dogs get up to.

      Sally James

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Really nice lens and video. Thanks so much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun lens. I've wondered what our dogs do when we're not home.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      I love this article lol. I was betting it was Tyson, and thought I was right until the pictures kept going and showed Hannah too, lol They took turns! I love the time lapse video you posted, that someone else did of their furry friends activities while away. Sleepyheads! Sheesh! you'd think they'd make themselves useful, take out the garbage, do the dishes, clothes aren't going to wash themselves, wouldn't you love dinner waiting for you when you get home lol! Great Article & Best Wishes!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Midwest

      That's just to awesome. I figured it to be Tyson then of course they fooled me. Should have know better. This is a great lens!!!!

      I have to say about 6-7 years ago i did the same thing. I only had one yorkie. He was around a year old and i came home one day and heard him in the house crying like noise. Made me think i wonder if he is this sad the whole day while i'm gone.

      We kept him in a gated kitchen so i set the camera on the tripod and left.

      Oh my It took everything out of me to see and hear him crying out. He started as soon as i left. At first he just kept watching the door then few min. he started a werid howling cry. Been so long ago but i still remember that poor thing whinning like a baby all most the whole day. I thought after awhile he would stop, I'm telling you he didn't until about 2 hours before i got home.

      I was watching that tape and just cried myself.

      He wasn't left home alone again. Hubby either took him or took him to my daughters house.

      Very nice lens I love the way your lay out. Great lens 5 star for me.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @quickcutterss: I'm so glad you did! That story was breaking my heart. He's so happy now I'm sure! Thank goodness! Good job catching that! poor doggie ():o) He's definitely loved!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Love this lens. I always wonder what our pets do when we aren't some. I know they get up to know good. LOL!

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      ziggyzane 5 years ago

      Love your lens. Too funny! They may both be guilty, but Tyson is definitely the bigger sinner here. Very cute dogs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! I've always wondered what my dogs do when I'm gone. When I was little I thought that my childhood dogs would invite their dog friends over and have a party.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Oh, how much fun this lens was! It put a smile on my face from ear to ear! Your dogs seem very happy! :) Blessed!

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      nickybutler 4 years ago

      Very fun lens, thanks for the laugh :)

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      rallo-smith 4 years ago

      Thanks for the big smile on my face. I enjoyed your lens and now wonder what my crazy dogs do when I'm not at home.

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      OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

      After looking at this lens I am now quite curious

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      Frugal-UK LM 4 years ago

      love the lazy dog

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      chas65 4 years ago

      One day our front door came open and as we were drivng up to our house, they were walking down th sidewalk a 1/2 block from home. They were dirty and we wondered where all they had been that day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens. I did this myself 10 yrs ago before wireless was out and my home was being wrecked by either dog and we didn't know which. My brother installed a wired motion camera system and we soon found out that the MELLOW dog was chewing everything in site while the hyper dog slept. Vet said it was boredom!!! Quite dunny!

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      Hammocksaustralia 4 years ago

      Great pics of your dogs on the bed. Our Labrador was the same always sneaking onto the bed leaving his hairs everywhere. We have since stopped him doing that and he has a favourite chair he uses instead.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      This was great. Tyson did have the look of pure innocence in that first picture. Loved the video, too. Fun lens. :)

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      No, but I would love to know it! Very nice lens!

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      Ibexing 4 years ago

      I would love to know what my dog does when left alone...

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      spids lm 4 years ago

      great lens love this!

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      scribenet lm 4 years ago

      Lol...Just funny! I suspected the Lab would be the first since I have experience with a Lab and I knew once one dog went up, the other would follow. It is always the silent ones you gotta watch! Loved this Lens!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Too funny, having a camera in the house watching the dogs, what a good idea. We only have one dog now, use to have 4, two outside. Little copy cats they are. What an awesome lens. I want to get a dna test on our dog since he was from a shelter too. That would be so cool to know. Thanks.

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      LaurenIM 4 years ago

      Couch potato LOL!

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      kiratalley 4 years ago

      Hahaha this lens totally made me laugh! I'm imagining those movies and shows where animals are actually way smarter than we think they are =)

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      When my dog, Carlos, was young and I'd leave him home, when I returned all the pillows on the couch were rearranged or on the floor. We would laugh out loud imagining how it happened! Anyway my otherwise well-behaved buddy is now too old to jump. Enjoyed your video experiment. A great lens.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Love this lens.

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      TonfaGuy 4 years ago

      I need one of these cameras....

      Great lens.


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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      No idea no, but I love the concept! It'd be great to see what my dog was up to throughout the day!!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      No idea, but we have talked several times about getting the cameras; I'm sure we will one day soon. ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would have never expected that both the dogs were up to mischief.

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      colleenw1 4 years ago

      my 2 dogs are fortunate to have the company of a human during the day so their mischief is limited... lol

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      I've thought about doing this and will definitely spy on my dog

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      Love this lens! I have 2 dogs as well!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      This was a really fun spy episode. I'd love to set up a camera to see what really goes on while I'm gone. Your dogs want to be as close to you as possible and the bed most likely makes them feel near you when you are away.

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      Really smart to use a hidden camera to see what is going on while you are away :) I like both of your dogs!

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      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      Good lens idea. haha

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      That's so funny. I like that before you leave they look so innocent

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Whoa! That's an eye-opener! Kind of funny, but boy, what a mess for the total destruction video. At least your little "thieves" were pretty tame! Yes, quite an eye-opener! B : )

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Aw, I think Hannah was just checking out what Tyson had been up tp. Boy, didn't he make the most of some quality bedtime!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow...that was a long siesta that Tyson had! At least he's not destructive.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a cool way to do a sales lens! I was expecting suspects 1 and 2 to be sharing the bed but its even more fun that they have a system to take turns, congratulations on your purple star....guess that gives a reprieve to the usual suspects, lol ! :)

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      GreyMan 4 years ago

      I voted Tyson, as you mentioned he was sneaky. Very entertaining lens!

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Great lens! Too bad that one video isn't working anymore! I should do this. But then I would NEVER get any work done!

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      tasrex 4 years ago

      Our labrador would sleep on the bed all day if we let her (she sleeps on the bed at our feet all night) so I'm not surprised he was the culprit.

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      skhdesigns lm 4 years ago

      Lol! That was a fun mystery read!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      I daren't let my dogs see the video - they might get the wrong idea! Fun lens. I voted for Tyson as his eyes were to soulful and innocent to be at all believable...They're always the naughtiest.

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      RennyCross 4 years ago

      Well, I can tell what dogs at my place do. When i go to work i keep them in the hall. They eat my bed, crumple bedsheet and eat wires all around. :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Don't have dogs. I have Siamese cats and they have never done anything that bad as the video. As for your dogs sleeping on the bed...why not, it is comfortable and meant for sleeping! My one Siamese has been blind for a little over 2 years now, but she used to get up on the counter and shred the paper towels and I would find it unrolled to the floor. It got so bad for awhile I had to put it up on top of the fridge. She also liked to lick magazines and newspapers, would make a mess out of incoming mail. But now that she can't see, she doesn't get into trouble anymore. One cat I had would be always getting into trouble and we had named her Rascal, which turned out to be quite accurate.

      I wonder if your dogs shared the bed on some of the days?

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      OMGOSH! LOL I am crying from laughing so hard at those pictures of dear Tyson on the bed. LOL How typical! And he looks so innocent. He must have been the biggest sweetheart! lol

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @Pam Irie: We had a good laugh, too when we saw the photos and yes he was the sweetest dog ever.

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      This was so cute! I know mine doesn't get into mischief because I put him in his kennel when I'm gone.

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      dwelburn 3 years ago

      Just shows you can't trust anyone doesn't it? Lol.

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      randomthings lm 3 years ago

      CUTE! very fun detective work. At least they didn't do anything really bad!

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      rainykua 3 years ago

      Hahahah. I got it wrong! I thought it was just Hannah. They looked so cute and happy on the bed. :)

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      Lyra Kua 3 years ago

      Haha, now we know who's the culprit (or shall we say culprits)! They're still adorable anyway.

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      Danny Gibson 3 years ago from Northampton

      This is a cleverly written Lens. I laughed soooo much when I got to the surveillance photos part and saw, firstly Tyson snoring away on that bed without a care in the world, then came Hannah. I see Tyson took two hours though, after you'd left the house before he felt like retiring to the bedroom.

      And I took the poll correctly... both dogs.

      Great Lens. Loved it.

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @Sir Daniel UK: Thanks you for your comment - I'm so glad you enjoyed. As you can imagine, we couldn't stop laughing when we saw the photos either!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      That's hilarious! I figured it was both dogs, but likely Tyson if it was only one. He looks awfully comfy!

      I read about a couple who had a high water bill and would argue about who was causing it. One day, the husband was home from work and he heard the downstairs toilet being flushed. He went down and found the cat flushing the toilet repeatedly. You never know what your pets are doing!

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Well that was fascinating! Kept me glued to the page until the very last photo. lol.

      Welcome to hubpages. I'm voting up, plus sharing this hub!

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      The couch wrecking Labradors are typical of the breed they love to chew things especially when bored. It was no surprise to me to see Tyson was sleeping on the bed he even had a sheepish guilty look before you left him!

      I thought that Hannah would get up once he left to check out what he had been doing, again typical Border Collie behaviour!

      We had a Yellow Lab and still have a Border Collie so I was spot on! Voting up and adding fan support too!

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      Bill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

      That was good I voted on the Lab. I have one too and she always like the bed or chairs. It was funny.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I so want to do the hidden camera thing on my two mischief makers. They're pretty good, but we do have to put up barriers to areas where they'll get into trouble. I do think they sleep most of the day... except for when "Neighbor TV" is on through the living room window. :) Voted up and funny!

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      Vicki Green 2 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'm so glad you enjoyed. Thanks so much for the positive feedback.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I didn't expect the labrador could sit on thr bed n enjoy so long

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      rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi

      Ha ha, I love it....that is so funny lol...Dogs are really smart and usually know when they are safe to do things they know they shouldn't be doing lol

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