Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hurley and the Tent

A while ago, we decided to put the dog tent we had received as a wedding gift to good use and use it as a kennel in our living room.  Sadie took to it immediately, Maggie quickly followed once she realized what nice, fluffy blankets were in the tent and Hurley was the last to embrace indoor camping.  But once embraced, he has done his best to monopolize the tent.

You mean I'm supposed to sleep with my head inside the tent?

Now this dog tent, while it looks like a normal tent, has some special features for dogs.  The bottom does not attach to the sides of the tent, ensuring that your dog can exit the tent at any time and in practically any direction.  When I first put it up, I didn't understand why.  If I can't secure my dog in the tent, why would I use this?  I don't want my dogs chasing deer, or worse bears, in the dead of the night in the woods.  #DogTentFail, right?  Apparently, the tent manufacturers were a bit more insightful than me and understood dogs, especially dogs like Hurley.

Hurley, being Hurley, expects the world to move out of his way.  He has no issue "rearranging" the tent as he circles around in it, fluffing up the blankets into his comfy napping spot.  We'll often have a good laugh as we sit watching TV and round and round he goes, with each circle causing the tent to get a little off kilter.

A few nights ago, The Hubster fell asleep in our den and so Hurley and Maggie decided to keep him company and spend the night sleeping in the tent.  At about 4am, The Hubster is wakened by the sounds of Hurley having a nightmare.  A nightmare in which he thrashes around, stands up and attempts to exit the one un-exitable side at the back, causing the tent to completely collapse upon himself and Maggie.  Poor girl, she hasn't gone back in the tent since.  Hurley, however, harbors no fear of the tent after that incident. 

Two days later, he reduces the tent to this:

What?  I just needed to get comfy.

Yes, it's durable enough to have survived the Hurley destructo-machine twice now.  But we may need to get him a bigger tent.


  1. Oh my gosh....all I can think of is that line from Jaws: "We're gonna need a bigger boat."

  2. Hi Y'all,

    Just stopped to catch up with your happenings and say hello! Have fun this week and, Hurley, try to avoid gettin' into more mischief!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  3. So is it definitly ONLY an indoor tent? I can see those features of an indoor tent, but not if you are really going camping with it.

    I would wake up in the morning and Delilah would be gone. LOL

    1. We could probably use this tent with Maggie & Sadie who would never ever push through the sides that don't attach and escape. Hurley, however, is a different story.

  4. that cracked me up!

    Stop on by for a visit

  5. Most priceless photo EVER!! I can't even laugh at this because it is just SO Hurley of him, hahah.

    ((I hope you were able to fix the tent, oh my.))

  6. OMD, I had to laugh. I can just see Sage doing something like that!

    Thanks for your kind words about Toby. We will certainly miss him.

  7. i love that pic of hurley with his head coming out of the side of the tent!