There are families all over the world that are stuck together during this quarantine. They are coming up with all kinds of ideas to keep busy so they won’t rip each other’s heads off. Brian Stanley came up with a fun project for him, his kids, dogs, and surprisingly, even his whole neighborhood.
His dogs’ names are Ripley and Burger King and they have a fun hobby of staring at their neighbors through a hole in their fence. So Brian decided to create pop culture cardboard posters around the cutout so that when his dogs poked their heads through the fence, the images would come to life and brighten up the neighborhood.
Dogs Burger and Ripley just love looking through this fence hole and spying on the neighborhood
Their owners decided to not miss the opportunity to make people smile and put up this custom-made, Jaws-themed poster around it
“The whole thing started last August when Burger was just a few months old and started digging under the fence so that he could look at people going by. To solve this, I cut a hole in the fence to act as a window for him. He immediately started using the window and stopped digging.”
“Fast forward to this March and the COVID shutdown. I found myself out of work and my son home from school. The two of us noticed an increase in foot and bike traffic on the street side of the fence. I came up with the idea to paint a dog-themed painting to frame the window, which would be brought to life when Burger stuck his head through the fence.”
We asked the owners how often their dogs look through the fence: “We have 2 dogs and both are sweethearts. Ripley, however, is more tentative. She is somewhat more of a barker towards anyone approaching the fence. She loves the attention but is more hesitant than Burger to embrace it. Burger, on the other hand, loves attention. The fence window I cut is the first place he goes when I let him outside. I’ve seen him just stand there with his head through the hole watching the world go by.”
Seeing how many smiles this brought to their neighbors during the pandemic, they started making more posters and changing them up! This one is inspired by Pacman
“Burger is the star of the show. The hole I cut in the fence is the first place he goes when I let him outside. Even if he and Ripley are running around in the yard, he keeps an ear out for anyone that goes by and will run over to the hole to look out at them.”
Here is some more information about the adorable pup duo: “Both are amazing dogs. Ripley is shyer while Burger is more outgoing. Burger is the classic knuckleheaded dog. He’s always happy, always smiling, and willing to please and make people happy.”
The Dog with the Bone Earring inspired by the famous Girl with the Pearl Earring
“My son helped match colors, paint, and hang ‘The Bark’ which was our version of the famous ‘The Scream’ painting. In the beginning, we just thought it would brighten the day in the neighborhood and hopefully bring a few smiles to people’s faces. There was an immediate positive response to it. My son and I have no plans to stop putting up new paintings and have enough ideas to keep doing this for years,” Brian told Bored Panda.
The more they did, the more positive feedback they got. This is called The Bark, a much cuter reimagination of The Scream
“People in the neighborhood will stop and take pictures at the fence with the dogs. They will bring treats and give love to Burger who is usually the one with his head sticking through the hole. Both my wife and I have been stopped by walkers, runners, bikers, and people in their cars who they tell us how much they love what we are doing,” said Brian when asked what their favorite reactions from the neighbors were.
We asked Brian which poster was his favorite: “I love the Pacman piece we did and I also love ‘The Dog with the Bone Earring’ but for different reasons. Pacman because it’s not a 2d piece. We cut, painted and attached individual pieces to it so that it had a more 3d look to it. “Bone Earring” because of how challenging it was to duplicate the original piece of artwork so people would recognize it”
Brian shared how many other posters is he planning to do with his family: “When the Uncle Sam piece was up on the fence I sat down and brainstormed ideas. Right now, we have enough ideas to keep this going until the spring of 2024. As we come up with more ideas, it extends how long we can keep this up. Basically, it will continue until my imagination runs out of ideas.”
“The quarantine has taken a heavy toll on our family. It was a struggle with me out of work. All of us have had to adjust to this new reality we find ourselves in. Like the rest of the world, we’ve had to make sacrifices. We will be stronger on the other side,” shared Ripleys and Burgers owner when asked how has quarantine affected him and his family.
“I hope that if our little art project gets more of an audience we can continue to make and post new pieces on our fence and also to feature adoptable animals on our social media pages like Instagram.”
What do you think of this fun idea? Would you like these adorable puppers around in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments and go show some love to this fun family.