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Monday, June 12, 2017

When Trees Fall And Dogs Don't Notice

Ruby, the dog, explores the remains of a fallen tree
Ruby exploring the fallen tree
We were out for a walk Saturday afternoon. It was hot and Ruby was moving super slow. About fifty feet from our yard or three minutes into our walk, there was a crazy loud SNAP - kind of like a gunshot or a car crash or a three-story, one-hundred-year-old tree splitting in two, which is exactly what happened.

Tree splits in two and falls down across two yards

I swung around just in time to see this giant beautiful tree snap in two and crash to the ground. It was mildly windy Saturday, but not windy enough to bring a tree down. I am sure there was a reason, but I prefer to think the tree just fell or maybe its giant tree heart broke (which is kind of what it sounded like).

The tree was in our neighbor's yard, but fell across several yards and part of our driveway with the outlying branches spilling into the street. You can't really appreciate how massive a tree is until its spread out on the ground around you - one tree is a forest in and of itself.

What happens when a tree splits in two and your dog doesn't notice

Fortunately no one was hurt when the tree fell. Had Ruby stopped to do her business in our neighbor's yard (as she sometimes does), we might have been hit by some of the smaller branches, but not the bigger chunks.

The crazy part about this story is that this is the second time in ten years that I have been walking my dog when a massive tree crashed to the ground within feet of us. And in both cases, neither dog (Pip nor Ruby) even noticed.

A close up of a branch of a fallen tree

Years ago I was walking Pip after a storm when a smaller tree snapped and missed him by about ten feet. Although I screamed, he didn't notice and just kept doing his thing.

Pip was on the anxious side as is Ruby - both brave when it matters (during stressful times and crisis) but frightened of ordinary things that other dogs take for granted. Pip was afraid of leaving our backyard whereas Ruby is actually afraid of our backyard. Ruby is terrified of squeaky toys, but giant trees crashing to the ground not so much.

What happens when a tree falls and your dog doesn't notice

Strange, mostly funny stuff, happens to me all the time. I'm kind of a magnet for the weird, quirky and unexpected experiences in life. Maybe Ruby is used to odd things happening on our walks so a tree falling didn't seem like a big deal. Or maybe dogs are just beautifully complicated (and sometimes unpredictable) and that's what also makes them so extraordinary.

When trees fall

 RIP Beautiful Tree 



  1. WHOA!! That is so scary, you could have been hit if the timing was just a fews minutes off! I can't believe this isn't the first time it's happened to you guys - you definitely are attracting the weird stuff, LOL! Incredible photo of that poor tree's remains. I wonder what made it fall...? So glad no one was hurt.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  2. I'm glad it didn't hit you guys! They can do such damage when they fall!

  3. Bouncing BertieJune 12, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    So pleased that no person or dogs was hurt. And how interesting that neither Ruby nor Pip were at all ruffled by being right next to a huge tree crashing to the ground. Somehow I suspect Bertie would not be so calm, but I will be quite happy if I never get the chance to find out!
    Cheers, Gail.

  4. Sure glad neither one of you got hit by the tree. I bet that was scary. Interesting that Ruby didn't seem to notice.You all have a great week.

  5. Molly the AireGirlJune 12, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    YIKES! Thank goodness no one was hurt!

  6. Yamini MacLeanJune 12, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Hari OM
    In Australia, outside my fence, was one such tree - and I came home one day to find it all over my yard, having split in two like this. Thankfully the only damage was the fence itself and Jade and Jasper had been safely inside... and I don't think they had even noticed either!!! Ruby sure looks good posing on the 'posts in the raw'! YAM xx

  7. Well I am VERY VERY pleased to hear that Ruby and you or anyone else wuz not hurt, phew!
    I can't imagine what sort of noise a snapping BIG tree makes butt its amazing that Ruby didn't notice
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  8. I think they just knew you had things under control, so there was no need to react. But backyards and squeaky toys -- those things are just skeery!

  9. Dang, that's a big one and we are sure glad nobody was in the way!

  10. Team Beaglebratz with Lady ShastaJune 12, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    WOW - that was a big tree As big as it is, amazing you and/or Ruby were not hurt. I never have witnessed such a thing. Had you had recent storms that may have weakened the tree or mayb it was diseased.
    Mom Kim

  11. Two French BulldogsJune 12, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Yikes how scary. Glad no one was hurt. It has happened often here due to lots of rain in our rainy season
    Lily & Edward

  12. Bella Roxy & MacduiJune 12, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    We'll go with 'beautifully complicated'. What a huge tree. Our big river gums are like that...suddenly just lose a huge branch.

  13. da tabbies o trout towneJune 12, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    guyz....thatz two bad a bout de tree; tho we R buzzed happee ewe R oh kay; that happened once two de food servizz gurl N her gram maw...they waz gettin reddy ta get in de car N leeve when blamo...a tree fell across de good Lord waz lookin out for them that day , N ruby; N pip, Him was lookin out for ewe both... N mom two ~~ ♥♥♥

  14. Foley Monster, Pocket and River SongJune 12, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    That tree had already sprouted up at Rainbow Bridge. Dogs are much better are accepting things like this than humans are. They really know how to go with the flow.

  15. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥June 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Angel Pip must have been walking along with you to protect you from that crashing tree. Lightning wants you to know that he is afraid of all sorts of weird things, and if that tree fell anywhere near him, Mom would have been dragged like a sled all the way home:)

    Sweet pics of Ms. Ruby:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  16. Sorry about losing that magnificent tree. I'm glad that both of you were okay. Isn't it odd what inane things scare our sensitive dogs as opposed to the huge things that don't? I'm glad that Ruby didn't freak out. Now, you two had better stay away from huge trees!

  17. The Island CatsJune 12, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    Wow! That must have been a little scary. But even scarier is that it has happened before to you. That's a bit freaky.

  18. Glad ya didn't get hurt.

  19. that is scary... and if we see a tree on the ground we notice how big it really was... we had such a tree-adventure in our yard too... the tree missed all insured things and smashed only the furnitures and the fence what had no insurance ...maybe the last revenge of the tree?

  20. Oh my word...Kristin that is just plain scary!! Thank goodness you and Ruby were clear of any falling objects. Ruby still doesn't like your backyard? There has to be some history there that we may never know. Our Dachshund was a warrior no matter the size he would charge dogs, horses you name it. But he was petrified of brooms and my Daddy or maybe it was the cap Daddy wore. So strange.
    Hugs Madi and Cecilia

  21. Momma Kat and Her Bear CatJune 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    "Beautifully complicated." I LOVE that. Bear Cat is just as complex and sometimes I can't help but wonder WTF?!?! It's so hard when our furbabies are afraid of things most of their species enjoy (Bear is scared of birds ... and squirrels ... odd for a cat that was homeless for the first 8 months of his life) - we want so badly to reduce their anxiety and make them not be so fearful - but it doesn't usually work. I wonder what goes through their heads ... despite all the ignorant people who are sure animals are just instinct - you know it's got to be involved and complex - just like us humans.

  22. Three Chatty CatsJune 13, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    That is too weird! Especially that it's happened twice! Eddie wouldn't have heard it because he's pretty much deaf now. But he might have felt it?

  23. Idaho PugRanchJune 13, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Oh MY! so glad you and Ruby did not get hurt. Dogs really are quite complicated aren't they?
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  24. Lola The Rescued CatJune 13, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Holy cow! We're so glad you and Ruby weren't hurt at all!

  25. Jeanne PursellJune 14, 2017 at 2:04 AM

    That is really SCARY! Surprised that Ruby didn't even flinch!! We are very glad to know that everybody is OK!

  26. Thankfully you haven't been hit by a falling tree! A woman walking her dog was hit and killed by a falling tree last year around here, and a woman sitting on a restaurant patio was hit by a tree that just fell and landed on her. She is in pretty bad shape in the hospital. Scary stuff!

  27. Millie and WalterJune 14, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Glad to hear nobody was hurt and that it just made you jump a bit.

  28. Groovy GoldendoodlesJune 14, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    That was one helluva large tree limb. So happy you are safe.

  29. Jackie BouchardJune 14, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    Oh, poor tree. Glad you guys - and everyone else - are okay! That's wild that she's afraid of squeaky toys but not huge falling tress. Dogs are definitely interesting! (We had some huge eucalyptus trees come down in our 'hood a year or so ago in bad storms - it'a true. You don't realize how HUGE they are until they're laying in the street. (Or crashed through your neighbors garage...)

  30. Marty the ManxJune 15, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    That is crazy! Glad you weren't harmed. You know, Bree is the exact same way. Things that scare the pants off the other Girls don't phaze her, but little things scare the heck out of her. Sadly she is PETRIFIED of storms and fireworks....not good with July coming and Iowa passing the legal sale of fireworks in our area.

  31. Dogs can be so weirdly quirky sometimes, can't they? Just when you think you have them figured out.....they do the exact opposite of what you expected.

  32. Woah, glad you're all ok! Crazy stuff happens to me all the time too - hi from Scruffs Luxury Dog Beds.


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