Branching Out: How my dogs react to a fallen tree limb

In stormy weather, the wind combs through the trees like fingers through hair, untangling dead branches and tossing them on the ground.

In the calm after a storm, the dogs find our yard littered with sticks, which often leads to a game of “You can’t take my stick! Wait! Your stick’s better! I want your stick!”

Sometimes the trees give up a gift, shaking loose a large branch that has been dead for a long time but hasn’t had the decency to detach itself from the tree.

A limb of such length and girth offers challenges to Lilah, Jasper and Tucker. Too heavy to drag. Too thick to gnaw. Too long to claim.

Each pup expresses his or her own perspective when presented with such a tremendous timber treat.


To Tucker, size doesn’t matter. A stick is a stick no matter how large.

Tucker the dog finds a Very Big Stick

Tucker tries to grab the branch and drag it.

To Lilah, any new item in the yard requires a close and detailed inspection.

Lilah inspects the large branch that fell in our yard.

Lilah starts at one end and carefully sniffs her way along the branch.

As for Jasper? He expresses his opinion in the best way a dog can.

Jasper the dog claims the branch as his own.

It’s mine. I peed on it.

What do your pets do when they find something new in their environment?

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27 Comments on "Branching Out: How my dogs react to a fallen tree limb"

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  1. Bailey says:

    Big sticks make for quite an interesting day.

  2. Both of the boys have to give it a good smell, but Pierre MUST pee on it. He feels that is his job.

  3. easy rider says:

    yes Tucker a stixck is a stick no matter how thick :o)hope Jasper named the stick before Tucker got it :o)

  4. This is hilarious. With our dogs, either Rodrigo or Sydney carry a branch to a place to chew on it; the puppies stare at it waiting for it be thrown.

  5. Kitties Blue says:

    It really is amusing how they each have their own way of investigation. If they could all together, we are sure they could have a good tug of war. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  6. Earl Lover says:

    How amusing! Love this!

  7. Hailey is always a little cautious with new things. She approaches them carefully, sniffs them etc. Phod will just go over and look with less caution. Those sticks sure look like fun.

  8. Haha 3 different stick personalities! I love sticks but there aren’t any in my yard. At the park I always pick one up to chew on to stall when I don’t want to go home. Love Dolly

  9. Elaine says:

    I cracked up when I saw the picture of Jasper, lol! It’s interesting how they each have their own personalities and approach to the limb. Haley would be right there with Tucker, trying to drag it off. Fun post, Susan and thanks for the chuckle today! 🙂

  10. Deziz World says:

    MOL We luv Jaspers respawnse. MOL Weez not have any as we don’t go outside. But we do huff at da dead leaves and bwanches dat fall on our patio fwum da stupidly large oak twees out fwunt. MOL

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  11. Daisy says:

    It’s funny how all three dogs react differently! Daisy has yet a fourth reaction – she’s automatically afraid of anything different. Oh, she acts tough when she’s safely inside – she’ll bark like a German Shepherd at the new thing, but then when she goes outside she shies away from it until we convince her there’s no danger. Then she investigates, after which she couldn’t care less. 🙂

  12. Emma says:

    We like to run up to it barking and howling and then give it a good sniff over. Sometimes I will pee on the item.

  13. MOL! We like what Jasper did to it. 😉

  14. Ellen Pilch says:

    Very clever Jasper, it is yours now 🙂

  15. meowmeowmans says:

    Goodness, this made me laugh! Thank you … I needed that after the day I had! 🙂

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