Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Earth tried to eat my dog today!

The earth tried to swallow Arwen today.  It’s true.  We were on our early morning walk, racing the clock to beat the rising heat.  There were just a few clouds in the sky and everything was just waking up.  We could hear the birds chirping and the zooming of cars in the distance, grasshoppers waiting until the last second to reveal themselves, then jumping for cover. 

The heat has been oppressive and truly dangerous here, reaching triple digits in Dallas every day since July 2nd.  That’s 19 straight days, folks, and it’s really getting old.  But before I complain more, I was reminded by a Facebook friend today to put our heat issues into perspective.  While we’re complaining, there are others carrying weapons, wearing full combat gear and hoping not to get shot in the same weather we’re dealing with – we should count ourselves lucky.

I thought I was alert on our walk, keeping an eye out for small creatures Arwen might try to chase.  Clearly not alert enough.  Arwen stepped into a mammoth sized crack in the earth, her entire paw disappearing far below the path.  She didn’t yelp, but looked down surprised.  I immediately checked her paw to look for injuries.
“Well, this is new”, she surely thought.

The earth tried to swallow my dog today.  We really need some rain. 

Watch out!

Nyxie's paws are huge - compare for scale!

You can read a bit more abut why this happens here in Dallas from my Hello Dallas story.

Also, please check out my piece, A Farwell to Fleas on The Examiner Dallas.  We can all use a refresher on dealing with fleas.  YUK,


  1. oh my goodness, it looks like earthquake was there
    Benny & Lily

  2. Wow, that must have startled Arwen. Scary that the earth is that badly cracked. We have the horrible heat too, the pups are housebound. When it is 97 outside at 9:00 at night, and 84 at 4:30 am, something just isn't right and surely not conducive for them to be out for any more than a few minutes. But your FB friend is right, your scenario is right on, and after tonight's news about the severe famine is parts of Africa, we guess our complaints about heat are petty.

    Still we hope it cools off soon and we hope rain arrives for those who need it so badly.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. Hi Y'all,

    We're getting triple digits here in the muggy southeast. My Human tells me that the humidity here cannot compare to the heat and humidity they found during the time they lived on the Chesapeake Bay. She tells me their ground used to crack badly in drought, but the crack you have looks more like a small earthquake.

    Glad everyone is okay.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. Yikes. That is some parched earth. Glad Arwen's paw is okay. That must've been freaky.

  5. Yikes! That could have really been serious!

    We have open mines here in AZ - many which are abandoned and the opening hidden by brush. Some have been covered with scrap and dirt, and you don't realize you've gone across one until it moves under you. I'm always afraid to lose a dog in one of those!


  6. Who knew the earth could eat us. We will have to be more careful.

    -Katy & Bailey

  7. out for lava coming up next!!!

    It's very true. Just imagine what it would be like with an extra 100 pounds of clothing and a weapon in the very same heat. We are truly lucky when you put it all into perspective.

  8. The heat is on and for us it started the first of May!! It has been hard on the garden!! Hard on us all!!

  9. What a scary thing! I'm so glad Arwen is OK. It's been terribly hot here in Michigan too, but you really put it into perspective.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  10. We agree enough with the heat! And our earth is just as parched, especially out on the mesa. Poor Arwen must have been a little rattled at the sinking feeling. Glad she was not injured. Hope the weekend is cooler and enjoyable.

  11. In Florida, it's more of a swampy situation. Jam fell into the Koi pond this morning. Fortunately, the koi didn't try to eat him. 8-)

  12. I hope that it COOLS down for you very very soon. And, while we're at it, let's ask Mother Earth not to eat Arwen!

  13. Wow... hope you get some rain soon!

  14. We are getting the horrible heat and humidity here too. We are more than ready for fall and winter! Glad Arwen was ok and not injured! Very scary!

    Holly and Khady

  15. If Arwen weren't so adorable, I'm sure the Earth wouldn't have been so anxious to get it's dirty paws on her! Nice save.

  16. Phew, so glad she didn't get hurt!
    Funny, Leah stepped in a large (mole?) hole in the grass outside of training class about a month ago, and she reacted the same way. Just looked down, pretty surprised. (She wasn't hurt either).


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