Saturday, February 4, 2012
We did have one incident that kind of scared me this week. I feel that there is a shift in power going on in the house. For years, berry was the top dog and then miller kind of silently slid in there with her. Even when she got older and the other dogs still humored her, Miller stood by her side and enforced the rules. When berry left us, he continued in his silent top dog way. He wasn't in your face the way berry was, he was more just a look or a curl of the lip from across the room and the other dogs got it. Now he is becoming a little more bossy, a little more fun police in your face. The other day I had the dogs out in the yard playing fetch the football and he was doing his usual lay in the middle of the yard, chew on a bone routine. He isn't a fetcher or a player so he normally just watches. Well, I try to keep the dogs away from him because they become so focused on the game that they will literally run over him and I let them get a little too close. He jumped up and grabbed at Harley. Usually harley will just ignore him but harley was not happy and went back at him. It was a quick fight, a lot of talk and no action but it scared the hell out of me. Harley is usually so submissive as he is clearly at the bottom of our pack but this time he lashed out. I saw hair flying so i yelled loudly (it did freak me out) and they cut it out. No injuries but it still scared me pretty bad because for once, Harley had the upper hand. He was clearly in control of the fight and wasn't taking any shit off of miller. This has happened another time in the house and it just scares me to see the power shift, even though it is inevitable. i really didn't think harley would take over but he is the next oldest being 9 this year. I figure when stella gets a little older, she will be the queen bee. I hate seeing my pups get older but I guess this is part of doggy ownership.