Good morning everyone!
I found this sunset picture on the WordPress Blog “Five Acres with a View.” Isn’t it beautiful? I would have put in one of my own, but I usually am not up early enough to take one. I am definitely NOT a morning person!
Today, for some odd reason, feels like Thursday. How disappointed I will be when Saturday comes and it is only Thursday!
- Dog Rules
Researchers tell us that dogs that live together create their own hierarchy. The ideal hierarchy for human families with many dogs (like three!) is for the dogs to understand that the humans are primary and then they fall in line after that. I know my dogs view Mark as the Alpha pack member, but I am curious as to how they view me. If I put enough authority behind my voice (the command tone, which I am not very good at unless speaking to 9 year old girls who have ignored my last two requests), then they will listen to me, but most of the time I believe my title with the pack is She-Who-Feeds-Us-Every-Morning. This title at least grants me instant popularity, if not authority.
One area where their hierarchy demonstrates itself is feeding time. Mandy and Tyra are fed together in the kitchen/breakfast area but in two separate bowls, while Darwin is fed separately in the bedroom. (He has an unfortunate tendency to want to wander by other dog’s food bowls and say “Hi!” while they are eating. After he says “Hi!”, he then wants to share their food, which is not a popular option with either of the other two dogs!)
Tyra and Darwin eath both speedily and well, but Mandy simply refuses to eat until one of two things happens: a) a human sits on the floor and hand feeds her every piece (not happening, at least not by me – Kayla has caved a time or two), or b) Tyra has completely finished her food. However, Mandy is an exceptionally slow eater, so the designated human (me) ends up sitting at the kitchen table for at least 20 minutes, if not more, waiting for her to finish eating. (And here some of you have been admiring me for finding time to write this blog – it is not diligence, simply an urge to keep from being bored out of my mind while Mandy dines!)
I have to stay by the two of them in any event because Tyra, whose behavior is normally impeccable, has been known to saunter over to Mandy’s food bowl occassionally and start to eat from it, even though Tyra still has food of her own to eat. Mandy simply steps aside without so much as a whimper and lets Tyra eat. However, heaven help Darwin if he even breathes as he walks by Mandy’s food bowl on the way to the water bowl. She is quick to lets him know that her food is not his, and there will be no sharing!
The hierarchy between Tyra and Mandy is also demonstrated at night. Because I go to sleep before Mark, Tyra and Mandy come into our bedroom with me at bed time, while Darwin stays with Mark in the den. Tyra insists on jumping onto (or being picked up and put on, now that she is not quite as spry as she used to be) the bed and staying at its foot on Mark’s side until he comes to bed. (It’s like having a hot water bottle for your feet, only better, Mark says.) However, even if Mandy jumps onto the bed, she is off of it again before lights out. Basically, as middle junior dog, she is allowed to visit, but not allowed to stay!
Have a great day everyone!