5.22.2019

pupdate: two kids and a bemused senior





This action photography is brought to you by Allan.

Don't worry, we are not neglecting Diego. I just didn't have any good shots of him, and I wanted to get this post up.


Kai and Cookie are little devils. Kai has gotten out of the yard three times in the last four days. One minute she's in the yard, and then she's in the street. We've got ourselves a jumper. We haven't seen her do it, but it's the only way out. We're working on it.

We've known that new dogs learn from the rest of the pack. But we didn't expect it to work the other way! Cookie is not fully housetrained. Kai saw this and thought, Hey, I didn't know we were allowed to do that in here! Cool! Yup. Multiple gifts from multiple dogs.

Yesterday Cookie was running around with one of my shoes -- holding the very tip of the shoelace in her mouth with the shoe dangling just above the floor. She thought dancing away from Mommy was a great game. That was after Kai helped her steal and eat some donuts Allan had in his office.

You can have three dogs, they said. It will be fun, they said.

Ah well. Time and patience are required. We have both.

For the most part, though, Cookie has settled in and is learning fast. Kai, no longer the baby, is suddenly calm and mature (except when she's not). Diego's staples were removed, he's walking, and sometimes playing with the Littles. Mostly he looks on, bemused.

Cookie worships Diego. I haven't been able to capture it yet, but she does this thing that an omega wolf will do to the alpha wolf. While Diego is standing up, Cookie lowers herself and licks the underside of Diego's snout. (It looks like this.)

This morning when I took Cookie out -- the Littles go first, Diego prefers to wait -- Diego was up and moving around. Cookie was torn between going outside and attending to Diego. I had to put her leash on and practically drag her outside.

We've seen pack behaviour in our dogs before, but I've never seen adoration on this level. Diego reacts as dogs do: he allows Cookie to worship him. If he's resting and doesn't want to be disturbed, he will show his teeth and growl at either of his sisters.

15 comments:

Stephanie said...

We have had Lucas grab a shoe for attention but happily he doesn't chew it.

It can become a game if we chase him for it...Job well done he thinks. He does chew our empty toilet paper rolls and sometimes other paper left in the recycle pile.
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M@ said...

Hey! I didn't say it would be fun! I said it would be worth it! ;)

Despite all the work involved, you have three absolutely wonderful dogs there and I wish I could visit them all the time. I think Jake and Kai would get on really well.

David Cho said...

The smugness in the last photo. lol.

allan said...

I think Cookie is merely sniffing the cool Port Hardy breezes.

allan said...

Maybe Cookie's adoration of Diego is somewhat like the way Tala acted when she saw the male dog we referred to as "The Boyfriend" back in Mississauga?

With God's Help said...

This makes me smile. Such a lovely pack!

laura k said...

Breaking a rule of my own right now.

To whom it may concern: her collar is actually too large. She can slip out of it very easily. None of the other dogs wear a collar except when on-leash. Now continue to fuck off.

allan said...

You pathetic douche bonnet ...
First, our rugs (!) fail to measure up to your high standards of weaving and thread count. Now, our dogs' collars (!!) have triggered a concern for their well-being (based on one photograph you viewed for maybe 4 seconds, while we have had eight happy and contented dogs over 32 years).
How far the (not actually) mighty have fallen.
Do yourself - and everyone else a favour - and step in front of a speeding bus.

johngoldfine said...

I'm all for loose collars that come right off over their heads--our guys are often out of sight in the woods and I don't want anyone to get hung up in such a way that a bit of a struggle would fail to release them. FWIW, we've never lost a collar, and we've never lost a dog (not permanently--we've had collies panic in thunder and take off [one for three days], but those same collars have our phone number on them.)

johngoldfine said...

Our new 20 lb lhasa poo has two 60 lb standard poodles to deal with (she shows no interest in the other two dogs.) She treats Patrick like a chew toy, and we have to put him on the porch sometimes to protect him from her depredations. But she worships Dillon, the alpha male, and follows his lead in tracking, in hating to come into the house, in amazing feats of leaping, in learning tricks, in racing and chasing. She will climb right onto Patrick's back when he's asleep on the couch and use him as a mattress but would never offer such lese-majeste to Dillon....

johngoldfine said...

That collar is so loose it has slipped down from her neck to her shoulder....

laura k said...

That must have been a nerve wracking 3 days.

johngoldfine said...

Three days, and she managed a twenty-five mile walkabout--none of us were very happy. We worked up a new protocol for summer thunderstorms--the get-the-dog-in-the-fucking-house-at-the-first-hint-of-thunder protocol.

johngoldfine said...

"...would NOT fail to release them" I should have said. English--always with the trapdoors!

impudent strumpet said...

Does Cookie ever get to run around holding a toy the size of her head in her mouth? Or is that Kai's exclusive jurisdiction?