July 6th, 2008

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06:16 pm - dogs. Dogs. DOGS! holyfuckingshitdogs.
So, Janis is officially moved in now. Which entailed surprisingly little Stuff, and astonishingly much Dog. Holy jumping Christ my house is THOROUGHLY over-doggied now.

left to right: Circus (Dixie Dingo/Blackmouth Cur, ~50 lbs), Bourbon (Wolfhound, ~90-100 lbs), Alaska (Wolfhound, ~75-85 lbs)
not pictured: Molly (Mountain Feist, ~25 lbs)

(ninja edit: that is an old pic, from Janis' old house in TN. I'll get current pics soon.)

Poor little Molly is, to say the least, overwhelmed. Circus came over a day early, and Molly was in HEAVEN because, OMG, a playmate! It was tremendous fun watching her run run run around the yard with Circus in chase. Circus is a very muscular, agile dog, but she's still a bit gimpy from a near thing with a car a couple of weeks ago and Molly has a turbo boost installed. She'd lope along in front of Circus and make Circus think she had a shot at catching her, then suddenly kick in the turbo and shoot ahead twenty feet with turf flying behind her paws; it was like seeing somebody chirp the tires into third gear from a lazy cruise off the line in second. This is without even going into the cornering, which is unreal. I hadn't seen Molly have that much fun in FOREVER.

BUT, bringing in the big'uns yesterday was a lot more traumatic. Bourbon is confident and good natured in general, but Alaska isn't so certain of her second place position in the pack, and tends to be fierce about trying to protect it. Worse, she doesn't know how to ask for or take a submission. She doesn't growl, she just puts her head down and tail out and lunges in a straight line. I think she just doesn't understand the whole dominance/submission pack hierarchy thing very well, and attack is the only way she knows how to try to keep her spot. Molly could probably deal with JUST Alaska well enough - she doesn't give a damn about pack hierarchy, and with just one big dog, she either evades, or if cornered suddenly sprouts teeth and tends to startle the hell out of a bigger dog - but unfortunately it's NOT just Alaska. Bourbon and Circus immediately go into pack mentality when Alaska starts shit, and then poor little Molly ends up just cowering and shivering somewhere, afraid to go out in the open.

I think it's going to be okay though. I took all four dogs out today for a few hours while I read a book, and eventually had Molly coming out from under my chair and sniffing over / getting sniffed over (admittedly, more the latter) with the other dogs. The first time Alaska actually lunged for her I grabbed her and said "that's it, on your back" and forcibly rolled her on her back. Said a few stern things, then let her up and pet her and told her she was a good girl. That seemed to make a pretty big impression on her. After that she didn't lunge any more. Her body language did still get a bit off a couple of times, but I'd just grab and pinch the scruff of her neck and tell her NO, and to be a good dog, and she'd back down and then go sniff, and I'd tell her what a good girl she was.

Barking issues were sorta similar. "Hush" gently, then firmly, then firmly with a pinch on the scruff. Usually the first was enough, especially after they realized the third was an option. They're good dogs, and they are very eager to please Janis and love her to death, but this is kinda their first experience with really direct discipline. I think dogs and kids probably need a lot of both the soft and the firm, and I think Janis is probably a hell of a lot better with the former and me with the latter. We ought to make a good team.

Current Mood: tired but accomplished
Current Music: Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing

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[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: July 6th, 2008 - 11:03 pm

hopefully there will be less ass-sniffing and barking involved, though.

You know, I'm reading the last two sentences as "I think we'll make good parents."

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: July 6th, 2008 - 11:11 pm

Re: hopefully there will be less ass-sniffing and barking involved, though.

Pretty much what I was thinking as well.

[User Picture] From: jette
Date: July 6th, 2008 - 11:43 pm

You really are trying to beat Silvers's time aren't you?


[User Picture] From: clme
Date: July 7th, 2008 - 05:54 am

Re: hopefully there will be less ass-sniffing and barking involved, though.

Thank god the subtext was actually there. Otherwise me and Aaron would be left just making bad jokes.

[User Picture] From: clme
Date: July 7th, 2008 - 05:56 am

Re: hopefully there will be less ass-sniffing and barking involved, though.

...why did I just mistake Dave for Aaron? Huh. Sorry dave/aaron.

[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: July 7th, 2008 - 07:33 am

Re: hopefully there will be less ass-sniffing and barking involved, though.

The hell you trying to say?

[User Picture] From: devvie
Date: July 7th, 2008 - 12:01 am
Too cute and they match!

[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: July 7th, 2008 - 01:24 am
Is Tom still in the picture? Or, for that matter, Jeer?

From: pfilosophi
Date: July 7th, 2008 - 01:43 pm

Cats And Roommates

Are all still alive and well. We should really get a group photo :P

(I'm thinking this will have to be a photoshop)

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: July 7th, 2008 - 06:02 pm
Tom is in a different picture, for his own protection. Sadly, Molly is the only dog on the premises who wouldn't try to kill him on sight.

Yes, this is kind of an issue. Hasn't been TOO much of an issue YET because Tom's still stuck in Coventry (aka the weight room) originally due to needing a toilet training refresher and now mostly just because he's a wire-chewer from hell, but, yeah, I'm not really looking forward to the first time the big'uns spot him through the French door. I may be cleaning cat shit off the CEILING after that.

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