Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dexter Goes Animal by Mango Momma



Does this look like the face of a savage beast? I didn't think so until last night, but read on...



This is a little story with lots of words and no pictures...

As I am sure most of you are aware, we have been suffering from relentlessly hot and icky weather here in Massachusetts. Subsequently, I have been loath to do too much outside activity with the dogs and they get kind of wound up.

Last night, around 6PM I decided that it was cool enough for some back yard fun; tennis ball, agility, training. Given that it was almost two hours since the dogs had dined, I knew they were OK to move about (don't want anybody to bloat). After about 15 minutes, time to stop. Both dogs hot.

In we go and I am happily reading blogs when Dexter makes signs that he is going to throw up. Uh oh. Out we all go and sure enough, Dexter spews out an entire belly full of kibble. No worries, these things happen. But then he starts eating it and I think, "well, that isn't really appropriate." I approach him to shoo him away so I can scoop up the mess and he growls at me. Oh my. With a stern, "leave it" I continue my approach and the little dude loses his mind. With a fierce "AR AR AR" he makes to lunges at me at which point I retreat and he continues to nosh down his barf with his body hunched and his eyes rolling in my direction, emitting growls whenever I get within three feet.

Mango seats himself a good 20 ft. off to observe. No fool he. I am flummoxed. My sweet little lab who has never growled at me is suddenly acting like a wild animal protecting his kill. This cannot be allowed. More stern words from me, but his body language and growling keep me from daring to grab his collar.

What to do? I pick up the hula hoop, but Mango interprets this as a restart of training time. Given that I don't think now would be a good moment for Mango to be bouncing near Pea, I drop the hoop and cast my eyes about.

Ah ha! I grab a pole off one of our agility jumps (a pole which my heretofore carefree and happy lab had been jumping over). Using the pole, I lever the surprisingly strong little dude away and position myself between the barf and the devil dog. "SIT!" I command and down goes his bottom, but he is staring me right in the eye with the most evil expression. I stare right back and hold my ground. Now we have half eaten barf, me, and Dexter in a stand-off (or sit off in this case).

After a time, the glazed expression leaves Dexter's face. I cautiously remove myself from between him and the nommy leftovers and use my most sternest voice to caution him to "leave it!" He looks at the barf, looks at me, but I can tell that I have won the day. Further and further I go from the barf with him circling and glancing at me but not approaching it. By the time I get far enough away to grab the poop scooper and bucket, he has wandered off ten feet or so and is pee'ing with a big grin on his little black face. Back I go to scoop up what I can of the leftovers. One suspicious looking matted object about an inch in diameter, but now is not the time to play barf detective.

I succeed in going to the back of the yard to dump the remnants and as I return, Dexter comes running across the yard to me, big labragrin on his face, all wiggling and jiggling. Happy, sane dog has returned. As we saunter about the yard, he does not even give the yummy barf scented area a second glance.

We return inside. Order has been restored.

All dogs as if nothing happened. Me, hoping that the odor from the poop scooper has rendered the remaining bits of barf inedible and scratching my head over the sudden transformation of my pal from affectionate, easy going chap to scary resource guarding psycho pup.

Mind you I had just given him his monthly heart worm pill, so I need to assume that he ate that, but since I am thinking barf is kind of last in, first out, his pill might have gone into the poop pile. Whatever.

I am going to chalk this up to over exercising in hot weather. But seriously, never seen resource guarding like that from him.

And there you have it.

Mango Momma

47 comments:

Priscilla said...

OMD!

It goes to show we can never underestimate even the gentlest of our animals.

Eva is extremely fierce when protecting herself against Eva. Showing teeth and all...

So be careful!
Glad you won the 'fight'.

ArtemisiaFSS said...

WE so don't understand why you thinks eating barf is gross. Our Mommy thinks it is gross too, so we guesses it is a human thing. Y'all are weird.

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Hey there Mango momma...
So sorry to hear about Dex.
I have heard that when doggies aren't feeling well, (this applies to ALL our dogs) that there is guarantee of how they will react, no matter how well trained or socialised they might be ...it's somewhat disconcerting, isn't it? But remember - it can happen to any of us. Complicated creatures, aren't they?
Hope it's all over now, that he's feeling better and has fully returned to his cheery self.
Sending lotsaluv to you
MAXMOM IN SA

Peruby said...

I would be heartbroken if one of my babies growled at me like that. How awful you must have felt. Sending good thoughts your way. We love our babies and (I know I need to) get reminded that they are not human.

Mack said...

But Mango Mom,
It is BARF!!!

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

...sorry, I meant to say...NO GUARANTEE of how they will react.
:)

Amber DaWeenie said...

Well, wit da price of kibble being what it is, Dex was only tryin' to avoid WASTE and recycle. He didn't want his precious dinner ending up in the trash. Da humans jus' don't understand how economical we dogs are.

DianeTaylor said...

Hi Mango momma - wow, that is pretty wild for us labbies to do that. I hope the evil Dexter syas away for a long time! My human Diane REALLY hates this weather with a passion and we do the same thing (wait until after 6pm before doing our walk/exercise). After about 10 minutes, I am panting so much we must stop. My humans are both whining profusely about "fall" weather and football already. Sheesh - can't we just enjoy summer?

Have a good day!

Your friend,

Indy Bones

Bouncing Bertie said...

We all have our moments, especially when not feeling well.
Living in Scotland, I find it hard to imagine being so hot that you can't run about too much.
Toodle pip!
Bertie.

Lassiter Chase and T said...

Oh my! Guess you got to think on the bright side -- at least Dexter didn't eat poop -- it was just vomit. (I know both are bad -- but which is more inappropriate?)

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! The extreme heat makes my mom sick ... it also makes my tummy upset too so I have to limit my walkie time and TREATS ... so i tend to growl at my mom caused I want MORE TREATS. Sending Lots of Golden Healing Thoughts to you compound. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

tula said...

the tales of the darkside.. this episode, baarrrrrf it's mine! jk.. dex, we don't want to drive through framingham one day and see a stray labradork wandering off of route 30 now do we!

ok, peace out.
tula

HoundDogMom said...

Yikes, it sounds like the heat maybe getting to everyone out there. Glad Dexter is back to his happy old self again. Cleo was a severe resource guarder when we adopted her. She is much better and I have used a long stick to get between us. And Mango is so much like Winston (big ol chicken butt). Winston goes and sits in a corner when Cleo acts like that. I guess better safe than sorry. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

The Army of Four said...

Well, the hot weather here has our mom a bit on the "ankycray" side... so maybe that's what was going on with Dex.
Play bows,
Zim

Raymond and Busby said...

Wow! We're going to blame the heat for Dexter going all weird on the Mango Momma. We sure hope your weather gets better soon.

SissySees said...

Wow. Rather surprising little story, that one. I'd blame the heat too.

Heat, heat go away - and don't come back in these extremes again.

Robin Rankin said...

Our dogs are all acting very wacky from the heat :( I wish it would go away.

rottrover said...

I think Mr. Dex reverted to the 'dog' in him. Throwing up is a sign of weakness in dogom. I think he needed to 'get rid of the evidence' asap before he was found out! He didn't want anyone, especially Mango, to know.

Glad he's back.

Benny and Lily said...

Poor baby hope you feel better
Benny & Lily

Corbin said...

Thanks for sharing your story with us! I'm sure it was just the heat, but this is a great reminder that while we are pets and well trained... we're still animals!
-Corbin

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

To me, it sounds like he just wasn't feeling well. I let my dogs eat barf! But I too search it for "strange bits."

houndstooth said...

I think the heat doesn't bring out the best in any of us. I'd chalk it up to that for now unless something else comes up later. That's not to say that he should get away with it, but I think you handled it the best way that you could.

Bunny's mom

Karen Raye and Bentley Beargrass said...

Tummy woes and heat= not a good combination. Hope this is the only episode you have to endure....

Sam said...

Eek, what a horrible thing to go through. It is not uncommon in my experience for dogs to get really weird about resource guarding things like poop and puke. Marge hasn't growled over hers, but has scarfed it down quickly and anxiously on occasion.

If possible, if it happens again (let's hope not), try tossing him a treat to get him to move away and "trade" his vomit for something better. Talking sternly might only set him off more.

Hound Girl said...

Holy Moly Mr Dex and your poor mommy! Fred will guard his throw up like no one else. He is very growly when it come to his throw up and he will lunge to protect it. If you even come with in feet of it he goes nuts. He will then guard the area for a few hours after big time. He prefers to eat his own as well. sigh. yuck.
Although Fred really goes nuts when Haylie comes near but he still gives me a good show. Maybe we are missing something that throw up is like gold. ha.

Now Haylie being a sweet loving lab.... she went pysco like this when she had a kitteh that the demoslished that was in the shed.... now we dont practice kitteh killing but at my new house i opened the shed to see what was in there and a feral cat hissed and Haylie my faithful lab standing next to me was gone in a flash and the kitteh was in her jaws.... Haylie was going to eat me if I came any closer to her to get her to drop it.

Kylie said...

It must be something in the water- Kylie was grrrr'ing at Mommy the other day too!!

Puppy Kisses,
Jimmy

PeeS: Don't tell Kylie I told you that!!

Marjie said...

I guess even the nicest of guys can give us a WTF??? moment now and again. I'm very glad you won that battle. I hope Dexter doesn't give you a rerun of that incident.

And of course Mango stayed clear. Mastiffs are nothing if not smart.

Thor Momma

PS: We took Thor to the vet this morning in the Suburban. Dan built him a ramp to make it easier to get in the truck, but Thor looked at it as if to say, "You use that thing, pal!" and jumped right in. I guess the 20 pounds off him have done him a world of good.

Tessa the Maltese said...

Mom says that the only thing that comes to her mind for Dex's ODD behavior besides the hot weather is could Dex have ingested a noxious weed, mushroom or plant by chance?

Hope Dex stays his jolly ole self from now on.

woos, Tessa

brooke said...

Yikes! I hope it was just the heat getting to his pea sized brain! :)
I am curious about the 1" diameter mystery item!

We usually let Darwin eat up her own barf. hahahah. Though lately I've not been letting her do it as she'll eat up the barfed up dinner (it's usually only dinner she throws up) and then 5 minutes later will barf it back up. She's never guarded her barf though.

STELLA from Down Under said...

Well, I bet that took your mind off the heat for a few minutes. Dexter going Postal, WTF! I don't know what it is about dogs and vomit but they sure like to chow down when they get the chance. At least you didn't back down, gained authority back and he calmed down. It had to have been a combination of heat, feeling ill and just wanting to eat vomit. Sounds like once his belly felt better (and sometimes it takes a little while after you heave to feel the benefit) he chilled out again.

Don't worry Momma, your Dexter loves you. Lucky you had back up from Mango. He backed up and left you to it. I wonder how Dexter would have reacted if you had squirted him with a hose. He does love water.

Take care all. No worries, and love Carol x

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Mom says that we can barf like that if we drink too much water too fast, and a big burp comes up with a lot of power. Can't explain the attitude but the heat does crazy things to us and to peeps.

We are sure it is long forgotten with Dexter and he can't wait for more fun with Momma.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Maggie and Mitch said...

Let's just hope this is the first and last time this ever happens. We hope it was just the heat getting to Dexter!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Kitty+Coco said...

I eat poop, so what can I say here? Barf is really child's play. I guess Dex really brought out the LabraTUDE. Chalk it up to the weather and tummy sickies. Bottom line is that you showed him who is Alpha Mom. Good job.

Kitty+Coco

Karen said...

When Penny(she was a golden) would vomit, it was a race to keep her from gobbling and get her away from it. I dont remember if she growled then, but she surely did if she had a stick or a wad of grass and dirt in her mouth. Normally a sweet and silly girl, she would roll on her back and bare her teeth and growl with the chunk of sod in her mouth. Like the devil!!
My "no biting mumma!" , in my deepest voice, did nothing! I'm sure the heat made Dex turn into his devil twin!

Penny's Mumma

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

Oh my goodness it is so suprising to hear that all of this stemmed only from Dex and his barf. I"m very big on making sure dogs know who the alpha is although Sophie and I wrangle for control on certain things. You did the right thing by getting the stick and getting control of the situation. It is so heartbreaking to have dogs growl at us. Blair is never allowed to be win when she gets nasty. Ever since she was a kitten I have always "won" any standoffs and she doesn't swat people or try to use her claws to get away. She will growl her disaproval however.

Anyways back to the homework, Erika

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Yikes! Sounds like Mango Momma rose to the occasion like a champ. Mama only had that problem once, with a new foster Dane who didn't know mama well. Dex, bad dog! Don't do that again.


Jed & Abby

Dory and the Mama said...

Sounds like you knew just how to handle the occasion!! In our house when Bilbo goes cracker (this is a when, not if) I can at least relax in the fact that I can scoop in and pick his 7lb body up.

My biggest fear is that Dory will get to him before I do (she is VERY protective).

Hope it cools off gor y'all soon!!

Smileys!
Dory Mama

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

Wow, I'm sorry for what you and Dexter have just gone through. I have no idea why he did that and he probably doesn't know either. All dogs can growl and all dogs can bite. I would likely do some quick brush ups on human approaches equals good around food/bones and then just forget about it. Dogs are dogs. If by chance it ever happens again, don't be stupid and rush in. Be grateful that dogs have such a great warning system that they let us know when they are feeling uncomfortable, for whatever stupid reason. It's not the end of the world if he eats a little barf :)

Dewey Dewster said...

I tell ya Mango Mom that Gram gets grossed out when we try ta eat our barf up.......we really don't understand why.....silly humans...

Dewey Dewster here....

monica said...

Mango Mom - you sure handled that episode good! I am impressed.. I guess it's true like many before me have said: you sort of never know, basically... That kind of thing can sure make us humans pretty puzzled..

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

Mango Man you are famous for sure. Everyone is wanting to name their products after you.

Emma

Anakin Man said...

Big Advantures...
'dis is yous Bro's furiend-Anakin

Now,
Me is writing to yous 'cuz me wants to tell yous of me tummy sickies and barfy's in 'da heat too.
Butt try to not be so grrrr and woooof-- me knows you wanted to eat yous tummy contents(me sissy IzZY does 'dat) but snappin' at yous Momma not good.

Hope you are feelin' better.

Brotherly hugs,
Anakin Man

Cinnamon said...

I am sorry I can't give you any advice on this unfortunately, as I myself is one extreme resource guarder. In contrast, Mint never ever resource guards. So, I am sure Mum will be very upset if he ever tries to resource guard out of the blue like Dexter.

Wild Dingo said...

we all have crackers in us. even humans. its times like this i'm glad i know loki's true colors. ok maybe not all his colors. he's shown me a few surprises as you know. but we must remember. they're animals first, dogs second, companions third. domesticated yes, but not human. and sometimes i think we train so hard to get little predictable human behavior fur clothes but they're not. they're dogs. it's their full spectrum of unpredictable colors that make them beautiful.

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

Dexter's done that before one other time i remember

Peppy Sheppys said...

Dexter,

I understand your passionate commitment to recycling as I too have a fondness for the re-mixed noms. However, bud, our mommas are not as forward thinking on these matters as ourselves and thus we have to teach them using persuasion and not force. Next time I suggest sharing the noms!

Otis, (Oscar & Ed,) barf lovers extraordinaire.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Resource Guarding??? Hmm...Mumsie sez that's what she should named Scruffy...perhaps her next terrier shall be "Resource"...

"Resource, SIT!!" Oh...Mumsie's liking it...

Now Peewee...it just goes against the grain to have you a nambi pambi Labbie growlin' and irritaing your momma...


Next time, just walk away as if bored...wait...OK...she's got her back turned...

NOM NOM NOM!!!

xxoo Lac