Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dexter Day

This is how I am feeling right about now.

Everybody is getting a little grouchy with the puppy, myself included. This morning Momma fed him first (in his bunker) and that made me so mad that I growled at Mango while she was making our breakfast and then he got confused and actually tried to big dog me and, well, OK, we all got fed and now momma knows to feed us in pack order regardless of how much the puppy howls.

You can see the proper order in the photo below. Sure, I have to do my good dog attentions before I get fed, but you still need to follow the rules, right?

The puppy can be annoying even for a patient guy like me and I think he could learn to get along with Mango, but I told momma better to keep them separate for this visit, right?

All that said, Oliver sure is fun. Especially when the Relentlessly Huge isn't interfering with our good times. Check out this movie. I think we both have some pretty good moves.

I don't mind sharing toys with him.

But I do like to at least make it challenging.

I even let him bop me on the head. The little rascal.

I am not used to a sparring partner that is so fast.

But I am used to one that runs around trying to bitey me! I am too quick for those snapping jaws.

I thought you might enjoy this movie from when I was about Oliver's age. As you can see, I knew how to handle the RH very well, but of course I had already been living with him for a month and there had been many SQUEEEE incidents.

Dexter done!

P.S. From Momma
I have certainly got a lesson in how complex our pack dynamics are and how we have all formed patterns that we take for granted. Alert readers might have already figured out the Dexter is really the top dog. Sure Mango snaps at him if there are toys or if he is in pain, but when Dexter growls at Mango, the poor big guy is very cowed and starts slinking around on tip-toe. If Oliver were our dog, I might experiment more, but a little extra crate time won't kill him and I would hate to return a damaged pup. Dexter came from a home where there were two litters totalling 13 pups and lots of adult dogs around so I think he was a little more savvy as a pup. Oliver is quite persistent and doesn't yet seem to really understand that you have to just stay clear. I know that I am Mango's most prized possession and we are most at risk when Mango is close to me and Oliver comes bounding over (which he tends to do as he is still very people focused). Don't worry, Dexter is getting private walkies and Mango is getting ROTE and dance time, but five days does kind of seem like forever.


Sam said...

Wow! I can't believe the excitement. Mango Momma, you have the patience of a saint.

I guess I never really thought about it before, but I CAN see Dexter being top dog. And, I'd venture to guess that a few more snaps and some growls at him by older, socialized dogs, and the little dude will finally start to get that he isn't supposed to be so rude.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Let's all do the LabraDorka Polka!

PeeEssWoo: Dearest MRH, I hope I'm keeping woo sufficiently distrakhted!

The Army of Four said...

Pack dynamics are nothing to toy with!
Tail wags,
Supreme Commander (and alpha extraordinaire),
Army of Four

Sally Ann and Andy said...

Wow, Dexter and Family, y'all have some a lot of things going on at the estate.

Moose said...

Well, I dunno Dexter... Top dog? Really? Of course a black labbie is always tops with me but am a little confused as to why you won't poo in the yard when RH is there if you are really tops? As long as you get fed first I suppose it does not matter! When Teddy No was here I did always feed Moose first but was not convinced they had established any order amongst themselves since Moose is easily cowed even in his own house. I realized I was wrong when Moose walked into Teddy's crate and took a stuffed Kong (still PB in it!) directly out of Teddy's mouth and walked away with Teddy looking a bit dejected but no argument! Anywho... I guess you and your Momma know well enough who is top dog! Oliver is really adorable and must get Savvy soon but guess RH is maybe too big to teach him!
Moose + Dana

Marjie said...

The big guys are so docile it's funny. Last year, a friend brought his lab over, stopping by on his way to Connecticut, and when said lab got rambunctious with Thor, Thor came and hid beside Daddy. The Relentlessly Huge Ones are excellent for appearance, and even for keeping strange humans at bay, but don't do well with frisky animals. Poor Mango; we send him sympathy.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Our Mom can sympathize a little with you. The 7-9 days when the females are fertile feels like 7 - 9 years!!! When we get out of our routine, things go haywire.

Piper, Carrleigh and Java

1000 Goldens said...

Don't worry Dexter and Mango, you will get your routine back soon :( It is hard to be patient with youngsters sometimes.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
Sure Oliver came to make your lifes very interesting!
How many more days??
Kisses and hugs

Oskar said...

I bet it's hard to remember that Oliver is just a little guy. With that being said, can't he go somewhere else??

Gus said...

Mango have my sympathy. Teka is in charge here. Never doubt it.


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Having multiple dogs in the furamily sure teaches us a lot about pack dynamics. When we added Thunder, we had to be very careful with following the correct order. It really does work well when everyone has their place. But with a five day stay for visiting Oliver, that makes it tough. Good luck for the rest of the stay.

Woos and hugs, the OP Pack

The Oceanside Animals said...

Three *IS* a crowd -- we learned that when we got Dennis and Tucker suddenly had a competitor for lap time. But it sounds like you will be able to manage the situation well!

BRUTUS said...

We can attest that 3 dogs is a HUGE difference than just two. Two is company, three's a pack!! I love it when Brutus gets to play with a puppy that torments him relentlessly - think he deserves a taste of his own medicine for what he dishes out to his labradork!!

Michelle (Brutus is tired from agilities & is napping)

Heather and Pumpkin said...

I think the top dog is the one that gets the most puparazzi attention. Of course that is me darling!


Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Mango, you are still Top Dog in my book, even if you are kind enough to step aside to let the Labradork take the honors! Good luck with the remaining puppy days!

*kissey face*

Unknown said...

I like your spin moves.. and the lil bugger is quite the lil alligator. Pack dynamics are taken for granted. Mom sees me on the web cam at day camp. Sometimes when a new dog comes into camp- I'm a bit bossy and over excited to meet him/her and end up in time out. Mom says I need to calm down when I meet people and dogs. As you noticed...

It will be interesting to see Oliver grow up with your RH/PW pack.

koko said...

Hi Dexter,

I see you're the top dog of the pecking order huh! Since it's only me alone here, I guess I have no issue with this. Oliver will soon learn to abide by the order... poor mommy now has to schedules all the dog time out.

Licks, hero

TwoSpecialWires said...

Ooo, boy. Just when we thought Oliver might be learning and figuring some things out. The good news, REALLY good news is.... Moma's got it figured out and knows exactly who needs what, when. Kudos. Now... we hope Moma gets her own special time away and social time, too!

(Try to) have fun, everyone!
Jake and Fergs xxoo

Tama-Chan, Benny, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

These things always do take time, which you don't have, and so your approach is doubtless the best one. Oliver is just a baby and it' not really possible to reason with a baby! He needs to grow up, which he will in his own good time.

Ziggy Stardust said...

Dexter you are very patient and nice to Oliver. I bet he really appreciates it. I love the movie of you as a puppy with Mango. You did your share of bitey face to Mango even as a little guy. You were brave.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

I don't know why but it surprises me that Dexter is the Alpha dog. I love Mango's wookie sounds. Seriously can I have the Mango? If we had room for a big dog, I would definately have one.


Molly the Airedale said...

Hey, Dexter - Mitch does that twirl, twirl, twirl thing to me too! It didn't seem to affect Oliver any! Does that boy ever run out of steam?!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Martha said...

Hi Dexter, yes the whole pack dynamics things is quite complicated and we find humans do need to be trained up to understand!
We just loved the video - what great moves. We loved how quick you were on your paws and all that twirling round - it was like watching country dancing.
Little puppy Oliver sure can roll and he didn't complain at all no matter how many times you knocked him off his paws.
He will be one pretty tired pup when he goes back home!
Martha & bailey xxxx

Maxmom said...

Mango momma...
YOU ROCK! You are the best! Us dogs thank you for all your understanding of our dynamics.
Not long now...licks to you!

The WriggleButts said...

I must say I totally feel the Mango - us calm and intellectual men are not too into the whole "pack leader" thing. We've got more important matters to meditate on. I hope five days go by real fast!


D.K. Wall said...

Aren't pack dynamics interesting. I have learned that a strong alpha canine (first Nikita and now Natasha) are hugely helpful in solving issues. Good training for Dexter in dealing with a pup.

P.S. - Dex - I love your spin moves.

Angel Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Good that you are the leader of the pack and you will be first in line for the food. I know the little ones can be a bother, as I am a young one myself, but you must be nice because what if the young grows up and is bigger than you? He might be picking on you then if you aren't nice when he was the littlest.

Achieve1dream said...

I guess I hadn't really thought about it either, but subconsciously I might have suspected because of the times Dex has snapped at the RH. I guess when reading the blogs I get so caught up in the characters I almost forget that the dogs can't really talk LOL! ;) Great video!

Tobi said...

Puppies definitely help keep energy levels up. Kudos to Mango Mommie for knowing when to say when and giving that puppy some crate time. That is a true dog person right there.

Scout and Freyja said...

Pack order is amazing. Scout is 9 and Frey 5. You would think that Scout would have taken the "top dog" position in the house but Frey slid right into it when no one was looking. Now Freyja, she has to tow the mark with my cat Miss Camille Suzanne! Isn't that a hoot?

Two French Bulldogs said...

Thank goodness you brought mom to her senses by letting her know you get fed in pack order. That little one needs to stay in jail a bit longer. BOL
Benny & Lily

Daisy Dog said...

The pack is complex. It was weeks after Sprocket left us until ours was back to normal.I am still not sure who is really in charge, I think Roscoe. Even though Sprock was old and hobbled around, he was in charge!

Anonymous said...

Yep pack order is nice to maintain. It def keeps things calmer.

I have 2 dogs Nanuchy (terrorX alpha) and Sonja (sheltie and dummy lol). When they get let out of their crates Nanuchy must get out before Sonja, or she will turn around and attack Sonja within 5 min of getting out of the crate.

Good luck!

Rosie said...

WOW - that is very interesting with the pack order. I am only concerend with getting fed before the cats.
I guess RH is not that scary after all.

Joe Stains said...

We hope the time passes super fast!