07 January 2012

Who's the Pack Leader? (7/366)


Riley's Treasure, Magdalena, NM, Jan. 2012
Here's a slightly gruesome set of images for you.... I wanted to take the dogs hiking in the mountains on this 58-degree day, but two weeks after our huge snowstorm the road up to Kelly is still muddy and even snow-packed in some places. So we went out to the property as usual, where the dogs kicked up two jackrabbits for a merry chase and Riley found what looks like part of a spine from some mid-sized creature. I'm thinking jackrabbit but it's hard to tell. He happily brought it to me and then lay down to devour it....
No, says Lucy, it's MY treasure now...
Then along came Lucy and the doggy dynamics got interesting. She challenged him -- no fighting, just asserting herself strongly as she nosed in on the catch. Riley snatched it up and tried to run away but Lucy challenged him again, halting him with a growl and easing up to him to carefully remove it from his jaws.
Riley tries to run away with his find, but Lucy stops him with a growl...
Despite being taller than Lucy and outweighing her by 10 to 15 pounds, Riley finally yielded. He sat as close as he dared and whined, and he had to be content with scraps after she finished. Lucy is definitely the pack leader here, mostly because she has been Top Dog since Riley showed up as a puppy last May. Dominance is a peculiar thing; it's not always lack of size or strength that makes us powerless, but simply the belief that we are.
...and then makes him watch her chew it up.

3 comments:

Skye said...

he just knows better then to tick off a lady ;) Especially one he lives with lol

Monique said...

When I was growing up our neighbors had a yorkie and a st. bernard. The yorkie came first, so you know who was the alpha dog. It was so funny to watch those 2 together.

Kristi Bowman said...

What a great post, your photos and commentary caught the drama perfectly. Love it!!