Dogs, that is. I’ve wondered how many dogs I could have mingling inside the house. I’ve had 5 for several days with 1 or two more in the kennels (converted garage). That was a lot. Of course, the answer first depends on which dogs are on the list. Some dogs just aren’t going to get on with other dogs no matter what you do.
This Thanksgiving weekend I have the opportunity to see if I can handle 6 dogs inside the house with 1 in the kennels. I’ve had all of these dogs boarding with me before but they all met each other. So I need to pay attention to the dynamics and behavior in the pack. You might recall each of the visitors: Arco, Yule, and Buddy.
Then there are my 3 long term dogs: Scrappy, Lilly, and Brandee.
Let’s see. Arco has never met Brandee, Buddy, and Yule. And possibly not Lilly either. I think. I can’t be 100% certain. Yule has never met Arco; he may not have met Buddy. Buddy has not met Lilly, Brandee, and Arco. And maybe not Yule. Oh, and there’s Tucker in the kennels. Yule has spent a little time with Tucker but Arco and Buddy have not met. That’s a lot of not yet met not having happened.
Buddy is a sweet Golden Retriever that has never been big on confidence. You can see that he adores his Daddy. And he’s still as handsome as ever. We ended up bringing Buddy in to a yard with all the other 5 dogs present, plus Tucker. He might have been overwhelmed by the experience but I was proud to see him handle it well. Not that he wasn’t anxious, he was. But he didn’t try to escape the pack, he issued appropriate corrections to other dogs as necessary, and he began to socialize before long. Budd’s come a long way.
I haven’t seen Arco in a couple years maybe. He’s grown a sugar face, and he looks great. He seems to be quite content with life.
Arco hit it off with Tucker right away. They began to play almost right away but neither Yule nor Buddy had any interest in such shenanigans. So it was just Arco and Tucker having fun.
Yule has been wary of Arco since they met a couple days ago. He’s kept Arco at bay with occasional low growls. Arco, believing in the old adage that discretion is the better part of valor, has given Yule his space. Yule has tried to understand Arco but I’m not sure he has figured him out yet.
While I wasn’t surprised that Yule hasn’t wanted to play yet, I am fascinated that he decided to assume the “hall monitor” role with Tucker and Arco. It’s hard to tell in these shots but Yule is growling and barking in an effort to quiet the “offending” pair.
Brandee just chills while the boys engage in their drama.
And, finally, Scrapper shows us once again why his name should be “Kickstand”.
I am grateful to have the honor of knowing all these dogs, and many others.