Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Law of the Pack


I’ve had huskies for many years and have learned the Tao of the pack. Dogs are dogs are dogs, that is true, however huskies haven’t fallen too far from the original tree. I am reminded of that every time our boy Yukon lets loose with a howl, or patiently stalks a fly that has gotten into the house. There is nothing quite as amusing as an 85 pound dog pouncing on a fly.

My wife and I have become part of the pack like it or not. Though we like to believe we are the alphas in this situation there are times our position is in doubt. Yukon lets us know when it is time for dinner, his and ours, and Austrella hops up on the couch without a second thought. My only ace in the hole is I am the food guy, so that gives me a little status in our dysfunctional pack.

There are rules to be observed within the pack. For instance, the pack must sleep together. If I kip out for a Sunday afternoon nap, when I awake there are huskies scattered about the room napping with me. All food is shared with the pack. Well almost all food, huskies aren’t cross-eaters and don’t do vegetables.

It is educational being part of a pack and entertaining to say the least as huskies are the clowns of the dog world. Time to go now, Yukon has just reminded me it is time for the pack to enjoy some jalapeño popcorn…

16 Comments:

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Chickie said...

So true. I like to think I'm the pack leader but I know I'm not. I'm pretty sure it's Tiny Dog but I'm trying to take the reins from her.

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger cathy said...

Huskies are beautiful dogs.
I stick to petting other peoples dogs though Athens is not a good plece for them, not enough places to play.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

I love watching big dogs play crickets and other bugs. I've seen em rip off two legs of a roach and watch it run in circles.

We are part of the pack whether we like it or not. I've been nipped on the nose before for coming home late from work.

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger nanuk said...

Huskies won't eat vegetables????

You just haven't served them right. Just drench any vegetable in oil, or whip an egg or two into the mixture. They'll be howling for more.

/note to Phos: cookbook for dogs

 
At 7:51 PM, Blogger Kate said...

they are beautiful dogs! I have 2 little dogs and they make me laugh every day! I am definietly the Alpha dog in my family (probably because my spouse travels a lot and I run the home... ok no just because I am the Alpha! lol).

My dogs will eat veggies... no onions though. I have a yorkie-poo and you can see the terrier in him come out all the time vs the Maltise... he is just a pain in the neck yippy nosy mutt of a pure breed! I inherited him, so I can say that... and I love him none the less! Loved this post!

cheers!

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

So I take it Yukon is the head dog. You probably come in second or third.

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger /t. said...

we
had a dal
that ate vegetables
(except onion), bones,
books, shoes, eyeglasses...

not the fussiest dog in the world

/t.

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger /t. said...

oh,
and lambs

/t.

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

chickie: If you want to figure out who the alpha is, look back at the bed as you go to turn the bedroom light off. The dog camped out on your pillows is the alpha.

cathy: Dogs are great, enjoying someone else's is even better.

hammer: I get scolded when I get home and Austrella has been known to sneak in a quick nip to show her displeasure.

nanuk: That wasn't entirely accurate, they do like sauerkraut for some reason. The dogs actually nab the food with their small front teeth and check it carefully to be sure I am not trying to pull a fast one and slip them some veggies. Good call on no onions - raisins are bad too. A dog cookbook might be fun, but definetly not catering to a vegetarian audience.

Kate: We are constantly jockeying for position around here. Mrs. Phos is pretty much the alpha, though.

ll: Mrs Phos is alpha and I come in a distant fifth or sixth, except around dinner time when I feed everyone. Even the fish outranks me.

/t.: One of my favorite stories is about a husky one of my friends had. They brought it over to their folk's house for Thanksgiving and their siblings each brought their husky as well. All three broke out of the backyard while everyone was eating dinner, and killed a neighbor's pig.

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger foam said...

presently i have a dog sleeping on a comfy chair. i have a cat on one side of the couch and a cat on the other side of the couch. the only reason the fish is not here is cause it's contained. i dare say when i get up from the computer and walk towards the bedroom, which i'll momentarily do, they will all follow me.

 
At 6:36 AM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

See I have tried to figure out my position but it differs with the dogs and cats. I am pretty sure both the lab mix and the great dane view me as some sort of an alpha. However as far as the cats go I am just there to serve them. So I guess in my house its cats, me, dogs and then Grumpy - well sometimes they let Grumpy think he is an alpha.

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger Damsel Underdressed said...

My two cats own me.

Is that SpongeBob bedding I see?

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger SJ said...

How do you say Aye aye sir (or mam) in husky?

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Ruela said...

It is educational have animals...

 
At 2:44 AM, Blogger ANNA-LYS said...

Can't be easy trying to convince them that You are the leader of the pack?
To have dogs is more than a lifestyle and absolutely a greater challenge than having kids. Having Huskies is more like having a Wolf pack, love their eyes and their funny jumps right up in the air with all four legs in the air!

Me myself have flat-coated retriever/border collie.

Thanks for sharing! :-)

 
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