They are crazed animals. Slavering jaws and long teeth tearing each other to pieces. Well, that’s what it looks like. For that matter, it’s also how it sounds. Growling, snarling … and occasional yaps that don’t sound like normal barking. I call it “play barking.” It is higher pitched and it makes my brain vibrate.

Bark and snarl!

When they really get into it, I get a headache. Bonnie and Duke like to have the biggest battle on the sofa in between Garry and I. What’s wrong with the damned floor?

Gibbs and the Duke

They enjoy this.


With Gibbs and Duke, Gibbs is generally Omega while Duke does Alpha. Except outside. Where they have a violent, intense relationship involving fangs and racing around at top speed. I cannot explain any of it and I am not going to try.


And for everyone who wants to know where the new dog door is, it is neatly tucked into one side of the door.

Bonnie and Gibbs did an actual dog-size sit down on the stone step, refusing to use this new contraption. Garry had to threaten them with a missed dinner. The protest ended in a hurry.

Even when you are a dog, it’s good to know what’s really important.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

30 thoughts on “THE VIOLENCE OF WILD DOGS”

    1. The loss of one dog affects the pack. Since Bishop died, the dogs won’t sing anymore. Bonnie and Gibbs hadn’t played since Gibbs was first here, but Duke has brought a bit of energy into the mix.This is good for all the dogs, but it is a little hard on us because Duke is one tough dude of a dog.

      I don’t know why the loss of one member of the pack changes the way they interact. I’ve seen this with cats, too. The day the “senior” cat passes, the next cat becomes the senior cat and takes up the things the older cat did. I remember when Mao died, He used to do a patrol every night, walking the perimeter. When Mao was gone, Black began to walk the perimeter and stopped being a kitten. It was pretty strange. It was like Mao’s spirit took him over and after that, he WAS Mao.

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      1. Thanks for your discussion of this matter, Marilyn. Diego was so active before Frida died, but now has become very lethargic and sorta cranky like she was, towards Morrie, who used to be his play buddy. So strange. Morrie is still a bundle of energy but has only me to play with and I wear out. Ha.

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          1. I’m afraid he’d eat it. Waiting for them to get a little bit bigger. Diego ogles them. Morrie snaps. Diego hadn’t much to do with Frida once Morrie appeared and he always irritated her, so hard to believe he is still mourning her. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said he’s become her. More lethargic.


            1. I’ve seen it happen, but I don’t know why it happens. It may not make it into doggy books, but if you’ve had it happen to you, it’s pretty strange and hard not to see that something has happened. Maybe they will snap out of it?


  1. Dogs get on very well with humans…. but they are definitely not human-like! πŸ™‚

    I’m sure there are things we humans do ( like washing ourselves in a bath/shower etc) that get them scratching their heads or make them feel unwell or that we are just ‘strange’ πŸ˜‰ … and yet they love us anyway.

    The dog door looks perfect… i was thinking it would go well on the side panel rather than a door panel like the last one.


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    1. It looks MUCH better there. But of course, this is a much smaller door than the one we had before. We don’t have any more big dogs, so we don’t need the big doggy door. For which I am grateful. They like to stand in the house with their heads out the door. Like they do in cars, but without the wind. Which would be much funnier if it didn’t let in all the mosquitoes … and the cold winds of winter πŸ˜€

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    2. Bob, the little, furry bas____s totally played us. Mental problems with a new door. ‘Cuse me?? A whisper of “biscuits, anyone?” and the door protest ends. Tossers!!

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      1. Hahahahahahah! πŸ˜€ You’re crackin me up here.

        it’s a good thing you know their ‘kryptonite’ or you guys might have been in trouble 3 against 2! (or 12 against 4 in leg terms!) πŸ˜‰


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  2. It’s probably a show to keep the humans on their feet and get the attention they deserve. Now and again our two cats, Tabby and Nera, had a mad 5 minutes which was a lot of action and noise.


    1. There also seems to be an exercise event involved too, at least with Gibbs and Duke. They charge and snarl and show their fangs … but they also chase each other around the yard at supersonic speeds with a lot of leaping over things. Gibbs gets tired, but Duke is young and I think he doesn’t know what tired IS. I get tired just looking at him. Other times, you’d think they hate each other. It’s an odd relationship. .

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  3. Reminds me of a pair of brother cats who would spend half an hour chasing and tackling and clawing and biting at each other… producing some photos that look like they came out of a horror movie… then would wind down by jumping up on the couch and curling up with with each other. How nobody ever got horribly maimed in the fracas was a mystery to me…


    1. And the furious growling and snarling and leaping. It’s amazing. Not even a tuft of fur is every disturbed. It must take considerable control to do that. All the dogs are getting a LOT more exercise! Including we big two-legged dogs!

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  4. Bear and Dusty went through a play all the time period a couple of weeks ago that seems to have stopped. I think Dusty bit Bear’s face and she said, “You’re no fun, Dusty T. Dog. That’s NOT the point.” Bear and Mindy play as much as Mindy can. Bear needs a puppy, but where would I live? πŸ˜€


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