Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Tattle Tale!

All of my dogs are house dogs although they are not all loose in the house at the same time.  They are groups that have a balanced dynamic and from time to time the members of those groups is changed, but for the most part knowing who goes with who isn't hard.  At this time of day Bella and Flury were the dogs loose in the main part of the house, while Morgan was in the master bedroom, where she leads her comfortable and posh existence.  I will on occasion give my dogs fresh, raw, soup bones that I freeze to decrease the mess in the house.  These are very large knuckle bones (2+ pounds minimum) that are in the butcher's case at my local grocery store.  They have a good amount of raw meat on them and the bones act both as a teeth cleaner and a breath freshener.  My dogs never have these bones unsupervised and if a piece is bitten off and they have a small piece of bone they know they have to give it to me, all I really  have to do is look at them and they drop the piece on the floor, I take it and then they go back to working on the big piece.  Today I found out just how well some of them "know the rules."  I know there are mixed reviews whether or not these bones are a good idea, believe me I am not here to debate that, I trust you will do what's right for your dogs and I will continue to do what is right for mine.

My husband was home and I had walked into the bedroom where he was to tell him something, when we heard Bella barking.  It wasn't a bark that set off any alarms for me, like a child's voice, the tone and volume of a dogs bark can tell you a lot without being in the presence of the dog.  She was barking persistently, but I had no idea at what and sometimes, it really is at something I can't see or hear.  I came out of our bedroom and took the long way back to the living room where Bella and Flury were and saw that Bella was clearly barking "at" Flury.  Flury had bitten off a piece of her bone, about half the size of my palm and continued to chew on it.  Flury immediately dropped it to give it to me, and Bella immediately stopped barking and went back about her business with her own bone.  Bella is definitely the Alpha here, but I had no idea tattle tale went with that title, what a stinker!!  They surprise and inspire me on a daily basis, couldn't imagine a life that isn't surrounded with my Labradors.

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