Funny how animals are so in-tune
with their surroundings.
The pups and kitties all know
something has been different
since J has been working out-of-state
for two weeks.
But for Zeke, it has been pure heart-break.
Zeke is depressed.
My poor boy.
He is missing J so much.
A piece of his heart is longing for
that guy who wrestles with him,
smooches his big 'ol head, and always
puts his blankie on the couch so the two of them
can watch TV together.
Of course, I do all of these things too.
But, I am not J.
The Alpha dog.
The leader of the pack.
A few days ago, I had to make a run into town.
While at Walgreens, I spied dog toys on sale!
These stuffed pups were 2 bucks!
They even have squeakers in both ends..
Oh, the joy!
Sadie and Baby Girl was so excited.
He really could have cared less.
And that isn't like our pupster to
not get all silly-goofy over a new "baby".
Early this evening, Zeke will be a joyous dog.
Because J is on his way home!
He will hear the truck coming down our one-lane road.
He will sit up and listen, as he does with any vehicle
that sounds like J's.
He will hear it slow down and then make it's way
up our driveway.
Zeke will sit up and listen.
And I will say those magic words!
"Your dad is home!"
I will open the kitchen door, and Zeke will fly out
to greet J.
Running as fast as he can, butt wiggling back and forth!
Then standing on his back legs, putting his front paws
on J's shoulders,
he will lick his face all over!
And when they walk back in the house,
Zeke will be wagging that tail as fast as he can!
*thump* *thump* *thump*
Against the kitchen counter.
And all will be right in his little pupster world!
Oh, the love, admiration, and respect from a dog.
There is nothing like it.
These creatures have such pure souls.
Knowing who is good.
Who loves them.
Who admires them.
Who respects them.
Who protects them and makes their world
a fun, safe, healthy, happy place to live.
Tonight, Zeke will finally get a good night's sleep.
Because he can let his guard down just a little.
Knowing the "Alpha Dog" is back home....
Tonight, Zeke's heart will be complete and full.
And my heart will be bursting.
In a natural state, dogs would live their entire lives within the closely structure social order of their pack. While young, they would begin to learn the workings of the pack's social system and, as they grew, begin to establish their place within the pack's dominance hierarchy. Dominance, submissiveness, leadership, obeying others - these are all concepts that are understood by every dog. Every human family that has dog's (and perhaps cat's)
becomes a "pack" to the canines.
Each pack has a leader, an individual who is dominant over all pack members. In wolf society, this individual is called the "alpha." This is the member who makes the decisions, who must be obeyed. This is the individual that you must be in your dog's eyes.