Friday, March 04, 2011

I Adore You

Zander adores Charlie. He wants to lick his face, play with him, and generally hang with the old man. He's too enthusiastic for Charlie, who fears being injured by this exuberant youngster. He makes this clear with snarls and snaps and great displays of teeth that would make tall men shake in their boots.

Charlie is spending more time in the house these days, as his hip hurts in the cold, wet weather. He's old, and almost ready to retire. Zander welcomes him, wiggles all around him, and then respects the snarls and goes away - until Charlie settles in to sleep. Then Zander gets as close as he dares and sleeps next to the alpha male.


Veryl said...

It's hard to think of Charlie snapping at anyone, but I totally understand his feelings. Glad Zander will soon be able to take some of the work burden off of Charlie's shoulders.

Judy said...

It's basically all bluster, and Zander knows it. Charlie really doesn't want to be bumped or played with, poor guy. Even with his age and issues, he's still the clear alpha of the property.

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Anonymous said...

Bella the Maremma (12.5 yrs) is like this with Maverick (approx 5yrs)She is still mentoring him but if if he gets the giddy pup syndrome and gets rough she will either yip or snarl teeth snap him. That makes him listen.