A beautiful start to our Saturday with bright sun. The morning wind has stayed around and is a little chilly, but it's a welcomed chance to sit outside with the dogs.
Pack-dynamics and how the dogs interact with one another always fascinates me. One of the relationships that I find interesting is the one between CarrieAnne and Todd. There's no question that Carrie is our pack leader. Yes, typically the alpha dog is the largest and strongest, and most often male. But (believe it or not) we don't have a strong male. So Carrie, who is one of the smallest in the group is filling that role and I have to say is managing this position quite well having earned the respect of the other dogs. I think that Todd's place in the pack is somewhere in the middle. From what I can tell, he's an equal to Sheba and Josh, below Charlie, and above Sunny and Shadow.
But without a doubt, Todd respects Carrie and clearly adores her. They don't play with one another, and when CarrieAnne is outside watching the world go by, Todd is never that far from her. When something catches her attention, Todd follows, but never leads. When I toss a treat to Carrie, Todd never tries to get it if she misses it. I can't help but think of Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier who were animated cartoon characters in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes series of cartoons. The little dog Spike was always following Chester around, calling him, "boss" and saying things to him like "hey boss or right boss?" I have to wonder if Todd may be saying some of those same kinds of things to Carrie as he runs along beside her. And CarrieAnne, just like Chester, doesn't mind at all, and I think she enjoys it.