Understanding the Bully is Not Always at Fault.
|Angel (Almost 12 years old)|
|Kujo (about 8 years old)|
Last Night around midnight, I was awaken to Kujo attacking my oldest dog Angel. Both Angel and Kujo are rescue dogs. I rescued Angel from the Fresno, California dog shelter when he was almost six months old April of 2004.He will be twelve years old November 2016. Kujo, I saved when living in Waco, Texas when he was about four months old, the summer of 2009. Kujo will be about eight years old this 2016 winter. Both Kujo and Angle come with their own special story, habbits and fears.
Angel is a Irish Setter and Labrador Mix. He weighs about ninety-seven pounds. When I found Angel he had been in and out of a dog shelter since he was six weeks old and had been scheduled for euthanasia. He was silent and eager to please. As a result of being rejected a few times by different families, Angel has a extreme need for love that seems to be unsatified and hates to be alone. He constantly follows and lays within touching distance. Sir Duke cares for Angel's ears and jumps to his rescue, especially when Kujo appears to attack for with no purpose.
Kujo is a German shepard Mix. We speculate he has Chow Chow in his blood. He has the ill-temperament, hair and some structural feature as a Chow Chow, even a blue tongue and gums. He weighs about eighty pounds. Kujo was dumped at a house when he was about six weeks old and was locked in a shed day and night until I found him. He had to fight with a older dog for food until I rescued him. As a result, Kujo does not care to be trap into a small space, share food, enter a shed or be stepped over.
Most people are quick to accuse the Bully for any negative action or result. I knew Sir Duke was being protective for a reason last night and after I woke. Kujo was laying under my feet while I drank my coffee. I could see how Kujo was pushing for my attention despite Sir Duke wanting Kujo to keep his distance from me. As I stroked Kujo's coat this morning, I thought, "I give to much time to my bullies". I discovered a swollen mass on Kujo's front arm, on his elbow. I have seen several snakes in the yard. So, the wound may be a snake bite. Also, Kujo could had landed hard on the wood floors. It appears Angel tried to step over Kujo to sleep on my side of the Bed. As a consequence of Kujo injury and his phobia, he attacked Angel. Kujo was disgruntled all morning. Sir Duke took notice and kept his eye, ready to protect me.
|Angel, baby Sir Duke, and Kujo|
|Angel and Sir Duke|
|Bojangles sitting back on Sir Duke, while he sleeps|