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08 May 2012 @ 08:31 pm
100 Things: Life Lesson #5 I've Learned From My Dogs  
If your friends are fighting, try to stop them before someone gets hurt by accident.

Hannah, our Old English Sheepdog, is a herder by nature. That means she guards whatever herd she has made hers. Her herd is the other dogs.

Layla, the puppy, and YoQuera will play and nip at each other and roll around on the floor or the couch or me if I'm in the way. They are only playing but Hanna objects to their rough-housing. She's worried they are really hurting each other and makes them break it up. She charges and growls - not an aggressive growl but a 'cut it out and stop being so rambunctious' growl. We (their Humans) try to stop her but it is so ingrained in her nature to protect her herd that she can't help but break apart the other dogs.

Many times, I wish I were brave enough to intervene when friends are arguing. Hannah wouldn't stand for it. I avoid conflict at all costs. Hannah puts a stop to it, even if the conflict isn't real. Even when I read an attack on on-line poster, I won't express my opinion in favor the person being attacked because I don't want to be attacked. Hannah would intervene. She'd give the aggressors what-for and they'd stop. 'Cause Hannah said so! I want to be as brave and frankly bad-ass as Hannah is.

a geek in such the wrong way: cute-charlie & snoopyhaldoor on May 9th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
Well-said! Hannah really does know her stuff (even if she doesn't 'get' rough-housing)!
Are 6 dogs too many?: Mamotkeylasunset on May 9th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Hannah is very smart but she does not like the other dogs to fight!!! She just can't remember that play does not equal fighting!!! I want to be more like her!!