Ducky gave us a “what the f**k?!!” moment last night — and repeated it earlier this morning — that I’d like to share with y’all and see what you think.
We humans were watching a movie last night, and the dogs were scattered around us. Callie just inside the kitchen doorway, Shadow behind our recliners, and Ducky on the couch — all presumably asleep. Next thing hubby and I knew, Ducky had jumped off the couch and was moving towards Shadow snarling, growling, and baring her teeth. I grabbed her collar to prevent her from getting any closer to Shadow. And quite firmly told her “NO! You leave Shadow alone!” Meanwhile, poor bewildered Shadow got up and moved closer to Callie.
Sam and I were bewildered. Ducky has pulled this crap before when Shadow had a toy between her front paws, but not for no apparent reason. (And she got the same scolding for that.)
Anyway, after the “episode” was over with, Ducky settled down on one of the dog beds until bedtime without any further nonsense. I had Sam keep an eye on her while I gave Shadow some lovies and tried to reassure her that she had done nothing wrong. I got a face full of Shadow kisses so I guess she understood.
I had pretty much forgotten about it until earlier this morning when it happened again, minus Sam’s presence. Only this time I grabbed Ducky’s collar when she was further away from Shadow.
Something has dawned on me as I’ve been typing this: Its the couch. Again. Ducky’s thinking she’s higher on the totem pole (than Shadow) again because we’ve been allowing her up there. Never mind the fact that Shadow and Callie are both also allowed on the couch. They don’t get the superiority attitude like Ducky does. I guess I’ll have to go buy a “scat mat” for the couch. Or, bring the puppy gates in from the utility building and set them up in the kitchen doorways and make Ducky spend some time in timeout when she gets bratty. It’s not jealousy, as I was thinking last night; it’s the bratty, superior attitude caused by being allowed on the couch.