Kia, in the background, has brought along a snack for our walk down the road. Her sister Kita considered the chunk of cheese but decided against challenging Kia for it. Despite the fact that Kita is nearly twice Kia’s size they are very well matched. There is some sibling jealousy but they work it out, most of the time, and have never drawn blood on each other.
The snack, which Kia stopped and ate further up the mountain, is a chunk of cheese she snarfed when we were feeding pigs that morning. A benefit of guarding and herding is the dogs choose the choice chunks of cheese if they want. It can be quite amazing to watch a group of 20 or 30 pigs all quickly back away in a circle from a prized chunk of food when one of the guardian dogs states that it is hers and “No Touch!” Consider that the pigs in question weigh 200 to 800 lbs each and easily out number the dog 20 to one. When the dogs speaks it is like the parting of the sea.