Hanno At Rest
Hanno did something interesting and new today. For I along time I’ve called Katya “Speaker for the Dogs” because she is very communicative using both verbal and signs. Often she has translated for other dogs, letting me know what they want.
Today Hanno came and got my attention. He took me over to the door and said “Out”. I opened the door thinking he wanted to go out but he then went and laid down back inside the cottage. I was puzzled until I looked out and there was Katya waiting to come in. It appears that Hanno did Katya the favor of letting me know that she wanted to come in.
What makes this interesting is Hanno uses signs the least of all of our pack and tends to do little in the way of altruism. Mostly he’s interested in competing with Kavi for becoming the new Alpha – a position Kavi still defends with sufficient force as Hanno’s face and ears demonstrate. Hanno, so far, always comes out on the losing end although he is now bigger than Kavi and much younger. Perhaps age and skill matter more than might be thought. I would not call Kavi a born leader, rather he got promoted to that position by outliving the previous pack Alphas and so became the top dog by default. I suspect sometime in the next year Hanno will supersede Kavi and I hope they can do it gracefully.
In the photo above Hanno is sleeping inside a barrel of hay. The pack spends almost all of their time outdoors, watching over the pigs and other livestock. They have strategically located resting spots scattered about the farm from which they watch the world.
Outdoors: 30°F/24°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 57°F/62°F
Daily Spark: Sometimes you have to trump an ace with a deuce.