This isn't really a behavioral ISSUE….Just a funny B behavior story for y'all
So I had warned Charlie for many months last year that he better enjoy being the big tough boy, as I knew that when I got the little girl for him he wouldn't be alpha for long. So when Zaire first got home with us she did SO well with Charlie's random growling outbreaks. She would just walk away from him wenever he got real growly. I had warned him that this wouldn't last long, and sure enough the last week has proved that. It's really quite funny actualy. About a week and a half ago the kids were playing and Charlie got a little rough (he took a little nick out of Zaire's nose). As I am sure all of you know (and the ones with girls know even more) their comes a time in a young Bs life when they realize that they are no ordinary dog, but a wonderfull and powerfull hunter. Well this was the moment of truth for little Zaire. There she was backed up into a corner in the kitchen, a nick out of her nose, a big LOUD Parson Russel Terrorist yelling at her. What to do, how could she get out of this in one peice?
Well I have to say she rose to the challange amazingly. I almost laughed cereal out my nose (I was eating breakfast while all this was going on).
There she is little thing trapped in the corner by her bully of a big brother. Then suddenly she was on her hind feet, front paws wildly boxing at Charlie, mouth wide open, and one of the best Basenji Devil screams I have ever had the joy/terror of hearing. Poor Charlie must have thought it was a banshee from the old country coming to take him away, he booked out of the kitchen with the little deamon following close behind. She got him to the living room and managed to tackle him. Poor Charlie, he didn't believe me that the girls are just as tough as he is. I think he is starting to understand now. So the last week or so now has been an interesting one as they are both trying to figure out who is the boss. Charlie's new tactic now is to make as much threatening noise at her durring their arguments as possible, while running as far away as he can. I have never seen anything quite like it, he sounds like he is going to tear her head off, yet he runs away into the bedroom while doing it. She will just stay in the living room, and after about 2 minutes the snarling from the bedroom stops, and out comes Charlie to lick her ears and tell her he loves her. It's going to be an interesting summer as she continues to grow.