Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Who wears the (furry) pants in this family? ~ Family Dynamics & Dog Pack Hierarchy

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Who wears the (furry) pants in this family? ~ Family Dynamics & Dog Pack Hierarchy

Who wears the pants in our family?
It really depends on your perspective.

If the answer is based upon who controls the checkbook, then I'm the lucky owner of the pants.

If the answer is based upon actual number of pants worn, I suppose it would be a toss-up between my husband and my son, giving full credit for short pants, of course.

If the answer is based upon who actually gets their way the most often, usually from sheer determination and much squawking when necessary, then my teenage daughter is the prize winner.

However, if the answer is based upon:
who gets the greatest square footage of bed, night after night,
who demands the most attention,
 who can whip the entire family into a frenzy of "exercise" with seemingly little effort... the answer is THE POOCH!

Now the pooch, a.k.a. Rex, may not think he's the boss. In fact, from studying his habits when being walked on a leash, I'm fairly certain he considers himself Dog B within our family "pack", with my husband being the Alpha Dog. (That is, of course, if he considers himself a dog. ???

When my husband walks him, he is an absolute angel on the leash. No pulling, no shenanigans with the leash, no dragging the walker down the street.

When my son, whose 9 years old, walks him, he might pull a bit, minor leash manipulations, but, for the most part, well-behaved pooch. I guess that would make my son Dog C.

When I walk him, he definitely likes to keep me on a brisk pace and insists upon holding part of the leash closest to his collar in his mouth, as if he's walking me. I think that puts me solidly in the position of Dog D.

That would leave my daughter in the unfortunate position of Dog E. When she walks him, he is TERRIBLE.  He jumps around, insists on grabbing the least as close to the holding loop as possible and propels her down the sidewalk. Some of our neighbors have commented on how comical it is to observe her trying to walk him. (Time for obedience classes, yes?)

I wonder how he decided where will all fit into his "pack". Seemingly, it must have something to do with testosterone.

Which is not to suggest that he isn't fond of girls. Quite the contrary! He LOVES the girlies! Although he appreciates a good romp and wrestle with my son's friends when they visit, he is in heaven when my daughter's friends come over. Rex likes nothing better than a new gal to sniff and snuggle. (Heaven help the poor girl who isn't interested in being sniffed and snuggled)

In fact, he's quite discriminating. He will ONLY eat female underwear. Sure, he might drag a pair of male underwear about the house and hide them behind the couch, but it's only girl wear that he considers good enough to eat! (much eye rolling)

Lab, Yellow Lab,

The votes are in.

This family's lead pants are definitely of the furry variety!

Photo Credit:  Lab Images


Scarlet of Moms Wear Your Tees. com said...

What a beautiful puppy and dog. No wonder Dog gets to what Dog wants!

Xenia said...

What a cutie! This post made me miss my yellow lab... they're such loving dogs.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm following you all over the place as well! :)

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

What cute puppy and dog!
Love the pics.
Happy FF!
I'm now following you!
Have a great weekend! :)

Kelli said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I am your newest follower!

Busy Working Mama said...

What a cutie! Thanks for stopping by! I'm following you everywhere now :)

Becky said...

Hi There.
I'm looking for your Friday-Follow post.
Have a great day!

Lydia @ On The Verge said...

Just stopping by to say hello!


Mystee said...

What a cutie :)

I'm stopping by from Friday-Follow & am your newest follower.

If you have a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my blog, follow back and take a moment to enter any of the current 4 giveaways {low entries}.

Have a great weekend


MaryAnne said...

What a cute dog! I think this is what would happen in our house if we got a puppy...

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