Ponder this:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

More on guest dog Chopper: Angus, Max and MiMau

Autumn Mist asked about the resident creatures' reactions to Chopper's presence here in their domain: "Don't your own dogs get jealous? And has he met your cat?"

The poodles weren't jealous of Chopper: they still had Mom waiting on them paw and muzzle.   Husband has done a fine job over the years of being oblivious to their needs for "out," and "food," and all the rest, and so is peripheral to their world. Mom, on the other hand, practically anticipates their every breath. Since Chopper was Husband's Project, we had a nice division of attention working for us all. 

Angus doesn't get jealous of anybody. He's a big mellow dawg in a miniature poodle body. He likes other dogs and turns into a wiggleworm of happiness when anypuppy visits. 
Max lives in a world of his own. His interest in other animals is limited to two activities:
2. chasing the cat to the stairway newel goalpost, and
1. harassing his brother.
Max looks like a Boyd's Bear and behaves like a werewolf. But only to his brother. Other dogs simply do not exist in Max's world.
The very first time Chopper entered the house, both dogs lit up with excitement. Angus wanted to know all about this big new friend. Max wanted to stop his brother from moving around and making happy sounds. It was a little bit of a circus for about ten minutes. 
Chopper probably felt as if he'd entered an asylum for the canine insane.


As for MiMau: All during the first weekend-long visit she stayed on the second floor of the house. Chopper wasn't allowed up there. MiMau recorded every sound of every move Chopper made. Come the next visit, she was ready. 


Chopper arrived on Friday night with Husband. Late in the evening MiMau crept down the stairs, slid along the kitchen wall to the end, curved her neck around the corner and got a look at The Creature. She silently retired upstairs and stayed there all of Saturday, working out her strategy.The girl has trained six dogs in her tenure here, four of whom were permanent residents, one of whom was a semi-permanent resident, and one of whom was a weekend visitor. She is an old hand at evaluating the prospect and determining the appropriate approach. 
In the middle of Saturday night, or rather, early on Sunday morning, Husband got up for a brief trip to the small room. Big goofy Chopper got up to follow along. Husband went back to bed. Chopper did not return to the bedroom. He was trapped in the hall, unable to pass through the bedroom doorway: MiMau had placed herself in his path. She sat absolutely still and projected her I Am The Cat vibe. Such is her power that Husband was required to get up again and protectively escort the sixty-pound pit/lab mix past the nine-pound bundle of Cattitude.


On Sunday, MiMau came and went at will, sashaying around the rooms, daring Chopper to cast a glance at her. He did not.


It occurs to me that in many ways MiMau is the true head of this household. She is the least neurotic, the most confident, of all of us.

33 comments:

Barb said...

I am trying to assimilate Mimau's attitude. I believe you may be right - she is the one in charge. (And with so little effort on her part...)

Woodswalker said...

Oh my gosh! How absolutely accurately you have nailed the essence of catitude!

Hilary said...

It would seem we've got identical escapades going on at our respective homes. Too funny. Cattitude.. that's purrfect.

georgia little pea said...

You've just confirmed what I always thought. Cats are scary.

Great name though :)

Grandmother said...

I love the description "asylum for the canine insane". And it seems amazing to me how animals work out the whole relationship/dominance thing so effectively. Way to go cat!

rachel said...

Go, MiMau. A dog that truly knows its place (low down) in the pecking order is clearly one that has been trained by cats.....

Olga said...

I really enjoyed your whole post. Each animal certainly has its own personality and they communicate it so well--as do you.

Autumn Mist said...

June, this was a treat to read. Our dog was trained as a pup by our dearly departed ginger puss. He just stood his ground and held up a paw. She got the message quickly, being a bright girl. Our old boy Sam, was what I can only describe as a slow learner, and had the scars to prove it.

Lord Wellbourne said...

This is the most astute description of cohabitative canine/feline behaviour I have ever read!! There's a reason why the Egyptians worshipped Bastet and put a Sphinx to guard the pyramids. Cattitude! Nothing stops you in your tracks faster than that superior assessing stare!

Carolynn said...

I can totally picture the stand off outside the bedroom. MiMau sounds like a fabulous character. Lets see more of her...*hint, hint*

The Cranky Crone, she lives alone! said...

June you were so right when you said Daisy had the same attitude as your MiMau, I know MiMau thinks you are hers....Daisy is just the same with Poppy Big Labradoodle and any other animal visiting, including people.

Freda said...

Cats always win. When I had two cats in the house a visiting collie came to stay - they herded him into a corner and he sat and shivered.

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