Friday, 1 August 2014
Our two dogs have been together for about twelve months.
They have developed a strange and wonderful relationship. The Heeler seems less inclined to play than the Coolie, as it's the latter who initiates their version of dog wrestling. This clip is the exception.
I think the Coolie broke off because he was interested in what I was up to (splitting wood).
They're both intensely curious, but in different ways.
The Coolie is interested in phenomena of all kinds, especially if it involves people, whereas the Heeler stands back a bit and figures things out before coming physically involved.
They play rough, but never seem to hurt each other. It is surprising, as one constant feature of their play is chewing each other's extremities, especially ears.
Initially, the Heeler was dominant, but that seems to wax and wane. When it comes to food, the Coolie will raid the Heeler's dish, and usually gets away with it, even though the Heeler is much stronger.
The Heeler is a bit of a Houdini.
She kept escaping through a closed gate, until we discovered that she was able to open it by banging her body against one side of it, until it sprung open through sheer persistence.
She figures things out.
The Coolie doesn't but he does learn from her.
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