Astro, a 10 month old German Shepherd Dog, moved into our complex with his family a couple a weekends ago. As mentioned in the previous blog, Magic has been schooling Astro in the fine art of canine-to-canine respectful behavior. Astro had been persistent in his desire to approach Magic from the rear and grab Magic on the back of his neck. Magic would not tolerate these approaches and Magic has been just as persistent in enlightening Astro that certain behaviors are simply UNACCEPTABLE. Magic’s mentoring has progressed from very strong messages of correction – showing teeth, growling, open mouth charges, cheek grabbing, fur pulling – to the point of detente that both canines reached this past Thursday evening; Magic rolling on his back next to Astro and exposing his speckled tummy after a spirited session of “chase-me chase-you” pursuit games. The message at that point was genuine and elegant: “You have learned your lessons and we are friends, I trust you.”
This morning, some fifteen minutes ago, Magic was sleeping at the patio slider, just the screen separating him from our large back yard area. And who suddenly appears, with leash on, softly whimpering? Yes, the GSD, Astro, looking for his friend and mentor, Magic. I opened the slider and Magic shot off towards the “squirrel tree” with Astro bounding behind him, leash dragging through the wet grass. No approaches from the rear, no attempts at grabbing Magic’s neck. However, Astro quickly found a well-used Frisbee and kept pushing it at Magic’s face – ‘C’mon, let’s play…”
And Astro’s owner, Craig? Craig appeared about a minute later amazed that Astro had spirited himself out of the car – and proceeded on his own – right to Magic’s place!