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Friday, June 04, 2010

He is out of his mind

I know he looks super snuggly cute here, but he's really not right in the head. Let me explain. Our neighbors (next door, we share a fence) have a tiny, white fluff ball of a dog. She is about a third the size of Ramius, tops. She does her best to boss Finn around (from her yard, while Finn is in our yard) and Finn is always very respectful of her and tries to follow directions. He never barks at her or gets his hackles up at all, he just wags his tail at her through the fence. (As far as I can tell, she's fixed and I know he is so there's really no romance going on here.)

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. Some new neighbors moved in on the other side. They have dogs too. A Great Dane and a Weimaraner. Remember, at 60 pounds, Finn is on the small size for a Golden, so it's a safe bet that he's smaller than both of them. He has heard them bark - great big, low, BIG DOG barks. Does this impress him? Does this make him respectful? No. He goes outside, fluffs up his hackles as best he can (his hair on his shoulders is about 6 inches long so when he raises his hackles, he looks like he's wearing a toupee on his shoulders, not scary so much as funny) and barks like he means it. They pretty much ignore him, but he is determined that they will respect him, or something. It totally cracks me up because if he saw them, he'd probably have a heart attack. This is the same dog that stopped mid-pee one day to run away and hide behind Mickael because a robin landed near him. Fortunately, all the dogs are inside dogs, so there's no all day barking around here. Can he not tell by the sound of their barks that they are bigger than him, or does he just not care? Like I said, he's just not right in the head.

Have a great weekend!



Blogger Claire said...

I do think with dogs that there's some sort of inverse relationship between size and pecking order... And this may have proven it!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

When Finn's cousin Stephen was a 10 pounder, he would stand in our backyard and bark and howl at the giant German Shepherds next door. They would bark and charge the fence and Stephen was sure he could take them!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Laura47 said...

Our idiot golden retriever, Rusty (now gone to the Bridge, alas), decided at the dog beach one day that he wanted to play with an orange bumper that belonged to two other dogs. Two LARGE Rottweilers. So he just blithely swam out and took it away from them! Apparently his stupidity shocked even them because they just let him do it. But honestly, when I heard about that stunt, I was surprised that I still had a dog.

Goldens are some of the most loving dogs ever. And some of them are also really, really smart and have fabulous common sense. There there are the rest....like my Rusty. It's up to you to decide if Finn belongs in that "the rest" category. {g}

1:13 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

The kicker is that the Great Dane, however large, is likely to be frightened of Ramius.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Laritza said...

That is nothing compared to my 4 lb yorkie who 'attacked' a German Shepard and tore his lip. Good thing the GS was a mellow dog and just stared at the yorkie in amazement!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Elsie in MD said...

I think Finn is the cutest golden I've seen!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Finn's good looks make up for his lack of reasoning. Neither of my two Goldens can reason. This morning the 7 year old was trying to chase a squirrel UP the tree...

7:22 AM  
Blogger Walden said...

Poor Finn. It's hard to get respect from newcomers in your neighborhood. Maybe he feels he needs to prove that the girl next door is his and those guys don't have a chance! :)

4:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

My minpin/chi mix (all 9 pounds of him) loves to bark back at dogs who bark at us while out on walks. He's smart though - he only barks at dogs behind fences! If a dog is loose or on a chain where there's no visible barrier, he's doesn't make a peep and moves to the other side of me! lol Goofy little dog. He absolutely hates the pit bull that is walked down the alley behind the house. You'd think that little guy would rip a leg off if he could get at him.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Robby said...

I'm thinking Finn is using the theory borrowed from the fluffball next door. Smaller dog barks and raises a ruckus. Unfortunately, Finn has not yet met Logical Consequences.

8:08 PM  

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