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Appearances

Humans look at the outside a lot. When they see a big dog, they assume it will be bold and brave. Little dogs they think are weak and therefore in need of caring. For us dogs this is not so. We do not look so much at the outside, but we feel and smell what is inside. The energy of a human or a dog tells us everything we need to know.

Some little dogs are very brave. Take this one, part of our pack of beach dogs. I mean the little one standing on the far right, the one with the crooked legs:

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One would not tell by it’s looks, but this one is a leader amongst us, the Bandidos. Whenever we meet a new dog, some of us go out to sniff the new dog and then we make way for Koko. That is his name. Koko will determine whether the new dog is accepted as a temporary friend of our pack. If not, Koko will turn his back on the new one and we will chase the dog away. Koko is a rescue dog from Spain, a real fighter and afraid of nothing. You would’t tell that by his looks, right?

Some other dogs in our pack aren’t to be messed with either. Despite their small appearance, they are tough. Like these two.

Little friends

Their looks do not tell you who they really are. I guess with humans this is the same. Humans have more means for decorating their outside (only take the amount of clothes they have! Astonishing!), but they can’t fool us. They can wear impressive clothes, but if they are unsure of themselves we feel it immediately.

I think dogs are not the only species with the ability to detect the true character of others, I think every specie can do this. Including humans. They also can feel the energy of another human or canine. They just have to open themselves to it. And practice on it, a lot, since they misled themselves for a long time by focusing too much on the outside.

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Features

My leg is healing well, but a bit slow. So I am still wearing this peculiar fashion item. However, I am getting used to it and discovered some features that aren’t too bad.

  1. It is kind of handy as a cushion. When I lie down, I can rest my head on it and it feels really comfortable.
  2. It is a great place to catch and store food. When I feel hungry, I only have to lower my head and the food falls out, ready for eating.
  3. It is a tool for opening the curtain of beads that is hanging in our kitchen door. It took some time to figure it out, but I found out that the best way to go through the curtain is this: I run, lower my head and as soon as I hear the beads touching this fashion item I thrust my head high up and the beads part without any difficulty. Easy.
  4. One can play several fun games with it. Like walking behind M or P on the stairs and pushing them at the back of their legs when passing them half way down. In a casual way of course, not like I meant to do that. I can’t help it, I have to get used to this item, right? Of course they understand.
  5. The item is also very convenient when one has to air ones ears. Otherwise this takes kind of an effort, using your ear muscles and all that. That is not necessary now.

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Art

I know I am a pretty dog. We dogs don’t fake, ever, and that includes modesty. So I won’t deny I’m beautiful. But I am impressed by the amount of art that has been made of me. I will share some of it with you, although this is just a small selection of it. It is astonishing, you must agree!

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There are lots of statues of me, like these two:

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There are extremely pretty objects modelled after me:

The Laconian

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And there are paintings of me, although this artist didn’t get my colors right:

Proof of my noble roots

It is nice to know one has inspired so many artists to make beautiful things. It is a responsibility too, I am fully aware of that. It is my job to remain pretty and provide artists with inspiration. That is why I am practicing special poses, so they can use them for another great work of art. This is the arty pose I have been practicing lately, the finest till now. What do you think? Good enough for a painting, right?

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Body language (3)

I feel like writing another dogtorial. So this is body language part 3. In the first two parts I described what the position of our ears tell about our state of mind. This time I will focus on the tail. We canines have all kinds of tails: short, long, furry, fluffy or slick like a whip. I personally prefer my own tail, which is in between furry and sleek. Just right!

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The way we hold our tail tells a lot about our mood. There are three basic positions:

1. Alert and tense: our tail is high into the air. It can move (which means we are excited) or be very still (which means we are focussed). Some humans call this dominant, but I already wrote that dominance is a misconception. It is not dominant.

Dogs who feel very sure of themselves usually hold their tail high up in the air. When two dogs of this kind meet, their tails are going even higher. There is a reason for this: when we hold our tails high, we smell stronger. From behind. And a dog that is smelling strongly tells the world HERE I AM SHOW SOME RESPECT MAN. Something like that.

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When two dogs meet with their tails high up in the air, they usually end up measuring forces. Which is fine. It is not fighting, that is something entirely different.

2. Fear: dogs who are unsure or scared hold their tail tightly between their legs, pushing it towards their belly. This is about scent, too: when you do this, you limit the way you smell from behind. That is exactly what you want when you are scared. A strong smell will tell everybody that you are there. It makes you look bold. When you want to be shy, you hide your smell. It may seem simple, but for us dogs it works perfectly.

3. Relaxed. This looks like:

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There are a lot of positions in between these three. I for instance have a position in between relaxed and alert:

Little fish!

There are dogs that have very odd tails. Some have no tail at all, only a short stub. Something horrible must have happened to them to have a tail like that! Anyway, even then you can read their mood. They press the stub downwards when they feel scared and stick it high up in the air when they are alert.

Some dogs are bred with tails in an odd position. Some have their tails in a curl high up their back, which makes them look alert when in fact they are relaxed. You have to take this into consideration when you want to read our tails. Although even dogs who are bred with tails in curls on their back can very well push their tails between their legs. I know from experience: in our puppy class there was a cocksure maltese. He was only three months old and thinking he was the pack leader. Of course I could not let that happen, as the senior dog in the group (I was five months old at that time). So I disciplined him. His tail went right between his legs. After that we became friends.

Hair extensions

Yesterday we met an extraordinary dog breed. There were four of them, on the beach. Their human told M they are Salukis, a very old hunting dog breed from Arabia. I played with the youngest one of them and he was as fast as I am. We looked alike, having the same physique. That is no surprise to me, because I am sure I descend from a line of noble, ancient hunting dogs. My grandmother could very well have been a Saluki.

There are no pictures of us playing on the beach, alas, because it  was a bit dark already. But M managed to find a picture of this breed on the internet (and no, they are not skinny, they are just right!):

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I think they look absolutely gorgeous. I especially like their ears. I am a pretty dog myself, but I would like to have ears like that. So I decided what to ask for a present, this Christmas. Not a bed (I already have loads of them), not food (they will probably give that to me, anyway), nor toys (I destroy them in seconds). I will ask hair extensions! For my ears! That would be so pretty.

Skinny, me?

It happened again, this morning: someone commented to M about me being too skinny. These people act as if they ask a question (‘Oooh, your dog is beautiful but why is she so skinny?’) but actually they mean: ‘Your dog is too skinny, you should give her more food!’ You can’t fool dogs, you know: no matter how nice the words you choose, we can smell what you really think.

I never object to more food, of course. But seriously, these people start to annoy me very much. Because I am not too skinny, I am just right. This is the body shape that suits me. I know from experience, because if I do eat a lot I grow a nice little soft belly, but my ribs still stick out.

I also don’t like these people commenting, because M gets upset about it. This is something that puzzles me about humans: the way they open themselves up to other humans, even if they don’t know them. If a dog I don’t know barks to me in the street I am a no good Greek stray, I just bark back he is an asshole. I don’t care about that and I don’t think about it anymore (other than my friend Fred, but hey, he is a sensitive whippet). But if a total stranger tells M she is neglecting me, she is sad. Even if it is not true and the people telling her this are always too fat themselves, as are their dogs. Truly! Next time someone tells her this, I will bite them. And growl: ‘Yes I am hungry and you look fat and juicy so I’ll eat you and your obese dog!’ That will teach them and make M very happy.