I am starting to notice a riff between the Back Dogs. Out of the six dogs, Blaze and Brut are not fixed and Blaze is due to go into season next month. What I never noticed before or it was too subtle to pick up is Brut is now starting to hit on Fiona. I know that male dogs can still perform even if they are fixed, but I have never noticed any signs of Fiona being in cycle. Brut and her had two different stand offs that turned into a fight and then into instant play. I am uncertain what to make of it, as this is the first I've ever noticed it.
Brut is always trying to mount Silver and even though she was fixed after she had her puppies, he still continues to try, but I have never seen him try to mount Fiona. I'm not sure if it is just because Blaze is starting to cycle up and Brut is trying to find someone or if Fiona is putting out signals or if it is a combination of both.
Our dogs cycle twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall/winter. I have found with our dogs that the cycle is the strongest in the fall/winter season. I don't know if that is just their lineage or has something to do with the Husky in them. What ever the case we are in for an intense couple of months with hormones running high.
I have also noticed that Zappa has been growling and guarding against Brut when he comes too close to Fiona. All the while keeping an eye on Blaze and Chance because he thinks Blaze is his too. As if things weren't complicated enough with two packs.
Blaze is the only female out of the litter who isn't fixed and we are thinking of having a litter with her to keep and carry on the lineage. I would like to blame the reason Brut isn't fixed on my husband with that male thing, but I can't bring myself to do it either. It is a choice we have made with both dogs and I know it is one that many are against for many reasons. I had no problem doing it with any of the other dogs, yet just don't feel right with Brut and Blaze.
So that means taking extra precautions and measures with the Back Dogs to ensure safety for all of the dogs. I won't lie, it won't be easy, but we have been through this before. And if there is one thing I am grateful for, it is that Blaze and Brut are permenently seperated at this time and have no contact. That's half the battle right there!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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I'd say that is quite a battle you have on your hands. I don't envy your situation but it sounds like you know what you are getting into. As I've never had to work with that before, I look forward to reading all about their future hormonal shenanigans!
This post made me think of a book I once read by a female to male transexual. When he started taking testosterone shots, the author said he was amazed at the change in his outlook. All of a sudden, the author said he understood exactly what made middle school boys so crazed.
Hormones are amazing things. I wonder how many wars over the century could be traced back to hormonal shifts?
Good luck at keeping the peace.
I would say you are right. Controversial because no one comments. I'm not going to lie. I think all dogs should be fixed, but it's a choice and clearly you understand the ramifications better than most. At least you guys are well able to manage it. I can't imagine how hard it must be to do.
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