I've been struggling to wrap my head around the fact that both Brut and Silver are gone. The Back Dogs look so empty with just Zappa and Fiona. There is a huge space missing without Daddy Dog Brut and Momma Dog Silver. There are changes happening within the Back Dogs as a pack now that Brut and Silver are gone.
At first when Brut died, Fiona took over the pack, as she has always done when Brut was away. His death was no different, she took the leading role and kept everyone in line. When Silver died, things stay the same for a little while, Fiona keeping them together, but eventually as time has worn on Zappa is taking the place of Brut. He gives off warning barks to Fiona who turns her head or when with hubby, Mark, is on the couch with Zappa, Zappa becomes possessive. Just like his dad, Brut. Only not to the degree that Brut would have taken it, but all with the same attitude and style. As if to say, now we are going to play by MY rules! It is my turn to be KING!
He is so ready to prove his royalty to Chance, except with Chance, Zappa doesn't stand a chance. Any one-on-one they have had together, Zappa submits to Chance and in all actuality is scare of him. No matter how many times he barks otherwise.
It kind of tears me up that Zappa is acting like Brut and carrying on about himself. He has really come out of his shell, with the death of his parents. It is amazing how much they can really change when the pack changes. Zappa has never been innocent. I've seen this sly side of him many times through the years, but it only came out in little blips. Now it full fledged. It's a lot to take in, in such a short period of time. Silver's only been gone 9 weeks. It is like Zappa and Fiona are babies anymore and suddenly grew up. So hard to believe sometimes. Hard to imagine. And it makes for interesting pack dynamics.
I just wonder what it will be like now, when we start the integration between the two packs....
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Current blog look inspired and dedicated to Silver. The late Momma Dog of the 24 Paws of Love.