Rematch!

Madam - A Rescue Dog

Madam – the dominant female

Madam

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Little Monkey

Little Monkey - Always ready for Mischief

Little Monkey – Always ready for Mischief

 

I used to have three dogs; Madam, TJ and Little Monkey. The old male, TJ, kept the peace between the two rival females; Madam, the Alpha female of the pack, and LM the runt of the litter and definite Omega. Whenever I took them in the car, I put Madam in first, and scooted her bum along the seat right to the door; lifted in TJ (gammy legs, unable to jump) then let LM bound in, tongue lolling, “Isn’t this great fun, Mum?” trying to stop her (unsuccessfully) from leaping all over TJ. Then off we drove, TJ lying down resignedly in the middle, Madam looking out of the window and studiously ignoring LM, and LM all hyper-excited and happy.

Most of the time the three if them lived happily together as a pack, but now and again, there would be a flare up, usually between the two females. You can read about the other fight here Fight!

In later years, when this incident happened, there was a lot of tussling going on for dominance between the now old and somewhat frail Madam, and the strong, in her prime LM.

One day, I came home after being out for a while and opened the back door to let the dogs in. TJ was lying on the stoep and Madam and LM were down in the garden by the Eugenia tree. It looked like there was something on the ground between them. I didn’t say anything, but I think the fact that I was now there triggered this fight, because next second Madam and LM were really going at each other; with lots of snapping and growling.

Often, if you can distract the dogs for a second they will break off. So I threw my car keys at them, luckily still in my hand. The keys shot through the fighting dogs, hit the wall and ended up under the mini hedge, making not the slightest difference.

So this was going to be more hands on! I wasn’t afraid of being intentionally bitten by the girls, even though the fight sounded so bad. As long as I kept my hands away from their heads I’d be all right. Madam was much more likely to bite me than LM, so I grabbed hold of LM’s tail and started pulling her away from Madam. I held tight and moved backwards, dragging LM with me; all the while the two girls were going at it. LM had now got Madam by the ear with her little front teeth, so Madam was coming with us, with her head on one side!

I pulled LM, with Madam in tow, all the way across the lawn to the apple tree fifteen metres away.Β Eventually, when I was wondering just what else I could do, LM let go and turned round to look at me, as if to say, “What are you doing, Mum? I’m trying to have a fight here!”

Madam, suddenly released, stood still for a moment, and I thought, “Great, she’s free. Now she can go in the house” only to watch in amazement as Madam threw herself back into the fight with gusto. This old dog wasn’t going to give up the reins just yet!

Finally, I pulled LM off again, shooed her behind me, and marched Madam into the house, where TJ was keeping out of it all, and shut the door. Breathe!

This wasn’t full blown aggression between the dogs; rather trying to find out who was the more dominant and leader of the pack. Madam was much more an Alpha dog than LM, who is way down the pecking order at the Omega end!

I quickly checked over LM. Some damp gobby bits of fur, but no blood. I went inside and checked out Madam. She was also gobby, but although she had no major damage, her ear was bleeding from being dragged across the garden by LM’s teeth. As she was very old, I decided to take her to the vets for a check up, just to be sure.

So I went in the garden to retrieve my keys from under the hedge. The car ignition key had broken open into two halves after hitting the wall, so I just snapped it back together again. I shut up the house, leaving TJ and LM behind, and went out to the garage with Madam.

I settled Madam in the back of the car and started the ignition. Click! Nothing. Oh for Pete’s sake! What a time for the battery to be flat, or whatever else it was. I tried again, but there was no way this car was starting.

Back to the drawing board; or rather, phoning my friend to take me and Madam to the vets. I sat outside and waited with Madam, and a bottle of wine for my trusty friend. A quick check at the vets revealed only superficial damage, but the vet cleaned Madam up and gave her an antibiotic shot and painkiller. I’m always more careful of old dogs, and had been worried about the after effects of shock on Madam.

The next day I tried starting my car again; no joy. Then I had the bright idea of trying my spare set of keys. The car started first time! So I phoned up the car manufacturers and asked them about the key, and the cost of a new one. They said there was a tiny chip inside the key, that was probably damaged, and depending on the type of key would cost anything from a few hundred Rand to a thousand or more to replace! Hmmm.

I opened up the faulty key again, and compared it to the working key. There was a tiny tiny chip missing! It was about 2mm by 3mm in size; and black with a little white V on it. This was going to be hard to find!

I went outside to where I had picked up the key under the hedge, 24 hours before. It had rained over night, was still drizzling, and under the hedge it was full of dead leaves and dirt. I scrabbled around with my hands, wondering how I was going to see something so tiny and dark as this chip! Well, I went through sections at a time systematically, gathering damp earth and filtering through it. And I found the chip!!

I wiped it off, fit it back in my key, and the car started again!

But what had the dogs been fighting over in the first place? I went to investigate after the vets. You won’t believe this, but it was pooh!

They were fighting over who got to eat the dog pooh! This certainly was a dominance issue, but really girls?

 

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42 thoughts on “Rematch!

  1. Ady

    OMG !! All this pain,hard work, excitement,tensions over ‘POOH’ !!!!!!!!!!!!! Not to mention the pooh almost cost you a small fortune ! Alpha madam and Omega LM and this is how they fight for the throne πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ You have tonns of patience Sci, breaking off that fight was indeed dangerous and finding the chip was miracle πŸ˜€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I wasn’t in danger from my dogs tho – we’re all a pack together, and they wouldn’t intentionally bite me. Still, it makes life exciting from time to time!! πŸ˜‰

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  2. Rachel M

    Wow, what an amazing story. I can’t believe you found the tiny piece missing from your key! My dogs used to fight too but they were much smaller than your dogs and so I was able to over-power them. But it was still not pleasant as the sound of a dog fight is really awful. They would never have fought over poo though. A bone maybe, but not poo. That’s crazy!

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  3. Crooked Tracks

    Wow, what a story, I am glad you were able to fix the car key because I know the keys cost a lot of money, glad the dogs are OK.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you! Yes I was worried about the cost of the key! The dogs were fine thanks πŸ™‚ Only two little tiffs in 6 years isn’t bad πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      I’m sure Cesar would know what to do! πŸ™‚ I have watched every episode of the Dog Whisperer, picking up as many tips as possible. And I take LM to dog socialising classes every week, where she mixes off-lead with up to 35 other dogs all free on a big field. We’ve been going there 8 years!! And will continue. LM is a special case, as she is anxious and was totally unsocialised before I adopted her.
      Oops – sorry – this is a mini essay! πŸ™‚

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  4. Lucy

    Lol this brought back some nasty memories of my first dog. I took him out one day and he was doing politics in the front of the building ( eating other dog’s poop) :))) When he lifted his head up, it looked like he had brown mustaches. I had to chase him for a bit to catch him, bring him back inside and give him a bath (washing his brain would have been more useful hahaha). It was so disgusting to wash his dirty nose….ewwww

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Eeuw! Horrid! Yeah, my dogs are really smelly at times – but at least I see no evidence of the pooh. It is All LM’s doing! Not one of my dogs ate pooh till she came along!

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  5. blosslyn

    Oh dear, I can’t stop laughing, which is not good as I had a terrible cold, but you have just cheered me up no end πŸ™‚ My two younger dogs bring me in old pooh from the garden that I have missed. Not sure if its a present or to say what a unless gardener I am. I just scream stop when they start to fight, and they normally do, mind you they are tiny, but then the German Shepherd did, I think I must hit a very high note, which does the trick πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I’m glad I cheered you up a bit πŸ™‚ Hope your cold goes soon!
      My old, old boy Jack – an alpha male – I could shout “Stop That” in the middle of a fight (with a strange male) and he would just walk away πŸ™‚ I think it depends on the dog! – and maybe I don’t scream high enough! πŸ™‚
      I love that your dogs bring you old pooh! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank goodness I don’t have that going also!

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  6. Midwestern Plant Girl

    I used to dog sit for a poop eater! Pretty funny to be chasing him around.. NO, no poop for you! πŸ’©
    I’ve never had 2 females. I couldn’t live with another female! Ha ha!
    My boys only fight when I play ‘rough house’ with Breck and Oreo thinks B is attacking me, gets in between us and growls loudly.
    Amazing on that chip location! Great set of peepers on you! πŸ‘€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha I think your boys are great πŸ™‚
      I usually have one male and one female dog. It’s just that I realised Madam and TJ were both old (adopted, hard to tell age at first) and I didn’t want them both dying close together as happened with Lady and Jack. (They did die 3 weeks apart!) So that’s why I got young LM, so she could learn the ropes. Had to be a female because TJ would not have tolerated another male.
      And I found the chip with my fingers! haha My eyesight is rubbish! πŸ™‚
      Many thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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  7. quiall

    hahaha and eeewwww! With the wonderful personalities our pets develop living in our civilized world we sometimes forget they are still in tune with their animal beast! But poop!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes – unfortunately – poop! πŸ™‚
      I figure the one female wants to remove the “evidence” of the other female – so eats their poop! πŸ˜›

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  8. ladysighs

    Dogs eat dog pooh?
    As I read your post I was thinking of what I would write as a comment. Had it all planned out by the time I finished reading. Then I came to the last sentence and all I could write was:
    DOGS EAT DOG POOH?

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      hahaha Sorry – I’d have loved to know what you Were gonna write! πŸ™‚
      It is the dominance thing – the one female removing the “evidence” of the other female by “disposing” of the pooh. πŸ™‚

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  9. Garfield Hug

    I do not know to laugh or cry but I felt your pain! Nary a word of anger you uttered! I admire your love for your dogs. If it was me, I probably would be yelling and not calmly pulling apart the fighting dogs! Goodness….finding a microchip in the hedges is a literal needle in the hay stack. Wow!! You sure have patience my dear!!
    I was once told by my car dealer if I lose my car key it would cost me $10,000 to change tge whole steering lock. So much for keyless go…as cars get smarter, my pockets get lighter!! Am happy you got your key chip back in and car started. But really…all this for pooh!!πŸ˜‚ What an adventure!! ☺

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Well shouting only adds to all the “excitement” as far as dogs are concerned, so I have learned to stay calm. After all, it is my own dogs, that I know well – makes a huge difference.
      As for finding the tiny chip – it was worth a good search to save money!
      You are right, cars are getting too technical – one day we will need a computer degree to be able to drive them!! πŸ™‚

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      1. Garfield Hug

        Ooh…we are starting a trial on driverless cars now!! Scary but I wonder if it works πŸ˜‰
        I will hesitate to get into a car without a driver as computers can have glitches and can be hacked…makes it easier to murder anyone under the guise of a hacking that caused an accident ☺

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