Skunked

September 20, 2011 at 7:36 am | Posted in Life and Living | 1 Comment
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you know what? Let him have it.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they just don’t want to take anybody’s crap anymore.  For people, often it happens when you are much older.  People will say, “Oh that’s just grandma,”  because grandma has lived through some crazy stuff, was a tough cookie when she was young, and now that she’s old, she just doesn’t care anymore.  Don’t mess with grandma.

When you are young, you know you have to take a certain amount of crap in order to get ahead.  It’s basically a fact of life.  There is a natural order in life that is directly connected to age and life experience.

The same is the case in the dog world.  Puppies learn to be submissive to older dogs, one way or another.  Sometimes they instinctively know to not bother their elders, but more often than not, they need to be taught a lesson from the elder dog.  In the world of the canine, there are alpha dogs and beta dogs.  Dogs are instinctive creatures — protective of their homes, their property, and their families.

For the longest time, my dog was very submissive.  He took a lot of crap from other dogs, including being bitten twice, and humped endless times.  But at the ripe age of 5, he is officially done taking crap.  My sweet dog is no longer ducking his head in submission — he is ready to bare teeth if anyone messes with him, his tennis ball,  or his family.

Call it instinct, I guess.  I’ve now seen this dog chase down cats, rabbits, squirrels, and birds; I’ve seen him tackle a possum, and bolt after a deer — a FREAKIN’ deer!  What he was going to do if he caught it? I don’t know. I don’t really want to know.  But the latest enemy to add to the list really stinks.

This weekend, the dog came face to face with a skunk, and from there, well,  I don’t think I need to elaborate on what happened next.  It was the first battle he lost in a long time.  What’s crazy about it is that he knowingly sat by the door waiting to be taken outside so that he could confront this strange animal who he heard messing around in the trash.  He actually wanted to give the skunk what for!  He was looking for trouble, and well, he found it.

So what’s the lesson in all of this?  For the dog, I’d say nothing.  He was doing what instinct told him to do. Sure it sucks that his nose will smell for a while, but if the opportunity to attack a skunk came again, I have no doubt that he’d take it.

The lesson for people?  No matter how old you get, sometimes you gotta take crap, even if you think you’ve been fed enough of it.  I guess we all get skunked, sometimes. And well, pick your battles wisely.

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