Some might say Bark, my second Border Terrier, acts like a cat.
Others would say he has visions of grandeur. That he’s a dominant dog who thinks he’s the King of the Castle. But Bark isn’t dominant and the longer I live with dogs the more I think the Dominance Model is…irrelevant. And sometimes dangerous–especially when there are terriers involved. Coming to this realization has helped me solve a host of issues with my pups, too. [The more we can change, the more our dogs can change.]
Bark is just happier up high. As are many cats.
When Bark goes to Grammy’s house to visit, he climbs the tall staircase and sleeps on the sunny patch of carpet atop the landing. There he can hang off the edge and can gaze out the little port window at the neighbouring roof-tops. At home, he favours the back of the sofa even though windowed doors come right to the ground. A boy up high can see the rabbits and birds and other critters that a ground floor dog never can. And he can stay out of the way of a bossy sister. Sounds like a good plan to me.
Where does your Terrier like to hang out?
My next post will be other behaviours shared between Border Terriers and cats.