|Sajiv in front, |
with Victoria covering his back
One of the most important jobs is to leave our scent at the perimeter to distract and confuse other species, and we do this very systematically. My partner, her name is Victoria (she is really the boss but I try to act otherwise), takes care of the surface area and I, being a male, am better equipped to take care of anything between about one half foot and one foot on any tree, mailbox, and an occasional parked car. I can assure you that it takes a lot of practice to discharge not too much and not too little so we can cover the distance we walk in the morning with our matron. (I call her matron as I am told that the word for female master has a poor connotation).
We have an excellent EWACS (Early Warning and Control System) deployed in our vicinity. We communicate very effectively among our species. We have a golden retriever positioned strategically at the entrance of our block who serves as a scout and roams the back of his premises and, upon seeing a potential intruder entering our neighborhood, immediately signals this to all of us. About halfway in between him and our property there is a pair of hush puppies who make up for their size with their signal volume. If an intruder still manages to arrive within eye sight we’ll immediately storm out of the office and go full blast to the border of our premises doing our best to look like attack dogs. So far this strategy has worked pretty well, although sometimes too well as there have been some incidents where we were unable to identify friend or foe in a timely manner (and gotten in trouble for that with our master and/or matron).
Like I mentioned, my partner Victoria is really in command, even though I am faster and can outrun her easily, if there is a real threat, I let her take the first blow as a good commander should. You see, canines are like the Israeli army; the highest number of casualties occurs among the commanders. She has the scars to show it as well. A nasty one on her side from a coyote who tried to enter the premises and one on her belly, when she was defending her matron from a nasty little dog when we were traveling. So, she is typically behind me covering my back but as I mentioned she is not afraid to take charge.