How is your Pack Mentality?

I’ve had a number of dogs in my life, but none has been as much about “the pack” as our current dog, Widget. (Apparently, this is common for his breed, he’s a Rhodesian Ridgeback.) Whatever the pack is doing, he wants to be part of it. Below is a picture of him helping us cut wood for the winter. We were making big logs into smaller pieces, so he joined in.

Rhodesian Beaver Dog © Paul H. Byerly


Widget eats when we eat. If we put food in his bowl and leave, he doesn’t touch it because we eat as a pack. If Lori and I are in separate parts of the house, he “complains” because the pack should be together. It’s funny, sometimes annoying, and a bit convicting. So, here are a few marriage tips from the pack mentality:

  • Any separation calls for a joyful reunion including sniffing of hugging and/or kissing.
  • It doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you are together.
  • Forgive quickly, but be wary of those who have kicked hurt you more than once.
  • There’s safety in numbers (not just physical safety, but emotional, mental, and sexual safety).
  • Make time daily to chase sticks play together.

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One Comment on “How is your Pack Mentality?

  1. My Golden Retriever is much the same way.  Happiest when we are all together!  We can learn a lot from Dogs!

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