Since we moved to Switzerland, pack dynamics have changed a bit. Juno's hips have gotten a bit worse and she isn't as likely to play rough with Loki anymore. I'm sure it bums out Loki not to have a really rough tumble anymore. Still, he's bit of an idiot bully with her and tends to push her around now and then. Sometimes I step in and call him off and sometimes I let her handle it. Loki still gives into her when somethings important enough for her to defend. But it makes me sad to see her duck his bullying attempts to engage in play or tell him off when he's being a dork. Loki has absolutely no manners when it comes to dogs though if he's really ignored pretty hard, he doesn't push things. If he were human, he'd be that dude in the bar to start a fight by throwing a drink in some guy's face, then splits and doesn't stay for the fight.
So anytime I can catch Juno really giving him the smack down it warms my heart. Trust me, if you all ever met Loki, you'd all like him fine. Most people are quickly charmed by his gregarious theatrics. But after a while of knowing him, you'd all say the same thing: he deserves it.
Here's Juno just after a sneak attack on him from behind. She smacked him on his right back side, caught him off guard, he lost his balance and went boom in the snow.
"Doh! Catch ya on the back side Big Boy!"
I almost cried it was so perfectly planned and so unlike Loki to be unprepared.
"Mom, Juno pushed me and I went boom in the snow! Boo-hoo!"
"Hey Big Boy, there's more where that came from! How about it?"
"I don't wanna play with you! You're so unfair. I didn't even see you comin'!"
Oh buck up Loki. It's not like you haven't done that to Juno at least 187 times this week already.
"There, there now. How about I duck my head a little and let you pretend you're alpha?"
"Now that's what I'm talkin' about Big Boy! Welcome back to fightclub!"
"Big Boy, flappin' those ridiculously large ears on your head like Dumbo isn't gonna make you any scarier. Just sillier."
"You're on my turf now Big Boy! C'est la Neige Baby!"
"Princess, I fly like a butterfly..." (plop)
"Now you ready for some real Husky action? Grrr..."
"OMD! I think she means it. Les Enfants in Tolochenaz were right! Woo ARE a Wolf Dog!"
"Sheesh. Show a little gum and the party's over."
In other news, I finally perfected a Bolognese sauce that works for me.
There are like 87,000 ways to make Bolognese. I tend to like mine with a bit more tomato. Besides, it's impossible to find chicken or beef stock here. So I added a little more tomato and some whole milk. But it means I'm going to have to make my own stock for the upcoming recipes I'm planning to try. This week's new dishes (for me): the first dish is Chicken Marsala with a side Risotto and the second is a Simple Pork Chop Coriander over potatoes. I'm staying simple because I'm still getting to know how to cook meat. The week after is authentic long-cooked Pasta e Fagioli and two beef dishes, one braised in Guinness! Stay tuned. And yes, the dogs had plenty of taste tests.