Alpha and Omega

We are often asked about the “order” in the house.  Queen Natasha the Evil is clearly the alpha female and ruler of the roost, but most people are stunned to find out that Rusty the Rooster is the alpha male.  Not that that really matters, since Queen Natasha lets him know what few decisions he is allowed to make, but the boys do pay attention to him.  So any guess who the Omega dog is?

When we came back from our hike through the ranch, the dogs were all lining up for water from their bucket (Cheoah, for the record, went straight into her crate, so she is not shown in these pictures).  We give you the order:

Natasha and Rusty start drinking, while Kodiak waits "patiently."

Some pup just waits.

Kodiak and Kiska wait their turn

Some other pup just waits.

Come on, guys, hurry up.


Finally - Kodiak and Kiska get their turn.


Would Natasha and Rusty want more water?


Yep, Natasha is going for more water.



  1. Honey the Great Dane on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    How interesting! As someone with an “only dog” household, it is always fascinating to read about pack dynamics! 🙂


  2. BloggingDante on May 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Awww … poor “some other pup”! I think he deserves a cookie just for that!!! Of course, in secret 😉

  3. The Army of Four on May 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Hi Qannik. The internet wouldn’t let me leave a comment yesterday, so I just waited. I’m good at waiting. I think you and I have a lot in common.

  4. Siku Marie on May 4, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Saving the best for last, right?

  5. Emma Rose and the Duchess on May 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    He needs his own bucket! Poor guy 🙁

    Emma Rose

  6. Kari on May 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I think that a lot of people are surprised to hear that Baily is the alpha at our house

  7. Huffle Mawson on May 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Poor Qannik. It’s tough being bottom of the pile.

  8. The OP Pack on May 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    maybe Qannik just likes the taste of water flavored by the rest of the Herd:) Bet you know who gets to drink first here.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  9. Khyra on May 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Maybe he furgot he was thirsty?


  10. Fiona on May 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Wow. Um. That’s a lot of doggies. Poor guy – but I guess SOMEONE has to be at the end of the line. Besides, as the saying goes, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Or something….

    *kissey face*

  11. Wild Dingo on May 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Patience is a virture. right Snowflake?

  12. AC on May 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Admirable patience!

  13. Dennis the Vizsla on May 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Don’t worry, Qannik, waiting builds character …

  14. achieve1dream on May 3, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Awww poor Qannik!! Guess we know who the most patient pupper is. 😉

  15. Huskys Rule on May 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Qannik, you need to tell you Hu-dad that ya need 3 water pails so everybody & can drink at the same time & nobody is dying of thirst.
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  16. Kira The BeaWoootiful on May 3, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Woooos Pack! While I bow to the queen( from one to another), I think woo need more water bowls! Mine is always empty, the only time I bark is at an empty water pail!
    ~husky kisses~
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  17. Houndstooth on May 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Aww, Quannik, I’d have given you your own bowl! Poor guy!

  18. sagira on May 3, 2010 at 7:06 am

    The song leader of the pack popped in my head. My sister Starr is the alpha of our pack.

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