Abe and Java don't get on and will fight to the death so we live by a very precise regime of 2/3 hourly swops, with Abe and Java spending 2-3 hours in solitary (though its with a smoked, filled bone - so not a punishment, they really look forward to their time-out). Java happily sleeps at night downstairs in her plush designer bed. But we have lived in hope that one day their differences may be resolved. Neither dog has aggression issues with anyone/anydog other than each other.
But today, the Mensa Houdini Sweetness Kato managed to get a critical door open - Abe & Java had a very bloody fight. Thank dog we were in. Both are injured, both limping, both covered in cuts - but at least we were there to eventually split them up. Security is being reviewed here at Collective HQ. The Sweetness seems to be able to open any hook&eye, any dooor handle.
Thankfully Kato did not get involved and stood, bewildered, back from it all. Kato thinks (as do I) that as she loves Abe and Java so much , why don't they love each other. Kato is now all concerned for her injured friends, gentle sniffs of wounded legs, carefully escorting a limping Abe to the loo.
Kato has the physical power and strength to take over as Top Dog but is psychologically juvenile and a bit of a girly wuss. Thats probably a good thing.
Lindsay was just obliviously loobying about reciting limericks, walking into trees and talking to snails (senility has its advantages).
Its breaking my heart that Java and Abe hate each other so much, after so many years of basket sharing and playing good humoured Slippy Dog. I have had Abe for nearly 8 years, Java for over 6 - how could I part with either?
And for 5 of those years - they got on so well, just the odd spat that one "OY!" from balsall_heathen or me, could stop in its tracks.
Collective hypnotism for treats - happily sat next to each other
Abe and Java sleeping contentedly together
Playing with a pink tennis ball
And this is how they always slept together - two baskets in my room but only ever needed one.