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  • We are a pack of four: top dog, bottom dog and two princesses. It is the bottom dog who has the most interesting and varied life. She describes herself in a number of ways when relating to the pack, but the most prevalent ones are the “human Pez dispenser” and “dog slave”. It is her pillow that needs frequent punishment to keep it in line. It is she who is frequently told, vocally or by stares, that it is time for a carrot, time to go to patrol the yard or time to take a walk in the park. And it is she who has recently given up her pillow to a princess who demands complete control over her landscape. She reasons with the princesses on a constant basis but they never seem to listen. They only make demands and attack her pillow. If the top dog is not around to feed the princesses, they make life miserable for the bottom dog; more often than not they indulge in various forms of harassment a half hour or more before normal feeding time. If the top dog is around feeding time is often missed with no complaints. Right now, one princess is curled up asleep on the couch and the other is sleeping on her back on what was formerly the pillow of the bottom dog. Soon they will awaken and the demands will begin – oh, to be a bottom dog!
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