Meet the Farmies August 11, 2022
This is the start of a series. An ethnography, if you will, of Cheeru and the free-living dogs around my farm – Chaita, Dude, Iti, Yaya, Elvis, Rita and Biscuit.
Does Elvis Sing? August 29, 2022
First, there was Elvis. He was Cheeru’s first friend in this place and I suspect he is still her favourite. Or perhaps Dude is her favourite. Do dogs have “favourites”?
Chaita and her avatars November 26, 2022
At first, she was called the “site dog”, who then became Sita or Syta and then the S softened to a Ch, just as our hearts softened for her. Thus she became Chaita and this is her story.
Play, love, friendships and rules December 4, 2022
Here we have a lovely video of three of the farmies engaged in play. How about a close examination and an analysis.
Giving dogs space to disagree gracefully January 3, 2023
What does respectful disagreement look like in dogs. Do we give our dogs opportunity to learn this? We focus so much on teaching dogs how to play, that we forget that healthy social relationships are also about knowing how to decline play and how and when to walk away from it.
Madonna’s Anger May 5, 2023
The dog who is barking is Madonna. Is Madonna a ferocious dog? Is she angry? What do we know about animal anger? What do we know about our own anger?