I find it unsettling, and disappointing to say the least that after all these years of living together Kohl still randomly attacks Duke. It is completely out of the blue and totally unprovoked on Duke’s part. Which is saying a lot since Duke is a bit of a dick. He’s definitely known to steal toys literally out of Kohl’s mouth, even though he doesn’t want them. Yet, even though he does this time and time again, that’s not when Kohl goes for his throat.
Which has me going “hmmm” on the timing for when Kohl does finally take issue with Duke and try to murder him. Like he did last night.
Nothing was happening, Yannick and I arrived home from dinner with friends, it was about 9pm. I had finished giving the boys their medication, there was no trace of meat anywhere on the floor, or their faces. A fair amount of time had passed since I had given it to them anyway, when Kohl lost his mind and grabbed Duke between his ears and stood on him, flattening him to the ground. Thankfully Yannick was literally right there and the moment Kohl gave the attack growl and latched on to Duke, sorry for those who might be faint of heart, he did what he needed to do to get him off Duke quickly, which was getting his foot under Kohl’s jaw and pushing Kohl off.
He released immediately and “came to” scurrying away in shame.
It’s literally as if we’re dealing with two totally different dogs. So much so that we’ve labeled that guy: “BLACK OUT KOHL.” Because he loses all sense of reality, and completely forgets his training, his manners and his hierarchy in the pack. Poor Duke is left dumbfounded, shaking, and in the case of last night’s episode, something new, with tufts of fur falling off him due to his nerves being shot, I assume.
I can’t make heads of tails of this boy Kohl. On the one hand he is the sweetest most loving boy. Loyal to everybody who he knows to be what he would consider part of his “pack.” His excitement when those he knows come to visit him is that of a pup. He cuddles, kisses, sings, and wiggles with absolute joy. He won’t fight back when Duke legitimately fucks with him and steals babies, as I said, right out of his mouth, but he does, all too often attack completely out of the blue.
The most unsettling part about all of this, is the very real worry about what would happen to Duke if this took place while we were out? If there was nobody here to break it up and get Kohl off of Duke, is it possible that we might come home to the same bloody scene that Jessica Biel did many years ago when one of her Pit bull rescues killed the other one?
The thought terrifies me. So, in order to ensure this doesn’t happen I think the best plan of action is to always put Duke in his crate while we’re gone from the house, not because he’s naughty, although he does still pee in the house whenever he feels like it…twice last week in fact…but for his own safety. As for Kohl, I guess it’s off to the vet for him. Perhaps removing his man bits will take some of this aggression out of him.
PHOTO CREDIT: @thekittyholland