Well, Mischa and I finally experienced what Mom went through last weekend. Tierce was lying in Mischa’s arms and decided he needed to get out of them NOW! When thwarted, he started baring his teeth and snarling and twisting to get free.
Mischa shook him by the scruff of the neck and held him down. He wasn’t hurting Tierce, but the cacophony of wails and screams would have had one believe that the dog was slowly being roasted over an open fire. Then Mischa carried him over to the ex-pen and dumped him in. Silence. A slightly bewildered puppy stared at us through the wire. I picked him up and cradled him. Nothing.
I had previously emailed both Tierce’s breeder and Shassi’s breeder about what Mom went through. Apparently it’s not unheard of, especially when the Shiba is a little alpha male. Tierce did the equivalent of a three-year-old human screaming thrashing and kicking at anyone and everyone.
BUT… and this is a big but…
Mom still has that deep scratch. We’re going to be watching Mr. Tierce very carefully for signs of another temper tantrum and responding to them accordingly. This kind of thing has the potential to get out of hand VERY quickly.