The open space beyond our fence is a favorite walking path for dog owners and wild creatures alike. So, the boys regularly patrol the yard, marking the outer edges to let all who pass know who's territory it is.
The boys are quite comfortable with the parade of Canada geese and selected dogs which pass by their property. They've given a "free pass" to these ones and simple watch as they go by. Unknown dogs get a bit of a bark but nothing much. Bruiser absolutely despises the collies that walk past and lets them know it with barks, grunts and frantic marking. Rocki comes along for moral support on each of these outings, but doesn't make a sound. He'll mark for good measure, but isn't really sure why.
But nothing gets the dogs on guard more than when bunny comes back to town. Bunny is not afraid of them...he sits on the grass outside the fence and watches them. Bruiser will growl and mark and run around, and bunny just sits and stares, his little nose twitching and all his sense alert. Rocki wags his tail which further infuriates Bruiser. How could his brother let bunny come so close? Bruiser is not sure what to make of bunny. At times he is actually wagging his tail. Perhaps he wants to play? Other times he'll try to be menacing with growls and barks. But no matter what he does, bunny just sits and stares. So as fall draws closer and the rabbits begin foraging for food to get them through the winter, Bruiser is on guard to let bunny knows where he stands on his territory.