We had Otis the Scottie and Bitsy the mini schnauzer when one of the techs from our vet office said she wanted us to look at a little guy who needed a home.
He was a little blonde, curly guy who had been out and running for quite a while and was picked up. So we liked him, and he came to stay with us and we named him Eddie. He was so hungry all the time, he would try and get other dogs food away from them. The other dogs seemed to understand and let him get by with it. What none of us knew was that Bitsy, who was 10 years old and alpha dog, decided to give him a month of it. This is what Bitsy looked like (photo from Google)
This is what Eddie and Otis looked like
One sunny afternoon when they were all out in the backyard, I took each one of them a large Milk Bone to chew on. Like always, Eddie chewed his up at lightning speed and looked around for another.
He decided to take Bitsy's bone, walked right up, and just took it away. She was furious. She grabbed him, threw him down on his back, scream barking at him, biting him and just generally terrifying the little thief. He was trying to get out from in under her, paws waving, and all in all, a big panic. After some of this, Bitsy had a few more words, then picked up her bone and moved off.
You see, she gave him 30 days, and this day was 31, where she nor Otis would put up with his thievery anymore.
I never saw Eddie stealing bones or any eats again. Could have happened and I didn't see it, but I am more inclined to thing he learned his lesson.
For me, it was an expensive lesson because Eddie scratched Bitsy's cornea and it required eyedrop treatment for a couple of weeks plus a couple of visits to the vet.
Bitsy never had pups of her own, but her adoptees, Eddie and Otis turned into little goose steppers following her orders as they came. They were, all three, wonderful dogs!
Jo, speaking for Stella and Zkhat