In dog community, the dog that barks the most, is not necessarily the bravest or indeed the strongest dog. The dog that barks the most, barks mostly out of fear. The barking is more of raising the alarm but also pretending to be strong to keep the threat at bay.
The barking dog – the cowardly dog among the dog community – so frightened by the looming threat, real or sometimes only perceived in its fear gripped imagination, pretends to bark so fiercely and with such show of bravery but when threat approaches, it barks while stepping backwards.
The more the threat moves closer, the faster the barking dog moves backwards with uncoordinated movements and the faster the fierce barks turn into inaudibly uncoordinated and helpless squeals. The barking dog starts to behave like a rat upon the sight of a cat lying still on a full belly. As soon as, and if the threat edges closer, the faster the fierce barking dog will turn its back (dangerous move) on the threat, and run as fast as it can, to save its life.
Such are the antics of a fierce barking dog, in a dog community; but it has and serves its purpose. Nothing is without purpose. Even a cowardly but fiercely barking dog in a dog community has and serves its purpose in the purpose-pecking order of the dog community.
In human community, a barking dog still serves the same purpose as it does in the dog community. Its purpose is to primarily serve as a self-operating [automatic] alarm bell that sets off at the slightest whiff of danger.
When the dog smells or senses – or maybe, who knows, dreams of – danger, it sets off its inner alarm bell, and the dog barks to alert the human community or the dog owner of the impending threat. The primary dog responsibility to human community is diligent service.
So the barking dog, to human community or its owner, is a mere tool of information and communication. But the dog knows on which end it is and what’s in it for its survival.
As a dog owner and someone who has owned many dogs, I have a profound fascination with dog culture and behaviour. This fascination is out of deep observation of how dogs behave towards people, or while in human community, i.e, dog-to-human relationship. And how, in complete contrast, dogs behave towards and with each other – while in dog community, i.e, dog-to-dog relationship.
To the dog, it doesn’t matter whether or not its owner is a prominent or obscure chief in the human community. As long as the owner fulfills the owner responsibility to the dog, such as providing food and other essentials, the owner is the chief; and the dog will obey and serve.
In the presence of the real human community big chief, in the eyes and certainly mind of the dog; its owner is the BIG chief. And the real human community chief, in the eyes, mind and perhaps based on training by association of the dog, is a potential threat [enemy] to its BIG chief, i.e, the dog owner.
So, the dog’s instinctive responsibility is to protect the BIG chief, i.e, its owner from the real human community chief. The dog, therefore, acts in self-interest and self-preservation by protecting its BIG chief from the threat that is the real human community chief. Human community chief becomes a chief threat to the dog’s BIG chief, i.e, its owner. In effect, changing the conventional chief roles as well as the perception of chief.
But, interestingly, if the real human community chief owns a dog, to that dog – in its eyes and dog mind – he’s BIG chief. That makes the real human community chief: chief BIG chief (cBc).
However, and most importantly, chief BIG chief’s dog, in dog community, is not the chief dog. It’s still a dog, treated like a dog by other members of the dog community and possibly it is the barking dog in the dog community as it is in the human community.
Yet, in human community, a mere servant of a chief is treated by the rest of the community as if he’s [the] chief in the absence of his chief and master. Why?
And interestingly, human community thinks it has superior intelligence than the dog community.
In dog community, the dog that belongs to chief BIG chief – that is, human community chief – is neither the chief dog nor treated like chief in the absence of chief BIG chief. It’s treated like a dog by other dogs in the dog community because it’s a dog.
In human community, however and too often, the dog that belongs to the chief, is treated as chief dog by the rest of the members of the human community. It’s given priority treatment over humans primarily because the chief wills and chiefs it that way.
Thus, to offend the chief’s dog, is to offend the chief. Woe betide the hapless offender! Similarly, if the chief, i.e, the human community chief, forsakes his dog thus far treated like chief dog by the rest of the human community, woe betide the forsaken dog.
A chief’s dog cast adrift by the chief, is no longer chief dog!