New pics of Kratos with his ears.

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Hi guys,
Just wanted to post up some recent pictures of Kratos with his new ears! He looks so handsome and boy does he know it now. Ever since the post have been off he walks with such a confidence and everyone comes up to him commenting how gorgeous he is.

It's too hot in Arizona...(panting)

Yawn...

Oooohhhh...is that a butterfly?

Gggrrr...I don't like those people...

getting-so-sleepy...

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Glad to see the pictures of Kratos with his "new" ears have been reposted. Here is my comment that was lost in the changeover. Original Post made June 16 10:41AM ET.

Love those yellow eyes. If you ever get a shot of him looking directly into the camera they will be spooky for they will bore right through you. As a result I think the reds are more intimidating than the blacks (an that is saying a lot).

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Kratos is so handsome!  He is really feelin' his new ears!  His eyes are a beautiful color.

How long did it take to post his ears?  Are they set permanently now, or do you have to repost at night, etc.  Very cool. 

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His ears stood 6 days after the surgery!  Our vet said he had wonderful cartilage, we have never posted again! 

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Thanks Green,

Oh and tell me about it...his eyes scare me sometimes because when I'm feeling down he comes up to me looks me directly in the eye, and he just seems to know exactly how I'm feeling.  He'll the continue along with kisses to try and cheer me up...I love my boy and it seems every time I post up new pictures of him he seems twice the size he was before!

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The first time I really noticed the eyes were on Hans, my first red male that I had from spring 1984 to fall of 1995. I had come home one evening and he was upset that I had been gone. I was living in Lynchburg, Virginia and up there the split foyer houses are very popular. The basements are not fully in the ground and the front entrance is midway between the two levels, you go in the front and go up about 5 steps to the living area or 5 steps down to the basement. I had a rear deck that was about 6 feet off the ground.


Hans was up on that deck barking his head off as if to tell me he had not given me permission to go away. I looked up at him and he was up with his forepaws on the railing looking down at me. There was a good moon and it was the first time I had really noticed his eyes as they seemed to almost glow. Windy was beside him, but as a black and rust, her darker brown eyes did not have the same effect.

My late sister had one of their pups, Gretyl, and while there were a lot of burglaries at one point in their neighborhood, no one ever bothered her home or yard. Gretyl had her daddy's eyes, and on a black and rust, they were really spooky. I have a desktop background on another machine of a Northern Timber Wolf with yellow yellow eyes. When that machine is on they seem to follow you.

This may be what our amber eyed red heads remind us of.

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Seriously!  Kratos gives me that same stare!  It's kind of scary at times, but he only does it when he's barking at me because I'm leaving the room...

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At least you now know he comes by that honestly. We must remember that deep down our beloved Dobies are failed Wolves. Failed in that instead of continuing to hunt in their packs, they decided to accept food from humans. Eons later we have our faithful companions.

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And have y'all noticed how the expression from those eyes keep changing. There are times that Sofia looks at me with that incredible, adoring " I love you so much Mom" look.. Other times.. it's..

"I am hungry and I know there's chicken in the refrigerator so don't bother with the kibble.. "

When she has that intense stare, I  know she's on to something and I better listen as it's probably important.Either a mouse or the hated hare and her hare-letts are in the back yard.

Sofia will nod her head sometimes when I say. "It's okay honey.. isn't it.?" 

Just last night I was in the middle of one of my world class insomnia attacks.. I usually get up and write.. instead I just tossed and turned and kept my poor husband awake. Sofia knew it, heard it and alas, being my therapy dog, tried to keep the tap tap tap of her nails quiet while she climbed the wooden stairs.. softly she came around to my side of the bed, and just put her head as close to mine as she could..We breathed the same air and I stroked her head til we both got sleepy. There wasn't much light, only a soft glow from the slowly wane-ing moon, but I could see her eyes.. they were soft and full of love and told me everything I needed to know.

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I still can't believe our spoiled, loveable, kissable pups came from such independent, wild backgrounds.  I look at Kratos sometimes and wonder how could that be?  He needs my love and care so much, he can't stand not being by my side, and he always has to know exactly where I am at all times.

And yes, are pups are well in tune with our emotions, it kind of creeps me out sometimes how well Kratos knows me and he is still just a pup!  Since, my boyfriend works overnights he sleeps all afternoon, so when I get home from work he's already asleep...at times I do feel a bit lonely, and it's those times when Kratos comes and sits on my lap to give me a bunch of sloppy kisses.  But the main thing that makes me cheer up is when he looks at me with those wolf-stricken eyes as if to say,"mommy, it's okay...i'm here with you."

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In graduate school, I took a Management class and there was a semester long project of "Finding An Alternative to Bureaucracy". The instructor broke us into teams of 3. We chose Wolves because of the family organization inherent in the wild. We read articles and books, but since this was 1976, long before it was popular to support the wolve the wasn't a lot of info.

The best book was "Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat who was a naturalist employed by the Canadian Wildlife Service to observe the wolf. He and his equipment, meager by today's standards, were dropped into the wilderness for a year. The book has been republished in paperback and is on my to buy list. It explains a lot about the canine interaction with each other.

It is an excellent book, and he pointed out that Wolves play jokes on each other, and him when he was accepted as a new neighbor. They are monogamous with only the Alpha male and Alpha female breeding. The pups are raised by the entire pack, with the others taking on an Aunt and Uncle roles. Their cries are signals and can be heard and understood by not only the pack but by the Natives. 

He described an incident of when the pack was off hunting leaving only a middle aged pair of females behind to mind the kids (litter of 4 cubs). The native guide with Farley heard the wolves and commented we can go back for a while, they won't be back from the hunt until after sundown. Shortly after sundown the pack returned, each carrying a piece of meat.

There is also a fascinating study that we read about and has been going on since 1958 on Isle Royale National Park in Michign which is an island with a population of moose and only one predator - the wolf. They observe the populations of both and the food supply - browse for the moose and moose for the wolf. Interesting enough, they can tell how many calfs will be born to the moose by how many cubs are born to the wolf, although the wolf cubs are born first.

We were fascinated by the Wolves, and I still am, but the Prof. did not like our study, saying the family structure is just another form of beaurocracy, and of course in hindsight he was right. No group came up with a study that really pleased him but we did all get a good grade on our research and thoughfulness.

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I think I just might buy that book it sounds interesting, I love watching animal shows, and reading about wildlife.

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Kratos is looking great!!! and he has the shortest nails I've ever seen! Looking Good!