So the village has a few other dogs, mostly huskeys and husky crosses. Sometimes the white people who come here adopt the dogs. This can be complicated because the Inuit have a different sense of ownership than we do. For example, a co-woker of mine adopted an abandoned village puppy, but the Inuit consider this dog to be stolen because even though the abandoned it, it was still theirs to let die. I can see why she would want to take the puppy in, cute, fluffy, and in need. We are told when we come up here that we should not adopt the dogs up here because there are usually a lot of flights over who owns the dog. Sometimes people buy the dogs though in order to make the exchange more clear. This co-worker lives next door to me and her dog(Cole) is known to be aggressive to other dogs, like causing fights. She swears the other dogs start the fights, but I find it hard to believe her since I always see him fighting with other dogs. Yesterday he was fighting with another local dog right outside his house. I watched him wander up to the other dog and the fight started, how is that not starting it? Yesterday Blackie met Cole and she knew he was trouble. I had to hand off Blackie to my friend and go grab his collar and chain him up. I guess this made my co-worker kinda mad that I wanted to chain up their dog because since the Inuit (for the most part) don't chain up their dogs, why should they (or at least that is what they say). The subject of the village dogs usually causes a heated debate about what we think the Inuit should do with their dogs.
In the past, the village dogs have killed the dogs of white people. They always attack them and there has been at least one story I have heard, where the dog died. I don't want this to happen to Blackie.
Today I took Blackie for a walk and on our way back Cole decided he wanted to approach us, instantly Blackie started growling and Cole looked very aggressive. At first I was unsure of what to do. I was goann try and go around him, but then I thought, no, I can't stop avoiding the confrontation, we're gonna establish who is boss now! I took a confident stance, picked up a rock and started marching straight up the road toward Cole. His posture changed when I started to do this. Then I took the rock and threw it at him, and told him to go home. He ran off home before he even got in range of my rock throwing. I was glad I was able to scare him off before anything happened. I was most worried about him being aggressive to my dog, and my inability to protect my dog. It's really brought a lot of confidence to me with the dogs, especially since it was not long ago that I was really scared of dogs, and now I have one. I feel like I could scare off another village dog if I had to, although my plan is to avoid the village dogs as much as possible.
I just want to say that I don't want to hurt the village dogs, but I will if they attack my dog, which they will if I don't act aggressive towards them, if they act vicious towards us. I really feel like I know what to do now in the situation and that I can really act like the boss.