Hello Everyone, I am so pleased to have found your forums. I have three dogs (an 11-year old Westy, Sophie, a five-year old rescued boxer, Duke and recently I got Lola from a wonderful local rescue, Molly's Place Rescue in Mechanicsburg, PA. I also have an African Grey parrot, Max, whom I raised since he was 2-weeks old. He is 13- years old now. In addition to being the mother of three happy dogs and a parrot, I am the single mom of two adult daughters who live away from home (Pennsylvania). I am a writer, and my memoir, The Gypsy Saw Two Lives was published in December of 2011. In addition to my love for dogs and writing, I am passionate about understanding how the human mind works. This fall I plan to take my last course required to earn my Master's in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. I was searching information about how to teach my puppy more tricks, when I came about this website/blog (I too blog at Word Press -- awsome place to share!) Lola is a lab mix, extreemely intelligent and of course a good retreiver. I was however a little shocked yesterday when I discovered a tick on Sophie and tried to get it out. Lola thought I was hurting Sophie and she bit me. I have mixed feelings about the incident. Is it normal for a dog to defend another dog in the pack even if it is against their owner? I appreciate any thoughts on the subject and look forward to chatting with you. Thank you.