If you’ve ever sat through a really boring meeting, you may have found yourself whiling away the time watching the dynamics between people around the conference table. If you look closely you can see who really detests whom just by watching their facial expressions and body language.
At one company I worked at, the main conference room had glass windows, so you didn’t even have to be in the meeting to do some serious people-watching. It was like watching animals in a zoo.
My own furry zoo has many dynamics going on in it as well. For example, Tika, the golden retriever is a “toucher.” She likes to sleep near some other dog and preferably be touching her. She and Leia often sleep curled up right next to each other, back-to-back.
On the other hand, Cami, the wooly white dog won’t put up with even a moment of Tika touching her. Or any other dog. Tika will lie down next to her in the hopes that they can have a nice friendly snooze. But Cami won’t have any of it. She’ll leap up in a huff and lie down somewhere else.
The cats do it too. You can tell when they have just had a tussle because there will be lots of posturing and trying to be queen kitty. Then exhaustion sets in and they curl up together and apparently forget all the earlier little transgressions.
It’s more proof that if you put any type of critters in close proximity to each other, personalities will come into play. Some days everyone gets along; some days they don’t.