Early on, Monkey declared herself the pack leader, and Floyd just had to toe the line. When they were fed, Monkey would gather both bones up and proceed to guard them until she was ready. She would issue a warning to Floyd, and he learnt to keep his distance until Monkey decided she was hungry.

Then, and only then, when she had decided which bone she wanted, was Floyd allowed to snatch his bone and consume it greedily.

Monkey with one paw guarding the bones while Floyd patiently waits.
Monkey with one paw guarding the bones while Floyd patiently waits.

In fairness to Monkey, it should be pointed out that Floyd had tendencies similar to a vacuum when it came to food, and would hoover up everything in sight – if he was allowed.

Monkey was slightly fussy concerning food, but she had learnt if she didn’t control the food, Floyd would continue his hoovering until there was nothing left.

Monkey munching away. Floyd has already hoovered his bones, but he still clings to hope that Monkey may abandon hers.
Monkey munching away. Floyd has already hoovered his bone, but he still clings to hope that Monkey may abandon hers.

Floyd had boundless energy; in fact, he wore his pads out as fast as they grew. Despite the massive amounts of food he would consume, he never put on an ounce of weight.

When the mulberry tree was in fruit, Monkey would supplement her diet with the occasional mulberry. Floyd had no such control. He would eat all the mulberries that fell off the tree, then stand on hind legs and strip the tree bare.

The result was purple cow pats all over the back yard. Still despite his aching tummy, Floyd would continue to strip the tree every day until the fruit was all gone.

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