I love the sounds and sights of dogs play-fighting. The roll their lips back to bare their teeth in expressions that could be very frightening in different circumstances. And they snarl and growl, punctuated with an occasional yip of fun or "Ouch! Hey, don't do that!" Once in a while, the snarling and barking become rather serious and the "stand off" takes place as the offended and the offender decide who was right.
A few minutes ago I was watching Jazi as she "pinned" Max in best sumo wrestler style. Both dogs were fully fanged and making enough noise to make one think that death was a certainty for one of them. But as I watched, Max was rolling around on his back, much like a big brother humoring his kid sister by feigning helplessness, while the little girl stood over him as if in victory!! OMG, what a trip these guys are! To make it even funnier, Sam and Joey were sitting on their haunches, just inches away, watching this charade with intense interest. I could almost hear them saying, "Is this for real?"
"I donno, I can't tell."
"Should we do something?"
"Nah, this just pays him back for all the times he jumped one of us!"
No, I haven't lost my mind! I simply love the fun my funny four-leggers bring to my life! If a dog brings happiness into one's life, I'm really blessed because I have six times happiness at my house!