The Social Experiment Year 6: Pack Member Packs Up

The Social Experiment Year 6: Pack Member Packs Up

Zoologists have long recognized that canines operate in packs; their adaptation to this structure not only allowed for more efficient predatory expeditions but better protected the vulnerable, deaf and blind pups in the den.

The pack paradigm: caribou are easier to take down together. Never leave another behind in the woods. The alpha eats whenever it wants, whatever it wants, and always first.

Our own pack was formed in 2014 when this old grandma chose us to join her pack (she is the alpha of course). We agreed to this exchange: her ancient wisdom for sharing our shelter, veterinarian services, and unlimited bank account access for purchasing bacon treats.

We began to shape our own urban pack paradigm: naps are easier to take together. Never leave Osker behind at the investment banking office more than 14 hours. Maggie eats whenever she wants, whatever she wants, and always first.

The most unifying factor of our pack dynamic was geographical proximity. Moving to the same city afforded us opportunities for cabin trips, game nights, and 1AM burger runs to sob into soggy buns about work stress. And of course, celebrating the wise one’s 12th birthday last September.

Now, as she approaches her 13th year, the strength of our pack’s bond will be put to the test. One of our members is taking a cross-country trek to new lands, to new conquests, and new burger joints.

So Osker:

Though you’re away from us for now
If you need us, give a howl.
You’re jumping into the deep end
Hope you get the occasional work-free weekend
This is now a Tail of Two Cities
If ever things get too gritty
Never forget
That you are a social animal
That you are a carnivore
And you are deeply loved
connected by an leash that knows no distance
by two social carnivores 2900 miles away.