Hey y’all! It’s day #9 of the Countdown to Trouble. For each day I’m going to post something about the novel. It may just be a pic that helped me along while writing it, or it may be more. You’ll have to keep checking, lol. Especially this Friday. *wink*
The Alpha is the leader of the clowder; they try their best to keep up with the going ons. They make important decisions that reflect the growth and welfare of the clowder. The Alpha creates the rules and makes sure they are properly enforced.
Another important responsibility of the Alpha is to maintain the clowder's hunting territory. The Alpha calls group hunts and decides when and where to hunt, along with the Betas and Hunters. The Alpha provides an emotional center for the family and focus for friendly feeling within the clowder. One of the most important social functions of the Alpha is to help maintain an even temper and bond of the family.
During clowder meetings, most issues will be discussed with the elders and/or betas. The final decision will be made by the Alpha after all opinions are heard by the clowder members. The Alphas have the final say so in everything, yet act only for the good of the clowder.
The Beta is the second ranking individual within the dominance hierarchy. They show commitment and loyalty to the clowder, also acting as a discipliner to reinforce the Alpha's decisions. The Head Beta stand in as Alpha when the Alpha(s) are not present. They answer to no one but their Alphas, but are expected, as with all members, to show respect to everyone.
They also assist the Alphas with any conflicts within the clowder and enforce the rules, keeping peace within the clearing. They have the right to kick and ban a cat from the clearing, after fair warning of wrong actions, such as fighting. Betas may also call hunts, deciding when and where to hunt, along with the Hunters.
In clowder meetings, the Betas' answers and suggestions are the second most important, being trusted advisers to the Alpha, only thinking for the good of the clowder as a whole.
The Delta wolf is in training for Beta position. They are third in rank to Alpha and Beta. Delta's do not hold the authority to call medium or large Hunts. That is a privilege to only ranked Alphas, Betas, and SM Hunters. Deltas usually become the next Beta after training is complete but one can remain Delta without moving to Beta position.
When this is the case, if ever the current Beta is removed from their rank, steps down, changes rank, or leaves the pack, the Delta may take the place as the new Beta at the Alpha's request.