Over the years Dax was the top dog. She kept the pack in order, would chastise the younger dogs and would adopt new pups and teach them the ways of the pack. She was also exceptional in her prime. International judges would ask to take her picture to keep in their judge collection.
Now she is very old and near the end. She sleeps a lot but is still happy and wobbles around to greet her people. The pack can be brutal and when a top dog is deposed it can seem cruel. However with Dax I have noticed the other dogs now lay close to her. Sometimes barely touching but there is usually another dog close. I know I am apply an anthropomorphic emotion but is seems the other dogs are comforting her and keeping watch.