Izzy is absolutely fearless. She will stalk moths in the backyard like a lioness. When Luke started banging his long-abandoned drums in the basement, she marched right up to the noise and grabbed a drumstick. She is bold and brave and courageous.
My personal dog Brodie is none of these things. The first time he met Izzy, he was on one end of a leash and she was on another. He was barking like mad, wanting terribly to play with the new foster pup. He was spinning and rearing and play bowing, eager to get to her. She was calm, sitting quietly, as if assessing the situation.
They sniffed each other, with Brodie quivering with anticipation. Then they were free and Brodie did his thing…racing around the yard showing off his speed, hoping the new addition would play his favorite game, “Chase me and admire how fast I am!”
But Izzy had a similar game: “I’ll chase you and catch you and drive you crazy.”
Izzy may not look totally like a border collie, but she certainly acts like one. She tried to herd Brodie all over the yard. She stopped only to crouch down low in the grass and creep along, pouncing and trying to nip at his heels. Fortunately, he’s fast. But she’s fast too.
Brodie realized very quickly that this wasn’t as fun as he thought it would be. He also realized that she couldn’t climb the steps so he vaulted onto the deck for safety.
He stood there panting as she crouched at the bottom of the stairs, waiting for him to come back down and play.
Now they do the same thing in the basement. He races down to greet her (that’s where her crate is), forgetting who he is messing with. Then she chases him all over the junk in the basement. He spins and leaps, vaulting over her and the assorted old printers and boxes, then runs up to the landing for a breather, as she waits at the bottom of the stairs and they have a standoff.
When they’re racing, she occasionally grabs his fluffy plume of a tail or any assorted body part and he yelps because her puppy teeth are very sharp. Apparently, a normal dog would give her a slight correction and she would learn that’s not cool. But Brodie’s response is flight, not fight.
One day Izzy will test her boldness with a dog that will not just run away and she’ll realize she has to play a little nicer. And the good news for Brodie is that it looks like Izzy won’t be grabbing his tail for much longer. An amazing couple came to meet her this weekend and they’d love to take her home.
It’s OK if Brodie isn’t all that brave. He’s very sweet. And very fast. Just ask him.
— Mary Jo