We had the misfortune opportunity to dogsit my parent's monster dog, Copper earlier this week. She's been with them for a couple years now, rescued from the local shelter in Virginia.
She and Talos adore each other. They wreck run through the house, barking and playing, until they collapse. They're enamored, truly.
I can't say the same for the other dogs in the house – they're not particularly fond of Copper. Or rather, it would be more accurate to say Copper's not too keen on them.
She's a pain in the neck lot of dog. She's definitely not a dog for a novice dog owner. If she were human, you'd call her, well, I don't really use that kind of language here on the blog. Let's just say this: if she were a human, she'd be the boss of everyone.
She's especially rough on Tango and Lily. If I don't put her in solitary confinement watch her, she'll try to control every move they make. They're (unfortunately) nice enough to take it from her. When she's commandeering visiting our house, Tango can't retrieve the tennis ball if she's around. She'll go after him immediately – and not in a nice way. She's an idiot "up" and "on her toes" kinda dog.
Talos seems to be immune to her bossiness. I know I'm anthropomorphizing here, but I'd venture to say that he laughs at her antics. It looks as if he's saying "That's all you've got?" As much as she tries to boss him around, he'll have none of it. Not because he's bullying back, just because he doesn't take her seriously.
Thankfully, her stay with us was only an overnight one and she's now back with my parents. It was quite sad to see Talos' face, though, when my parents put her in their car and left our driveway. She, too, looked longingly at Talos from the backseat, her eyes never leaving him as the car went up the street.
I guess it shouldn't surprise me that some of our dogs are clearly uncomfortable when she visits, while another dog finds her completely irresistible. I mean, how many times have you said about a friend "I don't know what he sees in her!" I guess opposites attract in the dog world as often as they do in our own world.
LOL!!! I love the way you write about your “sister-dog.”
I’m glad that she’s got you to keep her in line. What’s going to happen when Talos goes to his new partner?
Nancy Andreasen says
We have a pup who seems to be becoming a monster dog…She won’t let our daughter’s old poodle go his own way… She shepherds him and blocks him when he wants to go somewhere she doesn’t approve of. She’s 6 months and he’s nine. It’s a challenge!