I was really hoping that I would have pics of a new dog to post today, but our meeting with a potential adoptee yesterday did not go too well.
It was a little weird, since we were meeting at the foster home which was in downtown Chicago. I’m not accustomed to having a dog with me in a big city environment and it felt odd. When we arrived, the potential adoptee barked his head off at Brodie when he first saw him, which set Brodie’s nerves jangling more than they already were due to the traffic and city noises. Brod’s a hyper dog any day, and with nerves, I’m sure he was just way overstimulated. When they were doing the meet-and-sniff, Brodie showed his nerves and fear by snapping at the other dog (did not hurt him physically at all), and the other dog got totally dramatic and acted as if he were terrified of Brodie. I’ve never seen a dog do that – all the other dogs Brodie has ever interacted with in my presence have all been like, “oh yeah?” and stood their ground. The other dog also tried to hump Brodie at one point, which I don’t think helped, and Brodie kept snapping at the other guy whenever they’d get to sniffing each other out. They didn’t have a yard, so it was all pretty awkward – I’m used to introducing dogs in a place where we can let them off-leash so they can run around and be whatever distance from each other suits them while they get used to each other. We couldn’t let them off-leash in the courtyard entryway to her condo, so we ended up in her condo itself, sitting on the floor in the hallway. Nothing about it felt right. In the end, the other dog kept doing a very dramatic hiding-behind-the-humans thing, and giving Brodie a look out of the side of his eyes, the kind of look a popular kid gives a kid with visibly not-trendy clothes. Ugh. After an hour or so, we gave up on either of them changing their mentality about each other and left. It was a long day of driving and pretty emotionally exhausting.
I’m sure that we’ll find a dog with a better temperament who gets along well with Brodie, but it’s frustrating to have invested a whole day and $100 in gas money to come away only having stressed Brodie (and the other dog) out.
In the meantime, here’s another dog who lives in our house: KK Slider.
Have I mentioned that I’m anxiously awaiting the Animal Crossing game for the 3DS?