“If you can handle the ride and master the wheel, it's a lifelong love affair, a mind blowing connection with a truly magnificent animal”. This quote reminds me of Brandy, a/k/a “Foxy lady”, “Busy Body Brandy” and “Queen Bee Brandy”. See her facebook page at www.facebook.com/A-Splash-of-Brandy-1496161757300783/
This bio is long, but important. So please read to the end, where you will also find videos as your reward!
Do you enjoy active, brilliant, free-spirited, human-like, velcro dogs who challenge you as well as make you laugh? Do you like to spend time with a dog, engaging them in new things, taking them on adventures, and exploring the world on long walks? Do you like dogs who are independent thinkers? Do you like to play “hide and seek” with a dog, who then does the zoomies around the house in pure bliss when you surprise her behind a wall? Are you experienced with herding type breeds with the need to be patient, calm, and positive in motivating them to do what you want? Do you like dogs who think for themselves and LOVE to be put to tasks that require them to think? Then, Brandy is the dog for you. She LOVES being with "her" human exploring the world, going on car rides so she can watch the world around her and sniff the smells through the crack in the window, and playing with interactive toys that she solves in ways the toy designers never imagined. Her mind is INCREDIBLE. Through her eyes, you can see her thinking and analyzing everything around her—and the pure enjoyment she gets from using her mind. She is a WONDERFUL girl so long as you meet her mental stimulation needs, reinforce her obedience with positive reinforcement, and take her on good walks daily (ideally, 2 walks or 1 long one)--and she will reward you with pure JOY shining in her eyes and unimaginable loyalty as she lies at your feet at the end of a good day. She has a great sense of humor, and will look at you with sparking eyes and an open, laughing mouth when she brings you items from the laundry basket or jumps on the couch demanding I tell her “off”—all done to be funny, not to be naughty.
Brandy is a 6 to 7 year old herding dog mix, spayed, chipped, fully vaccinated, heartworm negative. Do not let the age deter you…she has the energy level of a 2 to 3 year old dog. She is the perfect size at only 40 lbs and not very tall. Her face has a white mask common to the Shiba Inu breed, and I think people mistake that for an older dog. She is not hyper, but does struggle with mentally relaxing sometimes with pacing the house. She has suffered much in this life time with being bumped between a bad rescue group and 3 bad homes in 3 years after originally being dumped on the road —and has been my foster for 2 years. When her original finder of 60 days dropped Brandy off at a rescue foster, Brandy wailed in panic trying to get through a window—she bonds that deeply with a person and her fearless, confident façade hides a sensitive dog. We have worked hard in helping this spirited dog overcome abandonment syndrome due to the deep sense of loss of so many humans. We want to be 100% certain the next home gives this amazing dog a good, happy life. Forever. I love her deeply. If not for having to rotate my elderly dogs, who do not like her, I would keep her just to know she is safe. But this social, mentally alert girl deserves more than having to be rotated from a spare bedroom during the daytime and spending the nights alone, where she often whimpers to herself quietly in loneliness until I go sleep in the room with her then contently curled up in her bed below me. She free roams her “bedroom” with no issue, and is a very clean dog. She is crate-trained, and goes in her crate when fireworks are going off (for some reason anything that sounds like a gunshot makes her want to run outside to take it on).
I would not change one thing about Brandy as her mind is amazing and her continued love of life despite unkind people is inspiring. However, she is not the dog for everyone as she thrives on mental stimulation, and must have a positive way to direct her energy. Otherwise she will invent her own games — which you may not find amusing—and will become anxious. And, at times of high anxiety she can have OCD around paper (we worked with an amazing trainer to manage this behavior created by humans and Brandy thrives under the “protect not correct” training philosophy that will be provided to any adopter). If she is too bored, she does find amusement in taking mail off the counter and bringing it to me while begging with her bright eyes for me to say “drop it” in the hopes she then gets a treat. She is extremely food-driven so easily trained (and has been obedience trained). She is also nose-driven—we should be paid for picking up all the trash Brandy finds on her walks. A treat ball is a MUST for any adoptive home…she will push her treat ball around the house with her nose, while predicting where the ball could get stuck by a wall or furniture and stopping just in time to carry it to a new area free of impediments.
Kids. Loves kids. They give her belly rubs on her walks. However, I am thinking she would be better off not having any living in the actual home—but this really depends on the owner and household. Experienced herding dog owners understand this, though. As is typical with herding dog breeds, noisy play can cause her to be mouthy or nudge a person. Older teens are probably fine, but I think young kids would be the wrong home for her. She loves visiting my teenage nieces/nephews.
Dogs: Historically fine with dogs. She went to daycare for over a year with no issue and I think there is a part of her missing being part of a pack. But, she did not appreciate all the dogs running up to her at the daycare by my house for some reason—could have just been trigger stacking from anxiety about being left by me at the facility and loss of her prior home. She may do best being only dog in the home—but once again, that really depends on the experience level of an owner and the personalities of the other dogs in the home.
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