My dad called the other day to tell me a story about two of their dogs, a German Shepherd named Cody and Spike the Beagle. Both are relatively new to my parent's house and are still working on their "relationship."
So here's how the story goes: It's 2am in the morning and it seems Spike has escaped my parent's bedroom (where all the dogs sleep at night) and gone out the dog door. While understandable if he needed to pee, Spike had something more adventurous in mind -- sniffing out deer, raccoons and other wild animals. Not terribly unusual for a Beagle, but as part of the hunt he began howling up a storm.
My dad gets out of bed, puts on his boots and coat (it's raining outside), grabs a flashlight and goes in search of Spike. Cody, who sticks to my father like glue, followed him outside. Following the howling, my dad begins searching for Spike and finally finds him at the bottom of the pasture. But, as you can imagine, Spike had absolutely no interest in coming when my dad called him. And called him. And called him.
The next thing is what totally blew my dad's mind. Cody leaped over the fence, raced down to where Spike sat (howling up a storm), and protectively stood over him. He then grabbed Spike by the nape of his neck and waited for my father to come fetch him.
When I say my father is proud of his boy Cody is an understatement! According to him, "if Cody hadn't gone after Spike, I still would've been standing there two days later."
So, next time you think dogs aren't highly intelligent and intuitive . . . think again.
Kudos to Cody!