As nice as it is to have a quiet dog... I kinda need one with more pep and ... I dunno... spunk? I may regret that wish here shortly, life is perverse like that, but I need a dog that plays and thus far all we've seen it do is quietly dismember the squeaky man the Vet gave Isaac. It'll be interesting to see who he really is as he heals and recovers from the trauma that was the last couple of days.
In the meantime, he stays with me off lead, and tries to 'Heel" to me no matter who is walking him. Even when we passed joggers and another dog he stayed with Isaac (who had the leash, though I took hold of the loop just in case). I also think he might have been paper trained at some point. We wondered if he might know commands in Spanish, but there was no response.
We did go to the other shelter to look at a couple of other dogs this morning before we picked him up. Lyle was good, though how hard he leaned into the lead was midly worrisome. I think it's just a matter of training, but he's been at the shelter over a year, so he likely needs more socialization. But he did well with the kids and we took him for a little walk. Pooch was adopted yesterday, and Killer was way too exuberant to have with kids this size. Several of them were weeded out by the amount of hysteria when we approached the cages. So instead we saw this fellow: Cole. Mostly mellow, but then bounding around the pen for a moment before settling. He started to jump up on Isaac but when the volunteer and I both stood up to say "No!" he quickly dropped back to the ground and slunk behind my legs and when I gave him some attention he trotted back out into the play area. That pretty well won me over and Isaac liked that he played with some of the toys and was more interactive than the others have been.
So... we will see. We'll give Dexter here some time to perk up and recover himself, but Isaac at least seems ok with the options and I've said we'll foster him if he needs a new home rather than risk him getting sick again. That Dexter would be safe seemed to ease the worry about what would happen. Now it's just a matter of time.