This month, we have introduced you to two of our five pets: Nana the Brave, and Billy the Most AMAZING Cat. Today, we are introducing our third pet, Izzy, the Wildest Dog in the West. Well, that might be an exaggeration… but only just a little bit.
You might be wondering why we have been blogging about our pets so much recently. The reason is our newest book: Woof Trekking: How to Road Trip with your Pets. Izzy is our cover girl, as you can see below!
Woof Trekking will be released 8 days from today: July 1st. It is a perfect summer vacation book. We are so excited to share all of the road tripping tips and tricks that we have picked up during our four years of trekking around the US with our pets.
But for now, let’s get back to Izzy.
Izzy is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. We picked her up from the airport as an eight-week-old fuzzball. So cute!
Izzy can get pretty wild. We think this is due to the purebred terrier aspect of her (i.e. more nature than nurture). She is very social and excitable, much more so than Nana.
She is always “on.” According to Wikipedia, Wheatens were bred for “herding, watching and guarding livestock, and vermin hunting and killing.” When she naps, any small noise will wake her and she hops up to investigate.
She can also become overstimulated quite easily, which can cause a case of the zoomies, during which she lets out hilarious high pitched shrieks, tear around the house, and twirl around in circles.
This type of wild behavior is exactly what inspired us to write Scout and Malcolm. Izzy is Irish, like Malcolm, although he is probably four times her size. They are both purebreds, can be a little over the top, but remain completely lovable for their pure enthusiastic spirit.
Izzy has very expressive eyes. When she gets scared, her eyes grow wide. She takes advantage of her eyes by staring into your soul, thereby inducing you to feed her more treats. It usually works.
When you talk to her, she cocks her head as if if looking at you sideways will help her understand. Another great trick in her arsenal.
Izzy is the polar opposite of Nana, but we love her. She is the wild one of our family and can always be depended on to bring some sort of excitement to our day.