Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My dog has issues

On my run this morning, as I was listening to loud music to drown out the sounds of toddler whining, I couldn't help but notice that my dog has a serious case of paranoia. She's always had it when we run: she is CONVINCED that someone is behind us and/or following us. Every 4 steps, she has to whip her head around and check. She has even run into the stroller because she doesn't stop running forward, she just stops looking forward. 

She gets that way almost every single run we do alone (not with a group) and there is never anyone following us. She has bad days when she has her tail tucked for a good portion of the run and just looks ridiculous. When other people tell me "Oh my dog just gets tired after 2 miles" I feel like responding "Well, my dog is terrified to stop running because she thinks Big Foot is behind us". 

Yeti hungry for COONHOUND

The funny thing is that if we run in a group of people, she's fine. In the race last weekend, at no point did she seem to be in fear of a woods Yeti. I think she would be a happy dog if all of our runs were group runs.



I don't understand how a dog who does so well in public can be so frightened the rest of the time. She's fine if she's alone in the house or in the yard, just not when she's running with me. I think in her doggie mind, she thinks we're running from something when it's just the two (or three) of us. 

She has other issues too, including but not limited to:

  • She has to have her special pink fleece blanket for sleeping downstairs. If the blanket isn't on the couch, it's like her world doesn't make sense to her.
  • She has some kind of internal clock. At 4:59pm, she just goes and lays down and stares at her food bowl because she knows that 5pm is feeding time. 


  • Peanut will only sleep in her crate, however if I ask her to go into her crate, she reacts like this:

She'll only go into her crate when I go into the bathroom to brush my teeth before bed. I don't know why, but I do know I can't change it.

  • She cuddles with Faith's toys when she thinks no one is looking:
Ok, I admit I invited Cookie Monster, but Elmo just tagged along, I swear!


How is your dog or cat "special"?

Do you ever feel like someone is behind you when you're running and do the quick turn and look?

35 comments:

  1. I always feel like someone is running behind me. So paranoid. My cats have so many weird characteristics. One just carries around a nasty red ribbon now and brings it to me when he wants attention. So nasty.

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    1. You would definitely think someone is running behind you if you had to run with my stupid dog. She freaks me out all the time!

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  2. Ha!!! Reminds me of Hyperbole and a Half's dog.http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/07/dog.html

    Our dogs are complete morons. I wish I was exaggeration but they truly are idiots. One is afraid of his own butt when he passes gas. The other can't go on a walk because she will stop every two seconds. To do nothing.

    I tend to the quick turn around during darkness. The worst was running in the dark and hearing critters in the bushes and seeing their eyeballs staring back at me. Ugh.

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    1. I swear that blog is written about Peanut's twin. I died laughing the first time I read that entry!

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    2. That post is what I thought of when you were describing Peanut too!! Love crazy dogs!

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  3. Bungee IS special dog.

    For the run, I bet she thinks she's protecting you by always looking around. It's like how when Mike is out of town, Bungee won't sleep in bed with me (when normally she does every night), but when I'm gone she sleeps with Mike. She doesn't have to protect Mike, so she lets her guard down. She has to sleep by the door and protect me, though.

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    1. Peanut just likes my husband better, mostly because he doesn't really like her. She's like a cat.

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  4. My dog is afraid of all other dogs even though he's a big German Shepherd. Even when a small yappy dog comes toward him, he likes to hide behind me and stick his head out from between my legs.

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    1. Haha, you need to get that on video!

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  5. you should give your dog a rear-view mirror.

    Or freak her out by attaching a small noise-maker to her tail. That would be hilarious.

    Oh, and I made cookies tonight. There will be none left by the time you get here on Sunday. but maybe there will be something else.

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    1. If I attached a bell to the dog's tail, that would be our fastest run ever.

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  6. I was going to say the same thing as Kari. I thought she was trying to protect you or Faith. One or the other. She sure sounds special. All dogs have their little quirks! Someone tell me why my 90 lb lab hides in his cage if I sneeze. Makes no sense.

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    1. Peanut used to run and hide when I sneezed too. One day she just decided to stop. Strange dog. :)

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    2. Same for him! He doesn't do it every time like he did as a puppy. Now it is just once in a while. when the mood strikes him. He also squeezes himself into Annie's bed when she is a good 40 lbs smaller than him. They make no sense.

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    3. Laurie's 90 pound lab walks in circles around me when I'm sitting on her couch. Her dogs are very confused by pregnancy. Anyways, I always check behind me when I'm running, but I'm a little paranoid since I run so early in the morning and it's so dark. And I think we all know my dogs are morons. Rufus ran smack in to a sliding glass patio door a few weeks ago.

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    4. Avery freaks out when I blow my nose. Oh wait - we're talking about dogs. My dog is embarrassed to walk with the stroller...and wants to move in with Laurie. :)

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  7. Maybe she just prefers it when you run with the group and can't figure out where they are when you run alone. All of my dogs have issues, like major, weird issues. I've just come to accept most of them.

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  8. When I was running in VA, I kept hearing noises behind me. Yeah a normal person would have thought ummm, leaves but not me. I completely think they are after me. But only while I am in VA. In PA they don't even notice me. I think I am invisible!

    My one day is mentally challenged. Thanks to a puppihood accident. The other thinks it's the first dogs human caregiver. It works out well. The cat pretends that he is a mountain lion. Maybe a vegan one?

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  9. I bet Peanut is all weird when it's just you because she wants to protect you :) Her guard is probably down when there are more people around. Tals is like that too!

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    1. I love the Peanut's version of protecting me is tucking her tail and running faster. :)

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  10. One of my dogs is "other dog aggressive" on a leash. It wouldn't be a problem if everyone's dog was on a leash and didn't attack her...but I guess she's asking for it because she sounds like Cujo on speed at the end of the leash. It is really embarassing. My little dogs always start playing like maniacs when I am on the phone. They are like two little kids demanding attention. Oh, and Maynard loves to eat warm dog poop fresh from the "oven". I am always throwing stuff at him when he tries to do this. Good thing I don't live by any PETA members.

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    1. Peanut prefers her poop aged, like a steak or fine cheese.

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  11. All animals are "special". I do the quick turn and look like 15 times per run (in the dark) and 99% of the time its a lamppost. Or, nothing. Except the other day when some creepy guy in a truck pulled up and asked me if I was a trainer. I was positive I was about to be the subject of a headline, and later on a lifetime family movie.

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  12. when i run by myself in the morning, i'm a bit like peanut and turn my head around every 5 seconds.

    since i go to bed super early and my husband is a night owl, hawk will hang with my husband after i head to bed. sometimes, my husband falls asleep on the couch watching TV and hawk totally spoons him. it's hysertical.

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  13. Awww poor doggie! I can totally relate... the other day I was doing a run outside and on one corner there was a guy all dressed up talking on his phone and I kept checking behind me, then a few blocks later there was another guy talking on his phone with the same suspicious look I got really paranoid. No, just me? ok

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  14. Peanut is so cute. I love that she has a favorite blanket. My dog is super paranoid and terrified of all other dogs big or small, large street signs, small street signs, cardboard boxes, bugs, her shadow...the list goes on. She's a 70lb golden retriever and she is terrified of the tiniest things. It's hilarious and sad at the same time.

    I occasionally do the quick turnaround to see if someone is behind me, but the worst is when I don't hear someone behind me then they run past me. I do a little startled jump and feel like a moron.

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  15. I want your dog.

    Because I do the majority of my running at night, I do tend to look backwards from time to time. I do this not because I think someone is back there but rather to appear alert.

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    1. My husband would say "You want her? You can have her" Haha, he's always trying to give her away.

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  16. Aw, Peanut. I love her. Our cats have internal clocks, we get the same reaction from our cats. Except, Bill starts howling. It's like he's never eaten before.

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  17. I love Peanut! :) Must be something about the hound breed; my basset/bloodhound mix does that on walks - constantly looking back. I have to drag her along, probably giving her whip lash. Our hounds only go into the crate on their own accord as well. Actually, they do pretty much everything on their own accord :)

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    1. I think this is why all hound dogs get along!

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  18. One of my cats is very "special." She is obsessed with plastic bags, and will find any scrap of plastic you leave out and lick it obsessively. It makes me insane so we have to hide all plastic. She does not seem to understand that her claws are retractable - they are just out all the time. You hear them clicking on the wood floor or when she runs up the stairs you hear them like velcro on the runner. She also chases her tail - round & round in circles until she falls over or runs into something. And it's like she's MAD at her tail, and doesn't understand it is part of her. She glares at it, attacks it, and bites it when she catches it. Freak.

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    1. Haha, Peanut has the same problem with her tail!

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  19. I freak myself out in the park at night sometimes. I see things that I think are deer and it turns out it's a bench. Or I think I hear a rustling in the bushes and it's nothing. Molly "nests" her big dog bed to get it just right. Sometimes this involves pushing it across the length of the living room and back. She also knows when 6pm dinner is approaching. Sometimes she gets confused and starts trying to herd me into the kitchen much earlier though. Also, if we give her a piece of banana or something, she insists on bringing it to a certain spot on the carpet to eat it.

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  20. YOU'RE BUZZFEED FAMOUS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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