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?