posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 01:52 AM
reply to post by TheRedneck
I have an American Bulldog that does the same thing. He is still technically a puppy, about a year and a half old, but he's a BIG boy (about 125
pounds) and I think he was being raised to fight also. When we got him about 6 months ago, he was terrified of everything. Scrawny and in generally
crappy health, even after being with the humane society for over a month.
Within a week or so, he was mostly as normal as any other dog, but when he was left alone for any length of time outside, he would get frantic and try
to get inside again.
Tuffy is not scared of people in the slightest. He's made more than one person defecate in their undies by running at them full speed like he's
going to attack, then stopping last second, sitting down and begging for pets. He also will not growl but visibly tense up if he feels me or any
member of my family is threateded by someone he does not know.
He is, however, terrified of stupid little things. Once he was out in the yard and a squirrel fell out of a tree. It fell about 15 feet and made a
hollow thud. Instead of running for it like a normal dog he made that wide eyed "HOLY CRAP" face that I'm sure you and any other bulldog or pitbull
owners here are familiar with. He turned around and ran faster than I had ever seen him move into the back door, through the kitchen, over the gate
(There is a 3.5' tall gate seperating the living room and dining room to keep the dogs out of the room during dinner or in the kitchen at night),
through the living room, over the gate at the bottom of the stairs and disappeared. I found him 15 minutes or so later under my daughter's bed at the
far end of the upstairs.
Another time was almost the same reaction, but instead of a falling squirrel it was what I think was a dead branch that had fallen off the tree and
landed in some lower branches where it was swinging back and forth in an admittedly strange way.
He's also afraid to be alone in the dark, afraid to go into the garage and won't cross a street unless I carry him.
So anyway, maybe it's small things that a person would never make a connection between that trigger the strange reactions. Or maybe bulldogs are
weird. Or aliens.