We were on our 'before dinner' walk around 4:00, yesterday, and were just about home. We came up to a house a few doors down across the street, and saw that their two yahoo dogs were out. I call them yahoos because their owners never walk them (they are a golden retriever and a husky), they just tie them up outside. Every time Gibson and I walk by when they are out, they go crazy and bark bark bark. It's annoying. Well, anyways, yesterday their owner was out with them and they were actually laying down and quiet when we first saw them... but then all of a sudden they jumped up and started barking as usual. Only problem is, that their storm doors to their basement were open..and when they jumped up, *POW* their leashes slammed it shut. Gibson jumped at that, but seemed ok... until the owner started screaming bloody murder at the dogs to get in the house. I thought it was a bit of an overreaction.. but then I saw why he was so upset. His 2 year old son was standing inside the doors when they slammed. I'm not sure if it hit him on the head or not, but he was crying :( (I later saw them out and he is ok, thankfully).
At this point, Gibson is dragging me as hard as he can to get home. I thought, ok, that freaked him out, but dinner will take his mind off of it. He would not even take his post walk charlie bears. Instead, he ran through the house trying to find a safe place. I poured his food and he left it there. He ran upstairs and sat in the corner of our guest room and sat their with his ear back. Eventually, I got him to eat his food, but then he ran back to find a safe place.
I tried to take his mind off of it, with yummy treats, but it didn't work. And then I thought I could take him out to show him that everything was ok. He was fine at first, but then our neighbor was outside and shut her door a little harder than usual..so he zoomed back into the house. I tried again to walk him around our yard, and he just wanted to go for a walk as far away from our house as possible. I didn't have a poop bag, so we went back.
He just got a new Kong Rocket toy (Kong's version of a Chuck-it), which he has been obsessing over, so I thought if we played this, he'd stop being scared (he's been allowed to be off leash in our yard while playing with this, because he has been so good lately). It worked for awhile, but then the yahoo dog owner walked by with his son in a stroller. Gibson saw him and started jumping all over the place and barking/growling. And then... He took off! He was just like, 'uh, see ya, mom!' and sped walked down the sidewalk in the other direction. I took off after him yelling at him to stay, but he just had his ears back and wanted nothing to do w/me. I decided then that I had to run (knowing that it would make him run too), but I thought, 'hey, I was a sprinter in high school, I can catch him'.. That didn't work too well, but i did get close enough to really scream, "Gibson STAY!!!" meanly enough that he knew i meant it. He stopped and curled around on his butt and I carried him 2 blocks home.
The rest of the night was more of the same. He'd seem fine for awhile, but was just 'off'. I thought, maybe if he'd just go to sleep, in the morning he'd be better. Well, he's not. He would not even pee this morning. I seriously just had to stand there in our yard with him for 10 minutes until he finally gave in and peed on my hostas.
We're about to go out for a walk now... Wish me luck.. I am so worried about him :(