He was (ab)used as a puppy. The sheriff’s department had videos, shown to us by the shelter workers, that were used to convict his prior owners for dog fighting. The videos showed a caged puppy put into a dog fighting pit with a fighting dog. The big fighting dog was unable to physically hurt the puppy, but the puppy was completely terrorized. After that, the caged puppy was removed from the pit and the fighting dogs were set to fighting each other.
We adopted him soon after the prior owners’ convictions were made final and in the 11 years he has been with us, we have not been able to “convince” him that other dogs can be friendly. He is now 12 years old and, with the exception of our yellow lab dog, remains aggressive toward other dogs. So, we ensure he is not put into a situation where he is off leash around other dogs and we also make sure that other dogs can’t approach him.
Fortunately he did not associate the abuse with humans or other animals. He is perfect with kids, cats, birds and adult humans…and his favorite time is when he can sit down in front of a toddler to get pets and hugs.
Anyway, this morning there was a black tailed jack rabbit about a foot from the glass door to the house. Our dog noticed the rabbit when he walked by the door and he went on “full alert”. The rabbit saw this, moved about 10 feet away and stopped. We don’t want the jack rabbits around to eat our garden so we let the dog outside and the chase was on. The jack rabbit was easily able to out run the dog, but he (dog) still had a good time chasing the rabbit and after 30 seconds of running, came prancing back to the front door.
It has been raining a lot, and the ground is now a sticky clay, so we had to wash the dog’s paws off before we let him back into the house. He (dog) actually loves the water spraying on his paws, so it was an easy cleanup.