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    At the end of our walk this morning, my dog walked under a bush (I think it was a grevillea – she likes to scare little birds out of bushes) and then yelped loudly, came running to me obviously distressed and kind of checking her back and still yelping. I tried to comfort her, but then she walked away from me and didn’t want to come when I called her. She stopped a couple of times and looked at me, but then turned around and went to the parked car and waited for me there. When I got to her she cowered. Have never seen her do that before. I have never punished her for anything at all – the worst she ever got from me was an ‘ach!’ when she is about to do something I don’t want her to.

    She went all submissive when I checked her for bite marks in the car. Couldn’t find any. I am crossing my fingers that it was way too cold for snakes to be about (I checked under the bush, but couldn’t see any). I had to go to work and now I am worrying about her being home alone because I still don’t know what caused this reaction. And her fearful reaction to me also worries me. Because she is a rescue dog, I have no idea where this may have come from. But it looks like somewhere in her past she’s learnt to make this association, either with being hurt and then being punished or perhaps with being punished for not coming when called. Though if the latter was the case, I probably would’ve seen evidence of this earlier because it’s not as if this was the first time she didn’t come when I called her name.

    It is the challenge of getting a ‘secondhand’ dog. You have no control over the associations that they’ve made in their previous life. Hopefully with patience and consistency, whatever it was will fade and she will learn to always trust me.

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    As i was reading this all i could think of was a snake bite. I hope it isnt although they can be very hard to see the bite mark somtimes.
    My old Ridgeback cross would every now and then give out a loud yelp for apparently no reason at all. It had me very worried aswell because i couldnt see, feel or understand why. When he got really sick before he died we took x-rays and all sorts of tests. It turned out he had a spinal problem towrds his tail. The vet told me it would have been very painful, yet i never saw him limp or react to it in any way at all. I put the yelp down to him moving some way where it hurt his back a lot. I could be right, i could be wrong. I hope you can work out whats bothered her. Good luck.

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    It was only about 1 or 2 degrees when it happened, so you would not expect snakes to be around yet. I will go check on her at lunchtime. And will make an appointment with the vet just for a general health check (and ringworm treatment - bloddy foster cats!). Even though I wanted to wait until her adoption was finalised and I got all the paperwork from the foster care organisation, but they are very slow in getting back to me.

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    Fingers crossed your pooch is ok, the bush might of been a bit thawny and just poked the wrong spot!

    Its not good that the foster carers are dragging their feet with you either, that must be a pain!
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    She was fine! I felt so relieved when I pulled up on the driveway and saw her walk up to the gate!

    The vet did a bit of a check of her bones and could not find anything abnormal. Maybe it was a bee sting or similar.

    Now all we have to do is to treat the ringworm: I hate ringworm!

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    The sting is what I was thinking to then as I read the posts to it you had put it down that it might have been that.
    So it might have been a Bullant I know they bite hard and they hurt when they do it to so maybe it was one of them or a couple.

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