I'm sure you've heard me comment about how friendly this dog is on many occasions. I've talked about his eating habits, learning to sit, escape artistry, behavior on the leash, etc. One thing that I haven't mentioned is how he acts when he gets scared.
I have only seen him scared twice so far. The first time was when my friend Bert came over. Bert is a big dude... probably 6'3" and 250lbs. He was not really even paying much attention to Skeletor when we went out back to meet him. For no apparent reason, Skelly started acting really strange.
He cowered next to a shrub as though he was trying to make himself disappear. Bert pet him a little to put him at ease. He seemed ok, but still a little timid. We went back inside and let Skelly in to hang for a bit. Even though Bert made nice with Skelly, he was still visibly shaken. He walked into the corner behind some furniture, trying to disappear just as he had done before.
After some more affection and about 10 minutes, he finally started acting like his chipper self again.
It's really strange how, though completely unprovoked, he got so petrified. Perhaps Bert looks like his former "owner?" I'm not sure.
The other time he was scared was when Ian was playing with this toy that launches a paper ring that flies kinda like a paper airplane. Skeletor did the same thing... he was shaken up for at least 15-20 minutes. Scared of Ian, scared of the living room, just really scared in general. He cowered in his kennel and stayed out of sight until we were able to sufficiently reassure him that it was ok.
I hope that with time, we can restore Skelly's dignity, spirit and confidence. Somebody at some point has broken him. It's a miracle that he is so friendly towards people.
It makes me wonder what horrors this poor dog has been through. But to be honest, I'm not sure that I'd want to know. I really wish that justice could somehow be served to the monsters that did this to him. I hope that they are not doing the same to his brothers or sisters.
How somebody could do something like this is beyond me. I'm just glad that with your help, we are able to give a second chance to this wonderful pup.