What's Wrong With Neighborhood Animals?
Yesterday morning, we wake up, and take the dogs out. There is a little white dog outside that was just too nice for its own good. It kept trying to run up to Sadies, who would have torn the puppy apart. Sadies was so distracted with this dog we couldn't even get her to pee. So, Joe had to hang out in the backyard with Sadies while I took the puppy around front and held it so it wouldn't run back into the back yard. The little thing just sat licking my face the whole time. Such a sweet dog, but shouldn't its instincts have told it to STAY AWAY from Sadies?
Then, when both dogs have pottied and we go inside, the dog is hanging out on our back porch. Sadies sat by the back door fired up. She'd sniff under the door and let out the highest pitched whine I've ever heard in my life. We crated her, but she just sat in her crate letting out the same whine. We finally had to put her in the bedroom.
When the dog finally disappeared (it either found a more hospitable environment, or the owners found it), the neighbor's cat shows up. The dogs were going off. The neighbors have a dog that the cat plays with, so the cat is not afraid of dogs. Sadies is pitching an ungodly fit, so I decide to take her for a walk to work off some energy and shut her up. She's so worked up, she's trying to pull my socks off my feet as I'm putting my shoes on.
As I'm walking out the back door, the cat starts coming towards us. It was too stupid to run away. Joe had to go outside and hold the cat while I got Sadies in the car. When we got back from our hour and a half walk, the cat was gone.
Why didn't these animals' instincts tell them to get away? Why would they keep walking toward danger?