The Dog Who Screambarfs At Strangers
June 16, 2012 7:17 PM Subscribe
Strange and traumatic dog biology question! Not for the faint of heart.
posted by hermitosis to pets & animals (7 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
So was staying in a tiny town on Maui for the last couple of days, and my partner and I walked past a house where there was this small dog in the yard. Like, a large terrier of some kind?
Anyhow, the dog ran up to us to defend his territory, unleashing a long yowling bark. However, halfway through barking the sound suddenly became a shrill gurgle, and I was horrified to see that the dog basically vomited at me WHILE barking. And he seemed just as surprised as I did -- the sudden presence of all this vomit to be reckoned with seemed to distract and even sort of humiliate him a bit. We were horrified but laughed about it -- dogs are weird, amirite? -- and kept on walking.
However, this morning we walked past the same yard on the way to breakfast, and the exact same thing happened -- the little dog ran out and totally screambarfed at us yet again. And on the way home from breakfast, it totally happened a THIRD time. The owner was in the yard that last time and as we walked off he laughed and said, "Watch out for Killer!" Going back to ask questions about the dog's health would have required me to deal with possibly being screambarfed at a fourth time, which no thank you.
So, is this like a regular thing that happens to some dogs? Or what.