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Old 04-23-2012, 08:55 PM
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Default Morgan is freaking out. (vibes please)

I really don't know what is wrong. He's been off his game all day.

He's shaking like a leaf, panting, drooling, and just in general being EXTREMELY AFRAID of EVERYTHING.

At first I thought he was reacting to the baby monitor (it makes random interference noise now and again), but I'm really worried it's actually something else. The monitor has done this since day one, and this is the first time I've ever seen him even notice the noise.

I first noticed things were weird this afternoon. The baby monitor garbled, and suddenly Morgan was trying to climb into my lap while I was standing at the kitchen stove. Then he tried to climb onto the couch with Jon several times, even though he's never been allowed on the furniture. He's been standing up on his hind legs and pawing at the back door to go outside, something else he NEVER does. He's walking around the house in a cowering posture with his head down. Thinking back, I don't think he's slept all day.

It's so bad that he refused to eat his dinner this evening until I took the bowl outside to the patio.

His behavior is mostly normal when he's outside. He'll run and play like nothing is unusual. However, it's nearly impossible to get him to come back inside again, and the whole time he's in the house he just will not settle down. Right now he's just standing in his bed, panting and shaking, and every so often he'll go to the backdoor and paw at it again.

There really have only been two changes in the house since the weekend. Friday, we bought two containers of herbs and put them on the back patio. There is no evidence that he's gotten into them at all. On Saturday, we had to throw away one of his dog beds (he was turning around to lie down and it literally disintegrated into piles of shredded foam fluff as a seam on it popped). The bed hasn't been replaced, but after he started acting strange I brought his other bed down from the bedroom for him to lie on... which he isn't doing.

Luckily, his annual vet exam is already scheduled for tomorrow, so he's going to the vet regardless. This behavior is beyond bizarre and it's really, truly freaking me out. He's acting so strangely that I'm starting to get paranoid. Is he sick? Is there black mold in the house? Is his food tainted? Is there a evil sprit living in my walls? Have I somehow scarred him for life? What if he's never the same again???

In the meantime, I'm just trying to keep things chill. I don't know how well I'm actually succeeding, since I'm sure he can sense that now I'm also on edge right along with him. He's had moments of weird before, but never moments of nerve-wracking fear like's had today.

I just need some vibes that it will be okay. I'm really worried about my boy.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:03 PM
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Sounds like he can sense something that is off in the house, if he is normal outside. My first guess was, honestly, he got into some poisoned food outside, but that wouldn't make sense for it being only in the house.

Lots of vibes for the poor guy
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:08 PM
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Sounds like he can sense something that is off in the house, if he is normal inside. My first guess was, honestly, he got into some poisoned food outside, but that wouldn't make sense for it being only in the house.

Lots of vibes for the poor guy

The only odd thing he does outside is that instead of waiting by the door to come in, he goes and lies in the grass off the far end of the patio, near the fence. If he's slept at all today, that is where it would have happened. If I go out to him there, he bounces up and runs for a toy as if nothing is wrong. Until I try to bring him inside, that is. I looked around the spot where he's been lying, and I don't see anything amiss. It's just grass.


ETA: And thank you. I'm just beside myself right now and wracking my brains trying to think of SOMETHING... ANYTHING that might explain this. He's so miserable and I just can't figure out why.
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Lots of vibes and prayers coming your way.

That behavior sounds very similar to what Orson used to go through during a thunder storm when he was much younger. Shaky, panting, pacing, wanting to crawl right on top of you. Thankfully he's gotten past the worst of it, though he still gets a bit shaky and seeks comfort when it gets really bad out. But definitely sounds like something has Morgan spooked

I'm so glad he has his regular vet exam tomorrow just in case.
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Definitely sounds like something is "off" in your house
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:19 PM
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Lots of vibes and prayers coming your way.

That behavior sounds very similar to what Orson used to go through during a thunder storm when he was much younger. Shaky, panting, pacing, wanting to crawl right on top of you. Thankfully he's gotten past the worst of it, though he still gets a bit shaky and seeks comfort when it gets really bad out. But definitely sounds like something has Morgan spooked

I'm so glad he has his regular vet exam tomorrow just in case.
Me, too. Even so, I am REALLY hoping we wake up tomorrow morning and he has forgotten whatever ordeal he thinks he's had.

He's had very few episodes of shaking in the past... like sitting in the vet office lobby or occasionally before a car ride... things that make him nervous/excited but never flat-out SCARED like this before. The panting is completely unlike him. He is not typically a panting type of dog.

Thunder/fireworks/etc. have never bothered him in the past. I mean, if something startles him he'll react reflexively, but he always is continuing on his merry way quickly afterwards.


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Definitely sounds like something is "off" in your house
The only thing I can think of is the discarded dog bed that has changed, but this is an extreme reaction if that's what it's about. So I am really paranoid that there is something really wrong going on here, like mold or a gas leak (even though we don't have a gas line... THAT is how badly I'm upset over this).
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:34 PM
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Could the baby monitor be picking up a new signal? I know you said its been in your home since day one but maybe its catching an unfamiliar signal that is upsetting?

Would it be safe to turn the monitor off for a few minutes as a test to see if his response/behavior has a favorable change?

I wish I could be more helpful.

I hope Morgan feels better asap. Poor boy.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:44 PM
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I would think something like mold wouldn't be a sudden change... more like something that happened over time...
Definitely peculiar, I agree that it's most likely that something has happened in the house and he's alarmed by it. You may never know what. Sometimes dogs get freaked by stuff we don't even notice. Maybe at the same time the baby monitor made noise he saw something that just looked different to him?

I hope he wakes up tomorrow and has forgotten the whole ordeal! Do you have any Benadryl on hand? I would be tempted to pop him one and see if it helps sedate him some...
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Stupid thought... maybe he saw a ghost? But more seriously, I hope you figure out what's bugging him. Good vibes headed your way.
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This may be a little far fetched, but could he have gotten stung by a bee or wasp that got into the house? This happened to a dog of mine a few years ago and he behaved like that for a couple of days afterwards. Not from an alergic reaction, but fear. Hope it's nothing serious.
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