"The Curious Incident of Doc"

Doc has always been a friendly, excitable dog.  He would greet strangers with a friendly bark and wagging of the tail… That is until he spent six weeks in a kennel.

As some of you may know, we spent the whole summer visiting friends and family in the Philippines.  It was lovely, we didn’t want to come back especially knowing what was waiting for us back here in Blightey.  Meaning: gloomy, grey and rain days.  But of course, at the moment, this is where we live.  We have a home here and of course, we have an excitable doggie to come back to.

He is still the same Doc we know, excitable, needy and affectionate.  But one thing I noticed, he doesn’t seem to trust strangers anymore.  During our walks, I would let him go off-leash as usual, especially when it’s just him and me up in the headland.  I knew that even if he’d meet a tourist or hiker up there, he’d greet them with a friendly bark and then go off and leave them alone.  Or so I thought.

Doc has managed to scare or alarm a few tourists who were unfortunate enough to cross his path during one of our daily walks up in the stitches, ever since we came back from our holiday.  In fact, one time it was actually one of the mums  of T’s friends in school, who has actually met Doc during a playdate at our home.  I was still a bit far from them when it happened.  I saw N try to talk to Doc and then gave up and just stood still.  I ran and quickly put him back on the leash.  He just wouldn’t stop barking at her.

Now I’m wondering, did something happen to him in the kennel?  We’ve always used that same kennel and never had any problems with him before, although of course, this is the first time we’ve ever left him for that long.

For now, Doc is banned from going off-leash up on the headland just till he feels comfortable around strangers again.

Has this happened to you before?

Have you ever left your dog in a kennel this long?

What do you think happened?

Filed under Little Pets

I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. lisaslife1970

    I’ve never left Stella in kennels as she’s of such a nervous disposition at the best of times. Hopefully Doc is just out of sorts a little as this stay was longer than usual and he’ll be back to his old self really soon.

    • I hope so too, especially since he does love to run around like a loony up in the headland. For now, he’s stuck to walking beside me on his leash.

  2. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    Oh dear – not what you want to come back to … hopefully it’s just a temporary phase and he’ll soon be back to his happy self with strangers. Mind you Saari is scared of everyone so we are kind of used to this!

    Many thanks for joining in with #AnimalTales 🙂

  3. snoozing on the sofa

    Maybe a few carefully-orchestrated, positive experiences with strangers would put him right again.

  4. chickenruby

    sorry to hear you’ve had a bad experience. We have Bob in Kennels for 2 weeks, it’s his first time away and I have been worrying about things like this. Hope you get to the bottom of the problem

  5. oh no, hope he goes back to his normal self soon.
    he does look playful in that picture.

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