I scarred her for life with a helium balloon.

I found out the hard way that Mitzie is terrified of helium balloons.  I got them for my husband for Valentine's Day.  I didn't know where to hide them, and decided to just give them to him. So on the way into our apartment building, I tied them to the dogs' collars.  Everything was going fine, until one of them touched her.  She flipped out!  It chased her up 3 flights of stairs, she couldn't get away from it, and I couldn't get her to sit still long enough for me to untie it.  I let them into our apartment and went to the kitchen to get scissors, and I found her shaking, under our bed.  My poor baby, I feel horrible!

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Comment by Ace and Jen on February 16, 2011 at 4:53am
I had a similar incident with Ace happen.. It was last summer someone on my block's son was having a birthday so to mark their driveway they had those mylar balloons (those shiney almost aluminumumum balloons) bobbing there saying birthdya boya nd the like and my favorite thing to do is kick and punch them =P gimme a break im a kind in an adult suit LOL
But apparently my now sister in law does the same thing and she sub concously smacked it and it flung itself at Ace.. never in my life have a iseen a puppy wig out like that he was about 6-7 months at the time of the inccident Since then anything that makes a balloon like noise he HATES especially bubble wrap LOL he wanted to maul Marvin (a mylar valentines balloon my aunt got me its in the shape of a monkey with a heart saying I love you) but ihad already popped it earlier that morning (on accident my aunt laughed at me)
Comment by Edison on February 14, 2011 at 4:11pm

Corgis are more resilient than you might think.  One day my husband came home with a helium balloon on a string and tied it to Edison's collar with predictable effects: he tried to run away from it, and then ignored it.  Then, when it started to lose its buoyancy, he rubbed it against Edison's fur and stuck it to his fluffy butt.  Again, Edison was unable to escape.  When the balloon finally lost all gravity-defying powers, he hung it over Edison's food bowl, causing serious confusion at mealtimes.  You'd think he'd be off helium balloons for life, but the next one we brought home was met with a curious sniff, followed by indifference when it proved to be Not Food.  :) 

Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on February 14, 2011 at 3:48pm
my chihuahua and a similar incident with those stupid retractable leashes. I accidentally dropped it one time and it hit her in the butt then chased her up 3 flights of stairs while she was screaming terrified. I finally was able to get her attention and get her to run to me so I could take the darn thing off. Then it happened AGAIN when my brother was walking her but this time she was on a sidewalk in SF. She took off again terrified out of her mind and he chased her 3 blocks before a nice passerby was able to grab her. She had soiled herself and was screaming and shaking. Needless to say we threw away the leash and will never EVER use a retractable leash on any of our dogs ever again.
Comment by John Wolff on February 14, 2011 at 2:20pm

Gwynnie used to be terrified of soap bubbles.  Saw some at a park once when she was young, and abruptly turned into another personality.  It was as bad as thunder. 

How can a dog who so loves pnuematic spheres be so terrified of ones made out of soap film?

Comment by Katie & Mitzie on February 14, 2011 at 1:43pm
I just thought it would be cute to have the dogs deliver them to him.  Who knew a floating heart that says "I Love You" could do so much damage!  Lol
Comment by Rachael & Waffle on February 14, 2011 at 1:31pm

When I was little, I did this to my cats because I thought it was funny.  ... She'll get over it, but she may now have an acute fear of floating spheres/ovals.  

 

Poor baby, though.  :(

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