08-20-2018, 01:19 PM
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cambridge MA
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Maybe you gave her more attention than anyone else, or scratched a good spot. Maybe you remind her of a previous owner. Without knowing her history it's impossible to say.
When I got my last dog from the shelter I felt a "soul mate connection" with him within minutes. He still needed training and wasn't always the easiest dog his whole life but we had an amazing bond his whole life that I can't even describe. From that first minute I saw him.
Had the same thing happen with a starving stray kitten I found literally next to a busy road in Aruba. I didn't need or want any more pets nor did I want to pay airfare to bring a cat back to the US. But I just picked this tiny kitten up off the street and looked into his eyes and there was instantly a strong bond. Eight years later this cat follows me everywhere and actually has separation anxiety from me. He hides from all other people and won't go near anyone else. I can't even go to the bathroom or take a shower without him following me. Not all cats are distant. He sleeps right next to my pillow.
Something about your interaction or your look or your smell or mannerism or touch drew the dog to you if she's reacting that strongly. Or you remind her of someone she had a strong bond with in the past.
Both my last dog and the cat I described were very jealous of anyone else getting close to me too. The only time my last dog ever actually hurt and drew blood from another dog was on a dog he'd gotten along with fine for years. One day I petted the other dog and he lunged and bit it and punctured its ear. Only thing different was I petted it in front of him. $450 vet bill I paid the other owner. Never did that again.
He viewed my cats and horses as family so was fine with me being affectionate with them.