I don't scare easily

@rebelann (110314)
El Paso, Texas
October 15, 2023 5:53pm CST
Well, just thought I'd write about a scary incident .... for me that is .... on Wednesday night. Roscoe needed to peee so I let him out and about 10 minutes later he was barking in that way that tells me it's a person he's barking at. He was on the east side of the lot which is unusual for him so I went out to investigate and low and behold there was a man sitting behind my new neighbors mobile home, they haven't moved in yet so I was suspicious. The guy gets up and walks towards and I asked 'who are you' and he tells me he was watering the trees in perfect English. My new neighbors to be don't speak English plus there aren't any trees there yet. Roscoe was still barking like crazy and I simply turned and went inside and called the cops. It took them at least an hour to finally show up and before I knew it there were 4 units in front of their property. I spoke with the Sheriff or deputy or whatever and told them about this guy and of course they wanted a description. Good grief, it was dark so all I could tell him was that he had on a white tshirt and dark pants and was relatively tall. Yesterday the man of the next door house was there to try to build his fence along with his friend who actually speaks English so I told him about the incident. I don't scare easily but when someone is hiding behind an empty house after 8pm in the dark it makes me nervous and it made Roscoe nervous too. Now Roscoe doesn't bark at 1am anymore and I'm wondering if that guy is finally gone. Well, my new neighbor is once again next door working on his fencing and of course Roscoe is having the time of his life barking at him. Can you tell when your dog is barking at a person rather than a kritter?
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@AmbiePam (83390)
• United States
15 Oct
Oh, boy. That would have scared me too! With Sadie, she growls when she detects a person, but barks when it is an animal. My old dog, Leno did the same thing, and it came in handy a time or two. I know I don’t have to say it, but please be extra careful. Roscoe, Tuffy, and all of us need you to stay safe.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
How sweet you are, thank you so very much.
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@May2k8 (17920)
• Indonesia
16 Oct
dogs bark if they see people they don't know, when I was buying something in a shop there was a dog barking at me.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
Yes, that is what they do.
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@kareng (52670)
• United States
16 Oct
That would be upsetting! You would think that the cops would have come back and told you that they advised him to leave or be taking in or whatever!!
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
The man was gone when they came so they probably think I was imagining it all.
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@kareng (52670)
• United States
17 Oct
@rebelann Oh don't you hate that!! Reminds me of when I took my car to the shop for electrical problems and it does none while there. Get it back and walla....goes crazy again. They thought I was nuts at the shop! It went back and forth for awhile and they finally got it all fixed.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Oct
I sure do. I guess that fool knew I was calling the cops and fled
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@snowy22315 (166366)
• United States
16 Oct
I would be scared too. I am much more afraid of seeing a person after dark on my property than I would be of seeing a any animal sneaking around out there. I guess the neighbor didn't know anything about the guy...right?
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
You're right, he was surprised when I told him about the incident.
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@much2say (53227)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Oct
Eek - that sounded suspicious - I'm glad you called the cops! Growing up, I remember we could tell when our dogs were barking at strangers . . . it's a bigger, sharper bark that sounds like you know they think something is wrong and they just will not stop.
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@much2say (53227)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Oct
@rebelann I hope hearing Roscoe's barking helps to keep him and guys like that out of there!
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Oct
I hope so too. The good thing is that by next month the new neighbors should be moving in.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Oct
Yes, you're exactly right. I don't think he'll be back, my new neighbors are due to move in soon.
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@RubyHawk (99444)
• Atlanta, Georgia
16 Oct
Sorry, Idont have a dog. Hope this guy doesn’t show up again.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
I hope he won't as well.
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@RubyHawk (99444)
• Atlanta, Georgia
17 Oct
@rebelann If he does sic Rosco on him.
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@RubyHawk (99444)
• Atlanta, Georgia
17 Oct
@rebelann Rosco might scare him away with his barking.
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@allknowing (130113)
• India
16 Oct
Preiti our dog was good in that We knew there would be a reptile the way she would bark.
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@allknowing (130113)
• India
16 Oct
@rebelann I could say she had many different barks and the tail wagged differently too (lol)
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
Oh yes, I have noticed that as well. But when it is dark I only pay attention to his bark
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
I am sure she had a different kind of bark for most situations, I have noticed that Roscoe barks differently for people he knows.
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@DWDavis (25682)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 Oct
I'm glad the man seemed to be just a loiterer and nothing bad happened, especially since law enforcement took an inexcusably long time to arrive.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
Thanks. I'm only about a mile from their office so I have to wonder just where they were at the time I called.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Oct
I love it. Next time I'll just say I shot a thief and see how long it takes to get here.
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@DWDavis (25682)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Oct
@rebelann I'm reminded of the story of the man who called to report a burglar breaking into his shed. The 911 dispatcher told him there was no one available but an officer would stop by as soon as possible. Five minutes later, the man called back to tell the police there was no hurry as he'd shot the burglar and they just needed to come by and collect the body. Within two minutes there were four squad cars at his house. When the police found no one shot, they said to the man, "I thought you said you'd killed the burglar." The man replied, "I thought you said there were no officers available to respond."
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@LadyDuck (450538)
• Switzerland
16 Oct
I would have also be scared. In our days when a stranger is where he should not be when outside is dark is never a good sign.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
I will soon have neighbors so hiding there will no longer be an issue plus I did tell the new neighbor about it.
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@LadyDuck (450538)
• Switzerland
16 Oct
@rebelann It's good to have neighbors, you are safer and now they know that they have to watch out.
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@mom210 (8990)
• United States
16 Oct
I can't help but wonder what his intent was. Wish the police would have been quicker and caught him. He could have been wanted.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
You're right, I thought the same thing. When I asked who he was he tried to approach me (there's a fence between my lot and my neighbor) which really scared me He was gone by the time the sheriff arrived
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Oct
Yes, I agree, hopefully that man won't be back.
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@mom210 (8990)
• United States
17 Oct
@rebelann nice thing about having a dog, is people are never sure if they will get bit. I like it that way. hopefully he is smart enough to be concerned your dog will bite him.
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• United States
16 Oct
That would scare me too and I think you did the right thing and alerted the police. My dog does have different barks for different things.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
I just wish they had found something, by the time they got here the guy was gone.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Oct
He is always so very alert.
• United States
17 Oct
@rebelann hope he doesn't come back. Good thing you have Roscoe to alert you to what's going on
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@aninditasen (15442)
• Raurkela, India
16 Oct
Our dog Kittu barks at the slightest disturbance around the house. He won't allow anyone close to the gate or boundary wall.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
Roscoe is like that as well but I do not like to let him go outside when it is dark very often and that night he just had to go so I allowed him to go outside after dark.
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@aninditasen (15442)
• Raurkela, India
18 Oct
@rebelann It was a blessing in disguise so that you could catch the intruder.
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@LindaOHio (148486)
• United States
16 Oct
I'm glad you called the police. They are about as responsive as our police. It took then 35 minutes to arrive when our security alarm went off. I wouldn't have gone outside. Have a good week.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
I'll be much more cautious now thats happened, before I was never afraid to go out to see what Roscoe was barking at. Soon I will have neighbors which will prevent any derelicts from using their lot to hide.
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@Kouponkaren (5428)
• United States
16 Oct
No, I can't tell the difference and I am impressed that you can. I can tell by looking at her though. The fur on the back of her neck goes up when it's a critter...like a deer or a black bear.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
I suppose each dog has a different way to communicate with us. With Roscoes coat I can't tell if he raises that fur on his back, he has a thick mane like feature around his head and shoulders.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
He's a mixed Belgian Laekenois, I think he could also have some heeler and terrier in his blood line.
• United States
16 Oct
@rebelann What kind of dog is Roscoe?
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@GardenGerty (156229)
• United States
16 Oct
If I had a dog I probably could. I can tell what Bruno is Meowing about. Maybe "watering the trees" is a euphemism for going pee. Anyway, it still would be scary.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
Oddly enough Roscoe no longer barks late at night.
@jstory07 (132717)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 Oct
I could tell when I had a dog they have a different bark.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Oct
Yep. Roscoe's bark has a higher pitch when it people he's barking at.
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@RasmaSandra (71382)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 Oct
I never had a dog but I am glad that Roscoe is such a good guard dog to warn you about that guy and I hope he does not return,
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
Thanks, so far there haven't been anymore people around but some nights there is either a feral cat or something that Roscoe wants to chase usually around 2am or so.
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@sallypup (56862)
• Centralia, Washington
16 Oct
Rufus barks at too many vans and people. His bark was different one afternoon so I looked out to see a deer's rump across the street in my neighbor's trees.
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@rebelann (110314)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct
All my dogs have had people barks and kritter barks, I could always tell if it was a human.
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