Vader is generally a very mellow dog. He normally just follows us around the house and is content to simply lay by our feet wherever we go. He'll occasionally whine at the back door when he needs to go out or bark at a dog walking down the street, but other than that, we never hear a thing from him. The last couple days, however, he's been acting very strange. He's been wandering around the house whining constantly. He's also been hiding out in the corner of the office (someplace he rarely ever goes) and whimpering. Something has obviously been distressing him, but for the life of us, we haven't been able to figure out what.
I finally put two and two together this afternoon. He was laying at his usual position by the couch as I was watching football, content to nap the day away. I got bored with the game and fired up Fallout 3. As soon as I got into a battle with my first Raider, Vader got up and started whimpering. As three more Raiders joined the fight and turned it into a full-fledged shootout, Vader damn near went into panic mode. He ran from room to room whining, then took off for the office. I put the game on pause to go check on him, and found him hiding in the corner, whimpering, and trembling so badly he could barely even stand up. I coaxed him out and turned the football game back on. Sure enough, he laid down next to the couch and went to sleep. Switched back over to Falllout 3 after about 10 minutes, and the exact same thing happened again: whimpering, hiding, and trembling. Looking back on it, he's been doing this since Friday, which is the day I picked up FO3.
We've had this dog for 3 years now, and he's heard all manner of shoot-em-up noises coming from that TV. I've never seen him react this way to anything
before, but he's legitimately terrified of something in that game. Sadly, it looks like Fallout 3 may be off my play list.