Silly Dog Walks Backwards When He's Afraid, Everything Changes Moment He Steps Into Helicopter


Animals have different ways to cope with their fears. Some shake in place and others run away from whatever they are afraid of.

One bulldog, though, has an incredibly unique way to deal with anything he might be scared of: He turns around and walks backward.

“Bently is the king of irrational fears,” his dad said. “Anything that shouldn’t be there is a new thing to worry about.”

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Cables and ladders are pretty scary, and even some hallways are spooky.

But Bentley just turns around and continues to move backward around whatever it is that he is afraid of. I’m sure Michael Jackson would be proud.

“When I first met him, he came moonwalking down the hallway.”

Sometimes his humans make beeping noises whenever he is backing up, just like a car.

“He will go one way just fine, but it’s the other direction that’s a problem,” his dad said.

Shiny floors just might be Bentley’s biggest fear though. He will walk towards the shine “and then go around the light on the floor and then back away from it.”

Despite his many irrational fears, Bentley is secretly a thrill seeker. In fact, one of his favorite things to do is go fly in his dad’s helicopter!

“If I said the H word, like he’ll run for the door,” his dad who is a pilot said. “So I can’t even say — the flying thing.”

When he first brought Bentley into the cockpit, his dad noticed how calm the normally frightful dog was.

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With little doggy earmuffs covering his ears and double-harnessed onto a seat, Bentley now gets to be his dad’s co-pilot and they go on adventures together.

“For being a dog that has irrational fears of everything, his desire to go on adventures and have fun and be part of the gang is really high.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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