yeah sounds more like he was just very lonely. that happens a lot with outside dogs. especially "guard dogs" I've heard so many cop stories where some dude buys a big dog for protection leaves it outside treats it like crap and then when the cops come to get them for whatever it is (drug manufacture etc) the cop gives the dog a milkbone and a belly rub and boom he's got a new best friend.
but yeah some of the people are just terrible at speaking cat. Like this one lady her very body language said "I'm afraid of you and I'll keep trying to touch you by surprise." I was all "Where did she learn to speak cat? Mouse school?"