Putting out the garbage this morning in the garbage can in the alley, I closed the garbage can lid, looked up and saw a dog standing rock-still in the middle of the alley. The dog was apparently paralyzed by anxiety at my unanticipated presence - I had blithely walked into its path.
The dog looked at me, then looked at the DMV parking lot guard standing further down the alley, looking anxiously for any clues about what to do now. I tried coaxing the dog forward down the alley, but he was apprehensive and remained in suspension animation. So I quietly got out of his way and let him continue walking down the alley, as he had been doing, without further intervention.