✹ About Monday 18 December 1665 San Diego Sarah on 19 Dec 2018 • Link James, I think being "dogged" by someone or something has an element of intrusion, irritation, stalking, unnwanted-ness. I am closely dogged by my dog, and there are times I want to slam the bathroom door in his face ... I long to have some unsupervised time away from those big brown eyes. So that's where being dogged by a bad back comes in. You can't escape it's constant intrusion.