August 4th 2009 7:23 am
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I kind of have a phobia about kitchens. Something bad happened to me in a kitchen once and I just don't want to go into one, not even to retrieve my ball!!! I think mom has ESP, 'cause she seems to know even though I don't speak human and can't really tell her. She puts my food and water right on the edge so I won't be scared so much.
Mom's been trying to get me over my phobia by carrying me into the middle and giving me lots of hugs and kisses, plus yummy treats like cheese (one of my favorites).
The other night my mom's human friend came over again for supper (can we say cook out!) . They ate in the dining room this time, which is on the other side of that kitchen. Well, if I wanted any tidbits I had to cross it to get some.
At first mom picked me up and carried me into the dining room, but if I wanted any more morsels I would have to stay in the dining room. If I left, I would have to come back across the kitchen. So I just stayed put.
After eating, they played ball with me. They would throw it across the kitchen into the living room. At first I wouldn't go get it and just looked at mom pitifully. But I realized they weren't going to go get it for me, so I decided I would just take the plunge and run through that kitchen just as fast as I could to get my ball. Whew!!! I made it without anything bad happening.
I wanted to play some more, of course, but the only way they were going to throw it to me was if I crossed that kitchen. They all encouraged me and said it was ok, so I finally got my courage up and took the plunge again. I ran back across that kitchen and got lots of praises, hugs and kisses. That felt really good!
Soon the kitchen didn't seem quite so scary as it had been. I'm a lot better than I used to be, but sometimes the old feeling comes back and I just freeze. But mom just starts encouraging me and coaxes me in with treats and pretty soon the fear goes away. Eventually, with mom and dad's help, kitchens won't be scary at all.
Yay, Patch! I've had to overcome some fears, too, and am still learning. So I know how hard it is sometimes. But it's so great to conquer them! After a while, it makes ya feel like Superdog to do things like romping around a kitchen, no matter what the floor's made of. It's cool that your people want the best for you and are patient with you. Go, Patch!