Our sweet dog, Melody, gets 4 out of 4 stars when it comes to being cute and generally sweet and good-tempered. However, she has many strange fears and she seems to be adding new ones to her list as she gets older (her getting older is something I don’t want to think about, of course – we love her and have enjoyed her company for the past 12 years now and I can’t imagine not having her in our lives). She is afraid of water (she hates baths and don’t even try to get her into a pool, river, stream, lake, ocean, etc.), cords/cables in general (she won’t even step over them if they’re laying flat on the floor), she has developed a strange fear of her own water bowl, and she doesn’t like to come into our kitchen (maybe because that’s where her water bowl is?) or the basement, etc.
I am not afraid of heights in general, but something about a tall flight of stairs frightens me a little (says the person who has ridden roller coasters and stepped out onto the glass overlook at the Chicago Skydeck at 103 stories and 1,353 feet in the air); I don’t think it’s so much the height itself but more the feeling of possibly being unstable at that height that scares me – luckily this is a fear that hasn’t gotten the best of me as I can and do still take the stairs. What are your fears and how do you overcome them?