Fear not

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?


  1. oh, sweet Melody! How does she not get dehydrated? Ollie is afraid of the wind. Crazy dog.

    I’m afraid of fish. Terrified. (while swimming, not while eating) They freak me out. It’s so weird since I grew up swimming in the ocean! I haven’t overcome it, but I’ve learned to deal with it a little better- even went swimming with sharks on our honeymoon! (but hated it the entire time.)

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    Abigail, if you’re afraid of fish and went swimming with sharks then you’re definitely keeping that fear under control; wow, I don’t think I could swim with sharks – yikes! Melody does drink her water, but doesn’t drink it all the time and cries through it sometimes too. I’m not sure what to do with her on that one. Ollie is afraid of the wind, huh? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that one before.

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