Jackie's Forget Me Nots

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In response to The Daily Post's writing 
prompt: "Phobia, Shmobia." Fears evolve 
over time. What is one fear you’ve conquered?

There is no way to conquer your fears but by being on Gods side of the fence

My fear of dogs has evolved over time. I wasn’t aware that I was afraid of them until recently but the more I hear some dog having to be put down for biting someone the more I fear them.

photo credit by Davesrightmind

I’ve yet to conquer my fear of dogs. When I see a dog approach I cringe and kind of back away. They say to prevent a dog from attacking you, you should stay as still as a board. There is no hope of outrunning them so ya. I want to pat them and say hello but it would probably come across as me hitting them (lol) so I try to act calm and smile because you know the dog owner is on the other end of the leash struggling to keep their dog away from me. Honestly? I’m afraid the dog will react and bite or attack me or something, like hounds on the loose. Hollywood has done a great job at demonizing them for i.e: In The Omen, but it has been known that demons will disguise themselves in the form of a black dog made to represent Hades’ Hounds of Hell. Before my parents divorced, my mom saw a black dog with beady red eyes. I don’t trust much when it comes to dogs. I assume dogs can smell fear, I don’t know if they can, but I try not to be afraid because they always have to sniff you out.

At times I can hear dogs barking and growling inside a fenced in yard when I walk past them. I’m just glad they’re behind a fence. I hear if you leave your dog alone for large amounts of time they will turn hostile and wild. That’s what happened to my cousin’s dog, Bo. He was a beautiful Great Dane with black spots like the ones you see in 101 Dalmations. They kept him inside the house too long by himself and I guess it became angry and turned bad so they had to put him down.

Having a dog is a great responsibility and dog owners must really have to be careful to take care of their pets. Sure it sounds cool to get a Pitbull for protection but think about what would happen if you needed protection from the dog? Pitbulls have been known to kill people. Like children so is the dog. If they both lack discipline or are being unruly they probably crave attention. I hate to see a dog with behavior issues and some people should never own one.


3 thoughts on “The Hounds of Hell

  1. lifelessons says:

    OMG. That illustration! I think you’ve given me a phobia of dogs and I have three! Actually, I was bitten by a dog when i was three and was terrified of them for years. I seem to have gotten over it, though. http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/09/16/repromptophobia/

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    1. Jackie says:

      omg I’m sorry and I’m glad you got over it too


  2. shyutgal says:

    Being a lover of dogs (and I’ve met some ‘bad’ dogs too..was bitten by a friend’s dog when I was in 4th grade in fact)…I can say that there are a few simple rules that you can follow to minimize both your discomfort and the dogs’ you might meet. One. Don’t make abrupt movements around a strange dog…move slowly. Freezing up will indeed send a message that you are afraid, and some dogs can be aggressive when they smell fear. Two. Let the owner of the dog (if you meet one on a leash in the street) that you have a phobia of dogs and that they need to take precautions. That helps. Three. Let the dog sniff you. Most all dogs DON’T BITE unless they feel threatened. Slow movements and an open palm held out to the dog for sniffing would take care of the issue. I have a chihuahua myself and she is the most aggressive dog I’ve ever owned. I had a 50 lbs dauschund who was more friendly and my neighbors’ springer spaniel (50 lbs) is so friendly she falls down and turns over for belly rubs for almost everyone she meets. She loves people. But I am deathly afraid of spiders and nobody will tell me they are benign, so I understand. Still. I hope you don’t continue to be afraid of dogs. They are a lot like people — all kinds.


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