I am afraid of dogs. It is not rational; more phobic in fact. I think I was a naturally fearful child (temperament? attachment issues? trauma in the womb? regardless...) and dogs were the one thing that seemed okay for me to project all my fear on. Oh - that and my brother, my ever-present best buddy, was bitten on the nose by a yappy little dog in West Berlin; true story.
Origins and psychobabble aside - I fear dogs. (Really, just dogs I don't know). To the point where it sometimes effects my life in certain ways. And I am not okay with that. I am not okay with fear dominating an area of my life.
If you have read this blog, you know the primary way this fear manifests itself is on my runs: "gauntlets of dog-ridden, fence-lined paths." Oh, holy moly. But I face it, and try to work through it, and today I was comfortable.
Imagine my surprise when slap dab in the middle of the road there was a huge boxer and his buddy, the border collie. SOMEONE CALL 911!!!
But, no! I have control. I am alpha, dogs are beta. I am calm. I am able. I will face this head on, "Go home, buddies....go home." Dogs barking, approaching, snarling. "Go home, doggies. GO home." Dogs moving in, Lizzy don't panic. "GO HOME DOGS, " just like my momma taught me. Feelings rising, traffic not budging (I was blocked on off by a busy street), dogs pursuing.
"Jesus, help me."
Car approaching, "Are those your dogs?" says the kind, elderly man.
"No. I'm afraid." Three words communicated it all.
"Okay, hun. I will take care of it." Bless him, bless him.
I'm working on it, but it sure is nice to have some support along the way.
...More later on how the Wagners are in search of a dog to live us. Oh, holy moly.