Dealing with Dog Phobia
At the age of 7, I went on my first visit to Africa with my parents. Dad had been on a Scholarship to study Law at Cambridge Uni and had finished. It was time to return.
We stayed in a big beautiful place. Lots of space for running round for kids – big gardens. Anyway, one late evening, I remember running from our flat to my uncle’s residence (the other side of the compound) and as I did “Lucky” the dog ran after me and bit me on the back of my leg. It was horrible. I had to be taken to hospital. My Dad was mad at the dog. It turned out I had to have 21 injections, one every day on my bum. Oh men! Everyday was a nightmare. Mum took me to hospital every morning and I cried and cried before they even called me in because I knew what was coming. No amount of sweets could pacify me.
Since then, I’ve never liked dogs. Anytime, I see one, I hold my breath and walk in another direction if possible. If there is a shop nearby, I just walk in. There are some in London that really scare me, they look so small and muscly – Terriers. Some of them don’t have their mouths covered and are not on leads either. (Thought we had a law against that!)
Also, in the last year, dogs have attacked quite a few kids.
- July 2010 UK - Telford Mother Bitten in Dog Attack. She was trying to protect her kids from being attacked. Full Story
- August 2010 UK – Child mauled by dog on lead. Attacked by Bull Terrier. Full Story
Lots of similar incidents have happened in just this first week of September already in UK/Scotland, but I don’t want to post too many stories or upsetting photos.
I am sure there must be lots of people out there like me, who are scared of dogs. I see pets around me everyday and what if when I eventually settle in life with a family, my child looks at me so sweetly and says “Mum, can I have a puppy?” I might have to say “honey, how about a cat?”
I would be delighted to read your thoughts on this. Thanks for reading.
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