Saturday, March 19, 2011
Great things about being blind. Helping others get over fears of dogs.
I know that phobias can be hard to get past. Since I was bitten by a boa constrictor at around age 4, (Yes a story for the blog at a later date) I have been very afraid of snakes. Even non-poisonous ones). I know they can't hurt me. I know they're in a box or a cage. Still, I don't want to be anywhere near them. So, I understand that some people have a fear of dogs. Many people who have been a fraid of dogs though, become surprised that they have no fear of my guide dogs. The other day, I was sitting in a coffee shop working on some writing and e-mail. A woman beside me tapped me on the shoulder. She said she had been sitting beside me for about half an hour. Suddenly, she realized that there was a dog within about a foot of her. she is usually terrified of dogs. She generally couldn't imagine sitting anywhere inches from a dog. But, even when she realized Tulia was there, she was not afraid. I've heard this before from people. Also, non-dog lovers have really loved my dogs. It's nice if I can lessen some of the fear of dogs that is out there. Next time I'm sitting in a coffee shop with a snake, maybe it will help me get over my fear of them too.