Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Definitely no animal lovers here
I promise we weren't just being cruel parents. Seth's mom has 4 dogs so while in Georgia we were trying to get our boys, who are absolutely terrified of ANY animals, to realize that not all animals are lying in wait to destroy them. (Quick story to show they really believe that - one day while driving they suddenly started screaming like they were about to die because a fly was flying around them! It was impossible not to laugh at my poor boys, although that was last spring so I think they are over flies.) We started very slow, just looking at the dogs through the window. Then Seth would hold them while the dog walked around the floor. Next they actually would touch the dogs, but only if the dog's head was turned away. But on the last day we bribed them with a toy they picked from the Disney Store if they would just let the dog sit on their lap for like 10 seconds, and they both willingly agreed. This is Cole getting ready to do it. I did feel a little sad for him, because it is obvious he is truly terrified, but I don't want him to keep being so scared, especially when this dog was the most calm dog ever. Now he talks about how brave he was, but is still just as scared. Maybe some day they'll realize they're the only 16 year old boys still scared of dogs and get over it. I guess we'll just wait and see.