Well, Mr. Red got a dog about 2 months ago, and every time I go over to his place, he tries his best to help me get over my nervousness around his dog, Odysseus. I'm trying, but maybe I don't progress as fast as others. It doesn't help when a dog is excited, but luckily Odysseus is still a puppy and Mr. Red is teaching him not to jump on people.
Well, when Hermanita and I walked in, Mr. Red was on the floor playing with Ody and behind him was the BIGGEST dog I had EVER seen in my entire life!!!!! HUGE!!!! I couldn't believe that someone would have this dog as a pet!! IT WAS LIKE A MINI-HORSE!!!! Oh man, my heart started racing!!! My breathing was shallow and faster, I was terrified....but I had to fake it since there were strangers around. Oh, not to mention, there was a Boxer there too! Seriously, SO many dogs in one place!! I'm sure my face reflected exactly what I was feeling, as well as looking flushed with pure nervousness. Mr. Red quickly reassured me that Duke was a gentle giant and wouldn't even bother with me. I couldn't take my eyes off of him, he was GINORMOUS!!!! Mr. Red was by my side as I stared at the dog, while he and Hermanita were catching up with each other. Duke eventually made his way towards me and Mr. Red said that I should try to feed him. He showed me how it was done, and then I took a turn at it. Duke graciously ate the chicken from the palm of my hand and licked my hand a bit. It tickled and my heartbeat slowed a bit. I sat off to the side and continued watching this mini-horse/Great Dane, with eyes as big as saucers! Steele, came and sat by me and also reassured me that Duke was a very lovable dog. That was my first time meeting Steele and he was super nice to sit with me and convince me as to how nice Duke was. I was slowly warming up to the idea and continued watching this giant dog that didn't bark once, and wasn't the slightest bit of annoyed by Steele's antics---messing with his face and roughhousing with him, to prove that Duke temperament would not change. And it didn't. Meanwhile, Mr Red kept hugging Duke and telling me that I should do likewise. He was like a broken record and I tried to tell him that I would do it the next time I was there. I don't know if he didn't believe it, (I was honestly telling the truth!) or wanted to help me get over my anxiety faster. I don't like the sound of broken records......and just wanted him to shut his trap! So I did it.....3 times. And Duke didn't mind in the least bit. He even rested his large head on my shoulder....and I started to melt :)
Duke, thank you for being very calm so that I could get use to you!
I think I like you.