As I was vacuuming the house yesterday, I started trying to psycho-analyze Sugar, one of our dogs. A couple of things you might need to know first: 1. “The girls” as we call Sugar and Baby, are sister dogs from the Joplin Humane Society. They just turned six and we have had them about five and a half of those years. 2. I vacuum often. (Vacuum Cleaner Queen post sheds light on that one.)
Sugar absolutely freaks out each time the “monster” comes out of the hall closet (dungeon). She can be playing or sleeping, (that’s just about sums up her life!)but when the closet door opens, she is totally focused on the vacuum. She might bark or hide behind something, but she NEVER takes her eye off of the enemy. When I am finished with the chore, she follows the trail back to the closed closet door, and goes on about her normal business. Her sister, Baby, could care less. She has a cat attitude of “just don’t bother me”. (Baby pictured below~)
So back to yesterday. I tried in my mind to figure out Sugar’s problem of this fear. Suddenly she is not herself. It’s like a puppy panic attack. And then it clicked! We all have those certain things that send us into a panic. My anxiety of dentist visits is embarrassing at best, but I have no control over how my body reacts. I know what’s going to happen, I always caution the new dentist, giving them an opportunity to NOT have me as a patient. My throat will begin to close up and suddenly I am hyperventilating. The “laughing” gas does not help. (even at max! lol) If I require more than a cleaning, my new dentist requires pre-medication and a driver! My dental hygientist suggested I “drug up” for the cleanings, too! But if I am medicated, how can I keep my eye on
the enemy them?
Wow, thanks for the revelation Sugar….I guess in trying to help you, I kinda figured out me? We will all have anxiety over something at some point in our life. Sometimes it cannot be explained. It simply “is”. We are each going to deal with those moments differently. And that’s okay! So I’ll just let you deal with it as you have been, Sugar, until your doctor suggest puppy xanax, therapy, and more exercise. ♥
(Feel free to jump in on this! Anxiety is real. It can effect our health and day-to-day living. Ignoring it does NOT make it go away. And if you are fortunate enough to have no anxiety issues (yay!), try to be understanding of those in your life that do ~)