In my very first Ottawa Dog Blog post I talked about my Hopeful Hearts foster dog Snoopy, the teeny tiny maltipoo. I mentioned that he used to bite me daily – chewing my fingers, hands, and toes like a furry little alligator.
Although his biting seems like a lifetime ago, thanks to Bark Busters, he still requires continued training and socialization. This is all part and parcel of being a foster parent – to help our foster overcome their fears and become the best furry companion they can be.
When Snoopy was out in the backyard one day barking at various items that scared him (the garden hose, my neighbour’s barbecue cover flapping in the wind, a worm), I wondered, after all this time, why he couldn’t just stop being afraid and get over his fears.
And then it dawned on me.
I’m 30 years old, and due to my fear of driving, I still don’t have my full driver’s licence. I only recently took the test in December to get my beginner’s, however I haven’t taken the necessary steps to learn how to drive, nor have I sat behind the wheel of a car since I got my license. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to learn, and I have been given the tools, but I am just too afraid to take that next step.
Oh hello, hypocrite.
I think that sometimes we have expectations of our dogs that may be unrealistic at times. Just as humans have fears, our furry little friends have fears as well. The next time you find yourself getting frustrated because your dog is doing something out of fear, maybe think about the things you are afraid of, and whether you have faced those fears yourself.
So, I am going to kick my fear of driving in the butt. Once my partner in crime returns from his trip to Dallas, we’re going to head out on the open road. And yes, I will be behind the wheel. Watch out, Ottawa!
It’s kind of funny, though. I am the one who is supposed to be helping Snoopy, but in reality, he’s the one actually helping me. Maybe this is what fostering is all about.