When I was little, I was terrified of dogs. I was convinced they all wanted to bite me. There’s a notation in my baby book in my mom’s writing that says, “We have been practicing with a beagle at the house. You and your sister lived on the couch for a week”. Obviously, my mom wanted a dog, but with half of her children afraid to expose even their toes to such a vicious creature as a dopey beagle, there was little chance of it happening.
What finally allowed me to get over my fear of dogs? I found out that dogs can’t eat chocolate. I thought I was the only one! The enemy of my enemy…kinda. But that was all I needed. We got a golden retriever puppy shortly afterwards. We named her Nutmeg and we all adored her. I was in kindergarten when she joined our family. She lived to the end of my first year of college.
Last night I read that, ironically, the spice nutmeg is actually very toxic to dogs. Go figure.