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10 April 2016

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I am so proud of you!. Everyone has fears and they can seem impossible to get over, but look at how great you are doing! Babette is the perfect dog to help a person realize that dogs can be gentle caring beasts,

I can relate to this very much! Agreeing with Kipper above, this is a huge thing and yes, proud of you for even trying and happy you succeeded!
I too have a fear of dogs, even family dogs, "kid friendly", whatever. My older sister informed me that as a toddler I was mauled pretty badly by a friend's family pet, so that's my background. I am still stone cold fearful!
The deal is, I am also one of those people animals are drawn to, horses (also a fear), dogs, birds, cats (even the ones people say NEVER go to other people) all of these - fish in aquariums! -they all approach me, sit on me, fly to me, nudge the glass, its very strange. I love the attention of cats, they talk to me, (I'm allergic, but I can't resist them!), but most of the other animals I could easily be happy viewing from a distance!

This post got me all teared up- no fear is silly - we all have them just the details are different- I adore these photos-

Those photo's are adorable! Priceless...well done Miss C.

Babette looks to be a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalier_King_Charles_Spaniel

We know what YOU were thinking, but I wonder what was going through Babette's head ;-)

I am so proud of you! It is very difficult to face our fears and you are very brave and making so much progress. Bravo Babette too.

Fear is real, any fear of anything.
I doubt I could face my fears the way
you have. Awesome !!!!

I am AFRAID of spiders and high places.
I go totally crazy when faced with either.
Yep, fear is a real deal.

I had little dogs as a kid. my kids had dogs of all sizes while they were growing up. I liked them little & didn't like big dogs at all... fast forward to adult life. I adopted a small dog in my 50's. He helped me so much while my family was away. Now, I have a fun little terrier who also helps get me going, loves interaction, etc. Yeps, I'm still into small dogs & am not fond of big ones.... but, I've learned to not be afraid everytime I interact with my kids' big dogs. I'm very happy that your little "king" friend encourages you to engage with her...she is a patient, lovely creature. Maybe next year we'll see you smiling, walking her, giving treats!?!

Great pictures, Corey. Bravo for taking a chance.

As someone once said:

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”

Little Babette with her pretty Black and White coat probably thought you were "kin" in your Black and White outfit! Such an adorable pic!
I thought my daughter was crazy when she got an English Bulldog with those 2 spiked teeth always standing up between her tongue. Now I love her and think Stella is the cutest dog ever! She has the sweetest personality and always welcomes me....it warms my heart. I'm glad you've made these strides:)

So glad you could feel more comfortable with this sweet doggie. What adorable photos!

Two sweet girls...

Bravo, Corey. I am happy for you!

Oh Corey, Corey. Babette is not just a King something-or-other... she is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and they are the only dogs in Britain with a royal decree stating that they can go into all public places in England. (That was back in the day of King Charles II).
They are also THE SWEETEST dogs ever with a beautiful temperament. You choose well when you allow her to kiss your hand.

P.S. -- My little Cavalier passed away on November 1st and she was absolutely wonderful. We miss her so much.

Bravo, what a huge step for you, I can imagine you must have been terrified, but Babette looks like the absolute sweetest of dogs, our next door neighbour has just got a Cavalier King Charles puppy, he is so adorable.

Well done, Corey!! This is measurable, absolute progress. Just keep in mind, 'dog' is 'God' spelled backwards.

What a gorgeous photo! I have a king Charles too, they are gorgeous, gentle dogs who just want to make you happy (well most of the time anyway!). Ours loves giving kisses too ☺

Proud of you Corey! Sweet wet kisses from Babette.

I couldNOT LIVE without MY DOG!!!!!!!!!
THEY GIVE SO MUCH LOVE!
THEN AGAIN YOU have FRENCH HUSBAND who does THAT!
GET OVER THE FEAR............YOU will be SO HAPPY YOU DID!
XX

Oh Kim, I'm so sorry for your loss. Our companion animals do capture our hearts, don't they?

Chacun à son goût.

Good for you for putting your hand out. Babette is teaching you to love those furry animals. I loved them until I did get bit, after that I have been cautious especially with barking dogs.

Corey, I am proud of you. Babette was so sweet and kind and waited for you to make the move. Nice to have new friend.

Good for you. I'm not afraid of dogs, but I imagine that must be so hard because people allow their dogs to go up to people and sniff them or jump on them. My daughter Grace had a photo shoot with a wolf. I imagine you wouldn't want to do that. http://paulita-ponderings.blogspot.com/2016/04/grace-and-wolf.html /"> Here’s a link to the post of Grace with a wolf

It is really a huge step when we can conquer a fear....really impressed that you worked so hard. It's a good lesson for me...

Ali

Good for you. I have always been afraid of dogs but find French dogs so much better than American ones. Much calmer. Not as worried about territory or as eager to play. However, yesterday, we were invited to a dinner and a little girl guest was really scared of the dog, a new one in that household. It was a little mop of hair, and she even asked whether it had eyes. I told her that I was scared of dogs, but not this one. Well, shortly thereafter, the owner explained that it was a rescue dog and that it had a biting problem! YIKES

Brava!!! This is such a wonderful step forward for you. My Ben is a Golden Retriever. He too has soulful eyes and has helped a few friends that are scared of dogs to trust. It is beautiful to see. Thank you for sharing this with us, it is inspiring!

Love this! And Babette didn't seem to cringe either!

Oh, Puff. If I can get over being bitten in the face by a dog, so can you. It will open you up to a whole new world.

xof

I think she had jam on her fingers.

Perhaps you should screw up your courage to pet Babette on the head before trying to make yourself actually hold her.

I agree with Franca Bollo. Musta been jam.
(Hi Franca B!!)

Wait. Were you both really bitten in the face, Corey too?

"Jenny kiss’d me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!
Say I’m weary, say I’m sad,
Say that health and wealth have miss’d me,
Say I’m growing old, but add,
Jenny kiss’d me. "

--Leigh Hunt 1784–1859

[Just substitute "Babette" for "Jenny"]

I believe in diving in, lol.

I wasn't.

If I were bitten in the face I probably would be worse than I am. When did that happen to you? :(

Not even!

SHe is too sweet to cringe, the nicest dog ever.

I will have to meet Ben! Maybe there could be a match making with Ben and Babette. Do dogs mix like that?

Oh scary. Did the little girl try to find his eyes?

It is indeed. It only has taken me 50 Years, lol.

Wow!

Thank you, it is!

Oh I understand that! Babette doesn't bark. So that helped.

Ah you have gotta lot of love circling you too!

:)

That is what Lisa told me, that most dogs like Babette are gentle souls.

:)

If ever I have a dog it will be one like this

Oh how sad. I imagine how much you miss her. xx

Those two spike teeth, yes they look mean but they really aren't!

Probably true. But that would take a lot to convince me. If the world had more Babette's than I would agree.

Oh that would be as big as holding her!

It certainly is, and it isn't all bad either; Fear helps us too.

Thank you!

You will have to ask her :)

:)

Lisa did a good job of photo journalling the big move.

How frightening! Mauled! Wow you have a very good reason to be afraid. Maybe animals are drawn near you to heal you?

I agree! Babette is!

You are a brave woman....

When I was about 11. Honestly, I was more upset at the possibility of having stitches than having been bitten.

Babette is very sweet. I see how she could bring you over to the "dog side."

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