So, What would I do?
I would walk out the front door and head to the nearest park and enjoy a walk!
Now.... you are saying, so what's stopping you doing something simple like that!
it's called a phobia!
yes I am afraid......... my fear is our four legged friends....... dogs!
Would you believe I grew up with a dog from the age of about 9 or 10, we had a silly golden labrador called Suki....... when I say silly, she really never did as she was told, just whatever she wanted!
As an adult we had more labradors, Ebony and Ivory, two sisters and from their names I am sure you can tell that one was golden and one was black! I very quickly came to the conclusion that black labradors were more intelligent than the golden ones, especially when years later I had another black labrador called Nicki........ now this girl was like a child, sometimes I thought if only she could speak, well!!!! ..........maybe best she couldn't!
So to return to the reason in hand that I cannot go for a walk in the park by myself.....
my phobia of dogs....... I honestly don't know when it started.....it could have been in Newcastle where the dogs used to go round in packs...... it was scary if you had been to the butchers and had meat in your bag, you would certainly be followed home. Or it could have been years before when my sister and brothers and I were visiting our cousins and we all went into the woods at the back of their house. They had a Dachshund and we were chased by an Alsatian! I remember being scared then as well!
The best law that came into force for me in the UK, was when everyone had to keep their dogs on leads in public places........... they also got rid of all the strays on the streets......and it was hooray for me as I can now walk on public footpaths without my heart going ten to the dozen, or driving everywhere!
But...... parks don't seem to count........
I am very aware it is an irrational fear, but it doesn't help knowing that!