Hello lovely readers,
It’s Bruno, the Shih Tzu here! I know, it’s a bit odd for a four-legged fellow like me to be sharing a story, but bear with me. Today, I want to tell you about my journey, my fears, and how my wonderful family helped me overcome them.
From the get-go, I’ve had a bit of a rough patch with males. It’s hard to explain why, but they just made me feel uneasy. So much so, that I ended up biting my two human brothers and two male visitors who came to our home. While those bites weren’t deep, they certainly caused distress and worry in our household.
I feel deeply sorry for those incidents. Every time it happened, I could see the shock and sadness in my family’s eyes. But instead of giving up on me, they decided to help me face and overcome my fears.
They began by trying to understand why I felt the way I did. They gave me time, space, and a lot of love. Slowly and patiently, they introduced me to gentle male figures in environments where I felt safe. They never forced it, always ensuring I was comfortable. They celebrated the small victories, like when I’d let a male hand pat me without getting agitated.
Looking back, I realise that with their unwavering support and understanding, I was able to change. Today, while I’m still a tad cautious, I’m far more accepting and comfortable around boys and men.
Sharing this isn’t easy, but I hope my tale helps others understand that fears, though deeply ingrained, can be addressed with patience and love. To any other furry friends reading this (or having it read to them), remember, it’s okay to be scared, but with the right help, change is possible.
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Tail wags and grateful sniffs,