Well, so much for the suspense.
It’s true. I’m getting a puppy and I’m so darn excited words cannot express it. Because I’m a proud almost furmommy, take a look at how adorable my little Ronin is.
He is literally the best and nothing you can say will make me change my mind. Sadly, I have to wait just a few more weeks before I can cuddles and snuggle that adorable ball of fur, but I know it’ll be worth the wait.
So now, I’m guessing your wondering why this is being put out on an emetophobia blog when puppies have nothing to do with emetophobia. Well, that’s where you’d be mistaken.
I mean, if I tried to sit here and tell you that it wasn’t partly because I just really want to show off that cute wittle face all I can, I’d be a liar. But I do actually have a meaningful post surrounding pets and emetophobia.
When it comes to emetophobia, most people think only someone else getting sick or the person themselves getting sick. However, some emetophobia sufferers actually struggle with pets getting sick.
When I mentioned I was getting a puppy to a friend, they actually raised an eyebrow. I asked them why they looked so skeptical that I, at the ripe age of 23, was getting a puppy. And they said, “Have you ever seen a dog throw up? Can you handle that?”
My answer? Yes and I think so.
The only time I’ve ever seen a dog get sick and it was well… not pleasant. I won’t get in to details, but I heard from their owner that the vet thought the dog had been poisoned. Truthfully, the only thing that bothered me about that episode is that it was disgusting. I was thankful it didn’t bother me the way human sickness does. And I’ve figured out why I think that is.
I can’t catch something from a dog. Or, at least, I like to tell myself that.
However, it doesn’t mean that if my dog got sick at some point, it wouldn’t make me tremble a little bit. I think, in all honesty, it’s as close as I’m going to get to pushing myself in the “others around me getting sick” department.
The biggest issue for me about pets and them getting sick is actually the person who would probably be doing the cleaning up. My husband doesn’t handle puke and poop very well. I mean who does, really? But whenever something smells too strongly or if an animal gets sick (even my cats who throw up hairballs) he gags. I’ve actually gotten to the point where I ban him from looking at it and I deal with it myself.
I really don’t know if when I get this dog if I’ll be able to care for it if it feels bad. I’ve had people tell me constantly that a puppy is a gateway to children. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’d like to see if I can handle a dog before I try to bring a child into this world. If I can handle a dog, I should be able to handle a human right?
Well, as it turns out I won’t know that until I try. And I think I got a little more improving to do before I get to that point in my phobia, because if I’ve never had problems with pet puke before, but I’m scared to death of humans, what makes me think that my bravery with pets will translate to humans?
But I digress. So, while I don’t personally have anxiety about pets, do any of you have problems with pet puke? If so, how do you handle it when your little furbaby gets sicks and needs you? And in case all this talk about pets and the V word has you worked up, let’s just stare at this cute little guy hamming it up to ease our troubles 🙂
Until next time, internet!
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