Gracie is afraid of animals.
She loves to look at them. She loves to see animals through a glass or at a safe distance, but if they approach her or are too close to start with, she will scale my body until she's sitting on my head or shoulders.
Do you already know that, Dear Reader? She has always been afraid of them up close, but it got much worse after she was nipped on the ankle by a dog in May.
I've been working on her fear of animals with her. We read lots and lots of animal books, have at least seven animal puzzles, animal Little People, stuffed animals, and so on. Everything animal.
Exposure leads to familiarity, which leads to less fear, right?
I sure hope so.
At any rate, she loves the animal things, so it works for us.
At the Hershey Gardens, we found a big concrete cow and a small concrete pig. Grace liked them a lot.
We haven't tried to pet a real pig or cow, so I'm not sure how they would go over. Judging my her reaction to the artificial ones, it might be okay.
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