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You Don't Have to Hide From What You Don't Understand
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You Don't Have to Hide From What You Don't Understand

Let me tell you about our little Shih Tzu. Her name is Angel Baby. She is about six pounds, and a very sweet and social dog. She loves people. She's not crazy about other animals though. They scare her. Actually she is a big scaredy cat about a lot of things, maybe because she is very spoiled or because she's really tiny.

One afternoon a friend named Randy stopped by. Angel Baby was so excited to see him. She thinks everyone comes to visit her. Well, all of a sudden she took off running outside. We weren't sure what scared her. You never know with her. After a while, she came back in and everything was back to normal. I noticed the next time Randy came over, the same thing happened. She went running outside with her tail between her legs. We tried to figure out why she is scared of him. He wouldn't hurt a fly. The only thing we can come up with, is his voice. Because of his Cerebral Palsy, his voice is a little loud and hard to understand. We're used to it, but she isn't, so she hides.

I guess animals can be like people that way. They're afraid of what they don't understand. If they would take the time to understand people with disabilities, they would find out they are just like everyone else. Sure, maybe there are a few things they aren't able to do, but as I see it, I'm really short, and there are a lot of things I can't do (like reach high things), but most people don't discriminate against me because of it. I really wish people could just accept eachother for who they are and not what they look like or what they can or cannot do.

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  1. Susan Keeping
    Susan Keeping
    Another great blog post :) Voted.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks!
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  2. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    Vote #5. Great job.... Just added myself as a follower of yours.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks Teresa, you're on my list of bloggers too
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  3. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Voted.This is an heartfelt blog. My cat is the love of my life. Cats are very sensative animals who love their owners unconditionally. She's afraid of those she doesn't know. She runs to her private hiding spots and comes out after the transition is over for her and she starts checking them out. That's when I interact with her. She's been accepting. Her nature is to own and take of you.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks! Yes our pets bring great joy to your lives
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  4. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. Yes, this is another great blog. As you say, your dog just doesn't understand your friend, but then, a lot of people don't understand disabilities either! You might be interested in my latest blog, Heather, The One-Legged Model. Please check it out and vote if you like it. :-)
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thank you
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  5. SignLanguage
    I've seen dogs do the opposite, too. When they see a person in a wheelchair, they won't even let out a whimper if the wheel stays on their tail. But as soon as the handicapped person is gone, they howl in pain. It goes both ways, then... ! I voted! Great blog!
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thank you
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  6. Tara Richardson
    Tara Richardson
    I would be lost without my Shih Tzu Dudley he's my little man. He's co-dependant on me and I fear I am on him as well. I've never lived life without animals in it from the time I was a baby I had them crawling all over me. I will never be without an animal until the day I die. They are angels sent from heaven. A gift from god and we should cherish all of them everyday. As a young child I didn't have friends in the neighborhood which didn't bother me much since I had a house full of pets that would play with me and never treated me any different and loved me just as I am.
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