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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Animal Planet and Irrational Fears

I think I have been watching too many shows on Animal Planet these days. It started when Nico was little. He LOVED animals and we would watch it together between Dragon Tales and Bear in the Big Blue House. His favorite was the one where animals would fight and you had to guess who would win. Then Tommy came along and he liked the Animal Cops show. Watching Animal Planet has become a thing that Tommy and I do together but now the shows he likes and I am fascinated with are Fatal Attractions, I Shouldn't Be Alive, I'm Alive, Untamed and Uncut and Human Prey. Now that I have written that, I think we might have issues. One of my irrational fears is getting eaten alive so I am sure that feeds into why I watch these shows. I am also afraid of rats and mice so maybe watching Animal Planet is a way to torture myself. Anyway, I think I have been watching them too much because I am now having bad dreams about them. I already shared the one about the Lions and they just keep coming. I won't bore you with the details of every dream (I know my dad is somewhere saying thank you) but most of them are wild animals roaming free and I am the only one that thinks it is dangerous.

One of them had me holding an orangutan thinking it was okay when someone told me it was covered with lice. I threw the animal and even now when I think about it, it gives me the heebie jeebies. I live in fear that my kids will bring home lice. I know there are worse things to have to deal with, believe me, I do. If you know me and have seen my hair, you know that if lice ever comes home and takes up residence in my hair, it will be a permanent one because I have so much hair, I am not sure how I'd ever get rid of them. Ick, just thinking about it makes my head itch.

The funny thing about my fascination with Animal Planet is that I am allergic to every animal except and how ironic, rats. I want to be a dog lover and I do love them from afar but I can't get within a foot of one without my throat itching and my eyes watering and the feeling that I am trying to blow up a balloon with no air coming out. Some are worse than others and a lot of times it has to do with how big of a space I am in with the dog but it has definitely robbed my kids of their dream to have a dog (they got Gia instead).

I did have a dog growing up (well, I was 14 when we got him) and the story was that my mom and aunt took in these dogs that were supposed to be brothers that were left in a dumpster. The funny thing was that they didn't even look like they came from the same litter. My mom and my aunt named them Starsky and Hutch because one was dark brown and the other was yellow. That was really only cute if the dogs stayed together which ours didn't so every time we'd tell someone our dog's name, they would ask, "Where's Hutch?" Starsky looked a little like Nicodemus (from Secret of Nimh, if you ever saw that movie) and Hutch looked like Tramp from Lady and the Tramp. I wasn't allergic to Starsky so the running joke was that he wasn't actually a dog but a city rat.

The funny thing about writing random thoughts is how this post came to be and how they really weren't that random at all. It was because I have had bad dreams the last three nights, there was a an ongoing discussion on Facebook about the dogs Starsky and Hutch and I really want to know that I am not the only one that has irrationaly fears. If others are afraid of rats or being eaten alive, even better.


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