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post #81 of 88 Old 04-12-2019, 08:34 PM
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You may need to find a friendly Chessie, @Captain Evil ! Talk about Murphy in evidence here!

I remember I had an acquired dog phobia for a while at preschool age, because I was chased and bitten painfully by a neighbour's evil miniature dachshund, and because he was so small, all the adults were laughing as the dog pursued me, and nobody realised my skin had been stripped off me...

With more appropriate follow-up from adults, I probably wouldn't have felt quite so on my own about it, and not gotten so scared of dogs in response. However, that was cured when I was 8 and the family got a dog, which started out as a little playful puppy and ended up as a large playful standard poodle who loved water!



One phobia I still have residually is that steep drops freak me out if I'm too close to them, especially man-made drops. I've desensitised myself over the years, for example, by walking on the Tree Top walk in the Valley Of The Giants, which is a swinging suspended metal walkway through the treetops of the giant Karris and Tingles near Walpole, Western Australia, with a mesh walkway you can see through! I just kept going around and around on it, until the nausea and the rapid heart rate settled. Also for my first few laps I avoided looking through the flooring. When I got more advanced, I started looking through the flooring as well. All in all though, you can see that it's a phobia very closely related to sensible behaviour around potentially risky drops, and has survival value (as long as you keep your head).

One thing I can't do though, is climb things like the Gloucester Tree, which is just a spiral ladder around a tall tree.



I've tried, but I ended up going black before my eyes about 10m up, and then decided that although I'd never actually passed out before in my life, this didn't guarantee that I never would. Passing out at a height actually would result in going splat, and this was something not worth the risk - although I'd happily come back with a safety harness to prevent fatal consequences from sudden loss of consciousness. One thing I did do after that, though, it to go to Hollybank Treetop Adventures with Brett when we were in Tasmania, and this ended up being amazing fun, and since we were all in harnesses, no risk at all from passing out etc (and I didn't pass out, it was incredible!). Here's some Internet photos of the place:







I think a safe supported environment like that is excellent for desensitisation from excessive concerns!

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^Oh mate the Gloucester tree... I see it has steel rungs now. We(well, my husband & others... I only got as far as about the 5th rung) climbed that 20 odd years ago. The pegs were timber then. We were camped on a river in Pemberton a few days later, when the ranger came by & asked if we'd climbed it. We said we had & he said just as well or we'd have missed out... it was closed for maintenance because white ants had eaten some of the pegs!!!

Went to the Bicentennial Tree too... with steel pegs. I managed to force myself to climb that a bit further... until I heard a click & opened my eyes to look down on Andrew taking a picture of me - hurriedly closed my eyes tight again & climbed back down!

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@Captain Evil The problem with phobias is they are usually not rational. I have a dog that is terrified of strange dogs. She picks the sweetest dogs to be afraid of... Pugs.... Golden Retrievers..... Just a few weeks ago I met someone that is terrified of moths. I was at the barn and found a Hawk Moth.



https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/po...wk_moths.shtml


Really, they are the most amazing creatures. The first time I saw one I thought it might be a humming bird. Except it was dusk and I didn't think a humming bird would be out at that time. I decided to take a photo and discovered it wasn't a bird. So, I am at the barn and I see a hawk moth settled on a slow feeder. And I am thinking this is amazing! I get to be close to a Hawk Moth!! I get him onto my index finger and am so happy. I love these little creatures! And my trainer turns pale as a sheet and looks like she is going to vomit. She says, "I am terrified of moths". So I took the little moth to the back of Lulu's stall and set him/her free and felt bad that I had caused my trainer so much stress.
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In postscript to this post: https://www.horseforum.com/general-o...post1970704831

I had to kill the snake this afternoon, because it had hung around all week. Tiger snakes are quite territorial, so relocating them doesn't work too well, unless you take them a long way away, and then, ecologically, since they're not in short supply, they'll be making life harder for their fellow snakes in the relocation area (and for the prey animals) if relocated...

We unfortunately have to do this sometimes, since we're not willing to risk accidental bites to us or our critters (and associated huge veterinary bills - kelpie Max next door cost $800 to treat when he was bitten recently) when they hang around at such close quarters all the time. My safe-to-humans, quick-for-snake technique involves a long-handled metal-tooth rake, and a sharp spade. It's a one-two action: You pin the snake with the rake, and when you're sure it can't wiggle out of the restraint, you take its head off quickly and cleanly with the spade. Make sure your spade is sharp - I still shudder in recollection of one time I killed a snake with a blunt spade twenty years ago, when it became a choking session, instead of a quick kill - because of the blunt spade coupled with soft ground...

This tiger snake was about 1.5m long and very well fed, presumably on all the frogs in our garden. It's a pity, it was a beautiful creature, but the frogs are applauding already...
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^And bats... how could anyone be afraid of cute(if often ugly) little bats??

My dogs have been well socialised, both with people and other dogs & animals. But one of them has 2 rather embarrassing phobias - she is racist... and police-ist!! We have black neighbours(very dark Kenyans), and their boy comes up for a lift to school with my kids. He's the nicest kid, good with the dogs, does the right thing to not confront them or be in their face or anything, but one dog has remained terrified of him. And now, if ever we see other dark skinned people while out & about she's nervous.

Then one day I had the cops come round(was nearly run off the road by some idiot that did it for FUN!). My dogs went happily to the knock at the door - they think any visitor - & most strangers - are friends. But when I opened the door, she took one look at the guys & bolted! Now if ever she sees cops down the street, she gets frightened!

So... unfounded superstitions aren't confined to humans in the least!
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Speaking of spiders 😱😱 I just found this article from 2 years ago. New spider species found in Mexico. It's the size of a softball!! Not a golf ball, not a baseball, a SOFTBALL!

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart...um=socialmedia
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@HombresArablegacy , did you see one of the links in the article you linked us to. "if you're an arachnophobe please go here"? I was curious:


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No, I didn't see that. Cute though.
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