Mom is getting too small to have us both on her lap!
Casper and Charlotte say #ruff
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You raise me up~🐾💕
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Here are the situations where my social anxiety presents itself: meeting a best friend for coffee after a little too long apart, shopping and the associate believes I want something I do not, ordering food where multiple options are involved, large social gatherings of any kind, especially professional settings, and the list continues.
I have an intense sense of dread, I clam up, my brain forgets to function, I normally settle with whatever an associate or server has given me because I’m too afraid to say what I actually want or need, and then I try to escape as soon as humanly possible.
I could seriously stay home all the time and be happy. I could hermit the crap out of my life. Close the blinds. Order everything online. Never answer the door. I could stay home all day every day and be happy.
But the dogs could not.
There are a million people, parks, stores, events, restaurants, you name it, I would never have explored if it wasn’t for Winston and Ivy.
Dog training classes, OESR setter picnics, the dog park, any store buying them anything, a crowded walking path, photography sessions, meeting Instagram followers in person — my anxiety screams at all of these things but I look at Winston and Ivy and think, “I love you this much that I won’t let my anxiety stop me from doing this for them.”
If you experience the crippling anxiety I do, please know you aren’t alone. Learn what it is that gives you strength and lean into it. Winston and Ivy give me this strength so I’m giving them everything.