Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for Xenophobia

He's so cute sometimes 
For those of you who don't know, Xenophobia is the fear of strangers/strange places.

We all heard about that time my sisters were late to my graduation, walked into my house, and Baxter hid and peed himself, right? Well, it turns out, he hasn't changed all that much since then.

Sometimes, if it's not ungodly hot (or too cold) outside, I'll put Bax in my car (because he loves it) and go to work. (Don't worry, he also has his food and water bowls in the car, too.) I'll come out during my lunch break where we'll sit in the sun, and enjoy the day.

One day, my manager got my attention. "Hey, Lynne. I'm going on a smoke break, want me to let Bax out?"

Bax had met her countless times. She'd pet him, he'd lean into her, it was puppy love. "Yea, that'd be great."

About ten or so minutes later, she walked in. "Um, dude. He pushed himself against the far side of your car and wouldn't come out. I think I scared him. Go let him out."

He's all "I will growl quietly
while you walk past"
It took a minute, but it dawned on me that this is kind of Baxter's trademark. He's scared of the world unless I'm there to tell him it's okay.

When we first arrived in NC together we went to Jockey's Ridge State Park. We walked on the board walk out to the sand dunes. There were people everywhere asking to pet him. He would shove himself against me, and look at me like the approaching people were a big body of water. "It's okay," I'd tell him. Then he would slowly leave me and walk toward them.

He's gotten better the longer I've had him. If we're out and about, he'll go up to strangers and be all, "Hi, love me! LOVE ME!" But if I'm not around, typically he'll still hide like he's afraid the stranger will take him and he'll never see me again.


  1. Pool guy! I work with infants and we have quite a few little ones who don't like it when strangers or other parents come into the room. They just scream and hide behind our legs.

    1. That's what Baxter does most of the time, lol :)

  2. Fantastic X choice!! And good point, Kellie. And we've had a few dogs that were just very shy. We tell visitors: Don't pet the Corgi on the parquet or a rug--and never ever on a bed! Noooo!!!! (Submissive urination.)

    1. Aww, that's rough. I'm glad that Bax isn't like that. I have to warn them "He's a leaner. And if he runs toward you STAND STILL or he will knock you over"

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