My DIL is not afraid of dogs. And actually...when Ella was a baby they had a dog but he died before Ella was crawling around. We got Dylan and their dog Jordan together, on the same day at the SPCA! (that was when we both were still living in VA Beach).
They claim they are baffled at their pathological fear. Maybe something happened that they haven't told me about. I think Avery is mimiking(sp?) her sister, as Ella has been afraid since she was old enough to say doggie. Also...we went to the horse barn (DIL has a horse) and Ella rode the horse! Avery cowered against her father, afraid of the fenced in goats, ducks and other animals on the farm. Ella...not afraid of a big horse but a tiny puppy...don't know!
I got bit between the eyes when I was six years old by a neighbor's dog I played with every day and almost lost an eye. I was not afraid of dogs, even after that. Go figure.
You guys have got me to thinking. Before we got Vesta and Dylan, we had an 18 month old dog named Leslie. My son would jog with her around the Army base in VA Beach. One day he did not put on her choke collar, he took her on a busy street to get to the base, she slipped the collar and got hit by a truck. He pulled her out of the middle of the street and she bit him badly...as it turns out she was in massive pain with a ruptured kidney, broken pelvis and severe internal bleed. She died a few days later. Anyway, he has an obvious, nasty scar on his arm from the bite. I am wondering if the girls have asked him what the scar is from and he told them. It's a thought... and boy is this o/t! So sorry but this has really been bothering me.