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Window Fear [Feb. 9th, 2008|01:39 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

The windows in my home office open either up or down.

My (ex-?) dog, Major, doesn't live here anymore. But when he did, he'd run through the house, jump up onto my office couch, and slam into the window to stop himself. (Then he'd just nap up there in the sun, surveying the yard, waiting to go chase away cats or squirrels.)

So when he lived here I only ever opened the windows down because I was so horrified of the thought of him running into the office, jumping up atop the couch, and slamming into the non-existent window and plunging to his death (or cripplement) onto the back porch.

To this day I'm still paranoid of opening the window in the wrong direction and only ever open them down. But because the sun was hitting me and I wanted to lower the blinds halfway and still have the wind come through the house, I opened the windows up just now... and I keep looking over at it, paranoid as hell for no reason. Weird.

[User Picture]From: robflynn
2008-02-09 09:48 pm (UTC)
The mental image you gave me about the dog was very funny. I'd feel terrible if it happened for real, but... yeah.

As far as the paranoia thing, I've been that way with things before. It's amusing the way your own brain will fuck with you just for gits and shiggles.
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[User Picture]From: sergik
2008-02-09 10:30 pm (UTC)
It'll get back to normal after some time. Hold on :) I guess you just love your dog too much.
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[User Picture]From: mark3
2008-02-09 11:47 pm (UTC)
Eventually you will learn to relax about it, around here I have to make sure the storm door windows open from the top down lest Rocky just let himself out. He shows no interest in the windows as an escape path, but if he hears something outside (or THINKS he hears something outside) he approaches the storm door(s) at something akin to the speed of sound.
He has given more than one delivery person a near fatal heart attack though he would only ever lap them to death, but the sight of a 100 pound Labrador coming at them as fast as a speeding bullet gives them all pause.
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2008-02-10 01:57 am (UTC)
BREAKING NEWS: Some habits are hard to break.

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[User Picture]From: scosol
2008-02-10 02:50 am (UTC)
i think the more important point is that your dog relies on a window to stop himself from certain death-

i think he needs to try hot-air balooning
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[User Picture]From: 1foxyfemale
2008-02-10 09:20 am (UTC)
Haha, my cat would do the same thing. She would forget that the glass was there and the birds would hop around on the vines that were across the window to taunt her all the time. It was usual occurence to see her go running full speed and do a face plant into the glass...LOL.

Btw, The two of you look adorable together!
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[User Picture]From: ljkrissy
2008-02-11 10:28 pm (UTC)
Aw, lots of fond memories of Major tearing around your house all crazay!
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