Scaredy dog


It’s no secret that I think Foxy is the best dog in the entire world. I love her more than anything I’ve ever had. She is smart and snuggly and intuitive, loves to walk as much as I do, and is all around just the most wonderful little companion.

But no one is perfect.

Foxy’s Achilles’ heel? She is terrified. Of so many harmless things.

(A friend recently asked what Toad’s Achilles’ heel had been, and I told him the doctor sawed it off – because, AMPUTATION JOKES!)

But truly, Foxy is scared of a lot of things. Here are some things she recently lost her mind over:
• A black trash bag full of leaves in a neighbor’s yard
• CAUTION tape tied to a construction site
• A man in a wheelchair
• A plastic bag blowing in the wind
• A wagon full of watermelons (yes, we saw this)
• Anyone under the age of 12

After a monster day of driving (I-70 was closed, so I had to reroute up through Nebraska), I arrived in Kansas City last night. Foxy was so excited to jump out of the car, and when I opened the door to my mom’s house she tore into the living room – and then high-tailed it the other way.

Because there’s nothing like Christmas to transform a safe space into a house of horrors.

This morning, I tried a little treat therapy – but alas. Watch and see:

There is no treat therapy for this kind of terror.

A video posted by Annie Parsons (@hootenannie) on

Merry Christmas!



  1. Michael on December 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Oh Foxy…hugs. I understand…

  2. Colleen on December 24, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Merry Christmas Foxy! I would be scared of that thing too!!

  3. rachieannie on December 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    My SIl sent me a picture of my brother with their little puppy in his lap, under the blanket, shaking in fear of all the presents. Dogs are quirky!

  4. Jacque Ormsbee on December 27, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Oh my dog Maisy has many similar fears. She is terrified of ALL trash bags, any kind of vacuum or sweeping, the laundry folding process -especially folding towels or blankets, most shopping bags. She is also very disturbed by heavy sighs of frustration, and all clumsiness which results in things getting knocked over.
    It is comical at times but I also feel sorry for her terror.

  5. Rebecca Davis on January 5, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    This made me laugh so hard! Poor foxy brains, it’s a cruel world out there for her.

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