This is my new pup, Quimby. Harriet Quimby Holden. HQH.
She is named after the first licensed female pilot in the United States. A fearless and courageous woman who dared to fly those unsafe planes in the very early years. They wore aviator goggles. Our Quimby has a black mask that reminded me of the aviator goggles so since I was reading a book called Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien who doesn't feature Harriet Quimby but I read about several of the women and came across the name. It was the only name my husband (Guru) and I could agree on. So. Quimby.
Unlike her namesake, our Quimby is not fearless. She is very fearful, just like her adoptive mother. She cringes at loud noises, races to stand behind our wood pile when the blue jays caw, and pees and whimpers when a friendly dog walks up to her. She's skittish. She's a watcher, a studier. Before she goes outside, she sits on the threshold and studies the back garden. Is she looking for an owl or hawk? Perhaps a fox? I don't know but she waits and watches before going out in the back yard, every single time I open the back door. I live in a residential area, not in the wild.
I don't know what made her fearful--probably genetics since we got her at 10 weeks. I only know that she is and we are dealing with it. We are slowly making progress.
I understand fear. I have anxiety. I am slowly making progress too. It is not easy. I have much sympathy when our Quimby jumps into my arms or barks and then pees in submission. I get it. I feel like peeing in submission sometimes too! The dog trainers I am working with are having me take Quimby to a busy outdoor shopping center and sit on a bench and let her watch. She watches from under the bench, cowering. So we do that for a couple of hours every week. I think it's helping. She's getting better. She sat beside the park bench the other day. She's also had some set backs.
I think I can learn from our Quimby. We aren't fearless but we are daring greatly, just by sitting beside a park bench, just by sitting down at my computer and writing. I think maybe the original Harriet Quimby might understand the fear and the courage.
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