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Ombrophobia is the fear of rain. This is important to today’s post because Frankie suffers from ombrophobia.
Long-time readers know that Frankie has always had astraphobia – a fear of thunder. His thundershirt is a huge help in allowing Frankie to maintain some calm during thunderstorms, but he also strongly wants to avoid rain (probably associating rain with the possibility of thunder, but who knows the exact cause?).
To be fair, phobia is probably too strong of a word. He doesn’t shake or hide from the rain. He just wants to stay inside. Periodically, he will ask that we open the door so he can check to see if it is still raining, but will immediately go back inside if it is.
We should note that Frankie is blessed with the world’s biggest dog bladder. Unlike other male dogs who must mark every object on a walk, Frankie will just walk and walk until the time is right . . . and then everyone stands around and waits while he unloads. Trust us that this can take quite a long time.
Anyway, take ombrophobia and add the world’s largest dog bladder, and Frankie’s solution to rain is just to wait until it stops raining before going outside to the bathroom. He has been known to wait quite a long time, but we are not sure this is going to work this week.
At several points yesterday, Hu-dad shared this weather forecast with Frankie and asked him what his back-up plan was.
** Note – For the English majors, Ombrophobia is the Greek derived word for fear of rain. Pluviophobia has the same meaning if you prefer Latin over Greek origins. Since “phobia” is Greek, we go with Ombrophobia. You may now argue amongst yourselves as to which is the proper term.
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