husband and I are very good friends with another couple, J and C. husband actually went to high school with both of them and when I came along I became very good friends with the C as we share a hobby. Anyway, they recently adopted a little German Shepard puppy. She is the cutes thing and C has been after me for a few weeks to come and meet her, ut I haven't been able to get over there for various reasons. They asked us to come over the dinner last night so that we could meet her. One of difficult child's biggest fears is dogs. He doesn't like to be around them. He's always had a phobia of them, but when I got bitten by a pit bull and wound up in the hospital with a raging infection he was just done. Friday morning I told difficult child about the invitation and about the puppy. I also gave him the option of staying home if he really felt that he couldn't do it. I told him that I would totally understand. He decided to go, reasoning that she's just a puppy and it would be better for the puppy to get to know him now so that she can grow up knowing difficult child. On the ride over there was beginnin to think him coming with us was a bad idea, but once he got there he did really well!! We gave him all of the time he needed to warm up to her. When we got there the puppy was in the yard. At first he stayed in the house, but stood by the door so that he could see the puppy. Then he came out, but stayed on the patio while easy child ran around the yard with the puppy. Then he came out onto the grass right beside me because the puppy and easy child were on the other side of the yard. Eventually, he got to the point where he petted her and let her chase him. I was so proud of him last night and he was really happy that he came with us and got to meet her.