Dear Dr. Laura,
When my daughter was little, she was afraid there might me a monster under the bed. In a moment of what I thought was pure brilliant parenting, I explained that we could never have monsters under the bed because we have a dog. "Monsters never come to houses with dogs because all monsters know that dogs eat them."
My daughter slept soundly until about 6 months later when our dog unexpectedly died. Not only was our family heartbroken but my daughter was terrified to sleep. She moved her mattress onto the floor in her sister's room and slept there until we got a new puppy.
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