Why does Ehrlich tell her dogs, "Don't worry, your okay as long as you're with me?"
In the memoir, “Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning” by Gretel Ehrlich, the author shares with us her experience of being struck by lighting and her amazing story of recovery. In the beginning of the story she tells us that she is out walking with her dogs.
“When I started out on foot that August afternoon, the thunderstorm was blowing in fast. On the face of the mountain a mile ahead, hard westerly gusts and sudden updrafts collided, pulling black clouds apart. Yet the storm looked harmless. When a distant thunderclap scared the dogs, I called them to my side and rubbed their ears: ‘Don’t worry; you’re okay as long as you’re with me.”
She tells her dogs this because the dogs are frightened of the storm. Many dogs become frightened and run off when they hear thunder. My own dog is scared to death of a storm and only calms when I have her come lie down by me. Ehrlich is simply trying to calm and reassure her dogs with the sound of her voice and getting them to come closer to her so they do not run away because of the thunder. She reassures them by rubbing their ears. It later turns into dramatic irony since they are indeed not safe and are struck by lighting.