I'm not sure what triggered it initially, but whenever Hermes hears something sizzling on the stove he panics and runs to the back door to be let out. It doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, he will not come back in as long as there is something on the stove. He doesn’t even wait for the sounds anymore, he runs straight to the door and jumps halfway up the glass trying to get out. I feel so bad for him because he’s obviously afraid, but I can’t help but laugh because he is so dang cute when he peeks in every now and then to see if it’s all clear.
This is really the only thing that seems to scare him. He's fine with the vacuum and loud noises, and the other day I even took the van through the car wash when he was with me. He just sat there turning his head slowly as he watched the water spray the windows all the way from the front to the back. (Ok, his eyes might have been bigger than usual, but it didn't seem to scare him.) In any case, I think I need to do some research on this scardy cat thing. I'm worse than a two year old when it comes to wanting to know, "why?"