Tennessee state Rep. Joanne Favors, Democrat of Chattanooga, did not enjoy encountering a "huge dog" in the plaza of the state Capitol earlier this week. Here she is shortly after her episode, just unloading on the floor of the House. Who brought this beast to the Capitol? Now her blood pressure's through the roof, thank you very much:

Favors said that she encountered a dog in the plaza while coming out of a committee meeting. "This huge dog was just coming back and forth, back and forth, and I was just so fearful," Favors said in an interview. The experience upset her so much that she felt the need to speak out on the House floor about her "extreme fear of dogs."

"I think it's so unfair that I have to deal with dogs, here in this plaza," Favors declared, adding that the experience had caused her blood pressure to go up sky high. "So I'm going to call someone tomorrow, to find out what I can do about it."

We're not here to mock her phobia. We're just laughing with her! (She will laugh about this at some point, maybe.)

[via Nooga]