The world is filled with ironies and I have always found it odd for a dog to be afraid of other dogs, but Yalu was cynophobic throughout her life. When I resided in Nashua, NH, there was a small white Pomeranian name Karma who lived a few doors down and when he came out on a leash, he would put his four paws together and hop on the grass making him look like a caterpillar, hence his nickname.
When the weather was nice, Yalu and I would sit outside and sometimes, the Caterpillar would come out. Karma was a nice dog and would want to say hello. Whenever he came near, Yalu would hide behind my chair or rush back into the basement. She wanted nothing to do with another dog and Yalu would give me strange looks whenever I petted the Caterpillar or any other dog we might meet.
Yes, I pet around, puppies of any age are so cute and need petting. Yalu really couldn’t complain because when people saw her, they wanted to pet her, but it’s always different when you’re the one getting the attention.