The world and its earthly creatures are always fascinating. David Attenbourgh, National Geographics and Discovery are my gods. My dad took us fishing (catch and release), birdwatching and puppy-scouting regularly. Everything was a lesson about appreciation for what we have around us, a beauty to behold.
If you know how to read body language, you can tell if an animal is dangerous or not. And they don't attack for no reason: they're defending young/territory, they are in pain/fear, etc.
So I never understood how people could scream, jump/run away and fear animals, especially domesticated animals.
Most especially Bandit, who is just a huge overgrown puppy. Who'd roll over for you to rub his belly than even bark at you. Seriously.