In my case, I am distrustful of animals that I am not familiar with. And I know a number of black folks who are the same way. My reasons: First, because my mom didn’t allow us to keep pets. Second, before we moved to the suburbs, in our neighborhood, the street was lined with apartment buildings, so not a lot of people were allowed to keep large dogs, maybe small ones or cats, if any pets at all. So once I moved to a neighborhood with single-family homes and townhouses (not to say the city that I lived in didn’t have them, but they were inhabited mostly by whites), a lot of the neighbors had pets, large and small. But I would really have to be familiar with someone’s pet (like for months; maybe a year) to be comfortable enough for them to approach me and for me to pet them.