Perhaps due to Japan’s continued love affair with pint-sized pooches that are proudly paraded around in all kinds of apparel, little kids are largely comfortable around canines, particularly when playing in the paradise that is the park. However, swap a terrier for a tortoise, and things can be very different, with fear initially far more to the fore.
Which slowly fades to fascination.
Not that fear is ever far away.
Finally resulting in a just about sustainable fearful but still fascinated stalemate.