There are a couple dogs that live at my host family's house. The other day I was teaching Grade 9 the word "fierce," and as an example sentence they came up with "The Setlholoeng (my host family) dogs are very fierce." Often when someone comes by the shop these dogs (a couple little yapping longhair types with the worst fleas of any animal that has ever lived) bark like mad things. I've seen them chase everyone from little kids to grown men around.
Yet they took to me like a duck to water. Every time I get home they're jumping all over me, trying to lick my feet, and generally being a friendly nuisance. I didn't really try to befriend them, it just happened. I'm not super surprised at this, as I've done it a few times in the past with notorious mailman-biting dogs of my friends. I just don't know how it works. The thing is, I don't really like dogs!