There are two cleaning ladies/maids in my building that are violently frightened by my baby Elmo. When I step out to take Elmo for a walk, sometimes one of them is in the elevator, such a confined space we have to bear to share. Both of them act so melodramatically terrified of my dog, squirming, shrivelling up in the corner, even screaming when Elmo goes near them. Elmo is nice to people, he doesn't bark, he just goes to sniff them, and if they are interested, he doesn't mind being petted, he welcomes it esp scratches .
They just act so awful towards him, I can understand that some people are scared of dogs but these ladies are really something else. They act like they are being held up by a robber with a gun or maybe something much worse. It's totally and unimaginably overboard and actually annoying and almost offensive (and I do understand that some people are scared of dogs!!!!!)
Has anyone here ever met people like these?
I'm wondering how I should react and if I should just pick Elmo up and hold him in my arms while in presence of either of these ladies.
(this is my Elmo taking a bubble bath)
He's a pug, he's not that big so the size shouldn't be scaring them or anything.