This! Dogs have always been associated with threats to Black people and even Black children. My dad has told me several stories where White people made dogs try to bite them or used them to scare them for simply walking past their homes.
I have dog stories with White people too. I didn’t start dealing with dogs until a few years ago but it was because my spirit is such they liked me even when I didn’t like them. I literally purchased a dog to stop being afraid of them. I treated my dogs with respect, but he was a dog. My white neighbors tried to tell me how to maintain my dog when I moved to FL in order to please them or they’d in code call animal control on me. Our dogs were outside dogs because we had acreage so they could roam, run, and do what in the hell Mother Nature created them to do. My dogs were like family, but they were treated like dogs, not people or my children.
From that day forward I understood how dogs were more important to most Whites than I was. They will never understand how ridiculous their worship of dogs of human beings is.