Locals knew Romeo was very friendly, but strangers usually wouldn’t dare get closer than a hundred yards.
This was only because of human nature, of course. It was exactly what Nick had experienced that day that he and his pooch met Romeo for the first time.
It is only natural to feel threatened by a wild animal, especially a wolf. This likely because of old fairytales such as The Three Little Pigs that make people feel afraid of strange animals like wolves. Luckily, Nick and many other people were able to see past that and become close with Romeo. He was a sweet and playful wolf after all and he deserved for that to be known by everyone who met him.