Years ago, Mr. P. gave me a cut-out metal yard decoration in the shape of a French bulldog looking up at a butterfly. We also have a pug-shape decoration next to it but the Frenchie is bigger and more noticeable. Before the Schwann's driver gave up on trying to sell us frozen delights, he told me during one of his visits that he was kinda nervous of that dog in our front yard. As far as I could tell, he was not the teasing type and quite sincere about his dog anxiety, so I reassured him that the dog would never hurt him because it was made of metal.
"Dang!" he said, "I thought it was real!"
I suggested that he have his vision checked.