“And this is my cute, new dog.”
“…, yeah… about that… I don’t like dogs.”
This is a dog. Some might say it's cute.
Well… if you say this then you will be known as the dog hater… or something worse. Just go with the flow and say that like the mutt. Because that’s what people expect. Even if it is a particularly ugly flea bag of a hound give the tail-wagger a compliment (yeah… I’ve been playing around with synonyms).
Or you could play it risky… but then you’re probably not “normal”.